How to Treat (and Prevent) a Staph Infection in the Ear

Staph Infection Treatment – A Guide For Doctors & Patients

If you are suffering from a staph infection in your ear, then it’s time to seek medical attention immediately. You may have heard of antibiotic treatment for staph infections.

However, there are many cases where these drugs don’t work well enough and you need to see a doctor for proper treatment. There are different types of antibiotics available for treating various kinds of bacteria or viruses.

Antibiotics are prescribed for several diseases such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhea, HIV/AIDS and other viral infections. They’re used to treat bacterial infections like strep throat or colds.

Antibiotic treatments are usually given when the bacteria cause severe symptoms which cannot be treated with over-the-counter remedies. Some of the most common antibiotics include penicillin, tetracycline and amoxicillin.

The problem with using antibiotics for treating staph infections is that they can sometimes make things worse. If you use them too often, they can actually make the infection worse.

Other times, the side effects of antibiotics are very bad and can even kill you. So before you start taking any kind of antibiotic, it’s best if you consult a doctor first to get all the necessary facts about it.

Bacterial Infections

Besides the common cold, what are some other types of bacterial infections?

The most common are respiratory, which affect the lungs and breathing passages. Upper respiratory infections refer to those affecting the nose and throat, such as the common cold. Lower respiratory infections affect the lungs themselves.

Other kinds of bacterial infections include:

Ear – pus buildup or damage to the eardrum, sometimes resulting in temporary or permanent hearing loss.

Skin – impetigo, boils, cellulitis, abscesses and folliculitis.

Circulatory system – septicemia, endocarditis and others.

Digestive system – stomach aches, food poisoning, diarrhea and other problems with the intestines.

Urinary tract – bladder and kidney infections.

Female genitalia – vaginal itching and discharge, urinary tract infections and infertility.

How Are Bacterial Infections Diagnosed?

There are several tests to determine if someone has a bacterial infection. If a physician suspects a patient has an infection, he or she may take a medical history and perform a physical examination, sometimes requiring the patient to disrobe and exposing the affected area. The physician may look for signs of redness, swelling, pus and other indicators that bacteria are present.

Other diagnostic tests may be ordered. These may include urinalysis, blood and urine tests and others to determine what type of organism is causing the problem and which antibiotic will be most effective.

What Are Bacterial Infections Treatments?

Treating a bacterial infection depends on a number of factors, such as the severity of the condition, whether the patient is hospitalized or not, older or younger age groups and more. In some cases, a patient may be able to treat a bacterial infection at home. This may involve taking antibiotics, applying antibiotic ointment or other treatments. In other situations, a patient may need to be admitted to a hospital and connected to an IV and given the correct dose of antibiotics directly through the line.

Surgery may be needed as well to repair damage or remove dead tissue. Sometimes a temporary drain is placed to release any pus or fluid that builds up.

If you have a bacterial infection, it’s important to follow your doctor’s orders and not miss any doses of medication. If you stop taking the medication too soon, the bacteria may develop a resistance to the antibiotics and become incurable.

Reviewed by Louise J. Kendrick, M.D.

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