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Acute otitis media, how long does it last?

Acute otitis media, how long does it last?

Few days: Acute otitis media should feel better within 24-48 hours of treatment...Then the acute part is resolved. It can take 3-10 days to heal completely and occasionally one will have fluid behind the drum for a few weeks afterwards and that is fine. ...Read more

Dr. John McMahan
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Congested Nose (Definition)

Many people think that a nose gets congested (stuffy) from too much thick mucus. However, in most cases, the nose becomes congested when the tissues lining it become swollen. The swelling is due to inflamed blood vessels. Newborn infants must breathe through the nose. Nasal congestion in an infant's first few months of life can interfere with nursing, and in rare cases can cause serious breathing problems. Nasal congestion in older children and adolescents is usually just an annoyance, but it can cause other difficulties. A stuffy nose is usually caused by ...Read more


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What should my next steps be? I have acute otitis media that was accompanied with hearing loss in my right ear that came from a cold i had last week, i went to th ER and given meds and started the regemine and still have somee pain along with the prolonge

What should my next steps be? I have acute otitis media that was accompanied with hearing loss in my right ear that came from a cold i had last week, i went to th ER and given meds and started the regemine and still have somee pain along with the prolonge

You : You should consult with an ENT in your area. Many times, an episode of acute otitis media will result in a middle ear effusion (fluid behind the eardrum) that may take much more time to resolve than the actual acute infection. I would make sure you have been given the appropriate medications from the er (you did not state what was given) usually an antibiotic aimed at appropriate/common bacteria that cause middle ear infections, and sometimes steroids are prescribed. Unless you had a perforation, ear drops are not effective. It sounds as if your pain has improved, so you are probably resolving the acute infection. The decreased hearing may persist in some cases for weeks after the initial infection, however, a good exam, as well as an audiogram will be helpful in determining where you are in the course of the disease, as well as any potential complications and time course until resolution. In some instances (for example, after a period of observation (3-6 weeks) without any improvement) a small incision in the eardrum may be necessary to alleviate pressure and inflammation and drain the fluid from the middle ear. But that course is, thankfully, usually unnecessary. For now, see your local otolaryngologist, and make sure that you are on the right medicaitons. ...Read more

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Would azithromycin cure acute otitis media?

Would azithromycin cure acute otitis media?

Maybe,maybe not: It is often used for this diagnosis.No matter what medicine is used, up to 10% may fail their first antibiotic due to germ resistance. ...Read more

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Would azithromycin (zithromax) cure acute otitis media?

Would azithromycin (zithromax) cure acute otitis media?

Maybe,maybe not: It is often used for this diagnosis.No matter what medicine is used, up to 10% may fail their first antibiotic due to germ resistance. ...Read more

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Is there anything i can do about acute otitis media or otitis media w/ effusion?

Is there anything i can do about acute otitis media or otitis media w/ effusion?

Some self heal: In the years before antibiotics people had ear infections ; just toughed them out. It often took 6-8 weeks for the body to clear the infection.Pain control with heat, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can help.Some viral infections disappear in a few days without help.However, some infections can become chronic, abscess the bone near the ear and need to be surgically drained. Infants should see their doc. ...Read more

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Why acute otitis media is dangerous in adults? Could it be a sign of cancer or weak immunity? Thanks

Why acute otitis media is dangerous in adults? Could it be a sign of cancer or weak immunity? Thanks

??Dangerous ??: I would consider it unusual and a nuisance but not dangerous. If it led to a perforated ear drum, those do take much longer to heal and may require surgery. Adults who get acute otitis generally did so as kids, and many have allergic and or sinus issues that predispose to the problem. I can't buy a cancer or immune defect as a significant factor. ...Read more

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Hey docs, should I practice aikido if I have pharyngitis and acute otitis media (an ear infection)?

Hey docs, should I practice aikido if I have pharyngitis and acute otitis media (an ear infection)?

No: An ear infection can affect balance and equilibrium, characteristics critical in martial arts. You can hurt yourself or be hurt if not fully recovered. Give it some time. ...Read more

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What is a good sleeping position to help drain fluid in middle ear? I'm currently having acute otitis media. What are to dos and not to dos. Thank yo

What is a good sleeping position to help drain fluid in middle ear? I'm currently having acute otitis media. What are to dos and not to dos. Thank yo

Otitis media: Pop your ears on a regular basis 30 or 40 times a day. This is about all you can do. If your doctor gave you a decongestant then take it. You can try pseudo-fed as well. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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Help about some questions regarding to my acute otitis media while flying?

Help about some questions regarding to my acute otitis media while flying?

Ok: Might be painful but it also depends on how long you have been on antibiotics. You may not experience discomfort. Take tyelenol or Ibuprofen to help alleviate pain. ...Read more

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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 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


Middle Ear Infection (Definition)

The area behind the ear drum is called the middle ear. It can be filled with mucus type fluid, thin serum like fluid, or pus. A middle ear infection occurs when the middle ear is filled with pus and the ear drum is also very ...Read more