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Untreated Ear Infections In Adults
Varies w severity: Oral Cipro, (ciprofloxacin) depending on severity of any infection, can very in length from usually 5-14 days. That being said, 7 days is usually adequate for most ear infections, as overuse of any antibiotic can eventually lead to future bacterial resistance, which in the flouroquinolone class is becoming more prevalent. Best wishes.See 2 more doctor answers
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
Middle ear infection: Middle ear infections can result in hearing loss which could be permanent at times.
Yes: Altho much less common in adults, the process is basically the same. (and treatment).
Many possibilities: You could have a resistant bacteria, smoking or second hand smoke, ge reflux, allergies, sinus infection, pressure changes (for instance frequent flying). These are just some of the more common causes, but the list is even longer of more unusual causes. If this is an ongoing problem, it's time to see and ENT doctor to sort out what's up.
Many reasons: First, it depends on if your symptom is chronic pain or drainage of fluid. The causes of chronic ear drainage can be cholesteatoma or chronic infection of your middle ear. You need surgery to address this. If you keep getting acute otitis media, you may have poor eustachian tube function. Ventilation tubes for ears can help this. See an ent.
Middle ear effusion: If you have fluid in the middle ear, we call that an effusion. This will cause congestion, pressure, and trouble hearing. You can take decongestants, mucolytics (thin mucus), and nasal steroids like Flonase, Nasacort, or Rhinocort OTC to help drain the fluid. If it persists, then see otolaryngologist for help.
Water.: Getting the ear wet, the pool, the beach, or exposure to people that have ear infections can cause the back to back infections. Failure to adequately respond to the treatment the first time may have triggered, 2nd, 3rd. See your PCP you might be referred to an ENT specialist.
When you have an ear infection, how long does it take to make you deaf or worse, if left untreated?
Unlikely result: Chronic drainage may signal a perforated ear drum that should be eveluated but rarely does ear infection itself cause loss of hearing
How long will it take to recover from ear infection in adults? Especially when it becomes red and swollen inside.
Ear pain, discharge: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in the ear canal) or middle ear (behind the ear drum). Outer ear infections present with ear pain (inner/outer), discharge, fullness. Middle ear infections present w/deeper ear discomfort, decreased hearing and possible drainage (if ear drum ruptured). Seeing a specialist is important to treat and make sure nothing more going on nearby that is concerning.See 1 more doctor answer
Similar: The symptoms are pretty similar. The difference is in the ability to communicate the symptoms.
Ear pain, discharge: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in the ear canal) or middle ear (behind the ear drum). Outer ear infections present with ear pain (inner/outer), discharge, fullness. Middle ear infections present w/deeper ear discomfort, decreased hearing and possible drainage (if ear drum ruptured). Seeing a specialist is important to treat and make sure nothing more going on nearby that is concerning.
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