Otitis Media, Adult

A middle ear infection is an infection in the space behind the eardrum. It often happens along with a cold. It is caused by a germ that starts growing in that space. Your neck may feel puffy (swollen) on the side of the ear infection.

HOME CARE

  • Take your medicine as told. Finish it even if you start to feel better.

  • Nose medicine (nasal decongestant) may help the tube that connects the ear and throat (eustachian tube) drain better. It may also help with discomfort.

  • Follow up with your doctor in 10 to 14 days or as told by your doctor. This is to make sure the infection is gone.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You do not start to feel better in 2 to 3 days.

  • You have pain that is not helped with medicine.

  • You cannot use the medicine as told.

  • You feel worse instead of better.

  • You develop puffiness, redness, or pain around the ear.

  • You get a stiff neck.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.