Can antibiotics be used to treat viral ear infections?

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Antibiotics can only be used to treat bacterial infections arising from a viral ear infection. They are not effective against viruses such as the ones that cause viral ear infections, and should not be taken lightly. Antibiotics are generally only prescribed if the ear infection does not improve or appears to be getting worse.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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