I have an ear infection, should I consult a doctor if it affects my hearing?

Yes. Ear infections can progress and cause significant problems. Outer ear infections usually are treated with antibiotic drops. They can be quite troublesome and can bet very serious if one has diabetes. Middle ear infections are usually treated with oral antibiotics. Sometimes, they require incision and drainage of the ear drum.

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My son has an ear infection. The doctors have prescribed him with amoxicillin. How do I know that it has cleared as it has effected his hearing?

Comfortable, no pull. Hearing loss with ear infection is temporary and will go away as the fluid in the middle ear clears. Unfortunately, the fluid lasts longer than the infection. If he is sleeping well and not fussy or feverish, the antibiotic is likely working, but fluid can take 6 or 8 weeks to clear, and his hearing will get better slowly. Your doctor can look again if you are in doubt. Read more...
Follow up ck. sometimes ear infections do not clear up.i recommend a follow up ear recheck. Read more...
Visualization. Following a typical course of antibiotics for an ear infection, follow up in 2-4 weeks so your provider can look at the ear drums with an otoscope is important. At times, the infection will clear enough to not produce symptoms, but fluid will remain (this tends to get re-infected). In general, ppeople on the correct medication will start to feels relief from their symptoms within 2-3 days. Read more...

Woke up with ear pain two weeks ago and have had muffled hearing since. Pretty sure it's fluid. Is this an ear infection? Should I see a doctor?

Yes. Decreased hearing for two weeks needs to be checked out unless it is due to allergies and responds to an antihistamine. Either way, avoid loud noises in the meantime and avoid respiratory tract/skin irritants/allergens in the environment (like smoke, fragrances, aerosols). Read more...
Two weeks? If your ear infection started two weeks ago, please see a doctor. Even if it's not infected, some anthistamine/decongestant can help drain the fluid which is keeping you from hearing well. Read more...

Had a nasty cold for ~ a week. Congestion worked itself to 1 ear. Lots of pressure and muffled hearing. Prone to sinus infections. Ear infection? Doc?

Perhaps. Would need an examination to know the extent of involvement, but ear infections and sinus infections can both be initiated by congestion occluding the sites from which drainage of these anatomic structures occurs. Fluid in a cavity from which drainage cannot occur creates a prime mechanism for infection. Read more...
Ear infection. Hello. It is common to see an ear infection associated with a rhinitis and sinusitis. Since your symptoms are changing or possibly even worsening, i would recommend seeing your family physician. Read more...
Surgery may not help. I am a doctor who suffered for years with sinus infections.do the following: 1.Avoid anything cold. 2.no soda. 3.I use Sovereign Silver spray when I feel like I am getting another attack.its safe and natural.u won't get it in Mexico :( 4.I use VICKS topically as much as I can. 5.I use a humidifier at night 6.I drink lots of water. Good L. Read more...

How should I get my ear infection dealt with? My ear infecion has caused so much pain that I can't bear it and I have completley lost hearing in my ear. This morning, I belevethat the infection has spread to my jaw and I can't afford a trip to the doctor'

With . With that amount of pain, loss of hearing and concern of spread, you must see a doctor to find out what is going on and get treatment as soon as possible. One of the rare, but very serious complications of an untreated ear infection is a bone infection around the ear. If this is left untreated, it can lead to bony destruction, meningitis, stroke, and many other serious complications. If paying for the appointment is a problem, many offices are happy to work with you by setting up payment plans and sometimes giving discounts to people without insurance. Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. Read more...
Depends. If the pain started today or yesterday then take advil and/ or tylenol (acetaminophen) if not allergic. About 2/3 of time will subside. If pain persists for > 2-3 days, fever, swelling behind ear, or draining ear then see md as might need antibiotics. Read more...
Crisis. Pain that is hard to withstand associated with hearing loss needs an immediate evaluation. You need to see an er doctor right away or an ENT doctor if one has an immediate opening. The cost of permanent loss of hearing and the risk of the infection spreading and causing further damage or even death is too great. Read more...

I have tinnitus in my right ear I recently had an ear infection from step throat is it something to be concerned about or will I need to consult a doc?

Tinnitus . It could be due to the ear infection and fluid in the ear, but should resolve in 2 weeks , otherwise get it checked . Steam inhalation through nose helps to open the stuffed passages . . Read more...