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Treat An Ear Infection
Depends: There are many types of ear infection requiring different strategies. The main symptom is pain and therefore painkillers are usually given. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil are the usual ones used. If it is an external ear infection ( of the ear canal) then usually antibiotic ear drops in addition suffices. In middle ear infections oral antibiotics may be required. Best judge is the examining physician. ...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
Treat ear infection: Depending on if this is an external ear infection or middle ear infection, or if there is active drainage from the year, a topical antibiotic or anti-fungal ear drop with or without the addition of an oral antibiotic may be needed. I recommend you see your doctor or otolaryngologist (ENT) for examination, diagnosis and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Otitis: First you need to know if it is a real ear infection. This requires professional to examine the ear. If the infection is in the external ear canal it may respond to topical drops depending on the severity of the infection. If it is in the middle ear it may be viral and will resolve in time; if bacterial may need antibiotics. If severe and in the inner ear may need drainage/antibiotics. ...Read more
Earring infection: First make sure you do not have a hypersensitivity reaction to nickle. Earrings should be taken out in any case. If the infection is in the lobe of the ear it may heal on its own w/frequent cleaning w/a disinfectant cleansing agent. If it is in the upper ear or cartilage or if it is a lobe infection that is very swollen ; painful with cellulitis you should see a doc for cultures +/- antibiotic. ...Read more
Comfort measures: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. Infants need an early eval.If older if not better after 3-4 days, 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antobiotics: Painful ear infection can be due to otitis media(middleear infecton)or infection in the ear canal. You need to consult your doctor or ENT specialist as you will ned antibiotics by mouth and/or drops locally.For pain you can take over the counter Motrin or tylnol if you are not allergic to these. ...Read more
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
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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