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Over The Counter Antibiotics For Ear Infections In Adults
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
Med evaluation: If you have tissue protruding out of the external ear canal that warrants medical evaluation. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
I feel like I have an ear infection. My ear hurts and so does the same side of my throat. Is there anything I can buy over-the-counter for that?
Cepastat lozenges: And sugarless gum. See a dic first thing in the am. ...Read more
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.
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
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
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?
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
My 20 month old son threw up his antibiotic sulfamethox-tmp 2 hrs after it I gave it to him for ear infection. Was it absorbed?
30 minute rule: Yes. After thirty minutes we feel enough has been absorbed and the dose does not need to be repeated. ...Read more
My baby ws treated with antibiotic for an ear infection, she's still rubbin the ear but no crying, us this norm after treatment?
Common problem: Many babies will have fluid left behind the eardrum for weeks after the germ is killed. That can produce a fealing fullness like when you are flying and need to pop your ears. Babies can also fail at treatment or re-infect. I encourage a followup visit to check the ear about 3-4 wks from the start of treatment in infants to be sure it worked. ...Read more
My son is 2 and was prescribed amoxicillin for an ear infection. Is it possible that the antibiotic is causing him to have nightmares?
I've never seen it: I've never had it reported in > 3 decades of practice. On the other hand, the discomfort of an ear infection often leads to sleep issues that improve as the kid improves. Picture you trying to sleep if you have a tooth ache, you may be able to fall asleep if exhausted but will likely have difficulty settling most of the time. ...Read more
My daughter has been on antibiotic for 2 days for ear infection she had a slight fever yesterday and spiked one tonight. Is this normal?
I was diagnosed with a pretty bad inner ear infection, finished my antibiotic but now its itching and I still cannot hear out of that ear. Why?
Takes time: To have a middle ear infection you accumulate fluid/pus/debris in the middle ear. This must eventually be absorbed by the body or drain down your Eustachian tubes to allow the normal air (hearing) to return. The duration of antibiotic use is based on how long it takes to kill the germ. The fluid (hearing loss) can persist for a few weeks after that stops. ...Read more
Severe inner & outer ear infection. I'm on oral antibiotic & drops. The pain is gone but my ear is so full of fluid. Any tips to get it to drain?
Takes time: The fluid is trapped in the middle ear space and must exit through the Eustachian tube. This can take up to 3 weeks or so in a routine middle ear infection. Nothing you take or do is likely to speed this up. Antihistamines may actually slow the process. ...Read more
Problem in hearing after suffering from a week long fever. Is it some kind of ear infection. Is this problem can be resolved by taking antibiotic?
Could be: If there was a week long fever, then yes, there may very well be an ear infection, especially if the fever is ongoing or it seems like you're underwater. If there is chronic fluid or an active infection, then an antibiotic may be called for. Talk to your doc about it. An exam would give you the answer. ...Read more
My 13 month old is on her second antibiotic, augmentim for the same ear infection. She's still fussy after 6 days. If its still there what's next?
My 2.5 yr baby has ear infection. How do symptoms differ between bacterial & viral; would antibiotic help just bacterial, &viral resolves on its own?
Ear infections: Symptoms of ear infections (fever, pain etc) can apply to both viral and bacterial causes. Antibiotics treat only bacterial causes and viral causes are self-limited and will go away on their own. There are times when the child isn't demonstrating symptoms and the pediatrician may see fluid behind the ear drum - that is very likely viral and antibiotics aren't warranted. ...Read more
Metronidazole: Metronidazole is not typically used for ear infections. First line treatment is usually amoxicillin, however some patients respond better to amoxicillin/clavulonate, or a cephalosporin. Antibiotic allergy must also be considered when choosing, but Metronidazole is usually not among the choices. ...Read more
See below: A h percentage of ear infections will resolve on their own. If your child is over the age of 2 years, you can treat the pain with tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin, or warm drops of olive oil in the ear that hurts. If the pain is not gone after 3 days, then your child should be seen. ...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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