Hi there... my name is Michael Jaccarino. I went to urgent care a few days ago due to some pain and loss of hearing in my left ear and it ended up that I had an ear infection. I got a prescription for ear drops as well as antibiotics. The hearing seems to be back to normal but the pain is still pretty bad. How long does it usually take before an ear infection goes away? Is there anything that can be done for the pain? (I've tried taking some advil, but that seems to only help for an hour or two).
You may need stronger antibiotics, if it is a bacterial infection, some of them are really nasty! If its caused by a virus, then antibiotics won't help. You should get in to see your primary care doc if u have one, tomorrow, or get in to see an ear/nose/throat specialist if you think it's really bad. I've had some pretty painful long-lasting ear infections that took several rounds of strong antibiotics as well as Prednisone and pain killers like Vicodin. Over the counter you can try an antihistamine to help clear up the fluid, which is what causes the pain when the fluid build up puts pressure on the ear drum/inner ear. The ear drops actually made mine worse because the fluid wasn't draining so the drops just built up.
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