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Earache (cont.)

Earache Follow-up

Most earaches resolve after 1 to 2 days of treatment; however, the ear infection may recur even with appropriate therapy. It is important not to stop the course of treatment even though symptoms are relieved.

  • Most often, follow-up with a health care professional is not required unless complications occur because of the ear infection. These may include recurrent pain, fever, loss of hearing, nausea, or vertigo.
  • People with recurrent infections may require hearing tests.
  • Ruptured eardrums may require referral to an ear, nose, and throat specialist in case they do not heal on their own.
  • People who are immunocompromised or who have diabetes should be seen in follow- up care for a recheck.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/22/2013

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