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How are ear infections treated?

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Dr. Michael Grosso
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In brief: It depends on where

Ear infections may involve the cavity behind the ear drum (acute otitis media) or the ear canal (swimmer's ear or otitis externa).
The former may follow a cold, often clears on its own and otherwise requires a course of oral antibiotic. The latter results from loss of the normal oils and wax and may respond to acidified alcohol drops or to topical antibiotics, sometimes combined with a steroid.

In brief: It depends on where

Ear infections may involve the cavity behind the ear drum (acute otitis media) or the ear canal (swimmer's ear or otitis externa).
The former may follow a cold, often clears on its own and otherwise requires a course of oral antibiotic. The latter results from loss of the normal oils and wax and may respond to acidified alcohol drops or to topical antibiotics, sometimes combined with a steroid.
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