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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

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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What's the treatment for middle ear infection (otitis media) in adults ?

What's the treatment for middle ear infection (otitis media) in adults ?

Depends: If evaluated by a dr. And a history and physical exam is performed with a visual inspection of you ears, a diagnosis can be forthcoming regarding whether it is viral or bacterial. Bacterial would require antibiotics, whereas a viral infection would require more supportive care of the symptoms (nsaids, ant-pyretics, etc.). ...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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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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Adult. left ear - outer and middle ear infection. Taking meds. Pain is worse and severe. Pain spread to throat and side of head. Do I need to go to ER?

Adult. left ear - outer and middle ear infection. Taking meds. Pain is worse and severe. Pain spread to throat and side of head. Do I need to go to ER?

Check first: Contact the doctor who prescribed the current treatment and explain the change in your condition. The ER is always "open," but being seen by the same doctor who treated the original condition is usually more helpful. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for middle ear infection?

What is the treatment for middle ear infection?

Middle ear infection: Most middle ear infections in adults need to be treated with antibiotics. At times patients may need some decongestant nasal spray and antihistamines or even steroids. ...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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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

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

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

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 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


Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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