Are there alternative treatments for bacterial ear infections?

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Sometimes, medication isn't needed to treat bacterial ear infections. Before writing a prescription, occasionally doctors will hold off for a while to see if the person's body can fight off the infection on its own. If you have a healthy immune system, it's actually fairly likely that this will happen. In fact, about eight in ten children who develop ear infections will recover completely after a few days with no antibiotic treatment whatsoever. Proper antibiotic medication is highly advisable if the infection persists, though.

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