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I have narrow ear canals and swim so get a bad infection about once a year. I had a 10 day course of medication. It it didn't completely clear up so was prescribed another 10 day course, plus super strength sinus decongestants and pain killers as I had to fly on about day 17. I'm in the USA.
It's funny how I need to be at deaths door before I call a gp in the UK, but here people tell you that you shouldn't hesitate to make an appointment, no prizes for suffering etc. Hope you feel better soon, earache is really horrible.