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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
30 years experience General Surgery
Should be ok: It should be ok to shower. Obviously, without more info such as an exam, it's tough to be sure, but it sounds OK from what you presented. If you're u ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
35 years experience Pediatrics
Water in ear.: If you are getting an external ear canal infections (otitis externa, also known as swimmer's ear), it is because water is getting trapped in your ear ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: I see no reason to alter your regular routine if you have a middle ear infection.Water from the shower will not interfere with your recovery.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Fungal debris: Rather than fungal debris, it may be old dryed out cerumen or ear wax. Use several drops of vinegar to keep your outer ears clean
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
It's ok to shower: Realize that kids who have "ear tubes" to prevent recurrent middle ear infections actually have a plastic tube in each ear drum to maintain ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Gorup
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Different types: There are various antibiotics, typically oral or topical ear drops for this purpose.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: With an inner or middle ear infection showering has no direct impact. If you have swimmers ear it would be good to avoid lots of water in the outer e ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
No problem: The procedure should not interfere with your ear infection or recovery under treatment.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mandakini Patel
40 years experience Pediatrics
Ear infection/swim: If you have no drum perforaion you could swim after 5-7 days of being on antibiotics. If you had a drum perforation, it may take a month or longer to ... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Linda Callaghan
52 years experience Addiction Medicine
Go to ENT.: It would be best to go to your ent. Your pcp may send to to the ENT anyway. I see that you are also on antibiotic so you are covered for now , at leas ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chad Rudnick
9 years experience Pediatrics
Not now: If you have an acute infection, you should not donate blood until the infection is completely resolved. Here is a link to blood donation eligibility f ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam King
Dr. Adam King answered
14 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Yes: It may hurt a but with movement, but exercise is fine. You may want to take something like Ibuprofen 1 hour prior to working out.
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
35 years experience Pediatrics
Yes, you can have an: inflamed eardrum without fluid behind the eardrum, which could signify infection. You also could have ear pain from a swimmer's ear, also known as oti ... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Drops: The external ear infection should respond to topical antibiotics - ie. Ear drops.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Unlikely: Doxycycline is not an effective antibiotic against the most common germs causing ear infections.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodrigo Argenal
21 years experience Pediatrics
Painful: You "can" but it might be very painful with the pressure changes your ears will go thru. Normally when pressure changes, your ear adjusts to it, but i ... Read More
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience Pediatrics
Controverisal: There is constant back and forth between the experts on this very issue, and no consensus has been reached yet. My practice is if you are on appropria ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Eisenberg
33 years experience Pediatrics
Only swimmers ear: A true inner ear infection requires fluid accumulated behind the eardrum (usually due to the negative eustachian tube pressure from a cold). A swimmer ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience Pediatrics
OTITIS MEDIA: The heating pad will add comfort if you feel less pain. Otherwise you can take Motrin for pain and inflammation until you see md in am.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
Caramine peroxide is: Used for whitening teeth and has nothing to do with treating an ear infection, you can whiten your teeth when you have an ear infection.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Ear pain causes: A popped ear drum usually indicates fluid in the ear. The ear dum is usually retracted and does not move with a pneumo otoscope.. In an ear infection ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Peppercorn
42 years experience Dermatology
Cold sore: No, ear wax would do nothing and is a very unusual idea. If due to a virus on your lip, taking an antiviral pill just as valcyclovir would be a great ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Claude Parola
39 years experience Internal Medicine
Contact dermatitis: A topical steroid , like Hydrocortisone may help, but see your doctor if symptoms persist.

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