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How many days is cipro (ciprofloxacin) taken orally for ear infections in adults?

How many days is cipro (ciprofloxacin) taken orally for 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. ...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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Can you tell me, are ear infections common in adults?

Can you tell me, are ear infections common in adults?

Adults and ears: Ear infections are less common in adults than in children. The reason behind this can be attributed to anatomical differences in the size/shape of the head and the structures that allow for drainage. ...Read more

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What could cause continuous ear infections in an adult?

What could cause continuous ear infections in an adult?

Many: If you are getting recurrent infection, it could be due to not treating it completely, nasal allergy can also give recurrent ear infection, or it could be due to anatomical abnormality of your ear canal. ...Read more

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Please answer! What would cause continuous ear infections in an adult?

Please answer! What would cause continuous ear infections in an adult?

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. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause continuous ear infections in an adult?

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. ...Read more

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What can be done to help your ear to drain with an ear infection? Adult

What can be done to help your ear to drain with an ear infection? Adult

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. ...Read more

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Is it safe for an adult to fly with an ear infection and blocked eustation tube?

Is it safe for an adult to fly with an ear infection and blocked eustation tube?

Have a pleasent trip: The middle ear fluid that is part of your ear infection/eustachian dysfunction will actually protect you from the regular cycle of middle ear discomfort with landing. The pressurization of the aircraft is not high enough to cause any change in the middle ear fluid or pressure therein. Of the many issues involved in today's air travel, this should be a pleasent surprise. ...Read more

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I have had 3 ear infections in 4 months, what would cause an adult to get so many so quickly?

I have had 3 ear infections in 4 months, what would cause an adult to get so many so quickly?

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. ...Read more

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Can a chest infection spread to another infection such as an ear infection if left untreated?

Can a chest infection spread to another infection such as an ear infection if left untreated?

Possible: Alhough the two areas are not connected, I have seen patients with pneumonia and an ear infection. These type of infections can start off as a head cold and then migrate down into your chest. I suppose this can depend from person to person. Please get checked if there is concern. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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How long will it take to recover from ear infection in adults? Especially when it becomes red and swollen inside.

How long will it take to recover from ear infection in adults? Especially when it becomes red and swollen inside.

Ear infection: Can be of the inner ear and external ear
either ways I am sure your physician will treat it appropriately including antibiotic ear drops
generally 2-3 weeks are required depending of the severity ...Read more

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What's symptoms of ear infection in adult?

What's symptoms of ear infection in adult?

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. ...Read more

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Signs of ear infection in adults differ from kids?

Signs of ear infection in adults differ from kids?

Similar: The symptoms are pretty similar. The difference is in the ability to communicate the symptoms. ...Read more

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What's most likely signs of an ear infection in adults?

What's most likely signs of an ear infection in adults?

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. ...Read more

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What can happen if you leave an ear infection untreated?

What can happen if you leave an ear infection untreated?

Usually ok: Most ear infections will resolve without any complication. In many parts of the world, antibiotics are reserved for infections that don't resolve. Potential issues are: mastoiditis, eardrum perforation, abscess or meningitis. These are all rather rare. ...Read more

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Any signs and symptoms of an ear infection in adults?

Any signs and symptoms of an ear infection in adults?

Ear infection: Depends on what part of the ear is infected. Usually fullness and pressure type pain. At times pulsating. The tympanic membrane is dull or irritated and may be bulging. Hearing is reduced and there may be dizzyness. May or may not be fever. ...Read more

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When will hearing resume after ear infection in adults?

Rule of thumb: 70% resolve fluid behind the eardrum within 30 days, 80% within 60, and 90% within 90 days. As the main reason behind hearing loss with ear infection is fluid behind the eardrum, use this as a guide. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get over an ear infection in adults?

How long does it take to get over an ear infection in adults?

5-7 days: Ear infections in adults typically take at least 48-72 hours to start to feel better. Ear infections in adults, are usually secondary to some other illness. Therefore your body needs to heal up from that inciting illness. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I leave my inner ear infection untreated?

What does it mean if I leave my inner ear infection untreated?

Middle ear infection: An inner ear infection is very rare and can be very serious. However, you may be referring to otitis media, which is an infected collection of fluid behind the ear drum. If untreated, it will often resolve on its own. However, you can also have complications from it anywhere from simply rupturing the ear drum to more complex things like meningitis or mastoiditis. ...Read more

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And difference in signs and symptoms of ear infection in adults?

Discomfort, drainage: 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. ...Read more

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How common is it for an adult to have a middle ear infection?

How common is it for an adult to have a middle ear infection?

Otitis media: Hello, that is a very good question. It is rather uncommon for adults to develop middle ear infections. Once the facial bones reach maturity, the angle of the eustachian tube maximizes to prevent bacteria from reaching the middle ear. Unless etd occurs, an adult should outgro otitis media. ...Read more

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Would you ever tell an adult patient to take steroids for a ear infection? If so why?

Would you ever tell an adult patient to take steroids for a ear infection? If so why?

Steroids: Some doctors would prescribe steroids if after 60 days a person has serous otitis with transient hearing loss present. It is hoped that withthe use of steroids the fluidwould dry up. ...Read more

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Can an untreated inner ear infection last almost 2 years and cause nausea/being off balance?

Can an untreated inner ear infection last almost 2 years and cause nausea/being off balance?

Balance: It would be unlikely for you to have an ear infection for 2 years. There are numerous causes for feeling "off-balance". Are your symptoms everyday? Are there times when it is better/worse? Have you seen a doctor over the past 2 years for this? Need more info prior to being able to give accurate assessment. Either see your PCP or have a live consult via HealthTap to start. ...Read more

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I've had an ear infection for two weeks, I do have hidrandenitis suppurativa how can I get rid of it as an adult? Inside of ear is highly swollen?

Need to see an ENT: You need to have your ear closely examined by an ENT doctor to determine what's actually going on with your ear canal skin. As a general rule hopefully you are not using q-tips or any other measures to clean your ear as these only irritate your canal skin causing problems. ...Read more

Dr. Jerome Zacks
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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