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How long does an ear infection (Otitis Media) take to fully heal?

I went to the doctor 2 days ago, he told me I have Otitis Media. He gave amoxicillin to take for a week. How long will it take for my ear to fully heal and for the pressure/fluid to go down? I constantly feel that I have water in my ear/that it hasn't popped yet, and it's kind of annoying seeing as how I can't hear that well with that ear.

it differs for different people but if it is still the same after a week i would recommend that you go back to the doctors.

hope you feel better soon :-)  (+ info)

Does anyone know of a cure for otitis externa?

I've suffered from chronic otitis externa in both ears since I was quite young, and NOTHING gets rid of it. My doctor keeps on prescribing me various ear drops and antibiotics and although they work initially, after a few weeks the infection just returns as virulent as before. I never swim, and even if I work really hard to keep water out of my ears and not to scratch them, the infection still returns. Any suggestions at all? Anything?

even something as simple as taking a shower or staying in places where the air is mosit can aggravate it. Also avoid sticking towels etc. in your ears to dry them and make sure you dont have an allergy to anything. It can also be caused by a bacteria, so get your doctor to swab your ears and get it tested. good luck.  (+ info)

Otitis stops in one ear and starts in the other?

I've been diagnosed with Otitis in my right ear and it's now my 5th day of antibiotics. Yesterday I felt no pain at all, only that underwater feel and reduced hearing. But on the evening, my left ear started to hurt and, today, I woke up at 5 a.m. with that ear in a lot of pain, just like the right one was in the first day of symptoms.

Why is this happening? Is it possible that the infection reached the other ear just as it was healing on the first one?

Hum... It's sounds like you contaminated the other ear... Did you touch the Otitis ear and then the healthy one with your fingers? I suppose, seeing as it didn't hurt anymore, that you scratched when you felt that itch that comes after the pain and then probably transported the bacteria to the other ear...

I guess you can try going to the doctor again and try not to do that again, yeah? ;)  (+ info)

How do you tell the difference between otitis media and labyrinthitis?

It's hard to tell the difference between a middle ear infection (otitis media) and an inner ear infection (labyrinthitis) without having a doctor look in the ear. They usually feel the same - a deep, throbbing pain within the ear, sometimes stabbing, that may radiate throughout that side of the head. A deeper infection may cause a perforation in the eardrum, which would lead to extreme sharp pain and drainage of pus and/or blood from the ear.

If you are having pain that is consistent with an ear infection, you should make an appointment with your doctor right away. Minor ear infections can clear up on their own without antibiotics, but more severe infections (especially those of the inner ear) need antibiotics to clear them up. Leaving an ear infection untreated can cause permanent damage to the ear, leading to hearing loss, and can spread into other areas of your sinuses and even cause pitting of the skull.

Hope that helps!  (+ info)

Fluid in the middle ear in adult (otitis serous). How to treat at home?

I went to the doctor today and learned I have otitis serous or fluid in the middle ears. They cleaned and flushed my ears and a lot of really dark, gross wax that was impacted came out. The nurse practitioner told me to take a decongestant like Claritin-D but I cannot stand products that contain pseudoephederine and was hoping for a natural remedy. She said no antibiotics were necessary because the ears aren't infected.

Can I just leave it alone and it will go away? I have Murine Ear Wax Removal drops, but I don't see how they could help because the wax was removed and now there's just the fluid in the middle ear area that needs to drain/dry up. Any tips or advice? I'd prefer not to take medicine for this if at all possible but would like something to expedite the healing process. Although my ears don't feel as clogged as they did before the wax was removed, I can definitely feel the fluid in there which is a bit uncomfortable. Thanks!

hi i have the same problem, the doc gave me zyrtec, I also cannot take anything with pseudoephederine . if you try regular claritin that one doesnt have pseudoephederine but claritin-d does have pseudoephederine . try zyrtec the doc says ts supposed to dry out the fluid, i hope it does i am going crazy too.  (+ info)

What will happen if I use headphones or earphones when I have external otitis?

I'm having that discussion, will the use of 'phones affect the user if they have external otitis? will it make it sicker?

Let's say with:

iPod earphones
full headphones

in the ear headphones will irritate your ear, but it shouldnt cause any serious problems, i had this problem a while back  (+ info)

What are the risks of flying with a kid that has otitis media with effusion?

And what can you do to prevent these problems?
The kid is 1 year old and has never experimented accute otitis.
The possible OME was discovered by practicing a timpanometry.

It's difficult to predict. Theoretically, with pressurized aircraft any pain should be minimal, but I suspect many of us have experienced intense ear pain when we flew with a head cold.

Tympanometry can be very sensitive. The question is whether the infant's eustachean tubes are open. If they are, you should have little problem. If the infant starts to fuss - typically as the plane descends - give him or her a drink from a bottle or sippy cup. Swallowing assists pressure equalization in the middle ear.

Pain is the major risk. I personally never experienced a patient with a ruptured ear drum from this, although it can happen in theory. Even then, the perforation almost always heals without intervention.  (+ info)

Can OTITIS MEDIA be caused by lack of hygiene?

otitis media is a middle ear infection right? i searched the net about the causes of it but none indicated lack of hygiene. What do you think? Thanks!!! I need the answer urgent please. Give you 10 points for perfecct answer. Good day.

yes otits media is a middle ear infection and no its not a hygeine issue. its an infection cause by fluid build up in your ear behind the ear drum. the fluid can contain bacteria. when the eustacian tube(small ventilation tube attach to the inside of your ear) fails to properly ventilate the fluid build up can cause infection
most ear infections are caused by a secondary infection in which you first had a head cold, allergies or physical abnormalities with your ears/sinuses. I have had about a dozen middle ear infections. I do not have poor hygeine. I have never heard of hygeine ever being an issue for ear infections.   (+ info)

What does unspecified otitis media mean?

My ear has been hurting me. I was given antibiotics and ear drops but this was the diagnosis. What does it mean?

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How do I get rid of chronic external otitis?

I had never had ear problems until last year. I have seen 2 specialists and they told me it was "swimmers' ear". I don't swim and they reccomended I wear ear plugs while showering. I did this and it didn't help.
It constantly feels wet and itchy in there. Sometimes it swells, sometimes it is painful, sometimes it drains a fluid, sometimes it bleeds. There is constant ringing. It's driving me mad.
I've paid hundreds of dollars for drops to put in there. I've put alcohol in there. I've put paroxide in there. These things help, but if I stop, it comes right back.
A co-worker mentioned that I may be allergic to my pillow. I bought a new hypo-allergenic one, but nothing changed. I haven't changed my soap or shampoo or hairspray in years, so it's not that either.
I'm willing to try anything. Any suggestions?

I just heard this one the other day. An alternative medicine Doc says to dissolve sea salt into warm water and drop into ear, leaving it for a minute. He swears that it will kill the infection... It's cheap and won't hurt you!! You might try taking allergy medicine as well... Something has to be causing it!  (+ info)

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