Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work: Ear Infection

Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work

Ear Infection

Antibiotics are not recommended to help treat many ear infections. Your healthcare professional will be able to determine what kind of ear infection you or your child has and if antibiotics would help. Learn more below about two of the three main kinds of ear infections: otitis media with effusion and acute otitis media. Visit CDC's Healthy Swimming website to learn more about otitis externa (swimmer’s ear).