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
- 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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