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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

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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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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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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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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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?

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 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 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

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. Oscar Novick
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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