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Could you tell me what are signs that an ear infections is healing?

Could you tell me what are signs that an ear infections 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

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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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?

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

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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?

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?

LOW GRADE FEVER: It's time to recheck the ear infection that was treated x 10 days ago. If the ear is ok and nothing new is found, then the low grade fever does not mean anything. It can be viral infection. Baby is ok as long as he is eating and playful! ...Read more

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I have ear infection and not treated for 3 months, what to do for treatment?

I have ear infection and not treated for 3 months, what to do for treatment?

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

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My son has had an ear infection for a week now, today a ton of fluid has been pouring out. Is it healing?

My son has had an ear infection for a week now, today a ton of fluid has been pouring out. Is it healing?

Ear drum perforation: He may have a perforated ear drum- why fluid is coming out of ear canal. This often happens as a part of ear infection. Have him checked out by his physician. ...Read more

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Why isn't my ear infection healing?

Why isn't my ear infection 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

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I have ear infection detection device, what to do for treatment?

I have ear infection detection device, what to do for treatment?

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

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I have ear infection, really bad pain, help, what to do for treatment?

I have ear infection, really bad pain, help, what to do for treatment?

Homeopathy: Belladonna can help. Garlic and willow (or garlic/goldenseal or garlic/mullein) in the ear can help. Warm compresses can also help. Ibuprofen may also help. And be seen... ...Read more

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I have ear infection, now can't hear from the ear, what to do for treatment?

I have ear infection, now can't hear from the ear, what to do for treatment?

Should self heal: A transient loss of hearing of about 50% is common during ear infection due to fluid debris in the ear space. As this heals over weeks, the hearing usually returns to prior levels. ...Read more

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I have ear itchiness & discharge, an ear infection, what to do for treatment?

I have ear itchiness & discharge, an ear infection, what to do for treatment?

Need Rx: The safest and fastest way to get relief from an ear infection is with an appropriate medication, either topical or oral, as prescribed after examination by your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an ear infection? Treatment?

What are the symptoms of an ear infection? Treatment?

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

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Vertigo treatment and ear infection?

Vertigo treatment and ear infection?

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

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I have ear infection - brown discharge, what to do for treatment?

I have ear infection - brown discharge, what to do for treatment?

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

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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

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Difference between an ear infection treatment and ototoxicity?

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

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Fluid in ears and ear infection, treatment?

Fluid in ears and ear infection, treatment?

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

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If you have a bacteria ear infection do you need treatment? Or can it go away on it's own?

If you have a bacteria ear infection do you need treatment? Or can it go away on it's own?

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

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Can you please describe the easiest and quickest treatment for an ear infection caused by a virus?

Can you please describe the easiest and quickest treatment for an ear infection caused by a virus?

Ibuprofen: If viral, you only need comfort measures.Ibuprofen and occasionally holding gentile heat to the ear (heating pad on low or compress) will often do the trick. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for middle ear infection?

What is the treatment for middle ear infection?

Middle ear infection: Most middle ear infections in adults need to be treated with antibiotics. At times patients may need some decongestant nasal spray and antihistamines or even steroids. ...Read more

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Which natural treatment can I use for an ear infection on a child who has tubes?

Which natural treatment can I use for an ear infection on a child who has tubes?

None available: A kid who has puss draining from tubes & into the ear canals will require antibiotic drops or oral medication or both. Clear drainage does not require treatment. ...Read more

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I'm taking Sofradex eardrop (1 drop daily) for ear infection. Are there any risk if I got pregnant during the treatment? Thanks!

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

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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

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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

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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?

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

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I have ear infection in left ear & tooth ache on left side, what to do for treatment?

I have ear infection in left ear & tooth ache on left side, what to do for treatment?

Time for visit: Tooth pain can generate phantom ear pain and vice versa. If your discomfort is not relieved by simple anti-inflammatory meds like Ibuprofen in a day or two, an office visit to your pcp or dentist or both may be needed to sort it out. ...Read more

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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

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

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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


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