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How long does it take for an outer ear infection to get better?

How long does it take for an outer ear infection to get better?

A few days: An outer ear infection (swimmers ear) will get better quickly with proper treatment including medicated ear drops. It may take a few days but as long as the drops get in the ear canal within 2 or 3 days you will be better. If the drops don't go in you will need to see a doctor to have a small piece of sponge put in your ear called a "wick". ...Read more

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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 outer ear infection last?

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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I am 33 yrs old men I have middel ear and outer ear infection so can I take zinc 5gm daily is that prevent infection ?

I am 33 yrs old men I have middel ear and outer ear infection so can I take zinc 5gm daily is that prevent infection ?

Zinc: If you have disfunction of your eustachian tubes which may be causing your ear infections i don't believe zinc will prevent your infections. ...Read more

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I get outer ear infections all the time. Ent said it was no big deal. What could cause constant outer ear infections. Ears are always itchy.

Common Problem: This is a relatively common problem. Keep water out of your ears (ear plugs in the shower) and try to quit scratching the itch (hard to do). A topical otc steroid cream placeed at the entrance to the ear canal fro several days may break the itching/scratching cycle. ...Read more

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Does this sound like a cold or ear infection and should I take him to see a doctor now? 2 year old boy with nasal, and eye drainage and his external ear is completley red with having no injury to his ear. His nose is stopped up but he seems to be playing

Does this sound like a cold or ear infection and should I take him to see a doctor now? 2 year old boy with nasal, and eye drainage and his external ear is completley red with having no injury to his ear. His nose is stopped up but he seems to be playing

It : It is not common for the external ear to be affected with a middle ear infection (the kind of ear infection you get with colds). An outer ear infection (swimmer's ear) can cause redness and drainage, but is fairly painful. Eye drainage, however, can be a sign of middle ear infection. Since he is 2 years old and may not be able to tell you if his ear feels different, you should give his doctor a call and have him checked out. ...Read more

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I have an outer ear infection and have to catch 3 flights tomorrow. What can i do to minimize pain during the flight??? :(

I have an outer ear infection and have to catch 3 flights tomorrow. What can i do to minimize pain during the flight??? :(

Outer vs Middle: Outer ear infections (swimmers ear, external otitist) are not affected by changes in air pressure. Middle ear problems (otitis media - fluid behind eardrum) IS affected by air pressure changes. If outer ear and having pain, risky to take trip. If inner ear - risky to take trip. You can to things like decongestants, antibiotics. Still risky. Good luck!!!! ...Read more

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Is there a good cure for an outer ear infection?

Is there a good cure for an outer ear infection?

Antibiotic drops: Usually drops are used, as well keeping the ear dry (no water exposure). ...Read more

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Can an outer ear infection cause ringing in the ears?

Can an outer ear infection cause ringing in the ears?

Yes: If the swelling of the external ear canal from an outer ear infection is severe enough you can get a temporary hearing loss which can accentuate ringing in the ears. The ringing of the ears should be evaluated if the ringing persists once the outer ear infection has resolved. ...Read more

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Can outer ear infection cause ringing in ears?

Can outer ear infection cause ringing in ears?

Inner ear: Usually tinnitus is a symptom of hearing loss, or damage to the inner ear. Wax in the ear canal can make tinnitus or ringing seem louder because you do not hear outside sounds as well. Best to consult with your otolaryngologist. ...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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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