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How long does it take for an ear infection go away after a sore throat for an adult?

How long does it take for  an ear infection go away after a sore throat for an adult?

Variable: It depends on if you are on treatment/antibiotics. If you are then the symptoms should resolve in about a week. If you are not then you need someone to look in your ear to determine the cause. ...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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How can I treat an adult ear infection at home?

How can I treat an adult ear infection at home?

See a doctor : These can turn to glue ear or ruptured ear drums or other things. See a doctor. ...Read more

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How seriously does an adult have to take an ear infection? I took antibio's last time, now may be getting another one, but must i run to the dr?

How seriously does an adult have to take an ear infection? I took antibio's last time, now may be getting another one, but must i run to the dr?

Depends: Some ear infections are viral ; self heal in a few days, some are caused by nasty pus creating germs that will eat away at the ear ; cause problems if untreated. A good dr will treat the later aggressively, and watch the first, which could become bacterial later. ...Read more

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Whats symptoms of ear infection in adult?

Whats 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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How do you treat an adult ear infection at home?

How do you treat an adult ear infection at home?

You don't: Ear infections can be of the skin of the ear canal or fluid behind the ear drum. An infection of the ear canal requires cleaning and antibiotic ear drops. An infection behind the ear drum requires oral antibiotics. ...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 adult ear infection?

What's most likely signs of an adult ear infection?

Fever/pain/hearing: 1) ear pain 2) fever 3) muffled hearing 4) ear drainage. ...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

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 anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more


Dr. James Lin
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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