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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.

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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.

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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.

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Are adult ear infections the same as kid's ear infections?

Are adult ear infections the same as kid's ear infections?

Yes: Altho much less common in adults, the process is basically the same. (and treatment).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Infection (Definition)

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Ear Infection (Definition)

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