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Can echinacea cure ear infections?

Can echinacea cure ear infections?

No: It has been shown to decrease the length and severity of the common cold if it's taken within the first 24-48 hours of symptom onset. Nothing else has been proven. ...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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Still nursing my 16 month old who has a double ear infection and bronchitis. Can I take yin chiao echinacea to prevent myself from getting sick?

Still nursing my 16 month old who has a double ear infection and bronchitis. Can I take yin chiao echinacea to prevent myself from getting sick?

Question: Great question. No study shows that it works so I would not. Eating a good diet hydration would be as helpful. Unfortunately when you're a parent of a young child there is a higher risk of infection. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat ear infection?

What can I do to treat ear infection?

Antibiotics: An "ear infection" could be an outer ear infection (swimmer's ear) or a middle ear infection. Three treatment options 1) do nothing...And suffer - why? 2) antibiotics and/or ear drops 3) tubes (for middle ear infection). ...Read more

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Is there more than one good way to treat ear infection?

Is there more than one good way to treat ear infection?

Yes.: Over half of all ear infections resolve on their own. Different people have different ideas on how bad an infection has to be before you either start antibiotics, or perform eardrum puncture (myringotomy) - either has a good chance of curing an infection too severe or long-standing to manage with pain control alone. ...Read more

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Can cipro (ciprofloxacin) be taken internally to treat ear infection?

Can cipro (ciprofloxacin) be taken internally to treat ear infection?

Ciprofloxacin is an: Antibiotic that comes in an oral dose and a topical drops. If you are treating an external ear infection the topical medication is far superior because it produces a much higher concentration directly to the bacteria. If the canal is blocked with cerumen and debris the canal must be cleared first. The oral form is not the preferred treatment for middle ear or external infections. ...Read more

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My daughter is 5 & 36lbs. Dr gave us prescription for amoxicillin 400/5ml to treat ear infection. The dose is 10ml twice a day. Is that to much?

My daughter is 5 & 36lbs. Dr gave us prescription for amoxicillin 400/5ml to treat ear infection. The dose is 10ml twice a day. Is that to much?

Normal for ear infec: The most common cause of ear infections statistically is a pneumococcus. The gradual emergence of resistance in this germ has led to a higher dose range to kill partially resistant germs. This is normal dosing for an ear infection but would be high for a urinary tract infection. ...Read more

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How to treat ear infection without medicine? This is the second time that my daughter of 14 months get it. What to do pediatrician or specialist?

How to treat ear infection without medicine? This is the second time that my daughter of 14 months get it. What to do pediatrician or specialist?

See her pediatrician: Two episodes of ear infection is not regarded excessive for 14-month-old. If she experiences more than 2 ear infections within 6 months or 3 within 12 months, consultation with ear specialist would be advised. ...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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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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How should I treat my ear infection at home?

How should I treat my 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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How can I treat my ear infection? Just started today

Ear infection: Need a md to evaluate if it is middle ear infection (treated by oral abx) or external ear infection (treated by abx drops). ...Read more

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Ear infection leading to toothache. What should I treat first?

Ear infection leading to toothache. What should I treat first?

No: An ear infection does not lead to a tooth ache. I agree that dental pain can refer pain to the side of the face (earache or more properly otalgia). But the two problems if they coexist are unrelated except for the referral of dental pain to the side of the face. You probably need to see both a dentist and an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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How can I treat my child's ear infection?

How can I treat my child's ear infection?

Ear infection: You can try using children's advil (ibuprofen) for the pain. If it is not improving or having a fever or other symptoms, please see your pcp or urgent care. ...Read more

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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

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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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I have ear infection and not treated for 3 months, what to do for treatment?

I have ear infection and not treated for 3 months, what to do for treatment?

Chronic OM: After 3 months, your infection is considered chronic and more difficult to treat. Your primary care provider should be able to provide some treatment options to you, or refer you to an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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How do you treat a ear infection?

How do you treat a ear infection?

Depends: There are many types of ear infection requiring different strategies. The main symptom is pain and therefore painkillers are usually given. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil are the usual ones used. If it is an external ear infection (of the ear canal) then usually antibiotic ear drops in addition suffices. In middle ear infections oral antibiotics may be required. Best judge is the examining physician. ...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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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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Is amoxocillian enough to treat a ear infection?

Is amoxocillian enough to treat a ear infection?

Usually works well: No matter what we select and what it costs there is a failure rate for any med.Amoxicillin in proper doses is one of the most commonly used and effective meds for ear infections. ...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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How do you treat an ear infection on a 5yr old?

How do you treat an ear infection on a 5yr old?

Pediatrician: If your child is otherwise healthy, you may consider observation and rest as most ear infections in children resolve spontaneously. Antibiotics are often used unnecesarily for ear infections in children, resulting in community problems of antibiotic resistance. But if your child has high fever, vomiting or the pus is draining from the ear, you should take the child to a pediatrician. ...Read more

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How should you treat facial pain from an ear infection?

Treat the ear: If your facial pain is truly coming from an ear infection you must address the infection first. Please see your ENT specialist for an evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Can you lose your hearing if you don't get an ear infection treated right away?

Can you lose your hearing if you don't get an ear infection treated right away?

Unlikely: In the era before abx, people just tolerated ear infections until the body cleared them (often took months).Doc's occasionally lanced the drum to let the pressure off, & some people eventually needed ear bone reconstruction after years of recurrent pbs. Now, abx rx will speed up the cure but you don't have to run to the er worried u will go deaf. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


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