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Can an ear infection go away on its own or do you need ant

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Can an ear infection go away on its own or do you need antibiotics?

mysticdoc :

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mysticdoc :

Hi there,


I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to help you with your concerns.

mysticdoc :

If the ear infection is due to the virus, then it will go away over time.

mysticdoc :

However, bacterial infection will likely require antibiotics.

mysticdoc :

Bacterial infection often causes fever, worsening ear ache, ear discharge, fullness in the ear, hearing problem,

mysticdoc :

So it depends on the severity of your symptoms.

Customer: Well I went to the hospital for other reasons but I have had a really bad head cold for about 6 days. My ears feel like I have water in them and I feel like I'm underwater and I hear ringing but I don't have any pain or fever. The doctor said it was an ear infection and prescribed an antibiotic but I don't want to take the antibiotic unless I have too because I get too worried about the antibiotic side effects
mysticdoc :

ok

mysticdoc :

ear effusion is likely due to the ear infection.

mysticdoc :

Now this can be viral infection.

mysticdoc :

Usually it may take 7-10 days to clear up.

mysticdoc :

Sometimes, it may not, and you need to consider antibiotic in case it does not by next week.

mysticdoc :

Also a steroid course like prednisone is often helpful in clearing up the ear effusion along with antibiotic.

Customer: So if I develope a fever or notice ear pain or worsening ?
mysticdoc :

yes correct

mysticdoc :

otherwise, you may wait, if this is not too bothersome

Customer: Because right now my temperature is normal and I thought if you had a bacterial infection that you would have a fever
mysticdoc :

yes that is correct

mysticdoc :

also there will be foul smelling ear discharge, worsening ear pain.

Customer: Ok thank you. I just don't want to take antibiotics unless I have too
Customer: I don't like taking medicine
mysticdoc :

yes i understand your concern.

mysticdoc :

you do not need to for now.

mysticdoc :

Best wishes,


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Hi. Since we cannot physically examine you over the internet, I have to say that under no circumstances should you not do what a doctor that has actually seen you physically tells you to do. If you decide not to take the antibiotic you must at least let that doctor know about your decision so he can re-examine you in a day or two.