Symptoms of ear infections usually improve within the first couple of days, and most infections clear up on their own within one to two weeks without any treatment. Treatment include:
- Managing the pain using a warm compress. Placing a warm, moist washcloth over the affected ear may lessen pain.
- Pain medication like acetaminophen
(Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) to relieve pain.
- Oral amoxicillin (Amoxil, Moxatag) or amoxicillin with clavulanate (Augmentin) are typically the preferred antibiotics for treating acute otitis media
in adults. Azithromycin
(Zithromax), cefuroxime (Ceftin) or another antibiotic will be prescribed for people with a penicillin allergy
. Treatment should be taken for 7-14 days.
- if your symptoms do not improve in 2 to 3 days or become worse. Occasionally, a different antibiotic needs to be used to better target the bacteria causing the infection.
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Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi