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I've got impetigo in my ear.( just been told this morning).

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I've got impetigo in my ear.( just been told this morning). Have now got a headache spreading from my ear across my whole head it's so painful I just threw up. I'm scared and don't know if this is normal?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
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are you getting the infection treated with antibiotic ear drops in your ear?

JACUSTOMER-xdb4wz9a- : No oral antibiotics
Dr. David :

how about antibiotic ear drops?

Dr. David :

or are you using a antibiotic cream?

JACUSTOMER-xdb4wz9a- : No wasn't offered ear drops
Dr. David :

where is the infection in the ear?

Dr. David :

is the infection in your ear canal?

Dr. David :

or elsewhere?

JACUSTOMER-xdb4wz9a- : Mainly on the outside of my ear
Dr. David :

did they give you mupirocin antibiotic ointment to treat the impetigo?

JACUSTOMER-xdb4wz9a- : No all I was given was flucloxacillin
Dr. David :

is the impetigo getting better on the skin?

JACUSTOMER-xdb4wz9a- : It's stopped spreading
Dr. David :

that is good.

Dr. David :

skin impetigo can be painful.

Dr. David :

they should have given you some lidocaine cream or gel area to help decrease pain.

Dr. David :

you can use tylenol or paracetamol headaches

Dr. David :

and make sure you drink enough water

Dr. David :

and get enough sleep.

JACUSTOMER-xdb4wz9a- : Should it cause extreme headaches though?
Dr. David :

it can be hard to sleep with infection on your ear.

Dr. David :

it can if you are not getting enough sleep and if you are having worse anxiety and stress.

JACUSTOMER-xdb4wz9a- : So I shouldn't worry about the headache
Dr. David :

you should not be stressed about the headache.

Dr. David :

try to drink more water and fluids and try the paracetamol to see if that helps.

Dr. David :

and make sure you take a probiotic daily if you are taking oral antibiotics to prevent diarrhea.

JACUSTOMER-xdb4wz9a- : Ok thankyou I'm ok taking paracetamol with the antibiotics
Dr. David :

good.

Dr. David :

you are welcome

Dr. David :

good luck to you

JACUSTOMER-xdb4wz9a- : Thankyou
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