How do you cure an ear infection?

Variable. First and foremost, is the diagnosis correct. If the ear drum is bulging with pus behind it, it is probably viral or bacterial in origin and may need an appropriate antibiotic for 5-10 days at most. If there is just painless fluid in the middle ear space, watchful waiting for a period of no more than 2 months. If either the fluid remains longer or if the painful ear persists, surgical drainage.
That depends. Often, fluid in the middle ear, behind the eardrum, is not infected and does not need immediate antibiotic treatment. If there is infected fluid in the middle ear, then an oral antibiotic is indicated to eradicate the bacterial source of the infection. If there is a tube in the eardrum, then drops would be useful as well to treat the infection.

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I would like guide to ways to cure an ear infection?

NO. There are no proven home remedies that cure middle ear infections. Remember studies properly done using comparison groups demonstrate ear infections may get better with no interventions at all. Recent research proves efficacy of antibiotics. I have seen no comparable proof for home remedies such as chiropractery, candling etc. Read more...

Could you explain how to cure an ear infection at home?

It will go away. Few ear infections need any treatment and will resolve with time. The exception is the one with persistent drainage or fever which requires medical attention. Read more...

What are some ways to cure an ear infection or at least lessen the pain?

Treatment/analgesics. For the discomfort of ear infections, one can try otc meds like tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. It will get better once the infection is treated. Sometimes, this can be accomplished with vinegar solution and an office cleaning while others require topical antibiotics. Get to an ENT who can diagnose and recommend a treatment schema. Read more...

Can amoxacillin cure an ear infection?

Yes . If the ear infection is caused by a bacterium susceptible to amoxicillin, then its use will help cure it along with the immune system. If the bacterium is resistant to amoxicillin, or the infection is caused by a virus, then the infection wont necessarily improve right away. Read more...

How to cure an ear infection when Biaxin (clarithromycin) 250mg BID X10 days didn't work?

Wait or change Rx. Studies have found that most ear infections will resolve spontaneously by 6 weeks, but if causing severe pain or fever, or accompanied by sinusitis, then change in antibiotic would be indicated. Both H.flu and M.cat bacteria may not respond to Rx with Biaxin, (clarithromycin) and switch to high dose amoxicillin-clavulanate. if allergic to amox, (but not hives) use cefpdoxime or cefuroxime. Read more...

Home remedies to cure ear infection and avoid drugs?

NO. There are no proven home remedies that cure middle ear infections. Remember studies properly done using comparison groups demonstrate ear infections may get better with no interventions at all. Recent research proves efficacy of antibiotics. I have seen no comparable proof for home remedies such as chiropractery, candling etc. Read more...

Can you describe how to cure a ear infection at home?

Can Not. Some will resolve spontaneously. For those that do not in a few days, antibiotics are necessary.There is a current study demonstrating that the symptoms of ear infections , such as pain, improve with proper antibiotics.Such things as garlic, candleing etc can be dangerous and do not work. Read more...