how long does an adult ear infection last without antibiotics

How long does an adult ear infection last without antibiotics?

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If not bacterial


The average duration is 7-10 days-much like a common viral cold illness. Supportive or comfort care is recommended. If no improvement-seek medical attention for a good history and physical examination.
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How long does earache last with an ear infection. I've had the pain for 5 days and had antibiotics for fours days.

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Viral infection


Almost all ear infections start with a virus in the back of the nose. If that is the case, and assuming you received the antibiotic immediately, that drug will not be helpful, possibly harmful. On the other hand, if the pain has been present for 5 days, the most important question to ask, IS THERE A HEARING LOSS? If there is no hearing loss, you could have TMD, pain in the jaw muscles.
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How long does it take for an ear infection to clear without antibiotics?

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Depends


Those that are viral would improve within a few days and be back to normal in a week. Those that are bacterial might self heal in 4-6 weeks or go on to create a chronic problem.
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Ear infections in kids do not always need to be treated with antibiotics.

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What antibiotics work for an adult with ear infection?

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Depends on site


It depends on the site of infection.Most middle ear infections which are severe and associated with fever or discharge will need antibiotics with broad coverage like Augmentin or fluoroquinolone if suspected bacterial infection For otitis externa(outer ear infection)usually topical(local antibiotis)like cipro may be enough Ear lobe infection local antibiotic cream like bactroban may be used
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What antibiotics work for an adult with ear infection?

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Ibuprofen


For short term pain relief,ibuprofen in appropriate doses helps.You can also provide a heating pad to place at the side of the head.This seems to provide some relief.Some viral infections will self heal within 3 days. If pain persists,an office visit to identify a treatable cause during regular office hours would be ideal.
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Getting water in the ear does NOT cause otitis media (middle-ear infections).

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Do I have to take antibiotics for an ear infection as an adult?

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Yes, but...


If you truly have an ear infection, you should take antibiotics. However, adults are less prone to ear infections than children, and ear pain in an adult is often due to congestion of the Eustachian tubes rather than true bacterial infection. Decongestants often help.
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How long after you take antibiotics should an ear infection start feeling better?

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Usually 5 days


treament is usually for 7 to 10 days, but you should notice a difference by 5 days. If persistent , return to see your doctor.
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What would an ear infection feel like for an adult? Feels like water in it, feel dizzy. Do I need antibiotics?

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Ear pain


Fluid behind the ear drums can potentially develop in an inner ear infection. Symptom sometimes present as ear pain fullness dizziness. Similar symptoms can be seen if there is a eustachian tube problem or dysfunction. Recommend you follow up with your health provider.
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What to do if I have new antibiotics for my ear infection. I took the last one the s'morning. should it go away now?

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Ear infection


Why did you have to have a second antibiotic. Your infection may be of viralorigin in which case a second antibiotic will not work
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What can I do if my daughter has two ear infections how long until the antibiotics will start making her feel better?

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24-48 hours


The presence of two infections will affect relief. You can also give Tylenol and Motrin - together is fine, they are two different classes of drugs... Your doctor can also prescribe auralgan which is a topical anesthetic (only if no ear drum rupture).
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1-2 days


Usually in a day or two. If the symptoms are not resolving or are getting worse after 24 hours it would be advisable to see your pediatrician again - some bacteria may resist the first round of antibiotics and you should not wait very long to see the doctor if things aren't improving.
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