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Is it okay to use cefuroxime to treat a tooth infection?

Is it okay to use cefuroxime to treat a tooth infection?

Not a common use: Uses of this medication include treatment of tonsillitis, strep throat, ear infections, skin infections, and bronchitis, to name a few. This prescription medication works by preventing the bacteria from forming cell walls.Not all bacteria will respond to this medicine. Most times other more broad spectrum antibiotics like penicillin are used. ...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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Is it safe to fly with an eye infection?

Is it safe to fly with an eye infection?

Yes, but!: Flying will not affect an eye infection. However, if you have bacterial pink eye, you are very contagious. If the infection is bacterial, it should be treated soon, as it can become troublesome. Please seek professional evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a tattoo with an ear infection?

Is it safe to get a tattoo with an ear infection?

Tattoos: The United States food and drug administration (fda) does not regulate tattoos leaving the burden of tattoo safety and regulations up to individual cities and states. Some of the risks that come with getting a tattoo are infection at the site of the tattoo, allergic reaction to the tattoo dye, the spread of disease such as HIV and hepatitis c, granulomas and keloid formation. No tattoos! ...Read more

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Is it true that flying with an ear infection is safe?

Is it true that flying with an ear infection is safe?

Airplanes & ears: Flying with a middle ear infection is safe, but may be uncomfortable with changes in pressure. When the middle ear space fills with fluid the pressure increases, and there is a small risk of ear drum rupture. This is not dangerous and usually heals up on its own. ...Read more

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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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Is it possible to treat an infected ear piercing with neosporin?

Is it possible to treat an infected ear piercing with neosporin?

May want evaluation.: You may want to have your ear evaluated by a doctor. If it is not responding to over the counter topical antibiotics like neosporin you may have a complicated infection that may require oral antibiotics. It is also very common to have a allergy to a metal in your earring that may seem like an infection but isn't. This may require something other than an antibiotic like a topical cortisone cream. ...Read more

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Is it unsafe to fly with an inner ear infection?

Is it unsafe to fly with an inner ear infection?

Not good idea: Sure you are talking about an inner ear infection? Anyway, not a good idea. See an ENT before considering doing so. ...Read more

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Is it possible for amoxicillin to cause diarriea? Is it good for curing an ear infection?

Is it possible for amoxicillin to cause diarriea? Is it good for curing an ear infection?

Yes.: Common side effect for antibiotics. Taking them with food will help minimize this effect. Taking probiotics and eating yogurt helps replace normal flora that will help in minimizing diarrhea, or getting over it quicker. Ear infections have different causes and categories, some need drops, some need oral antibiotics, and even some need specific antibiotics. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take ibuprofen with penicillin for an ear infection?

Is it safe to take ibuprofen with penicillin for an ear infection?

Yes: You can take Ibuprofen and penicillin antibiotics at the same time. Penicillin is not the best antibiotic for an ear infection. Amoxicillin, augmentin, ceftin, (cefuroxime) vantin etc. Would be better. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter substitute for amoxicillin? It will be used to treat a throat infection.

Is there an over-the-counter substitute for amoxicillin?  It will be used to treat a throat infection.

Don't treat: throat infection with antibiotics unless it is bacterial. The types of antibiotics used are prescription medications. ...Read more

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Is it normal when you have an ear infection for is to drain?

Otitis media: Perforation of the tympanic membrane (eardrum) can occur with middle ear infection. This is not uncommon, and once the infection has been treated the perforation will usually heal over. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for an antibiotic to work in curing an ear infection?

24-48 hours: You should notice a substantial improvement in your symptoms within 24-48 hours, mainly in the reduction of pain. ...Read more

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How likely is it for an ear piercing to get infected?

How likely is it for an ear piercing to get infected?

Rare: If done correctly, infection is rare. The ears have a good blood supply and can heal well. Bad technique, dirty instruments and inexperienced operators can cause a lot of problems. Go to a reputable place to have this done and follow the instructions you are given afterwards. That is your best chance to heal normally. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly if my child has an ear infection?

Is it safe to fly if my child has an ear infection?

Yes: It is safe, but may be uncomfortable for your child to fly with an ear infection. You may want to give pain medication such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen prior to take off. A dose of a decongestant nose spray may also help; as always check with your doctor before giving any medication. If possible, changing your itinerary will allow your child's ear to heal before travel. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take any antibiotic for a sinus infection?

Is it safe to take any antibiotic for a sinus infection?

No: Antibiotics that are prescribed for sinus infections are targeted to the most common bacteria that cause them. Not all antibiotics treat the same type of bacteria. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly if I have an inner ear problem?

Is it safe to fly if I have an inner ear problem?

Flight: It is not unsafe to fly, but the changes in pressures during a flight may exacerbate your underlying problem -- check with your doctor before your flight. ...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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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?

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

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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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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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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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How can you treat an ear infection that is also causing you to be off balance?

How can you treat an ear infection that is also causing you to be off balance?

ENT evaluation: You will need an ear nose throat specialist evaluation because this could be due to inflammation/infection of the inner ear in addition to the middle ear infection. The inner ear in addition to a special part of the brain (the cerebellum) is responsible for our balance. If affected can cause vertigo and ringing sensation in the ear. ...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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Could a non-ear specialist diagnose and treat an ear infection?

Could a non-ear specialist diagnose and treat an ear infection?

Primary Care: Yes. Of course. Any primary care physician and probably any physician who went through residency training can examine an ear and diagnose an infection. But, ears can look non-infected at times early on in an infection and the exam change within half of a day or so. ...Read more

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Can doxycycline treat an ear infection?

Can doxycycline treat an ear infection?

EAR INFECTIONS:: Can be #1external ear infection/swimmers ear or otitis externa; or #2 middle ear infection or otitis media. Doxycyclind is not a first line antibiotic choice for either of the two. ...Read more

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How can you treat an ear infection without seeing a doctor?

How can you treat an ear infection without seeing a doctor?

Comfort measures: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. If not better after 3-4 days of comfort care, 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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Will penicillin vk 500mg tablets treat an ear infection?

Will penicillin vk 500mg tablets treat an ear infection?

Unlikely: With a large proportion of s. Pneumonii (most common bacteria causing middle ear infection) becoming resistant to penicillin, the mainstay of antibiotics treatment for "ear infection" is currently a high dose of amoxicillin. ...Read more

Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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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