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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

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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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

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


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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