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For how long does otitis media last?

For how long does otitis media last?

Depends: Uncomplicated can clear up in days. However, can last for weeks to months and never completely clear. ...Read more

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Middle Ear Infection (Definition)

The area behind the ear drum is called the middle ear. An infection occurs when the middle ear is filled with pus and the ear drum is also very ...Read more


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How long does otitis media usually last?

How long does otitis media usually last?

Infection controlled: Otitis media is infection of the middle ear and it needs to be under the care of a physician. It is not somethng to ignore. ...Read more

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How long does otitis media in a child usually last?

How long does otitis media in a child usually last?

Otitis Media: The acute symptoms of ear pain, discomfort and fever will usually last a day or 2. Acetominophen or Ibuprofen products are helpful to manage symptoms. If your pmd has given your child antibiotics for the infection, you should see improvement within 36-48 hours. Once the infection resolves, there may still be fluid in the middle ear for up to 3 months. The child should be observed & hearing checked. ...Read more

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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

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The dr said I had otitis media. How long does it take to heal?

The dr said I had otitis media. How long does it take to heal?

7-10 days: Most cases of otitis media resolve with antibiotics within 7-10 days, but fluid may last up to 1 month. Hearing loss usually accompanies this diagnosis, so if your hearing is down in the affected ear, your diagnosis is probably accurate. Try decongestants and popping your ears to clear the fluid faster and finish your antibiotics. ...Read more

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Please tell me about adult with otitis media---how long until it clears up?

Please tell me about adult with otitis media---how long until it clears up?

Depends on the adult: Most infections resolve in 10 days. Sometimes fluid behind the eardrum can last a few weeks. Chiropractic and craniosacral therapy can help clear that. ...Read more

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Do I need to report otitis media as a long-term health condition, or does it go away after being treated?

Goes away: Otitis media usually goes away after being treated. In some very young children it can be a chronic medical condition. Unless there is something unusual about your otitis media you do not need to report it as a long term health condition. ...Read more

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What's the best way to clear up serous otitis media. I have been doing everything the after hrs NP told me. How long will it take for fluid to drain?

What's the best way to clear up serous otitis media. I have been doing everything the after hrs NP told me. How long will it take for fluid to drain?

See Your Doctor: Fluid behind the eardrum can persist for 6 to 12 weeks in many patients; is usually self-limited. A watchful waiting approach is all that is necessary for most. Nasal Steroid sprays may be beneficial in speeding up the process in some cases. If resolution does not occur, then referral to an ENT specialist for drainage and tube placement may be necessary. See your doctor for follow-up and treatment plan. ...Read more

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For how long will it take for azithromycin to cure otitis media?

For how long will it take for azithromycin to cure otitis media?

Otitis: Azithromycin can be used for ear infections. But some are infected with bacteria that are resistant and need other antibiotics. But if it is sensitive it can resolve sometimes in a week to ten days. ...Read more

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For how long does an ear infection (otitis media) take to fully heal?

For how long does an ear infection (otitis media) take to fully heal?

Otitis: The duration of ear infections vary greatly from person to person. Some are treated with antibiotics and can resolve within a week others need a longer time due to the disfunction of the eustacian tube. Age is another factor...Young children sometimes can take a long time and some even need surgical intervention by an ent. (tubes). ...Read more

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How long does it take the ringing in my left ear to stop? I have serous otitis media.

Ear causing tear : (: The ringing in the ear during, after this infection can last awhile...And wax and wane as it slowly improves over time. Sometimes the ringing can last for awhile. I recommend seeing your doctor or an ENT physician. Do not despair. ...Read more

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About how long does it take for otitis media with effusion to clear on average, and will the ringing in my left ear stop with it? It came from a uri.

About how long does it take for otitis media with effusion to clear on average, and will the ringing in my left ear stop with it? It came from a uri.

Within 3 months: Typically ~90% of patients will clear the effusion within 3 months. Taking medications such as a topical decongestant (nasal steroids) may speed the recovery. If the effusion doesn't clear, then you should see an ENT to make sure the eustachian tube isn't blocked. An ear tube or a simple drainage procedure may be needed. For most patients w/o any other ear issues, the ringing should stop. ...Read more

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Update from my last question, I meant to say that I have inflammation in the ear canal and it's covered by some yellowish crusty stuff, is this a case of otitis media?, its been going on for 3 days, is it serious?

Update from my last question, I meant to say that I have inflammation in the ear canal and it's covered by some yellowish crusty stuff, is this a case of otitis media?, its been going on for 3 days, is it serious?

Otitis Externa: Inflammation of the canal is more likely otitis externa and it can have a discharge. Bacterial ear infxn needs to be treated with abx which will require a trip to a doctor. Externa can be serious in patients with diabetes or immunosuppression. Drainage for 3 days should be treated seriously. Likely you'll get a rx for abx drops +/- pills and perhaps a wik in the canal if bad. Hope this helps! ...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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Can you get a middle ear fungal infection after serous otitis media has cleared out? And how long is safe to let it set as my ENT appointment is march

Can you get a middle ear fungal infection after serous otitis media has cleared out? And how long is safe to let it set as my ENT appointment is march

Yes: With serous otitis, clear fluid in the middle ear space has not drained properly and pressure causes the eardrum to bulge. After drainage, fluid left can become infected. Fungal infections are unusual.
If you are concerned, see you ENT asap. If you cannot see him/her within next 48-72 hours, see a primary care doctor. If fever/chills, nausea/vomiting, extreme ear/head/jaw pain go to emergency dept. ...Read more

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What is otitis media?

What is otitis media?

Middle ear infection: Otitis Media is the term used for infection in the middle ear ...Read more

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Otitis Media (Definition)

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