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How do you cure an ear infection?
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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bernstein Joel
Dr. Bernstein Joel
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Dr. Yoav Hahn
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Yoav Hahn
Dr. Yoav Hahn
Thank
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