How do you know if an ear infection is viral or bacterial?

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How do you know if an ear infection is viral or bacterial?

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answered 2 days ago by Vapirusky (1,970 points)
Some signs that the ear infection is bacterial and not viral are the Fever with the ear infection gets worse a few days into the illness rather than improving, your fever is higher than one might typically expect from a virus or the symptoms of the bacterial ear infection persist longer than the expected 10-14 days.

Most ear infections last between 3 days to 7 days before they go away.

However in some cases the ear infection may last as long as 14 days but if the ear infection gets worse or does not go away within 14 days you should see a doctor.

An ear infection will usually go away on it's own.

Minor ear infections usually require no medical treatment and if the ear infection is not very serious the symptoms of the ear infection should improve and go away within 3 days.

An ear infection may last as long as 3 days to a week.

If the ear infection does not begin clearing up within 3 days or the ear infection seems to get worse then you should see a doctor.

Some ear infections require antibiotics to get them to go away faster but some ear infections simply clear up and go away on their own.

Symptoms of an ear infection are usually fever and ear pain, Loss of balance, trouble hearing, ear pain when lying down.

In toddlers and babies the ear infection may cause fussiness, pulling at the ear, excessive crying and trouble falling asleep.

If the ear infection is affecting a baby or toddler or young child you should take them to the doctor just to be sure it's not a serious ear infection.

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