Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Infected Middle Ear Treatment

Treatment for otitis media usually includes oral antibiotics, and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever.

Treatment options for otitis media include:

Infected Middle Ear Antibiotics

Viral infections are the most cause of otitis media. Antibiotics are effective against bacterial infections, but they are not effective against viruses.

Antibiotics may be used in the following situations:

Antibiotics commonly prescribed to treat otitis media include:

Infected Middle Ear Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of otitis media.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for otitis media?
  • Will I need to see my doctor for a checkup?

Infected Middle Ear Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat otitis media:

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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