Can over-the-counter medications treat bacterial ear infections?

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Frequently, bacterial ear infections go away on their own after a few days. If you have a mild ear infection that will likely clear up, then you may not need a prescription medication. Simply cleaning and maintaining the ear properly and taking over-the-counter pain medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be enough to treat it. If your bacterial ear infection is more resistant, however, over-the-counter medications will not be enough. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen may still be taken to manage pain, but in order to actually combat the infection, prescription antibiotics will be needed.

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