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How long do viral ear infections last?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

A viral ear infection should clear up no later than 72 hours - three days - after symptoms begin. Four out of five ear infections clear up on their own without any further treatment. Infections that last longer than a few days may require more extensive treatment to resolve.

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