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Will augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) treat an ear infection or swimmers ear?

Will augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) treat an ear infection or swimmers ear?

Which?: It will treat a middle ear infection but will do little if anything for swimmers ear. Swimmers ear requires a topical drop that can reach the inflamed surfaces. If the swimmers ear has worsened to include a skin cellulitis around the ear, Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) may treat this secondary problem. ...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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What is the best over-the-counter medication for an ear infection/swimmers ear?

What is the best over-the-counter medication for an ear infection/swimmers ear?

Any of them: Any of the otc swimmers ear solutions should help to clear it up. If not working be seen for antibiotics. ...Read more

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Will all ear infections eventually get better over time? I have a history of swimmers ear infections, but only in one ear.

Will all ear infections eventually get better over time? I have a history of swimmers ear infections, but only in one ear.

Better to treat.: Swimmer's ear is also known as acute external otitis or otitis externa. The most common cause of this infection is bacteria invading the skin inside your ear canal. It's often brought on by water that remains in your ear after swimming favoring bacterial growth. Usually you can treat swimmer's ear with eardrops. Prompt treatment can help prevent complications and more-serious infections. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have an ear infection or swimmers ear?

Location of pain: With inner ear infection usual pain is deep, possible fever and even throat pain, swimmers ear or otitis externa usually hurts if you move the outer ear, may be more of a constant itching sensation ...Read more

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I have external ear infections/swimmers ear?

I have external ear infections/swimmers ear?

Swimmers ear: Swimmers ear usually presents as pain in the external parts of the ear--often the canal itself but can extend to the lobe. It is treated with drops usually if it is confined to true canal bough if it extends to the lobe and becomes severe enough it may need to be treated with oral or even IV systemic medication. ...Read more

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How to know if I have external ear infections/swimmers ear?

How to know if I have external ear infections/swimmers ear?

Looking at it.: Doctors know what swimmer's ear look like. They can decide to take a culture in rare cases to confirm. We use an otoscope to examine the ears. Something not really possible for the person suffering the infection. So the answer is: Physical exam and history. ...Read more

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Do I have a ear infection if I have swimmers' ear?

See physician: Swimmer's ear is usually a bacterial infection of the skin of the ear canal. It is usually painful and is treated with antibiotic ear drops and cleaning of the ear canal. Early treatment is easier than when the ear canal skin is swollen. ...Read more

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Had swimmers ear infection had neomycin drops, my ear outside of canal and lobe swollen and inflamed? My outside ear is very large compared to other

Had swimmers ear infection had neomycin drops, my ear outside of canal and lobe swollen and inflamed? My outside ear is very large compared to other

Cellulitis: It seems you have developed periauricular cellulitis as a complication of otitis externa and need oral antibiotics please see a doctor. I am guessing you have warmth, erythema and edema (inflammation) of the affected ear. ...Read more

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Hi there. Please can you give me more information about ear infection. Specifically, swimmers ear. I need to know what I can do to avoid infection.

Hi there. Please can you give me more information about ear infection. Specifically, swimmers ear. I need to know what I can do to avoid infection.

Gently dry: Gently dry ear canals after in water. A solution of acetic acid [vinegar] and hydrocortisone is very effective. Antibiotics of any kind are more often harmful than helpful. ...Read more

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Ciprofloxacin Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Solution, 0.3 as base was prescribed to my 10 year old this summer for ear infection (possible swimmers ear). Why are there so many contradictory responses regarding this medicine. I know it depends on the type of ea

Ciprofloxacin Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Solution, 0.3 as base was prescribed to my 10 year old this summer for ear infection (possible swimmers ear). Why are there so many contradictory responses regarding this medicine. I know it depends on the type of ea

Do not use it.: This class of medications is not approved for pediatric patients if safer antibiotics are available. A single oral dose of the fluoroqunalones may disable. Prescribing an ophthalmic preparation for otic (ear) purposes is inappropriate. The best treatment for swimmers ear is acidifying the ear canal to kill off the yeast and restore normal flora, like Domeboro solution, which is OTC. ...Read more

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My eustachion tubes lay almost flat. I have constant ear aches. Ear infections swimmers ear. Even vomiting I get infections. Can anything be done?

My eustachion tubes lay almost flat. I have constant ear aches. Ear infections swimmers ear. Even vomiting I get infections. Can anything be done?

Eustachian tube dysf: Try popping your ears but pinching your nose and blowing hard. Your ears should pop. Of not you should see your family doc and they can give you some Flonase (a nasal steroid) that can reduce the inflammation around the eustachian tube. This will help the pressure feeling. For the external ear infections, try a few drops of alcohol in the ear after showering or swimming. Good luck! ...Read more

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Went by the doctor and he said that I have laryngistis and phary and a ear infection so I was given augmentin to take for seven days but it still hurt?

Went by the doctor and he said that I have laryngistis and phary and a ear infection so I was given augmentin to take for seven days but it still hurt?

OK to take pain meds: Antibiotics often take 48 hours to fight the infection enough to reduce the pain that you are experiencing. It is safe to take acetaminophen and/or ibuprofen orally in addition to the antibiotic as needed for pain. Augmentin is highly recommended as a first line med for ear infection, but if you do not get relief in 3 days, please return for reevaluation. ...Read more

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15 wks pregnant, ear infection, prescribed Augmentin and Ciprodex otic (ciprofloxacin and dexamethasone) ear drop. Pharmacist says ear drop not ok, doctor says I need it. What do I do?

15 wks pregnant, ear infection, prescribed Augmentin and Ciprodex otic (ciprofloxacin and dexamethasone) ear drop. Pharmacist says ear drop not ok, doctor says I need it. What do I do?

Ear drop is fine: Topical meds like ear drops cannot get into your blood and do anything to the fetus. If the Cipro (ciprofloxacin) was in an oral medication it would not be okay, but your eardrops are fine. ...Read more

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I had an illness from 8/23-9/5. I had ear infections and pink eye in both eyes and sore throat. Took augmentin finished on 9/6. 9/12 I woke up with pink eye again 9/13 other eye infected and now have sore throat. Is this common?? Heath anxiety bad

I had an illness from 8/23-9/5. I had ear infections and pink eye in both eyes and sore throat. Took augmentin finished on 9/6. 9/12 I woke up with pink eye again 9/13 other eye infected and now have sore throat. Is this common?? Heath anxiety bad

Any allergies?: This makes me wonder if you may be experiencing allergies. I do not think this sounds worrisome but I think it would be prudent to see your doctor if symptoms persist. I hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

Dr. James Chapman
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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


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Swimmer's Ear (Definition)

Also known as otitis externa, this is an infection of the outer ear canal. Patients usually have pain at the outer ear, and there may be fluid draining from the ear. Often these infections are caused by water accumulating in the ear canal, such as after swimming, or if the ear ...Read more