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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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What is the best over-the-counter medication for an ear infection/swimmers ear?

What is the best over-the-counter medication for an ear infection/swimmers ear?

Any of them: Any of the otc swimmers ear solutions should help to clear it up. If not working be seen for antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are the over-the-counter medicines or old remedies that could possible get rid of an earache/ear infection?

What are the over-the-counter medicines or old remedies that could possible get rid of an earache/ear infection?

Why home remedy?: Why a home remedy? If you don't know how to cure this pain, you most likely are unsure of the actual cause. Suggest you see an ENT to diagnose the cause and offer a cure. Better than leaving it alone or searching for a home remedy. Just get seen and get it fixed. ...Read more

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My 2 yr old son continuously cries all day everyday, has been checked for ear infections and everything else. Is there anything over the counter?

My 2 yr old son continuously cries all day everyday, has been checked for ear infections and everything else. Is there anything over the counter?

Need to know: It is important to figure out WHY he is crying. In my experience, 2 year olds do not cry for no reason. Perhaps, a urinary tract infection, excessive gas, string or thread tied around a toe or finger. Please take him for another evaluation until you can find what is bothering him. You can try ibuprofen, in case his molars are breaking or gas drops for stomach cramping. ...Read more

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What are some harmless soothing cvs over-the-counter things I could take for ear infection or random ear pain?

What are some harmless soothing cvs over-the-counter things I could take for ear infection or random ear pain?

Depends: For an ear infection: you need antibiotics. For "random" pain. That could be your TMJ or eustachian tube causing problems. If it is your TMJ and the pain is worse when chewing. You can try some over the counter motrin. If it is more of a pressure/pain you might have when coming down from altitude in a plane, the valsalva maneuver can help. If the pain does not resolve, see your local doc, . ...Read more

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Anything over the counter for a mild ear infection?

Anything over the counter for a mild ear infection?

Ear infection: Is it external or middle ear infection that you are referring to? If middle ear nasal saline washes would help, unfortunately you need to be examined for either, good luck ...Read more

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Over the counter meds for ear infection with protruded eardrum?

Over the counter meds for ear infection with protruded eardrum?

Med evaluation: If you have tissue protruding out of the external ear canal that warrants medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Whut can I take over-the-counter for ear infection from drainage from sinus?

Ear and sinus: Hello. I would recommend saline irrigation after using afrin. Afrin only for 5 days but keep the saline going until your ear improves. Mucinex (guaifenesin) will help keep fluid thin and watery. Finally Ibuprofen will help with pain and inflammation. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a ear infection wanted to use over-the-counter meds, but it leaking yellow and white chunks like tissue. Smells like milldew?

I have a ear infection wanted to use over-the-counter meds, but it leaking yellow and white chunks like tissue. Smells like milldew?

Time for visit: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. This is bacterial, 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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Can you recommend a home remedy or over-the-counter medicine for an ear ache, possibly ear infection? I've had it for a month. Apptmt is in one month.

Can you recommend a home remedy or over-the-counter medicine for an ear ache, possibly ear infection? I've had it for a month. Apptmt is in one month.

Earache: Otc medications can help with pain but if you have an infection than need to see a physician as you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter medicine can I take for an ear infection?

What over-the-counter medicine can I take for an ear infection?

None: A middle ear infection, if bacterial, requires antibiotics. Many middle ear infections accompanying a viral illness are viral; and should resolve with the resolution of the virus. You can safely wait it out if this is the case but ear pain lasting more than a few days or worsening or accompanied by high fever requires a doctor to examine and treat. ...Read more

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What kind of over-the-counter ear drops can I get if im starting to get an ear infection?

Ear drops: It depends on whether you going to have an infection of the outer ear canal or an infection of the middle ear. If you think the outer ear is involved you can use vinegar drops since the psedomonas organism which normally causes it is sensitive to vinegar. If you suspect a middle ear problem, use nose drops since the usual cause of a middle ear problem is post nasal drip. ...Read more

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I am in cancun, came down with what I think is a sinus/ear infection... still want to be able to drink alcohol but want to relive the presure from my head what can I do... most medicine in Mexico is apparently over the counter?

I am in cancun, came down with what I think is a sinus/ear infection... still want to be able to drink alcohol but want to relive the presure from my head what can I do... most medicine in Mexico is apparently over the counter?

Surgery may not help: I am a doctor who suffered for years with sinus infections. Do the following:
1.Avoid anything cold.
2.no soda.
3.I use Sovereign Silver spray when I feel like I am getting another attack. Its safe and natural. U won't get it in Mexico : (
4.I use VICKS topically as much as I can.
5.I use a humidifier at night
6.I drink lots of water.

Good L ...Read more

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What over the counter meds can get rid of ear infection and swollen glands?

What over the counter meds can get rid of ear infection and swollen glands?

Depends: There are a few middle ear infections that are triggered by viruses and heal on their own within a few days. Simple pain control is all that would be a benefit. However, true pus generating middle ear infections are caused by bacteria & require antibiotics for cure. Untreated they can go on to cause complications including mastoid infections/hearing loss. Have it evaluated soon if not improved ...Read more

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Hey dr in San Jose. Minute clinic. It was not an ear infection. I guess she thinks is fluid behind my ear drum. Not sure that's a good thing or a bad thing? I got more over the counter stuff. Advil and sudafed mostly. I guess the pain might last

Obstructed ET: Douglas, It's not possible to direct your comment to a specific doctor through this Q & A app. You can direct a message to a specific doctor by using Concierge. IF you had a cold recently followed by congestion and discomfort in one or both ears it's likely due to Eustachian Tube Dysfunction. See: http://bit. Ly/ZZ8ufv for treatment with Flonase see: http://bit. Ly/1MJuqLD ...Read more

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I have had an ear infection for more then a week and it’s a sharp pain. Do I get an antibiotic or ear drops and which brand?

I have had an ear infection for more then a week and it’s a sharp pain. Do I get an antibiotic or ear drops and which brand?

Need to look intoear: Most likely 2possibilities.
If it is external ear infection drops may be fine.
In infection is in the middle year (behind ear drum) need oral antibiotics and if severe drops may needed.
Need more information. ...Read more

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What is the best middle ear infection antibiotic?

None: Most cases of otitis media (middle ear infection) may not need antibiotic treatment. When they do there are multiple choices and whether one is "better" than another depends upon the results and the potential for side-effects. ...Read more

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How much time does it take for an ear infection to go away after antibiotic treatment?

How much time does it take for an ear infection to go away after antibiotic treatment?

Many issues: If the abx is effective the middle ear pus should be sterilized within 3-4 days. Fever should be down also. The fluid that is trapped with the infection may persist for 4-6 weeks. Fever persisting > 3 d should prompt a call to the treating physician. All infants should have a followup visit after 3-4 wks to monitor the progress of treatment. Adults clear sooner, followup if hearing impaired > 3wk. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long does it take for an ear infection to go away after antibiotic treatment?

Can you tell me how long does it take for an ear infection to go away after antibiotic treatment?

Many issues: If the abx is effective the middle ear pus should be sterilized within 3-4 days. Fever should be down also. The fluid that is trapped with the infection may persist for 4-6 weeks. Fever persisting > 3 d should prompt a call to the treating physician. All infants should have a followup visit after 3-4 wks to monitor the progress of treatment. Adults clear sooner, followup if hearing impaired > 4wks. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Infection (Definition)

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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 ...Read more