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Use Listerine For Ear Infection
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
Metronidazole: Metronidazole is not typically used for ear infections. First line treatment is usually amoxicillin, however some patients respond better to amoxicillin/clavulonate, or a cephalosporin. Antibiotic allergy must also be considered when choosing, but Metronidazole is usually not among the choices. ...Read more
Can I use mouthwash while taking moxifloxacin for tonsillitis? And is it better to use regular Scope mouthwash or Orajel antiseptic rinse?
Tonsillitis: The answer is yes you can use the mouthrinse without problems. Either of those rinses should be fine to use and work effectively. Make sure you get your tonsillitis treated by your physician though because tonsillitis can be very severe if not treated. If you haven't already seen your primary care doctor, I recommend you see them for the tonsillitis ...Read more
Is it possible for a bacterial sinus infection to resolve using sinus rinses without using antibiotics?
Sometimes yes.: It is worth a try to clear it up with decongestants, postural drainage, and humidified air. Antibiotics are generally overused, in these cases. ...Read more
Ok if no perforation: Hydrogen peroxide is an inexpensive way to clean excess wax from the ear. This is done by placing the peroxide in the ear about ten minutes before a shower and then rinsing the ear in the shower. Do not use a cotton swab. Although it will not do damage, using hydrogen peroxide when there is a hole in the eardrum will cause significant discomfort. ...Read more
You can but........: There are no studies that suggest that using one or the other--or both-- will help an ear infection. As a matter of fact there are studies to show that there is no benefit to using either of these medications. Pseudoephedrine may decrease some of the nasal congestion and make breathing easier, but the evidence that it will help the ear discomfort in theoretical only. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Both of these agents have antimicrobial activity. They may cause irritation if the dose is too concentrated. I would only recommend them for an external ear infection not for inner ear infection. For a true inner ear infection, you may be better off with oral antibiotics. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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