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How long is it supposed to it take for an antibiotic to work in curing an ear infection?

How long is it supposed to it take for an antibiotic to work in curing an ear infection?

24-48 hours: You should notice a substantial improvement in your symptoms within 24-48 hours, mainly in the reduction of pain. ...Read more

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 it take an ear infection to get better after taking a five day antibiotic?

How long does it take an ear infection to get better after taking a five day antibiotic?

Several days: Pain should resolve quickly, but blocked feeling may persist for many weeks. If blocked feeling does not resolve in 3-4 weeks, should see ENT doctor. ...Read more

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On ear infection, how long it will take for antibiotic to start working and see an improvement on the infection?

On ear infection, how long it will take for antibiotic to start working and see an improvement on the infection?

48-72hrs: If longer with no improvement at all, may require dose and/or frequency adjustment along with change in medication potentially ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long does it take for an ear infection to go away after antibiotic treatment?

Can you tell me how long does it take for an ear infection to go away after antibiotic treatment?

Many issues: If the abx is effective the middle ear pus should be sterilized within 3-4 days. Fever should be down also. The fluid that is trapped with the infection may persist for 4-6 weeks. Fever persisting > 3 d should prompt a call to the treating physician. All infants should have a followup visit after 3-4 wks to monitor the progress of treatment. Adults clear sooner, followup if hearing impaired > 4wks. ...Read more

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Have an ear infection taking antibiotic drops but the ear has had drainage nonstop for four days how long will drainage last is this normal?

Have an ear infection taking antibiotic drops but the ear has had drainage nonstop for four days how long will drainage last is this normal?

That depends: You don't say if you have a swimmer's ear (external otitis) or otitis media with a ruptured ear drum. An external otitis is treated with ear drops alone, and the drainage should have noticeably lessened by now. In otitis media with a ruptured ear drum the drops won't be enough unless the hole in the ear drum is large, or you have a tube in your ear. ...Read more

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I have an ear infection with pseudomonas. What wide spectrum antibiotic will work?

I have an ear infection with pseudomonas. What wide spectrum antibiotic will work?

External otitis: The most common disease of the ear associated with pseudomonas is external otitis and is not as serious as some doctors think. It may be the result of contaminated water getting into the ear or the excessive use of q-tips. A topical antibiotic with both a quinolone and a steroid is the treatment of choice. ...Read more

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I have very strong ear infection in his right ear. I take the antibiotic. What can I do more to alleviate pain?

Decongestant: Either irrigation of the nasal passageway with saline using a neti-pot, using a decongestant like Pseudoephedrine or oxymetozaline, or possibly steroid nasal spray may help to alleviate the pain. If not, use aspirin, tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen and go see a doctor again. Hope you get better soon. ...Read more

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My daughter was given zpak for R ear infection on Friday by Saturday night L ear now also hurts bad. Is antibiotic earning? She's 11 should I wait or take her back to be seen again

My daughter was given zpak for R ear infection on Friday by Saturday night L ear now also hurts bad. Is antibiotic earning? She's 11 should I wait or take her back to be seen again

Call your MD: You should call your MD right away. Does your daughter have a penicillin allergy? Studies show that macrocodes like azithromycin has limited activity against Haemophilus influenzae and Streptococcus pneumoniae. The physician should also treat her pain. You can use children's tylenol (acetaminophen) and contact your pediatrician to make sure your daughter improves. Good luck. ...Read more

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My son doesn't respond well to amoxicillin for ear infections/strep, what would be the best antibiotic for him to take?

My son doesn't respond well to amoxicillin for ear infections/strep, what would be the best antibiotic for him to take?

Hard to say: The strep germ is universally sensitive to any penicillin drug, so any perceived failure to amoxicillin is likely a reinfection or a strep carrier problem. The 1st drug tried for an otitis fails about 10% of the time regardless of drug used. The drug that will work depends on the sensitivity of the germ, that changes with each infection, so there is no perfect choice. Luckily we have several ...Read more

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How much time does it take for an ear infection to go away after antibiotic treatment?

How much time does it take for an ear infection to go away after antibiotic treatment?

Many issues: If the abx is effective the middle ear pus should be sterilized within 3-4 days. Fever should be down also. The fluid that is trapped with the infection may persist for 4-6 weeks. Fever persisting > 3 d should prompt a call to the treating physician. All infants should have a followup visit after 3-4 wks to monitor the progress of treatment. Adults clear sooner, followup if hearing impaired > 3wk. ...Read more

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Problem in hearing after suffering from a week long fever. Is it some kind of ear infection. Is this problem can be resolved by taking antibiotic?

Problem in hearing after suffering from a week long fever. Is it some kind of ear infection. Is this problem can be resolved by taking antibiotic?

Could be: If there was a week long fever, then yes, there may very well be an ear infection, especially if the fever is ongoing or it seems like you're underwater. If there is chronic fluid or an active infection, then an antibiotic may be called for. Talk to your doc about it. An exam would give you the answer. ...Read more

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Toddler won't take medicine - help! My 2 yr old toddler was diagnosed with an ear infection a week ago. Antibiotic was prescribed but we can't get him to take it. We've held him down to try and get it in his mouth using the dropper, hoping some of it wil

Toddler won't take medicine - help! My 2 yr old toddler was diagnosed with an ear infection a week ago. Antibiotic was prescribed but we can't get him to take it. We've held him down to try and get it in his mouth using the dropper, hoping some of it wil

Since: Since it has been a week and your child seems better, you may want to take them back to their doctor to see if the infection is gone - if it is, then you can breathe a sigh of relief about getting medication into them for this round. For future illnesses, it's worth talking to your child's doctor about alternative methods for giving him medication depending on what he needs. Some antibiotics come in an injectable form (such as Ceftriaxone which can treat an ear infection with 3 shots over 3 days). You'll have to discuss with your child's doctor over whether this is a possibility in their clinic. Other antibiotics are notoriously awful tasting (penicillin, clindamycin) and trying to go for the better tasting ones (amoxicillin, cefdinir) can help as long as the good tasting ones are appropriate for treatment of the illness. You can also discuss techniques for medication-taking with the nurses in you child's doctor office. Many of them are masters at getting children to take medicines and may be able to give you some tips of demonstrate techniques. Finally, you may be able to find a pharmacy that flavors medications on an individual basis and can find a flavor the child likes. Or your child's doctor may be able to prescribe a pill form that can be crushed and hidden in pudding or yogurt. Some children find this to be much less objectionable than the liquid form. Good luck! Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more

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Hi, I have an ear infection and my ear drum ruptured. I've been on amoxicillin and antibiotic ear drops for 3 days. How long till ear stops draining?

Hi, I have an ear infection and my ear drum ruptured. I've been on amoxicillin and antibiotic ear drops for 3 days. How long till ear stops draining?

Hard to predict: The initial drainage was likely triggered by the pressure caused by buildup of mucous and pus behind the ear drum. This was released as drainage started. As the antibiotic begins to kill off the germ, the reason for drainage declines and eventually stops. Persistence of drainage after a week would be unusual and prompt a call to your doc. ...Read more

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Prescribed biprofenid with azithromycin for ear infection. Is it ok to just take antibiotic bc the NSAIDs make me extremely sick to my stomach.?

Prescribed biprofenid with azithromycin for ear infection. Is it ok to just take antibiotic bc the NSAIDs make me extremely sick to my stomach.?

YES: You can always avoid a symptomatic medication when you know you cannot tolerate it. You may be able to help your pain by holding moist heat to the side of your head (side with earache).For some reason diffuse heat clouds the brain's pain sensors. The Azith+ takes a while to start helping so plan to deal with it for a while. ...Read more

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Is polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) Antibiotic drops for external eye/ear infections, such as Pink Eye ok to take at 38 weeks pregnant?

It's probably safe: Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) drops are considered "class C" during pregnancy, which basically means that there is not enough good data in the medical literature to say whether it is harmful or safe. That being said, the systemic absorbtion of topical drops applied to the eye/ear is fairly low (meaning very little will actually make it into the blood stream), which makes harm to the fetus unlikely. ...Read more

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Are there any non antibiotic ways to treat an ear infection?

Are there any non antibiotic ways to treat an ear infection?

See below: A h percentage of ear infections will resolve on their own. If your child is over the age of 2 years, you can treat the pain with tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin, or warm drops of olive oil in the ear that hurts. If the pain is not gone after 3 days, then your child should be seen. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Infection (Definition)

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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