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How Much Does it Cost to Treat an Ear Infection Without Insurance

Kendra Bean
Kendra Bean22 Apr 2024
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Treating an ear infection typically costs between $0 and $110. However, the cost depends on the severity of your infection, type of treatment recommended, cost of prescriptions, and insurance status. Ear infections will usually resolve on their own but sometimes require medical intervention, especially if symptoms do not improve after a few days. There are many different types of ear infections, but the most common include middle ear infections and swimmer’s ear.

Cost of Treating an Ear Infection Without Insurance

Swimmer’s ear and middle ear infections are two common types of ear infections. Since these infections occur in different parts of the ear, they require different treatments and times for recovery. Treatment for an ear infection depends on a few factors, including the type of infection, the severity of the infection, and the number of times you have experienced an ear infection. Symptoms of ear infections usually improve within the first couple of days and can sometimes be resolved without treatment. 

If your condition worsens, you should consider taking over-the-counter medication or seeing a health care provider. Some of the best-recommended medications for treating an ear infection or the pain associated with it include: 

  • Tylenol and Motrin for pain-relievers
  • Amoxicillin for oral antibiotics
  • Ofloxacin .3 percent ear drop for middle ear infections
  • Antipyrine and benzocaine otic (A/B Otic) drops for anesthetic ear drops

Note that your health care provider will be able to advise which medication is best for you. 

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Kendra Bean

Kendra Bean is from Maui, Hawaiʻi. She is currently enrolled at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, specializing in Epidemiology. She is passionate about improving health literacy and access to care, specifically in rural areas.

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