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Doctor insights on: Over The Counter Ear Drops For Ear Infections

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

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

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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Exocin eye drops solution ofloxacin, can this be used as ear drops for ear infection?

Exocin eye drops solution ofloxacin, can this be used as ear drops for ear infection?

Not labeled for such: Eye drops formulated for ocular structures ; labeled for use as such by product inserts. Most formulations have special otic(ear) preparations for specific ear use as well. ...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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How long does it take for a ear infection to heal with ear drops.?

How long does it take for a ear infection to heal with ear drops.?

3-5 days: If the infection is an inner ear infection - the natural course is about 3-5 days. Anytime a treatment doesn't seem to help after a few days always recheck with your MD. Swimmer's ears (outer ear infections) should also show improvement within the same time period. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an ear infection that is getting worse even with ear drops. Help needed fast!?

What to do if I have an ear infection that is getting worse even with ear drops. Help needed fast!?

External vs middle: The most important part of this question is whether you have an outer ear (ear canal) or middle ear (behind the eardrum) infection. Drops only work for infection in the ear canal. If you have an external ear infection that is not getting better with ear drops, you either need different drops, or you need to have debris removed from the canal. Either way, you need to see a doctor for help. ...Read more

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Are floxin (ofloxacin) ear drops good for ear infections?

Are floxin (ofloxacin) ear drops good for ear infections?

External infection?: Ear drops are primarily used for otitis externa, (outer canal infection). If you have a middle ear infection, (otitis media), you may need oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have an exterior ear infection and i am currently using ear drops from doctor. Will i have any kind of drainage from this?

I have an exterior ear infection and i am currently using ear drops from doctor. Will i have any kind of drainage from this?

From the drops: Placing drops in your ear canal, which is a closed space, will result in some of that solution/suspension leaking out. ...Read more

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What else can I use other than ear drops to help clear up my ear infection?

Ear infection: Most ear infections in older children and adults heal by themselves in a few days. However, if you continue to have pain after using the eardrops for over 72 hours and you develop a fever or become very uncomfortable with worse pain, your doctor can check you again and perhaps prescribe an antibiotic then if the ear infection has persisted. You make a painkiller to ease the earache. ...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. Suzanne Galli
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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