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How long does an adult ear infection last without antibiotics?

How long does an adult ear infection last without antibiotics?

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. ...Read more

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 anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...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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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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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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How long will an ear infection last?

How long will an ear infection last?

Usually 1-2 week: It depends on the nature of the ear infection (outer versus middle) and how quickly treatment is started. Some many take only a few days to treat while others take a few weeks. It depends on how acute it is and how the treatment is working. Seeing a doctor to treat it early can help. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

See your doctor for the proper diagnosis
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Use ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain
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Finish your entire course of any antibiotic prescribed
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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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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Take a decongestant and anti inflammatory until you see MD
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Warm oil 2 drops in your ear for pain relief
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SSee MD for probable antibiotics
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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

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more

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Otitis Media (Definition)

Otitis media is also known as Middle ear infection. Otitis media is an infection of the middle ear, which is located just behind the eardrum. Patients may have ear pain, ...Read more

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