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How to treat an ear infection?
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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bernstein Joel
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