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A 24-year-old female asked:

Are there any safe home remedies for ear impaction? how do i tell if that is what is wrong or if it's an ear infection?

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Dr. Rosemary Pomponio
Specializes in Family Medicine
Hydrogen peroxide:wa: If pain or fever or bleeding from ear canal see PCP. If previous history of ear wax, try weekly rinse of canal with hydrogen peroxide: water in 1 to 1 proportions.
Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 45 years experience
Yes: It would be best to confirm that excess wax is the problem. As long as there is not a history of perforation or a hole in your ear drum; 2 common home remedies are dilute hydrogen peroxide, 3 parts water to 1 part hydrogen peroxide 1-2 drops twice daily for 5 days and then reassess. Colace (docusate sodium) solution used typically as a laxative, 1-2 drops twice daily for 5 days may also be helpful. Syringing by MD
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Earwax: I like to mix hydrogen peroxide and water 1:1 and put several drops in each ear every night for a week. Generally, that clears the ear wax. Ear infections generally involve pain.
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Debrox also can work.
Jul 28, 2014
Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 36 years experience
See your doctor.: You should be seen by your doctor to make sure that is the problem. If it's ear wax (cerumen) impaction, you may be able to use a wax softener such as Debrox. You should never use Q-tips to try to clean your ears, as they can cause the wax to be pushed further in, or even worse, perforate your ear drum.
Dr. Christiane Smith
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Depends on symptoms : There is no good way for you to tell for sure at home, however, if you also have symptoms such as fever, chills, sore throat, those would all go along with it more likely being an infection. Keep in mind, the ear canal itself can also have infection (swimmers ear). You could try some wax softening drops (Debrox ) for a couple days, but if pain worsens, Seek care.

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Can you please tell me about effective home remedies for an ear infection?

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Dr. Alexander Gorup
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Why home remedy?: Why a home remedy? If you don't know how to cure this pain, you most likely are unsure of the actual cause. Suggest you see an ENT to diagnose the cause and offer a cure. Better than leaving it alone or searching for a home remedy. Just get seen and get it fixed.
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What home remedy can help an ear infection from hurting ?

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Dr. Magalie Nelson
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Home remedy ear pain: You can use warm compress and over the counter pain medication such as Ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen). However the cause of the infection must be treated in order to get rid of it. You many need antibiotics or ear cleaning by your doctor.

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