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Will Levaquin Treat An Ear Infection
I'm on levaquin (levofloxacin) for middle ear infection in both ears. I've been taking it for 10 days. How long does it take to work? My ears are hurting more now...
Ear infection: Since you are still having problems after ten days, return to your doctor for reevaluation.
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
I am taking levofloxacin 500mg tablets for 10 days for a ear infection and I am on day 2. When should I start to feel the antibiotic working?
Can doxycycline be taken for middle ear infection? Which of these two would be better: Levofloxacin or Doxycycline??
I was on amox-clav for 2 weeks followed by levofloxacin for 5 days for 2 severe inner/middle ear infections. I have random sores in my mouth now?
Antobiotics: Painful ear infection can be due to otitis media (middleear infecton)or infection in the ear canal. You need to consult your doctor or ENT specialist as you will ned antibiotics by mouth and/or drops locally. For pain you can take over the counter Motrin or tylnol if you are not allergic to these.
Pediatrician: If your child is otherwise healthy, you may consider observation and rest as most ear infections in children resolve spontaneously. Antibiotics are often used unnecesarily for ear infections in children, resulting in community problems of antibiotic resistance. But if your child has high fever, vomiting or the pus is draining from the ear, you should take the child to a pediatrician.See 2 more doctor answers
Primary Care: Yes. Of course. Any primary care physician and probably any physician who went through residency training can examine an ear and diagnose an infection. But, ears can look non-infected at times early on in an infection and the exam change within half of a day or so.
Otitis: First you need to know if it is a real ear infection. This requires professional to examine the ear. If the infection is in the external ear canal it may respond to topical drops depending on the severity of the infection. If it is in the middle ear it may be viral and will resolve in time; if bacterial may need antibiotics. If severe and in the inner ear may need drainage/antibiotics.
Earring infection: First make sure you do not have a hypersensitivity reaction to nickle. Earrings should be taken out in any case. If the infection is in the lobe of the ear it may heal on its own w/frequent cleaning w/a disinfectant cleansing agent. If it is in the upper ear or cartilage or if it is a lobe infection that is very swollen ; painful with cellulitis you should see a doc for cultures +/- antibiotic.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Pain management: First line of treatment - pain relief if pain not subsiding in 2-3 days - start antibiotics.
Correct diagnosis: Treatment comes after diagnosis and also involves the age of the patient. Children with a red bulging ear drum usually require an appropriate antibiotic. Adults following a cold usually have a viral infection leading to fluid in the middle ear which does not require an antibiotic. Many middle ear infections resolve spontaneously (80%). Finally, external otitis is another type of ear infection.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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