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Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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How long does an ear infection last?

How long does an ear infection last?

Depends: Most ear infections can be caused by viruses but if your child has high fever and ear pain then bacteria can play a role. Ear infections caused by bacteria are usually treated for 7-10days with antibiotics. However, fluid behind the ear drum can last weeks to months once the ear infection is treated. ...Read more

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For how long does an ear infection last for?

For how long does an ear infection last for?

Ear infection: If treated with antibiotics an ear infection can clear up in 36-48 hours. Untreated an ear infection may clear up in 5-7 days. However fluid fluid in the middle ear may take several weeks to clear up. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how long does an ear infection last in conjunction with a sinus infection?

I'm wondering how long does an ear infection last in conjunction with a sinus infection?

Similar timing!: Your sinuses and ears are connected inside your head. So sinus congestion and stuffiness can affect the pressure in your ears. Treating sinus congestion may help overall discomfort and pain from that pressure. ...Read more

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How long does an ear infection last and/or does it go away on its own? My left ear/left side of my face has been hurting for at least two weeks.

How long does an ear infection last and/or does it go away on its own? My left ear/left side of my face has been hurting for at least two weeks.

Ear infection: Newer recommendations in Europe for ear infections is that they let it sit for 48hrs bc can improve on its own. If still in pain then they treat it. Can take weeks to get better, depending if the antibiotic is working, since you can have some resistant cases. ...Read more

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How long will an ear infection last?

One week: Most ear infections will heal entirely on their own is 6-7 days. Studies found that taking an antibiotic may actually cause them to last longer than doing nothing. I developed a treatment that parents can do at home that usually resolves the ear infections very quickly. ...Read more

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How seriously does an adult have to take an ear infection? I took antibio's last time, now may be getting another one, but must I run to the dr?

Monitor: Well over half of ear infections are caused by viruses, and antibiotics would not be helpful. Even in young kids now, the recommendations are to try and wait it out. Take pain relief meds if needed, "pop" your ears or chew gum to try to equalize pressure. If pain gets severe, drainage, high fever of other concerning associated symptoms, then see doctor. But over 50-50 it will clear by itself. ...Read more

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How long does a ear infection last?

How long does a ear infection last?

7-10 days: Ear infections (middle ear) can resolve on their own in 7-10 days. The non-infected fluid can persist for up to 3 months behind the ear drum. ...Read more

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For how long does a ear infection last?

For how long does a ear infection last?

Varies alot: The symptoms that made you suspect an ear infection in the first place should clear up. Usually this means pain goes away. This usually happens within a couple of days. Then you should get your hearing back. This can take a little longer as it takes more time for the fluid from the infection to get cleared up and hearing to return to normal. Sometimes takes up to 8 weeks to get rid of fluid. ...Read more

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How long do you think is a ear infection suppost to last?

How long do you think is a ear infection suppost to last?

Depends: During any ear infection there is a temporary reduction in hearing due to the muck in the middle ear for up to 2-6 wks. If the infection & muck is not cleared out within 90 days that muck can turn to a glue like material. Some infections clear without meds, some benefit from having the muck removed & ventilation tubes placed. Most hearing will return to baseline. ...Read more

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How long should an adult wait to get an ear infection looked at?

How long should an adult wait to get an ear infection looked at?

SOON AS SYMPTOMATIC: As soon as you have symptoms like pain, drainage, fever and associated symptoms like cough, hedace and fever. ...Read more

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For how long will my ear infection last?

Hope it is better: Ear infections can last 10-14 days...Once treated the pain subsides quickly and for many the infection is resolved in 3-5 days. Others have lingering fluid behind the eardrum which can last a few days to a few weeks before resolving. ...Read more

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How long does an outer ear infection last?

Until treated: It can last until successfully treated. Best to see your otlaryngologist for diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get over an ear infection in adults?

How long does it take to get over an ear infection in adults?

5-7 days: Ear infections in adults typically take at least 48-72 hours to start to feel better. Ear infections in adults, are usually secondary to some other illness. Therefore your body needs to heal up from that inciting illness. ...Read more

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For how long do ear infections last?

For how long do ear infections last?

Ear infections: Under treatment they last 2-3 days;without treatment 7-10 days. ...Read more

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On average, how long will an ear infections last?

On average, how long will an ear infections last?

Depends: During any ear infection there is a temporary reduction in hearing due to the muck in the middle ear for up to 2-6 wks. Some infections clear without meds, some benefit from having the muck removed and ventilation tubes placed. Most improve within a week and may return to normal in 2 wks. ...Read more

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Usually how long can tinnitus last from an ear infection?

Can vary: Tinnitus arises from wear and tear of the hearing system. It can be made more conspicuous with hearing loss related to an ear infection. Sometimes, when hearing returns to baseline, it will become less conspicuous. Other times, it stays forever. ...Read more

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How long does the clogged feeling last when you have a middle of the ear infection?

How long does the clogged feeling last when you have a middle of the ear infection?

Weeks: Sometimes weeks. Sometimes it persists and occiasionally requires a drainage procedure. See ENT doc for assessment. ...Read more

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Why is my hearing still muffled after an outer ear infection that is healed? How long will it last?

Hearing: Either ear canal is blocked with debris or have fluid in middle ear. See ENT and get audiogram. ...Read more

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How long will it take to recover from ear infection in adults? Especially when it becomes red and swollen inside.

How long will it take to recover from ear infection in adults? Especially when it becomes red and swollen inside.

Ear infection: Can be of the inner ear and external ear
either ways I am sure your physician will treat it appropriately including antibiotic ear drops
generally 2-3 weeks are required depending of the severity ...Read more

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I went to the doctor and he said I have a ear infection and a viral he put me on meds how long can a ear infection last on top of a viral?

I went to the doctor and he said I have a ear infection and a viral he put me on meds how long can a ear infection last on top of a viral?

Variable: Ear infxns are usually viral-->supportive care (for pain & fever) + fluids & rest are most important, plus watching for signs of bacteria possibly taking advantage of local immunocompromise to cause infection. Like most viral infxns, these will usually resolve in a week (or sometimes 2). If bacteria come in, you need antibiotics, which usually work within a week unless the bacteria are resistant. ...Read more

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I was on antibotics for an ear infection I took my last dosage sunday. And im on gidless fe 1/20.how long do I have to wait to be sexually active?

I was on antibotics for an ear infection I took my last dosage sunday. And im on gidless fe 1/20.how long do I have to wait to be sexually active?

No need to wait: This is a modified reply. If you saw my first one, you realize I wasn't commenting on antibiotics interfering with birth control, which I think is what you are concerned about. But still you needn't worry. Too much has been made of this problem. It is very rare for any antibiotic to actually interfere. You need not have stopped having sex because of the antibiotic and certainly can resume it now. ...Read more

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2 wks. With ear infection. Healed yesterday. Woke up with stuffy nose&swelling. When I stand it stops. Long will this last? I have plans tomo!

2 wks. With ear infection. Healed yesterday. Woke up with stuffy nose&swelling. When I stand it stops. Long will this last? I have plans tomo!

If standing stops it: Then what you have is a buildup of mucus in the nose and it is fine when it drains. Sleep propped up on several pillows, drink more than the usual amount of liquids, and stop taking antihistamines if you were taking them for the ear so the mucus stays loose and can drain. ...Read more

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Sick all last week, ear infection started on thursday, on doxycycline mono on friday. Ear still pinching and full. How long before I should see results.

Otitis media: Hard to know. You may not be on the correct antibiotic, you may need supplemental decongestant, there may be other issues in progress. If this continues unabated go and see an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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How long can inner ear infections last?

How long can inner ear infections last?

A Long Time: The effects can last months. So if your symptoms of ear discomfort persist, see your doctor. ...Read more

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How long should middle ear infection last?

Etiology: Almost all middle ear infections result from a viral infection in the back of the nose. This, in turn causes swelling of the tube that connects the back of the nose to the middle ear space. The virus should be eliminated in about 7 to 10 days. However, at your age of 44, a bacterial superinfection may require an antibiotic and may last for many weeks. See an ENT doc for evaluation. ...Read more

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How long would middle ear infection normally last?

See below: Most cases of otitis media in children will resolve without antibiotic treatment if they are older than 2 years, if they do not have moderate to severe ear pain and do not have fever over 102.2f.
If antibiotics are used in more severe cases the children improve after 2-3 days.
Fluid will frequently persist in the middle ear for a month or longer after resolution of the acute infection. ...Read more

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How long will hearing loss last after an ear infection?

Two to three months: When you have a middle ear infection there is fluid accumulated in midle ear due to dysfunction of the eustaquian tube. Even with the fever and symptoms of acute infection (fever, pain) the fluids remains there for two to three months. During that time there can be some compromise to hearing due to blockade of the transmission of the sound waves to the inner ear and to the brain. ...Read more

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How long should a fever last with an ear infection in a 2 year old?

How long should a fever last with an ear infection in a 2 year old?

Depends: With treatment, I generally see the fever come down in the first 24-36 hrs on the penicillin family of meds and 48-72 hrs with a cephalosporin. This assumes the ear infection is the only issue. If no response within that time frame, there could be a resistant germ that requires a different drug. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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Infection (Definition)

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical ...Read more