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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 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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Can I substitute cipro (ciprofloxacin) for keflex to treat an eye infection related to a stye?

Can I substitute cipro (ciprofloxacin) for keflex to treat an eye infection related to a stye?

Speak to your doctor: Keflex is an older antibiotic but is extremely effective (and liekly moreso than cipro) against the bacteria that tend to be involved in eyelid infections. It is advisable to stick with the medication that your doctor prescribes, rather than trying to save money by using a medication that you have left over from a previous infection. ...Read more

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Can urine be used to treat an ear infection?

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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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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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What helps ease an ear infection apart from antibiotics? Is it safe to use drops?

What helps ease an ear infection apart from antibiotics? Is it safe to use drops?

Oil: If you have an intact eardrum with no myringotomy tubes, there are studies that demonstrate placing warm, not hot, vegetable/olive oil in the affected ear, placing a heating pad over the ear and waiting 20-30 minutes usually relieves the pain. It does not cure the infection, so consult your doctor. ...Read more

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When treating an ear infection, what is the best antibiotic to use?

When treating an ear infection, what is the best antibiotic to use?

Ear infection: The choice of antibiotics for treating middle ear infections depends on age of the person and whether the cause is bacterial. A good percentage of these infections in older children and adults is viral in nature and these need no antibiotics to treat. ...Read more

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Is ciprofloxacin used to treat ear infections?

Is ciprofloxacin used to treat ear infections?

Yes: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) can be used PO (by mouth) or topically in the ear canal for ear infections. ...Read more

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I have an ear infection and I'm allergic to penicillin, is there something I can take that is OTC to get rid of the ear infection.

I have an ear infection and I'm allergic to penicillin, is there something I can take that is OTC to get rid of the ear infection.

Yes and no: If you do nothing at all it may self heal over 6-8 weeks. It may also abscess, erode your mastoid bone in your skull and end up needing surgical repair. There are a collection of other antibiotics that can clear an ear infection, but no herbals/otc meds that I know of. ...Read more

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Could you use ciprofloxacin as for an ear infection?

Could you use ciprofloxacin as for an ear infection?

Yes: Ciprofloxacin is prescribed for complicated middle ear infection caused by bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics. Combination of Ciprofloxacin and Dexamethasone works well for ear canal infection such as swimmer's ear. ...Read more

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Can i take penicillin for an ear infection caused by earrings?

Why?: The best way to have the ear heal where the earring was placed is to remove the earring, clean the area and place some otc antibiotic cream like neosprin. Keep the area clean and it will heal. If you are referring to an internal ear infection see your ent. ...Read more

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Can you use a cortisporin (neomycin polymyxin and hydrocortisone) ear suspension to prevent an ear infection?

Can you use a cortisporin (neomycin polymyxin and hydrocortisone) ear suspension to prevent an ear infection?

No: Cortisporin (neomycin polymyxin and hydrocortisone) ear suspension is one of the treatments for a current external ear infection ("swimmers ear"), but is not used for prevention. A mixture of equal parts white vinegar and rubbing alcohol is an old tried-and-true preventative treatment. ...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 amoxocillian enough to treat a ear infection?

Is amoxocillian enough to treat a ear infection?

Usually works well: No matter what we select and what it costs there is a failure rate for any med.Amoxicillin in proper doses is one of the most commonly used and effective meds for ear infections. ...Read more

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How can I treat an ear infection with antibiotics?

How can I treat an ear infection with antibiotics?

Different types: There are various antibiotics, typically oral or topical ear drops for this purpose. ...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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I have amox-clav 875 mg for an ear infection, will it cure a UTI as well ad the ear infection?

I have amox-clav 875 mg for an ear infection, will it cure a UTI as well ad the ear infection?

Maybe,maybe not: This is a good general treatment for both ear infections and uti's. However, there is probably 5-10% risk with any med for ear infection that the medication will not kill the germ. There are also germs that are resistant to the amox-clav. ...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


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Ear Infection (Definition)

An infection of the inner, middle, or outer ...Read more