In what way can you treat an ear infection?

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.

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How can you treat an ear infection that is also causing you to be off balance?

ENT evaluation. You will need an ear nose throat specialist evaluation because this could be due to inflammation/infection of the inner ear in addition to the middle ear infection. The inner ear in addition to a special part of the brain (the cerebellum) is responsible for our balance. If affected can cause vertigo and ringing sensation in the ear.

How do you treat an ear infection on a 5yr old?

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 the doctor. If its viral it will resolve on its own but if not it will need an rx.
Different treatments. There are different types of ear infections that require different treatments. If your child has congestion, encourage him to blow his nose and keep him propped up on pillows at night. This will help to relieve some of the congestion that can lead to a middle ear infection.

How can you treat an ear infection without seeing a doctor?

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

Best way to treat an ear infection?

Otitis media. If acute, antibiotics and pain meds, if unrelieved needs myringotomy to let out pus. If chronic, you may need tubes, if mastoid infection is present may need mastoidectomy.

How can I treat an ear infection from my earrings?

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.

What can you do to treat an ear infection at home?

Doctor. These can turn to glue ear or ruptured ear drums or other things. See a doctor.
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.

How do I treat an ear infection that's causing pain?

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.