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How can I treat an adult ear infection at home?

How can I treat an adult ear infection at home?

See a doctor : These can turn to glue ear or ruptured ear drums or other things. See a doctor. ...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 do you treat an adult ear infection at home?

How do you treat an adult ear infection at home?

You don't: Ear infections can be of the skin of the ear canal or fluid behind the ear drum. An infection of the ear canal requires cleaning and antibiotic ear drops. An infection behind the ear drum requires oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have eustachian tube dysfunction that is continuous and painful. Can an adult get tubes to treat? (had them as a child for chronic ear infections)

I have eustachian tube dysfunction that is continuous and painful. Can an adult get tubes to treat? (had them as a child for chronic ear infections)

See ENT specialist: You should see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist for an evaluation. Tubes are sometimes placed for adults, but the specialist can tell you if this is the proper treatment. ...Read more

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I would like guide to ways to treat an ear infection?

I would like guide to ways to treat an ear infection?

Pain management: First line of treatment - pain relief if pain not subsiding in 2-3 days - start antibiotics. ...Read more

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Best way to treat an ear infection?

Best way to treat an ear infection?

Otitis media: If acute, antibiotics and pain meds, if unrelieved needs myringotomy to let out pus. If chronic, you may need tubes, if mastoid infection is present may need mastoidectomy. ...Read more

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What can you do to treat an ear infection at home?

What can you do to treat an ear infection at home?

Comfort measures: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. Infants need an early eval.If older if not better after 3-4 days, an evaluation and treatment is advised.Prior to antibiotics, hearing loss due to chronic middle ear disease was not uncommon and a significant complication called mastoiditis requires surgical drainage. ...Read more

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What can you do to treat an ear infection that is also causing you to be off balance?

What can you do to treat an ear infection that is also causing you to be off balance?

Meds: There are medications that help suppress dizziness/imbalance. These do not treat the underlying cause of the infection, but can make you feel more stable. See your doctor for evaluation if the imbalance is significant. ...Read more

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How to treat an ear infection?

How to treat an ear infection?

Correct diagnosis: Treatment comes after diagnosis and also involves the age of the patient. Children with a red bulging ear drum usually require an appropriate antibiotic. Adults following a cold usually have a viral infection leading to fluid in the middle ear which does not require an antibiotic. Many middle ear infections resolve spontaneously (80%). Finally, external otitis is another type of ear infection. ...Read more

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Can urine be used to treat an ear infection?

No: It should be diagnosed and then treated with appropriate antibiotics by your physician. ...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

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How to treat an ear infection without cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

How to treat an ear infection without cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

I assume you..: Are talking about an external ear infection and referring to Cipro (ciprofloxacin) drops. If so, a 50:50 mixture of white vinegar and rubbing alcohol works well for killing bacteria and fungus. I recommend using it twice a day and flushing the canal with peroxide at the end of the day. If that doesn't improve things over a 3 to 4 day period you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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How can I treat an ear infection from my earrings?

How can I treat an ear infection from my earrings?

Earring infection: First make sure you do not have a hypersensitivity reaction to nickle. Earrings should be taken out in any case. If the infection is in the lobe of the ear it may heal on its own w/frequent cleaning w/a disinfectant cleansing agent. If it is in the upper ear or cartilage or if it is a lobe infection that is very swollen ; painful with cellulitis you should see a doc for cultures +/- antibiotic. ...Read more

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How do I treat an ear infection that's causing pain?

How do I treat an ear infection that's causing pain?

Antobiotics: Painful ear infection can be due to otitis media(middleear infecton)or infection in the ear canal. You need to consult your doctor or ENT specialist as you will ned antibiotics by mouth and/or drops locally.For pain you can take over the counter Motrin or tylnol if you are not allergic to these. ...Read more

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How can you treat an ear infection at home?

See a doctor : These can turn to glue ear or ruptured ear drums or other things. See a doctor. ...Read more

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In what way can you treat an ear infection ?

In what way can you treat an ear infection ?

Otitis: First you need to know if it is a real ear infection. This requires professional to examine the ear. If the infection is in the external ear canal it may respond to topical drops depending on the severity of the infection. If it is in the middle ear it may be viral and will resolve in time; if bacterial may need antibiotics. If severe and in the inner ear may need drainage/antibiotics. ...Read more

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Signs of ear infection in adults differ from kids?

Signs of ear infection in adults differ from kids?

Similar: The symptoms are pretty similar. The difference is in the ability to communicate the symptoms. ...Read more

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What's most likely signs of an ear infection in adults?

What's most likely signs of an ear infection in adults?

Ear pain, discharge: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in the ear canal) or middle ear (behind the ear drum). Outer ear infections present with ear pain (inner/outer), discharge, fullness. Middle ear infections present w/deeper ear discomfort, decreased hearing and possible drainage (if ear drum ruptured). Seeing a specialist is important to treat and make sure nothing more going on nearby that is concerning. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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Infection (Definition)

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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 ...Read more