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How To Cure An Ear Infection Without Antibiotics
My doctor prescribed an antibiotic called Biaxin (clarithromycin) to take for 7 days because I have an ear infection. Is this enough to cure the infection?
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
I have a middle ear infection and my doctor changed the antibiotic from Biaxin to Cipro (cipro (ciprofloxacin)floxacin) because it didn't help. Will cipro (ciprofloxacin) cure it?
Unaswerable: Without knowing what is in the middle ear fluid, it is impossible to answer your question. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is an adequate antibiotic, but if you are not allergic to penicillin, Augmentin is the drug of choice. If the cause of the fluid in the middle ear is the result of a virus, no antibiotic will help. Your question is unanswerable because we do not know if there is a bacteria in the middle ear. ...Read more
My doctor changed the antibiotic to Cipro (ciprofloxacin) because Biaxin didn't help treat my middle ear infection. Will Cipro (ciprofloxacin) cure it?
Antibiotic: You don't say what you are being treated for, what the causative organism is, whether it is sensitive to the antibiotics that have been prescribed, etc. Cannot possibly answer your question without more data. ...Read more
Ear infection: It is not a good idea to treat infections without a diagnosis--and a doctor--managing it. Many folks find some "old" antibiotics laying around and take them for what they feel is their diagnosis. Then for whatever reason if they don't get better, they try to switch, again without a good exam and a diagnosis. Lots of things cause ear pain, and antibiotics aren't the answer for all. ...Read more
I have a chronic ear infection responding to no antibiotic yet. What's going to happen? I'm nervous.
See an ENT doctor: Have you been diagnosed with a middle ear infection (otitis media) or an external infection (otitis externa)? Google these terms to understand the differences. Or do you have water in your ear (serous otitis media)? Ask your doctor for a referral to an ENT doctor, or get a second opinion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I am already on a antibiotic for a cold is there any chance that I could develop a ear infection bc my head is already hurting?
Common cold: Is due to viral infection, so antibiotics won't be of value unless a secondary bacterial infection sets in, so you are allowed to have viral infection of your middle ears or your sinuses despite being on antibiotics, if it is really bothersome see your doctor, meanwhile, saline nasal wash and salt water gargles would help ...Read more
I took my 3 year old grandson to Dr this am & he has an ear infection? First time, how could this happen? I bought the antibiotic. He never gets ill?
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
Ear infection: The choice of antibiotics for treating middle ear infections depends on age of the person and whether the cause is bacterial. A good percentage of these infections in older children and adults is viral in nature and these need no antibiotics to treat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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