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How are ear infections treated?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Oral antibiotics

For children most ear infections are middle ear infections related to poorly developed eustachian tubes resulting in fluid retention which provides an environment for bacterial overgrowth.
Antibiotics and pain control are the accepted methods of treatment here in the US. Tube placement is indicated with repeated or chronic infections. Outer ear infections (swimmer's ear) are treated with drops.

In brief: Oral antibiotics

For children most ear infections are middle ear infections related to poorly developed eustachian tubes resulting in fluid retention which provides an environment for bacterial overgrowth.
Antibiotics and pain control are the accepted methods of treatment here in the US. Tube placement is indicated with repeated or chronic infections. Outer ear infections (swimmer's ear) are treated with drops.
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Antibiotic drops

There are 2 types of ear infections-infection of the skin of the ear canal ( called external otitis) and infections of the middle ear commonly seen in young children.
Older children and adults are more likely to have an external otitis. Antibiotic drops are the preferred treatment. Inner ear infections are more often treated with antibiotic pills (or syrup). In young children sometimes neither.

In brief: Antibiotic drops

There are 2 types of ear infections-infection of the skin of the ear canal ( called external otitis) and infections of the middle ear commonly seen in young children.
Older children and adults are more likely to have an external otitis. Antibiotic drops are the preferred treatment. Inner ear infections are more often treated with antibiotic pills (or syrup). In young children sometimes neither.
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