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Is It Safe Not To Treat An Ear Infection
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
I assume you..: Are talking about an external ear infection and referring to Cipro 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
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
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
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
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