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Do antibiotics really cure ear infections?

I think so - but it seems doctors are getting stingier in prescribing medicine for that.

 
tasches

Asked by tasches at 5:28 PM on Nov. 17, 2010 in Health

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Answers (10)
  • Overuse of antibiotics have helped the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria like MRSA
    butterflyblue19

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 5:30 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • There is research out there showing many ear infections will resolve on their own. The American Academy of Pediatrics has been promoting "waiting" on antibiotics for them. If you'd like more info, I'll try to find it. I am sure I have seen several articles about it in the past 3 years or so.
    kjrn79

    Answer by kjrn79 at 5:30 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • i think soo
    yankeegirl87

    Answer by yankeegirl87 at 5:29 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • they will get rid of the bacterial fluid, so yes they do cure ear infections. however some kids get them so frequently, that it's not good to give antibiotics every single time, because they'll build an immunity to the antibiotic and it won't work for them. some kids require tubes in their ears if they have chronic ear infections, and it's caused by the ear tubes being more straight then angled and causing fluid to back up instead of flow downward like in adult ears.
    tnm786

    Answer by tnm786 at 5:31 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • i would think so
    meagan678

    Answer by meagan678 at 5:31 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • i think that they over use the antibiotics and that they will cure them selves!
    Caroline2010

    Answer by Caroline2010 at 5:38 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • If they're bacterial, yes, but doctor's are now being more careful about giving antibiotics when they may not be needed.
    SWasson

    Answer by SWasson at 5:46 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • They always worked for my two.
    elizabr

    Answer by elizabr at 6:24 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • Similsan ear ache drops work just as well. Take garlic. It's a natural antibiotic/antiviral. Prescription antibiotics should only be used when other treatment options have failed.
    motherofhope98

    Answer by motherofhope98 at 6:42 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • No, they do not.
    PhilsBabyMama

    Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 4:00 PM on Nov. 20, 2010

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