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Is it necessary to have antibiotics to treat ear infections?

Is it necessary to have antibiotics to treat ear infections?

No: The majority of ear infections are caused by viruses, so antibiotics won't help. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics if your baby is less than 6 months of age, or if the infection is severe. Older toddlers who have mild illness or whose diagnosis is uncertain can be watched without antibiotics, with close follow up over the next 24-48 hours. ...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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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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My baby ws treated with antibiotic for an ear infection, she's still rubbin the ear but no crying, us this norm after treatment ?

My baby ws treated with antibiotic for an ear infection, she's still rubbin the ear but no crying, us this norm after treatment ?

Common problem: Many babies will have fluid left behind the eardrum for weeks after the germ is killed.That can produce a fealing fullness like when you are flying and need to pop your ears. Babies can also fail at treatment or re-infect. I encourage a followup visit to check the ear about 3-4 wks from the start of treatment in infants to be sure it worked. ...Read more

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On zpack for ear infection and sinus infection but just started with uti symptoms...will zpack treat this or do i need another antibiotic?

On zpack for ear infection and sinus infection but just started with uti symptoms...will zpack treat this or do i need another antibiotic?

Maybe: The germ killing profile of the Zpac is not the same as a med I would use for a UTI.You need some testing to confirm a UTI and not a copy cat process. A different antibiotic would likely be needed if it is confirmed. ...Read more

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My 3 yr old has had a runny nose on and off for about 3 months now she did have an ear infection but was treated with antibiotic. What do I do now?

My 3 yr old has had a runny nose on and off for about 3 months now she did have an ear infection but was treated with antibiotic. What do I do now?

Sinusitis: With persistent nasal draiange.. I would consider having her evaluated for possible sinusitis (chronic) or adenoiditis. Start wtih your pediatrician, but being seen by an ENT is not a bad idea. ...Read more

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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

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My 9 month old grandson has ear infection 7 days ago, treated with anitbiotics. He still crying at night , now has runny nose and doesn't feel good. ?

My 9 month old grandson has  ear infection 7 days ago, treated with anitbiotics. He still crying at night , now has runny nose and doesn't feel good. ?

See below: He may have another cold that stacked on top of the other illness or the ear infection not improving. He likely needs to be seen again. If he is having any present high fevers over 39 c or any breathing difficulty, get seen now. ...Read more

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For ear infection which antibiotic should be used n in which dose?

For ear infection which antibiotic should be used n in which dose?

See your doctor: There is new data out there about not giving antibiotics for aom. Would discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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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 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


Dr. James Chapman
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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