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How do I get rid of a middle ear infection without taking any drugs?

How do I get rid of a middle ear infection without taking any drugs?

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

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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My doctor prescribed betaclav 1000 and sinucon for a middle ear infection. How safe are these medicines? The sinucon is making me very tense.

My doctor prescribed betaclav 1000 and sinucon for a middle ear infection. How safe are these medicines? The sinucon is making me very tense.

Sinucon & betaclav: Sinucon is a combo medicine that contains an antihistaminic and a decongestant, the latter can make you tense, you can ask your doctor for a replacement. Betaclav, is an amoxicillin + clavulonic acid antibiotic, safe if you aren't allergic to amoxicillin or penicillin, best wishes ...Read more

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What causes middle ear infection?

Bacterial and viral: Ear infections are more common in children due to their anatomy and predisposition for upper respiratory infections. When the eustachian tube fails to maintain a neutral pressure relative to the outside world, the middle ear can accumulate fluid, siphon bacteria from the upper respiratory tract into the middle ear and an infection results. Eustachian tube swelling is often initiated with a virus. ...Read more

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Middle ear infection can I shower?

Middle ear infection can I shower?

Yes: I see no reason to alter your regular routine if you have a middle ear infection. Water from the shower will not interfere with your recovery. ...Read more

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Could I flush a middle ear infection?

Could I flush a middle ear infection?

No: These structures are not set up to permit such a treatment. The only point where the middle ear has an opening is buried in the back of your throat. ...Read more

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Best way to treat a middle ear infection?

Best way to treat a middle 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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How long should middle ear infection last?

How long should middle ear infection last?

Etiology: Almost all middle ear infections result from a viral infection in the back of the nose. This, in turn causes swelling of the tube that connects the back of the nose to the middle ear space. The virus should be eliminated in about 7 to 10 days. However, at your age of 44, a bacterial superinfection may require an antibiotic and may last for many weeks. See an ENT doc for evaluation. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a middle ear infection?

What are symptoms of a middle ear infection?

Variable: The middle ear is the space behind the ear drum. Symptoms could include pain, pressure, hearing loss, drainage, dizziness, ringing noise. If suspected, get it checked out. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is a middle ear infection?

What sort of problem is a middle ear infection?

Infection: An ear infection is when bacteria or viral bugs get into the spaces of your ear causing swelling and infection. This can affect hearing or cause pain. ...Read more

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What can I do if I have a middle ear infection?

What can I do if I have a middle ear infection?

Several choices: Some of these are viral and subside in a few days. Some are bacterial and may self heal in 6-12 weeks, but would likely remain painful & could lead to complications. You could continue to self assess and self treat or have a health care provider confirm your suspicions and initiate treatment. ...Read more

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Could you have a middle ear infection without pain?

Maybe: Pain from a middle ear infection often comes from excessive pressure in the ear. If you have a hole in the eardrum you likely wouldn't have pain because the pressure can't build up, but you would likely have a significant amount of drainage from the ear in that case. With a cold you can have a noninfected effusion in the middle ear and these may not be painful (though you can have hearing loss). ...Read more

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How long would middle ear infection normally last?

See below: Most cases of otitis media in children will resolve without antibiotic treatment if they are older than 2 years, if they do not have moderate to severe ear pain and do not have fever over 102.2f.
If antibiotics are used in more severe cases the children improve after 2-3 days.
Fluid will frequently persist in the middle ear for a month or longer after resolution of the acute infection. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to cure the middle ear infection?

What are the best ways to cure the middle ear infection?

Otitis media: Although ear infections can be viral and resolve on their own; they may also be bacterial and need antibiotics. If it's been present for more than 2 days, see your physician. ...Read more

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Please tell me if you can fly with a middle ear infection?

Please tell me if you can fly with a middle ear infection?

No.: There is pus in the middle ear, the eardrum is stretched tight. Pressure changes from flying may cause excruciating pain and potential rupture. Flight attendant patient told me they don't let her (nor pilots) work when they have ear or sinus infections. I caught a sinus infection on travel once, ear pain was unbearable, almost made a grown woman cry. ...Read more

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Why do I always get a middle ear infection following a cold?

Why do I always get a middle ear infection following a cold?

Otitis media: When you have a "cold", which is a viral URI, there is swelling of the tissues in the back of the throat. This can create partial obstruction of the eustacian tube (from the middle ear to the lateral throat) and this can lead to ear infection. ...Read more

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How common is it for an adult to have a middle ear infection?

How common is it for an adult to have a middle ear infection?

Otitis media: Hello, that is a very good question. It is rather uncommon for adults to develop middle ear infections. Once the facial bones reach maturity, the angle of the eustachian tube maximizes to prevent bacteria from reaching the middle ear. Unless etd occurs, an adult should outgro otitis media. ...Read more

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How many days csn it take to clear up a middle ear infection?

How many days csn it take to clear up a middle ear infection?

Depends: During any ear infection there is a temporary reduction in hearing due to the muck in the middle ear for up to 2-6 wks. If the infection ; muck is not cleared out within 90 days that muck can turn to a glue like material. Some infections clear without meds, some benefit from having the muck removed ; ventilation tubes placed. Most hearing will return to baseline. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: middle ear infection?

Middle ear pus: The area behind the ear drum is called the middle ear. It can be filled with mucus type fluid, thin serum like fluid, or pus. A middle ear infection occurs when the middle ear is filled with pus and the ear drum is also very inflamed, thickened, and red. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a middle ear infection in each ear. They were completely that good or bad?

What to do if I have a middle ear infection in each ear. They were completely that good or bad?

Confusing question: This is a completely treatable condition. Have it verified by a doctor and treated. Complete recovery is the standard outcome. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a middle ear infection in each ear. They were completely that good or bad?

Ear infection: See your doctor for evaluation and treatment of your bilateral ear infection. Amoxicillen is usually the drug of choice. ...Read more

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How can I relieve pain from a middle ear infection? I've been prescribed meds and I follow up Friday but I need to relieve pain until then. : (

How can I relieve pain from a middle ear infection? I've been prescribed meds and I follow up Friday but I need to relieve pain until then. : (

Auralgan (benzocaine and antipyrine): If there is no perforation in the TM you can use Antipyrine-Benzocaine drops every 2-3 hrs for relief. You can also try motrin. Another treatment could be a cotton ball with olive oil in the ear. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for a middle ear infection?

What are the treatments for a middle ear infection?

Ear infection: Treatment for middle ear infection (otitis media) will depend on age. Adults may not take antibiotics if the earache disappears in a few days. Children less than 5 years old usually need antibiotics, especially younger than 2 years old. Over 5 years, treat the same as adults. Analgesic ear drops or oral equivalents can be used to ease the pain. ...Read more

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I have a middle ear infection, being treated, but my ear keeps popping and paining me?

I have a middle ear infection, being treated, but my ear keeps popping and paining me?

Yes: Unfortunately that's your eustachian tube opening and closing. There are anesthetic ear drops that can be prescribed, or you can try a heated towel over your ear and see if that helps. Oral pain medicine like Motrin might also be helpful. ...Read more

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How long does a viral middle ear infection last?

7 to 10 days: Most viral infections last 7 to 10 days. A middle ear effusion or fluid in the ear may persist much longer. Best to see your otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Will a middle ear infection affect my singing voice?

Usually not: Ear infections usually only affect the ear not the voice. Sometime though the same viral illness can affect more than one area of the body. That is why someone can have for example an ear infection runny nose and diarrhea. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to have a middle ear infection after an inner ear infection?

Clarify: Inner ear infections are rare and would involve the hearing and balance part of the ear with resultant deafness and severe vertigo. Rarely middle ear infection can spread to inner ear. Most likely you had a middle ear infection which when treated has residual fluid behind the ear drum. This fluid usually clears but if there is still hearing loss after 3-4 months then see ent. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will dizziness last for with a middle ear infection?

Can someone tell me how long will dizziness last for with a middle ear infection?

Varies: The dizziness might last for a week or so, but could last several weeks. It might be related to other factors besides the ear infection. Much more information is needed to best answer this. You should see your doctor and better assess this problem. ...Read more

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Can drs actually see inside your ear for middle ear infection just using the ear scope?

Yes: The ear drum is somewhat like a frosty window & objects behind it are visible but blurry. A pus level is evident as is an inflammation of the eardrum itself. ...Read more

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Perforated ear 2 days ago from middle ear infection. How long til it heals? Work in a nursery so any tips to stop load noises and pain in work?

Perforated ear 2 days ago from middle ear infection. How long til it heals? Work in a nursery so any tips to stop load noises and pain in work?

Varies: A perforation during an infection often seals up as the infection heals, but may linger. It is more likely to persist if it is large or in an adult. A followup visit with your doc after completion of treatment is important. ...Read more

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Will tinnitus that began with a middle ear infection eventually go away?

Will tinnitus that began with a middle ear infection eventually go away?

Yes it should but: There are many reasons for Tinnitus and you will need to followup with an ENT Tinnitus specialist if it does not. You need a decongestant now to let the swelling go down. Please discuss this with your physicians and seen an ENT physician if it does not clear ...Read more

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Expert opinion please: could smoking weed make a middle ear infection worse?

Expert opinion please: could smoking weed make a middle ear infection worse?

Maybe: While we don't have as much research on marijuana, we do know that tobacco smoke interferes with the function of the little hairs that clear mucus from the ears, nose, windpipe and lungs. This is why those people are always coughing up junk.
Also, watch out for the lawman since, unless you have a prescription and are in one of certain states, you can get bigger troubles than an ear infection... ...Read more

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Does your ear start popping at the end of a flight with a middle ear infection?

Ear should pop norml: As you ascend in a pressurized aircraft, some air is likely pushed out of your normal middle ear down your eustachian tube. As you descend & land, the reverse process tries to occur & you may yawn or chew & notice your ear popping. If you have a middle ear infection the fluid in the ear does not compress & you are not likely to have any noticeable popping. ...Read more

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Can a middle ear infection cause temporary or permanent loss of taste and smell?

Can a middle ear infection cause temporary or permanent loss of taste and smell?

Middle ear infection: A middle ear infection can cause temporary hearing loss but I have not come across any article linking it with loss of taste or smell. Just pose your question again to see if other doctors have seen that association. ...Read more

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Can you use the same ear drops for an inner ear infection & middle ear infection?

Wording confusion: There are 3 basic compartments of the ear mechanism. The outer canal, the middle ear with ear bones & the inner ear that is encased in the skull bone. The inner ear handles the hearing mechanism & position sense. You cannot reach it with drops. Drops are sometimes used for canal infections or middle ear pbs if tubes are present. Some drops used for canal infections can be used for middle ear infect. ...Read more

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Can a middle ear infection cause a temporary or permanent loss of taste and smell?

Can a middle ear infection cause a temporary or permanent loss of taste and smell?

Ear infection cannot: ...Cause loss of smell or taste - but ear infections are usually complications of nasal problems which obviously can. ...Read more

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I have a middle ear infection, my ears are starting to pop a little. What does this mean?

Possibly improving: Your question suggests that you have been seen and diagnosed with a middle ear infection. If so, now that you have noticed some popping, you may be recovering. The popping could be air entering the middle ear space which was likely full of fluid. This may be a sign of improvement. ...Read more

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)

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