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Over The Counter Treatment For Otitis Interna
Antibiotics: Amoxicillin is still recommended as the first line antibiotic. There are others for treatment failure or patients with allergies. Also pain control. In older patients, pain control alone maybe tried for 3 days with antibiotics prescribed if the infection does not resolve on its own. ...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
Otitis interna?: Otitis "interna" is not a standard medical term. The most common ear infections are "otitis externa" (swimmer's ear), or "otitis media" the common ear infection of children. An "internal" ear infection would apply to the inner ear structures, of which the most common infection is a viral process involving the 8th nerve which causes vertigo ("labyrinthitis"), mostly resolves on its own. ...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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm a teenager & I traveled extensively throughout the world. The past 6 months I've had a rash. Over the counter treatment doesn't work. What now?
I have a fairly bad infection in my upper left gum line, what would be the best over the counter treatment I could get? I don't have insurance...
There aren't any: Gum infections can't be cured with pills, ointments, snake oil, emollients, or salves. Gum infections are very serious, destroying gum tissue and the underlying bone that supports the teeth. Contact a gum specialist, a Periodontist, and ask about payment options. Contact Social Services for locations of dental clinics. Seek treatment at a Dental School. ...Read more
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