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I have a really bad ear infection what can I do or take?

I have a really bad ear infection what can I do or take?

See your doctor: You should see your doctor so he or she can take a look in your ear and make sure nothing else is going on. You may need antibiotics or further testing. Until you can see your doctor, you can try taking ibuprofen, naproxen, or Acetaminophen for pain relief (unless you have been told not to take these medications by your doctor in the past). ...Read more

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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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Took amoxicillin for a an ear infection had to take 3 times a day for a week now I ended the course I suffer with bad he's a aches why is this?

Took amoxicillin for a an ear infection had to take 3 times a day for a week now I ended the course I suffer with bad he's a aches why is this?

He's a aches???: Headaches??? This would be unexpected from a course of amoxicillin, but it is common to have a sinus infection along with an ear infection, but would expect persistent sinus congestion. If you have been tense, clenching teeth, the jaw joint in front of ear gets inflamed and causes ear pain and headaches. Some people with migraine may react to meds unexpectantly. If persist, see your doctor. ...Read more

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My daughter was given zpak for R ear infection on Friday by Saturday night L ear now also hurts bad. Is antibiotic earning? She's 11 should I wait or take her back to be seen again

My daughter was given zpak for R ear infection on Friday by Saturday night L ear now also hurts bad.  Is antibiotic earning? She's 11 should I wait or take her back to be seen again

Call your MD: You should call your MD right away. Does your daughter have a penicillin allergy? Studies show that macrocodes like azithromycin has limited activity against Haemophilus influenzae and Streptococcus pneumoniae. The physician should also treat her pain. You can use children's tylenol (acetaminophen) and contact your pediatrician to make sure your daughter improves. Good luck. ...Read more

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When I was little I had a very bad ear infection in my left ear, it took a few weeks to clear up but I even had a fever and was overall very sick. I'm 16 now and my left ear will occasionally close up with wax and it takes a few days for it to open up. My

When I was little I had a very bad ear infection in my left ear, it took a few weeks to clear up but I even had a fever and was overall very sick. I'm 16 now and my left ear will occasionally close up with wax and it takes a few days for it to open up. My

Ear Wax: Greetings. The best way to know for sure is to have someone look into your ear. Another way would be to do a self irrigation kit but capture the irritant and look inside. Most times further medication is not needed. This ear wax buildup is unrelated to you history of the severe infection in the other ear. ...Read more

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Can having a bad ear infection behind my ear drum cause me to have a headache 24/7? If so then what can I take for it? I have had a headache 8 days.

Can having a bad ear infection behind my ear drum cause me to have a headache 24/7? If so then what can I take for it? I have had a headache 8 days.

Something else?: Most ear infections are improving within 24-48hr of treatment initiation. Most people have distinct ear pain, which would be different than a headache. Call the doctor who is treating your ear infection, clarify your symptoms, and follow his/her advice. ...Read more

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Ear pain. I've got a in date bottle of keflex. Can i take out for my ear infection? I'm 12 weeks pregnant and 22 yrs old. It hurts bad! thank you.

Ear pain. I've got a in date bottle of keflex. Can i take out for my ear infection? I'm 12 weeks pregnant and 22 yrs old. It hurts bad! thank you.

Best to get checked: An ear infection can be one of many possibilities to your ear pain. It would be best to get checked by a doctor to determine what the problem is before taking medications for something you may not need, especially when pregnant. Be well! ...Read more

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Should i be worried about ear infection? I already went to the doctor and got the medication to take care of my ear infection. But I have a bad cold as well and sinus congestion. I had to blow my nose and felt as though something was coming out of my ear

Should i be worried about ear infection? I already went to the doctor and got the medication to take care of my ear infection. But I have a bad cold as well and sinus congestion. I  had to blow my nose and felt as though something was coming out of my ear

Your : Your symptoms are very common for an upper respiratory tract infection--usually viral and will go away after 10-14 days. An ear infection can also be viral or bacterial. If it is bacterial, an antibiotic should help it heal faster. Nasal congestion can lead to ear problems due to swelling of the eustachian tube that normally equalizes pressure in the middle ear. Even after the cold has resolved, the ear symptoms can last for weeks. Afrin can help, but only take it as directed for 3 days. Then stop it no matter how your nose feels--it can quickly become habit forming as your nose learns to rely on it rather than its own mechanisms to decongest. Sudafed or other decongestants can help, but have the same potential for addiction (less likely than afrin) for those who stay on it for too long. ...Read more

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I have a really bad ear infection witch hurts my head and face and when i clean ear blood comes out and my ear smells, my ear drum burst around 2 year?

I have a really bad ear infection witch hurts my head and face and when i clean ear blood comes out and my ear smells, my ear drum burst around 2 year?

Ear drainage: Drainage like that usually indicates an ear infection, especially if you have s history of a hole in the drum. You probably need antibiotic drops and maybe pills. Go see your pcp or ent. ...Read more

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I've had a really bad ear infection for the passed 3 days. What are remedies that can soothe an ear infection?

I've had a really bad ear infection for the passed 3 days. What are remedies that can soothe an ear infection?

RX numbing ear drops: There are multiple types of ear infections. Each has its own treatment. Also, what some patients think are ear infections prove to be earwax impactions or non-infectious fluid behind the eardrum. So, it would be extremely difficult for you to self treat an ear infection without professional help. Until then try a gentle blow dryer or get your md to call in rx numbing drops as you await your appt. ...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 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


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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