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How do you treat an adult ear infection at home?
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Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: You don't
Ear infections can be of the skin of the ear canal or fluid behind the ear drum. An infection of the ear canal requires cleaning and antibiotic ear drops.
An infection behind the ear drum requires oral antibiotics.

In brief: You don't
Ear infections can be of the skin of the ear canal or fluid behind the ear drum. An infection of the ear canal requires cleaning and antibiotic ear drops.
An infection behind the ear drum requires oral antibiotics.
Dr. Neil Giddings
Dr. Neil Giddings
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
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