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Signs Ear Infection Is Healing
No pain, you hear: The symptoms that made you suspect an ear infection in the first place should clear up. Usually this means pain goes away. This usually happens within a couple of days. Then you should get your normal hearing back. This can take a little longer as it takes more time for the fluid from the infection to get cleared up and hearing to return to normal. ...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
I have an ear infection and I am on meds for it. I have 3 more days of taking it. But my ear itches is itching a sign of healing?
Itching on ear meds: Would contact your doctor who prescribed the medicine. Sometimes could be sign of non healing infection sometimes could be reaction/allergy to the medicine, so please contact the doctor who prescribed the medicine and be evaluated. ...Read more
My 9 month old has 100.8 fever. It has been 12 days after starting treatment for ear infection. Is this serious or just a sign that ear infection hasn't gone away?
Chronic OM: After 3 months, your infection is considered chronic and more difficult to treat. Your primary care provider should be able to provide some treatment options to you, or refer you to an ENT specialist. ...Read more
My son has had an ear infection for a week now, today a ton of fluid has been pouring out. Is it healing?
Treatment failure: Symptoms of an illness that will respond to a particular antibiotic usually start to improve within 3-4 days if the appropriate antibiotic was prescribed, and they were taken as directed. Relapse or persistence of symptoms is generally regarded as a treatment failure or inaccuracy of the original diagnosis (i.e. viral not bacterial). ...Read more
Ask your doc: This site is not designed to be a substitute for proper evaluation and prescribing by a proper health care source. We try to provide accurate information on health care issues ; help you seek proper local sources. Ear detection devices while interesting, do not separate benign fluid build up from true pus. Clinical confirmation and treatment requires proper evaluation. ...Read more
OM symptoms: Can be variable. Some symptoms include fullness, hearing loss, pain, ear drainage, dizziness, and fever. Treatment of ear infections is individualized, but usually consists of some form of antibiotic. Secondary medications may include decongestants, mucolytics, antiinflammatories/steroids and pain medications. ...Read more
Treat the ear: Assuming you didn't have vertigo initially: if you have both an ear infection and vertigo, then it is very likely that the ear infection caused the vertigo. As you treat the ear infection, the vertigo should improve. However you might need to take some meds to help with the acute symptoms of vertigo. ...Read more
See an ENT: An Ear Nose and Throat specialist needs to take a look in that ear and determine exactly what is going on...it may not be a bacterial infection at all! Treatment will depend on what they find. Good luck! ...Read more
Can I shower with an outer ear infection that is healing? I also have an ear wick. Anything I should be cautious of? Do I need to wear plugs?
Should be ok: It should be ok to shower. Obviously, without more info such as an exam, it's tough to be sure, but it sounds OK from what you presented. If you're unsure, you'll have to see your primary care for an exam. ...Read more
Definition: Ototoxicity refers to medicine or other treatments or measures causing damage to the ear inadvertently. Ear infection treatment is designed to help the ear causing improvement in symptoms of infection or pain. We say that certain medicines that treat cancer or certain antibiotics may be ototoxic. ...Read more
Age matters: I'm a pediatrician, but hope I can still give you helpful advice. In babies and children, we treat ear infex based on the degree of illness and/or discomfort with the infex. Fluid can be present behind the eardrum with an acute ear infection. If it does not resolve and/or it's adversely affecting one's hearing, we are quicker to act on that. See an ENT (ear/nose/throat) specialist. ...Read more
Some self heal: In the years before antibiotics people had ear infections ; just toughed them out. It often took 6-8 weeks for the body to clear the infection. Pain control with heat, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can help. Some viral infections disappear in a few days without help. However, some infections can become chronic, abscess the bone near the ear and need to be surgically drained. ...Read more
Can you please describe the easiest and quickest treatment for an ear infection caused by a virus?
Prob need meds: You should see a doctor and get some medications. ...Read more
I'm taking Sofradex eardrop (1 drop daily) for ear infection. Are there any risk if I got pregnant during the treatment? Thanks!
Yes: The safety of this medication during pregnancy has not been established. It is possible the medication can be absorbed into the bloodstream, cross placenta and effect the baby. The maker of this medication does not recommend its use in pregnant or breastfeeding moms unless "the potential benefits to the mother outweigh any potential risks to the fetus. ...Read more
I have ear infection (bullous myringitis); when will I get my hearing back, what to do for treatment?
Ear infections: In general, I would normally tell a patient to see there doctor to treat ear infections if there is pain and hearing will eventually return if treated. ...Read more
My 2 yr old son has had ear problems for as long as I can remember. He has chronic ear infections and was wondering what the next option for treatment?
Referral to a specia: If you have not done so as of yet, it sounds as if your son should be evaluated by an ENT as well as an allergist. Especially id both ears are affected and impacts his hearing, tympanostomy tubes might be a consideration. Other, environmental issues--such as exposure to cigarette smoke, dry air, animals, rugs may contribute also. ...Read more
Have a double ear infection. Dr prescribed ceftin (cefuroxime) for treatment start today. Will I get meningitis from this ear infection if I hadn't have treated it?
Unlikely....: ...But possible. It is more likely, if the infection spreads beyond your ear, that it will go into the mastoid bone located right behind your ear. Even this, though, won't happen most of the time. Ear infections are treated to reduce pain and protect hearing. ...Read more
Can Fungal Ear infections go to bone or brain? How do you know? I am terrified been battling ear infx and just found out its fungal. On treatment 1 wk
No, won't go to: Brain. Relax. Fungal infections are easy to get rid of. You don't even need super-duper antibiotic drops. Fungi can't live in the normal acidic ear canal environment. Lowering the pH with an acid solution kills it off, like OTC Domeboro. A dilute solution of lemon juice or vinegar also works. An outer ear infection (otitis externa) is documented by pain when the earlobe is tugged on ...Read more
I am 20 weeks pregnant with sinus congestion, sore throat, and an ear infection. What can I use for treatment that won't harm my baby?
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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