ear infection

angel123June 23, 2008

I have a bad ear infection . My right ear hurts alot and it feels like a bad toothache my right ear. My right ear is clogged up like it has air in it it sometimes moves around to my left ear also. When i drink or eat food i could hear my water on my ear like pop its annoying. The doctor prescribed some amox-clav 875mg but that takes along to worK. So I went for a second opinion to a doctor and prescribed clarithromycin 500mg. I'm confused on what is best antibiotic to take the 1st visit to the doc i used the amoxicillan . I took 2 tablets then switched to clarithromycin and took 2 pills so far. I need some advice on what antibiotic's will be good for me .Also will this clogged up air that i feel will it go away with the medicine will it unclog my ear. Please need advice its still hurts as of this time

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The best advice that anyone can give you is to stick to what a doctor tells you. By switching back and forth between antibiotics, none have a chance to work. It takes time to kill bacteria. It doesn't happen immediately. By changing medications, you allow the bacteria time to get worse.

ALL antibiotics take time. Finish one complete course of one medication. Then, if the condition isn't better, the doctor will prescibe another type. Some conditions are hard to clear up. Have patience!

    Bookmark   June 23, 2008 at 9:10AM
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I agree with agnes. You need to take ALL of the antibiotics for the prescribed period - usually 7 days, sometimes 10 days. You're not doing yourself a favor by switching back and forth to different antibiotics. The bacteria may not respond to either of them because you haven't taken them ALL AS PRESCRIBED.

Another thing, if you don't take it as prescribed and have patience, you can get a ruptured eardrum from too much infection. If you see a discharge of blood or pus from the ear, this could indicate a ruptured eardrum.

By not taking your medicine the proper way (as precribed) you are prolonging the infection. Long-lasting ear infections can cause short-term hearing loss, long-term hearing loss, or ruptured eardrum.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2008 at 9:31AM
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