Reviewed by Dr. Ramakrishnan

Antibiotics are frequently used to treat ear infections, although the body may resolve this type of infection without antibiotics in some cases. Your provider may also prescribe antihistamine for allergies and/or a decongestant for a cold. It is important to take all the medicine just as your provider prescribes it to give your body time to get rid of the infection.



In some cases, surgery may be a treatment option for patients with ear infections.

  • Myringotomy: This procedure involves creating small openings in the eardrum to help it drain the fluid, pus and/or mucus, and to relieve the pressure that causes pain. The eardrum incision heals in a few days and generally leaves no scarring or damage to the eardrum.
  • Ventilation Tubes: By placing small tubes in the eardrum, this procedure may help reduce recurrent infection, fluid build-up and hearing loss, or pressure associated with Eustachian tube dysfunction.
  • Adenoidectomy/Tonsillectomy: Chronically infected adenoids and tonsils can cause otitis media and they are sometimes removed at the same time ventilation tubes are put in place.

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