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Is there a cure for bacterial ear infections?

Bacterial ear infections, be they in the middle ear or the ear canal, can usually be effectively eliminated with antibiotics. Corticosteroids may also be prescribed. Sometimes the infections even clear up completely on their own. Occasionally, excess fluid in the ear can stick around for a while even after the ear infection is eliminated. A doctor can still resolve this leftover symptom with ear tubes.

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