#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Self-Prescribed Antibiotics For Ear Pain


Q: What will happen if I take amoxicillin without the prescription of my doctor? I take it because my ear is aching and I do not know why and now I feel dizzy. I thought it would ease the pain that I am feeling right now. Please reply

 

A: Hi! I am quite convinced that this is a serious matter with that crying face J

 

First, please go and see your doctor. Why would you take amoxicillin without knowing whether the pain is due to an infection or not? There are so many different causes of ear pain and I’ll give you a small list below:

 

Ear pain with fever can be due to ear infections or a cold. For more on ear infections and colds, please click on the links: https://chatwithdrketch.com/2016/10/18/daily-health-tips-ear-infections/ and https://chatwithdrketch.com/2015/08/08/having-a-cold-heres-your-survival-tool-kit/

 

Ear pain with pain when swallowing can be due to sore throat and tonsillitis. For more on sore throat, please click on https://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/12/17/daily-health-tips-sore-throat/

 

Ear pain with change in hearing can be due to earwax build up or foreign body in the ear. For more on this, click on this link https://chatwithdrketch.com/2017/05/30/hlwdk-daily-health-tips-swimmers-ear/

 

Ear pain with toothache can be due to teething in children. For more, click on https://chatwithdrketch.com/2017/03/24/daily-health-tips-teething-and-constipation/

 

Please do not take antibiotics without a prescription. What you are treating may not need an antibiotic, you may not take sufficient quantities to deal with the infection if there is one, leading to resistance (meaning when you have a real infection, the drug may not work) or you may take too much or for too long leading to a super infection (a situation where even the good germs in your body are killed opening one up to infections that would not have happened, all things being equal). You don’t want any of this to happen.

 

So, your next logical step is to go visit an ENT (Ear Nose and Throat) specialist to evaluate you and find out the real cause of your ear pain. Then s/he will start you on a definitive treatment. Until then, no  ore antibiotics, please!

 

All the best! 🙂

 

 

 

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