Quick Answer: Why Do I Keep Getting Ear Infections?

Can an ear infection be a sign of something more serious?

Unlike childhood ear infections, which are often minor and pass quickly, adult ear infections are frequently signs of a more serious health problem.

If you’re an adult with an ear infection, you should pay close attention to your symptoms and see your doctor..

Can an ear infection last for months?

Inner ear infections tend last the longest with symptoms often persisting for several months. Middle ear infections shouldn’t last more than one or two days. Outer ear infections can last for a week or longer.

Will ear infection clear on its own?

Many infections will go away on their own and the only treatment necessary is medication for pain. Up to 80% of ear infections may go away without antibiotics. Antibiotics are prescribed for any child younger than 6 months and for any person with severe symptoms.

What foods help ear infections?

A proper diet also plays an essential role in reducing ear infection risk. Focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and high-quality protein to strengthen your immune system. Consider eliminating milk and sugar, as they are common allergens.

Can you heal an ear infection without antibiotics?

Some ear infections, such as middle ear infections, need antibiotic treatment, but many can get better without antibiotics.

What happens if you ignore an ear infection?

If ignored, you run the risk of your eardrum rupturing. This could lead to hearing loss, so make sure to seek treatment right away.

How do I know if my ear infection is bacterial or viral?

Bacterial InfectionsSymptoms persist longer than the expected 10-14 days a virus tends to last.Fever is higher than one might typically expect from a virus.Fever gets worse a few days into the illness rather than improving.

Can ear infection spread to brain?

Spread of infection. Rarely, serious middle ear infections spread to other tissues in the skull, including the brain or the membranes surrounding the brain (meningitis).

How many ear infections is too many for adults?

So, back to the question at hand…how many ear infections are too many? Here’s what I suggest: Four infections in peak cold and flu season (winter=October through April) Three infections in non-peak season (summer)

How long can an ear infection go untreated?

Eustachian tubes do not work properly when filled with drainage from the nose or mucous from allergies, colds, bacteria , or viruses because the drainage presses on the eardrum, which is what causes the pain. A chronic ear infection can last for 6 weeks or more, but most go away on their own after 3 days.

What is the best antibiotic for ear infection?

Here are some of the antibiotics doctors prescribe to treat an ear infection:Amoxil (amoxicillin)Augmentin (amoxicillin/potassium clavulanate)Cortisporin (neomycin/polymxcin b/hydrocortisone) solution or suspension.Cortisporin TC (colistin/neomycin/thonzonium/hydrocortisone) suspension.More items…•

What happens if you let an ear infection go untreated?

Ear infections can lead to more serious complications, including mastoiditis (a rare inflammation of a bone adjacent to the ear), hearing loss, perforation of the eardrum, meningitis, facial nerve paralysis, and possibly — in adults — Meniere’s disease.

Is there a way to prevent ear infections?

Children and adults who wash their hands with soap and clean, running water can help prevent the spread of germs that can cause colds and ear infections. Hand-washing is important especially after using the bathroom, when preparing food, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

How can I reduce fluid in my ears?

PreventionAvoid cigarette smoke.Avoid known allergens.If your child is in daycare, consider taking him out or switching to a smaller daycare if he gets fluid in his ears frequently.Wash your hands and your child’s toys frequently.Avoid overusing antibiotics.More items…