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How long does ear infection take to improve?

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Posted on Sat, 30 May 2015
Question: I have had a terrible ear infection for three days. I had a shot of antibiotic on Tuesday and am on oral. When should i be feeling better??
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (32 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
can take 2 to 3 days for some initial improvement

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

It can take 2 to 3 days for some initial improvement in some persons though others may note some small changes in 36 hours of initial dosing.

After the initial change, the symptoms should continue to improve and normally resolve before completion of the antibiotic but should still complete the course.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Michelle Gibson James (2 minutes later)
I am in third day. I don't feel improvement. Shoud i call doctor or wait until tomorrow? Is there any frar if serious complications if i dont?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (17 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
may consider waiting till tomorrow to see if any changes

Detailed Answer:
HI

Since this is day 3, you may want to complete your course today and wait till tomorrow to see if there is any change.
There are no complications that should occur between today and tomorrow.

Please feel free to ask anything else
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Michelle Gibson James (1 minute later)
Is it normal for bone behind ear to be tender with infection?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (20 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
yes this can occur

Detailed Answer:
HI

Yes, this can occur with these infections but should resolve with your other symptoms

If anything else unclear, feel free to ask
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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How long does ear infection take to improve?

Brief Answer: can take 2 to 3 days for some initial improvement Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic It can take 2 to 3 days for some initial improvement in some persons though others may note some small changes in 36 hours of initial dosing. After the initial change, the symptoms should continue to improve and normally resolve before completion of the antibiotic but should still complete the course. I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions