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Is Keflex Used To Help An Ear Infection
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
Is there an over-the-counter substitute for amoxicillin? It will be used to treat a throat infection.
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My doctor prescribed an antibiotic called Biaxin (clarithromycin) to take for 7 days because I have an ear infection. Is this enough to cure the 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.
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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