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How Long Does An Ear Infection Last In Adults
I have otis media adult. I ben having pressure top of my head. Diaherra. Off balance. Are these symptoms of this? How long can ear infection last?
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
Weeks: Sometimes weeks. Sometimes it persists and occiasionally requires a drainage procedure. See ENT doc for assessment. ...Read more
How long will it take to recover from ear infection in adults? Especially when it becomes red and swollen inside.
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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