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What to do for an ear infection that is persistent?

What to do for an ear infection that is persistent?

Get rechecked: You need to get it rechecked to... 1) make sure it is actually infected and not something else 2) that is isn't a more RAE type of infection such as fungus 3) see what other treatments are needed. ...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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Do I have to take antibiotics for an ear infection as an adult?

Do I have to take antibiotics for an ear infection as an adult?

Comfort measures: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. If not better after 3-4 days of comfort care, 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 more

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Ent what can I do for an ear infection?

Ent what can I do for an ear infection?

Get it treated: You need to get it treated. The traditional method is antibiotics, but if you can get the inner ear to drain, then it will resolve on its own in most cases. This can be done with decongestants/nasal sprays that will reduce obstruction/inflammation surrounding the tube that connects the middle ear to the nose. If it is truly infected, it's worth getting a doctor to check it out. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an ear infection and want to get rid of it. what med is best for curing an ear infection?

What to do if I have an ear infection and want to get rid of it. what med is best for curing an ear infection?

It depends: Most ear infections are viral and don't need antibiotic therapy. Ibuprofen & acetaminophen may be taken for pain and a nasal decongestant may help reduce congestion and associated ear pain. If the pain lasts more than 2-3 days, it's best to have your ears checked by a doctor, who would advise to continue supportive therapy or Rx antibiotics, depending on your ear exam. ...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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What to do for an earache if tubes?

What to do for an earache if tubes?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What to take for a ear infection with tubes?

What to take for a ear infection with tubes?

Drops: If you have tubes, the treatment is usually antibiotic drops. You need to see your doctor to check it out and get you on the right stuff. ...Read more

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What antibiotics work for an adult with ear infection?

What antibiotics work for an adult with ear infection?

Ibuprofen: For short term pain relief, Ibuprofen in appropriate doses helps.You can also provide a heating pad to place at the side of the head.This seems to provide some relief.Some viral infections will self heal within 3 days. If pain persists, an office visit to identify a treatable cause during regular office hours would be ideal. ...Read more

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What antibiotics work for an adult with ear infection?

What antibiotics work for an adult with ear infection?

Depends on site: It depends on the site of infection.Most middle ear infections which are severe and associated with fever or discharge will need antibiotics with broad coverage like Augmentin or fluoroquinolone if suspected bacterial infection for otitis externa(outer ear infection)usually topical(local antibiotis)like Cipro (ciprofloxacin) may be enough ear lobe infection local antibiotic cream like bactroban may be used. ...Read more

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How does a doctor drain a ear for an ear infection.  do you have to be put to sleep?

How does a doctor drain a ear for an ear infection.  do you have to be put to sleep?

Rarely needs surgery: True fluid and hearing loss most often will clear on its own with decongestants and treatment for whatever led to the fluid in the first place (uri, sinusitis, allergy). This can be combined with holding your nose and blowing into the nose trying to "pop" your ears. Rarely fluid won't clear and adults can have it drained under a local or topical anesthetic. Fluid is often misdiagnosed - watch out! ...Read more

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What can I do for a ear infection?

Ear Infection: You can take tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen to help with pain. Take whatever oral or topical antibiotics that your provider prescribed for the recommended length of time. ...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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What if ciprofloxacin doesn't work for an ear infection?

What if ciprofloxacin doesn't work for an ear infection?

Other choices : If the diagnosis is correct, the chances of antibiotic failure with the first drug runs about 5-10% for any drug.Since there are other meds available, another can be selected. ...Read more

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What can you do to treat an ear infection at home?

What can you do to treat an ear infection at home?

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 more

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What to take for an ear infection for a plane trip?

What to take for an ear infection for a plane trip?

Nothing: If you have an ear infection there will be a mucus accumulation in the middle ear space. That mucus will buffer any pressure effect you may be accustomed to with flying. The fluid is not compressible like air & it does not leave the middle ear during flight. Ibuprofen or other med for discomfort is fine, but the ears shouldn't require special attention. ...Read more

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Aside from going to the doctors, what can I do for an ear infection?

Aside from going to the doctors, what can I do for an ear infection?

Depends: If there is no pain then you can wait it out for 2 or 3 days. If there is pus behind the ear drum or pain then an antibiotic will be needed to attack the infection. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some alternatives to antibiotics for an ear infection for my 1 year old child?

Could you tell me what are some alternatives to antibiotics for an ear infection for my 1 year old child?

Motrin: There are no alternatives to treat ear "infections." We tend to be aggressive with treating ear infections here in the US... with antibiotics and tubes - not a bad thing. In Europe, ear infections are treated with Motrin/pain control. The problem with repeat infections is the effect on speech/language development. Put your fingers in your ears - this is what it sounds like with an ear infection. ...Read more

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What to do for a earache that is recurrent?

See your dentist: Most earaches are actually not due to the ear they are used to the jaw joint. The jaw joint surrounds the ear and when irritated or inflamed can lead to pain that is experienced "in the ear." if you chew gum, stop. If you clench or grind your teeth see your dentist. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter medicine can i take for an ear infection?

What over-the-counter medicine can i take for an ear infection?

None: A middle ear infection, if bacterial, requires antibiotics. Many middle ear infections accompanying a viral illness are viral; and should resolve with the resolution of the virus. You can safely wait it out if this is the case but ear pain lasting more than a few days or worsening or accompanied by high fever requires a doctor to examine and treat. ...Read more

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Ear and nose infection for a generally healthy person. Please help with what to do?

Ear and nose infection for a generally healthy person. Please help with what to do?

See and ENT doctor: Your description is so non-specific that it is difficult to give you an answer. How long have the symptoms been present? Do you have a hearing loss? How do you know there is an infection? The fact that you are healthy certainly does not prevent you from getting a cold or an ear infection. What you need to do is see a specialist in ENT and get a specific diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Howard Schneider
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Infection (Definition)

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Ear Infection (Definition)

An infection of the inner, middle, or outer ...Read more