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Middle Ear Infection In Adults Treatment
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Hi how long does an middle ear infection take to clear up for adults with taking amoxcilin 500 and over the counter ear drops no pain its clogged stil?
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
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
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
Yes: Infants and children usually have fever with middle ear infections but even some of them do not. A focal infection like one limited to the middle ear effects them more than older kids and adults.When you are older, your body is better able to limit the bodies general response, like fever. ...Read more
I got a middle ear infection. Should i go to the docotors to get the ear drops? Or can I go to the pharmcy and get it myself?
Go to doctor : If you have a middle ear infection, which become less common as you approach adulthood, then ear drops will not resolve the infection. With a middle ear infection the problem is behind the ear drum and unless you have a hole the drops will not and usually should not get in there. There are drops to numb the ear drum otc but drops to treat external infections are rx only and need exam to tell. ...Read more
I have a middle ear infection and I'm afraid it's just getting worse, despite medication. I'm worried about ear damage, and if I should go to the ER?
Is there any home remedies to do for ringing in my left ear or if I have a middle ear infection. Don't have insurance & can't afford an expensive bill?
Enzymes, Neuromics ;: This is a challenging problem western medicine seldom helps but there are treatments that may help. Garry gordon md reports great results with homeopathy ; the use of proteolytic enzymes pioneered by dr. Schedler in germany- see http://fight4yourhealth.Com/answers/tinnitus. Consider neuromics: http://www.Neuromonics.Com/?Page_id=36 for home remedies see http://earthclinic.Com/cures/tinnitus.Html. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See doctor: See an ENT specialist to help you and your hearing problem. ...Read more
I have a middle ear infection. What type of ear drops would you recommend? (like the actuall names)
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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