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My 17 yr. old had frequent recurring ear infections and finally had to have She keeps having drainage and pain and has no hearing in the ear. The side of her face hurts and the Amoxicillan does not seem to help. She has been back 3 times to see the

By Anonymous June 25, 2017 - 7:33pm
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surgeon in Little Rock Ar. and he did not even culture the drainage to find out if that is the right antibiotic. Do you have any suggestions? She is very tired from the pain and not getting any help. She is concerned about her brain since the ear infection has been going on for so long. Thank You.

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for reaching out to our community, I can appreciate the frustration you and your daughter must be experiencing.

If a child has repeat ear infections (three or more ear infections in a 6-month period or four in 1 year), you may want to consider treatment to prevent future infections.

One option used a lot in the past is long-term oral antibiotic treatment. There is debate within the medical community about using antibiotics on a long-term basis to prevent ear infections. Many doctors don't want to prescribe long-term antibiotics, because they are not sure that they really work.

Also, when antibiotics are used too often, bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics.

Having tubes put in the ears is another option for treating repeat ear infections.

Anonymous, if you have not consulted an ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist, now is the time.


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