Ear infections are a pervasive problem, especially for young children. Untreated ear infections can cause a lot of discomfort but are not a reason to panic.
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Ear infections often result from a cold when the eustachian tubes don’t properly drain excess fluids. Pediatricians look for fluid and inflammation before prescribing antibiotics. Some ear irritation comes from a virus or a little extra fluid, requiring a wait of 48 hours to issue the correct treatment.
Outer ear infections are often treated with ear drop antibiotics. Inner ear infections typically require oral antibiotics. Anti-inflammatory medication can relieve some symptoms as the antibiotics treat the underlying condition.
Listen as Dr. Naveen Mehrotra joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss how to address your child’s ear infection.
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