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How soon can my child return to school after an ear infection?

How soon can my child return to school after an ear infection?

When comfortable: If the ear infection seemed to occur independently of other symptoms (no cough, significant nasal drainage, etc.) then they are unlikely to be a high risk of passing infection to others. The limiting factor is going to be their comfort. If they are not requiring pain medication or feverish, they can probably return to school without significant concern. ...Read more

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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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How long do you keep a child out of school for an ear infection?

How long do you keep a child out of school for an ear infection?

Depends on child: Ear infections are not contagious between children, but the viral sneezes and sniffles that are commonly associated with ear infections are. If your child no longer has a fever and is acting normally, then they are fine to go to school. ...Read more

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Can you go to school with ear infection?

Can you go to school with ear infection?

Yes: There is no reason to alter a normal schedule for an ear infection.If the discomfort is such that the student could not focus on the material being studied, it would be reasonable to sit out until he or she is more comfortable. It is not contagious to others. ...Read more

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Do you think I should go to school tomorrow with an ear infection?

Do you think I should go to school tomorrow with an ear infection?

Depends: The ear infection is not contagious to others so that is not an issue. Whether you will feel well enough to engage in class and learn anything productive is a separate issue. Some schools will hassle you for any missed days, so in balance, consider how you feel and go if you are up to it. ...Read more

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Is there any way to treat a double ear infection without having to take off from school?

Is there any way to treat a double ear infection without having to take off from school?

NO: Having an ear infection or treating it should not remove you from school. However if you are having significant pain or unable to hear that might cause you troubles in going to shcool. ...Read more

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Should I go to school with an ear infection? Is it contagious at all?

Should I go to school with an ear infection? Is it contagious at all?

Yes/no: If you feel well enough to attend and benefit from a class you are free to go. Ear infections are not contagious. Any cold or other problem you bay have in addition to the ear infection might be. ...Read more

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Hi I have a fever of 101 my glands have white spots on them and I have a bad ear infection according yo my school doctor. What should I be taking? Tks

Hi I have a fever of 101 my glands have white spots on them and I have a bad ear infection according yo my school doctor. What should I be taking? Tks

Didn't they treat?: If you have seen a doctor and these things were described, it seems likely that further testing and suggestions for treatment would have been offered. If not, see your family doctor. This could be strep throat, infectious mononucleosis, or half a dozen other illnesses. ...Read more

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Can a child’s ear infection clear up on its own?

Can a child’s ear infection clear up on its own?

It depends.: Children <6 months old should always receive antibiotic treatment for ear infections. Children from 6 months - 2 years who have an uncertain diagnosis of ear infection and a mild illness do not need antibiotics. Children 2 years and older do not need antibiotics if their illness is mild or if the diagnosis is uncertain. All children with ear infections should follow up closely with their doctor. ...Read more

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What if my child has an ear infection late at night after all doctors are closed?

What if my child has an ear infection late at night after all doctors are closed?

Comfort care: Most ear infections can wait until the morning to be seen. If he/she is really uncomfortable and can't sleep well, then tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen may help get you both to the morning. ...Read more

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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. Hirenkumar Italia
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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