2 doctors weighed in:

If you have a bacteria ear infection do you need treatment? Or can it go away on it's own?

2 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Some self heal

In the years before antibiotics people had ear infections ; just toughed them out.
It often took 6-8 weeks for the body to clear the infection. Pain control with heat, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can help.Some viral infections disappear in a few days without help.However, some infections can become chronic, abscess the bone near the ear and need to be surgically drained.

In brief: Some self heal

In the years before antibiotics people had ear infections ; just toughed them out.
It often took 6-8 weeks for the body to clear the infection. Pain control with heat, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can help.Some viral infections disappear in a few days without help.However, some infections can become chronic, abscess the bone near the ear and need to be surgically drained.
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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics

In brief: Ear infection Rx

Although your immune system may be capable of getting rid of a bacterial infection, treatment with an appropriate antibiotic can clear the infection sooner, help you feel better faster and reduce the risk of complications.

In brief: Ear infection Rx

Although your immune system may be capable of getting rid of a bacterial infection, treatment with an appropriate antibiotic can clear the infection sooner, help you feel better faster and reduce the risk of complications.
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