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The use of antibiotics when treating ear and throat pain in both children and adults can becontroversial to the general population. Patients tend to self diagnose themselves with an infection when ear and throat pain present. It is important to assess all patients thoroughly for an accurate diagnosis and to be able to develop an accurate treatment plan. The standard of care for ear pain and throat pain is first watchful waiting with both children and adults. Watchful waiting over two to three days is monitoring a patient and looking for other symptoms to arise that suggest infection. Acute Otitis Media (AOM) can be caused by bacteria or virus and can get better without the use of antibiotics. It is important to not automatically give antibiotics if they are not necessary and it is also important to distinguish between viral and bacterial infections (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, n.d.). A viral ear infection will usually go away without antibiotics within 2-3 days. A bacterial ear infection with not resolve within 3 days

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