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How is an ear infection treated?

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Most ear infections clear up on their own in a week or two. In some cases, if your doctor thinks bacteria may have caused the infection, they'll prescribe an antibiotic. But often a virus causes an ear infection, and antibiotics won�t help with that. You may also talk to your doctor about things you can do at home.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Risk Factors,” “Causes,” “Diagnosis,” “Treatments,” “Reye’s syndrome,” “Antibiotic Therapy.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Tubes.”
Academy of American Family Physicians.
Merck.
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

Mount Sinai Hospital: “Myringotomy.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Eustachian Tube Dysfunction.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 12, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Risk Factors,” “Causes,” “Diagnosis,” “Treatments,” “Reye’s syndrome,” “Antibiotic Therapy.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Tubes.”
Academy of American Family Physicians.
Merck.
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

Mount Sinai Hospital: “Myringotomy.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Eustachian Tube Dysfunction.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 12, 2020

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