(Closed) How long does it take for antibiotics to kick in?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

It depends on the meds and the dosage that they gave you. Honestly, I know ear infections all too well. I have the equivalent of a deviated septum (not sure what its called) in my right ear canal, and I have problems with it all the time.

When it comes to the ear, the meds have to kill the infection, then it will clear. One thing you can try to do, if you have one of those ear bulbs (or the one you use for little ones to suck out their noses), you can make a hydrogen peroxide and warm water mix (50/50) and irrigate your ear with the bulb. If anything is lose, it will come out and help speed things up. It can’t hurt you to do this. Just put the bulb into the top of your ear opening and have a cup or some kind of containe to catch the water and anything else that comes out

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

How many days is the prescription for? That’s usually the length of time it takes to fully clear it up.

Post # 6
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Is it on the same side as the bad tooth? Its probably the combined pain. Make sure you tell the dentist (isn’t it you who has an appt. today for it?) what antibiotics you’re already on since he’ll probably want you on one for the tooth if it’s infected.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

This is an excerpt from the following credible source:

“Fluid behind the eardrum after an ear infection is normal. In most children, the fluid clears up within a few months without treatment. Have your child’s hearing tested if the fluid persists past 3 months. If hearing is normal, you may choose to keep watching your child without treatment.”

http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/kb/content/major/hw184385.html#hw184387

Normally, you should see some improvement on antibiotics within 48-72 hours. You will note that not all ear infections are caused by bacteria. If the infection is caused by a virus the antibiotics will make no difference. You can use other home treatment including decongestants.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@tranquility: well, now with the info on your tooth, that’s probably why its not getting better. but the anitbiotics should be helping that too…

def talk to your doc about both pains, and see if you can get some other kind of meds, cuz you should be feeling better, even if your hearing hasn’t gotten better. Unfortunately, I have lost about 15% hearing in my right ear permanently from all the infections that I’ve had, but its not bad when I’m trying to sleep and can just flip to my left side, cuz my right ear drowns out any noises keeping me awake. That’s about the only good thing. Luckily, I am left handed, so I naturally talk on my left side on the phone anyway, cuz most of the time I can’t hear with my right ear on the phone.

Post # 11
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  • Wedding: September 2012

@tranquility: That is such a weird coincidence!  I got my first ear infection since childhood last Friday, and I also was on antibiotics.  The doctor gave me a three day course of meds, and my ear still hurt when it was over Sunday night.  My ear stopped hurting like crazy Tuesday, and is just a little uncomfortable now.  I wish the anitbiotics worked faster though!

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