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A 38-year-old member asked:

Soothing an ear infection without drops? what are some ways to soothe an ear infection without drops?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Antibiotics: 10 days course of antibiotics by mouth, prescribed by your doctor, warm compresses.
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Pain relief using acetominophen or ibuprofen helps a lot to relieve pain. Warm compresses may be helpful if your child will let you do this. Pediatricians in the US are moving away from treating every ear infection with antibiotics as most ear infections are caused by viruses. The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new guideline re treatment of ear infections. Your pediatrician may ask you to try pain relief for the next two to three days before deciding to use antibiotics.
Feb 28, 2013

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Scientists have discovered any ways to soothe an ear infection?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Drops: Mineral oil or olive oil at room temperature are often soothing. Over the counter ear drops for pain can also help sometimes.
Dr. Natalie Geary
Pediatrics 30 years experience
mullein oil is also very effective
May 9, 2013

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