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Do I need antibiotics to cure my ear infection?
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Dr. Scott Rickert
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: Not necessarily
Many ear infections begin as viral infections and can clear without antibiotics.
If the ear infection lasts over 1 week or involves foul smelling drainage, it most likely has a bacterial/fungal component to it and may need further antibiotic or fungal treatment. Following up closely with your doctor is key to make sure you are treated appropriately.

In brief: Not necessarily
Many ear infections begin as viral infections and can clear without antibiotics.
If the ear infection lasts over 1 week or involves foul smelling drainage, it most likely has a bacterial/fungal component to it and may need further antibiotic or fungal treatment. Following up closely with your doctor is key to make sure you are treated appropriately.
Dr. Scott Rickert
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: Not always
Ear infections may resolve on their own, but it sure is more comfortable to be treated with antibiotics!

In brief: Not always
Ear infections may resolve on their own, but it sure is more comfortable to be treated with antibiotics!
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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