If there is an infection in your ear you might be worried how long it is going to last. They are often painful and unpleasant and so people can't wait for them to end. An ear infection duration can be anywhere from a day or two for a mild infection to a couple of weeks or longer for a more severe infection. Patients with diabetes or other complications who have treatment started late could have problems. Combined with deep infection the issue could last for months or longer. It all depends on you, the type of infection and the treatment you receive. Keep reading for more details on how long the infection is likely to last.
It is worth treating an infection early. Some mild ear irritation can be a sign that the infection is on it's way. It might be that you got some soap or water in your ear and it didn't settle down afterwards. Simply avoiding the problem that set it off might be enough to sort it out. The soreness might only last a day or two.
Wearing a pair of ZenPlugs Molded Ear Plugs can help keep soap and water away from your precious ears. The plugs are also antibacterial. This means they kill plenty of bugs, further helping to prevent infection.
Once you have ear pain, discharge and deafness you probably have a more severe infection. At this stage you definitely need to see a doctor and may need antibiotic treatment. Once this starts you can expect your ear to start getting better after a couple of days. After 4 days it should be a lot better and after a week it should be gone. Doctors often issue a week's antibiotics. If it looks like the problem won't be over after 5 or 6 days make another appointment to see your doctor as you may need more antibiotics.
The post isn't to be substituted for medical advice. You must visit your health practitioner if you have a problem with your ears.
Dr Toby Bateson