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What To Do For An Ear Infection For Adults
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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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