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A 34-year-old male asked:

Good home remedy for ear infection?

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Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Depends: There are several types of ear infections. Inner, middle , and external or outer. You need to be specific when asking a question. The typical swimmer's ear is an outer infection. You can treat that with a 50:50 mixture of isopropyl alcohol and clear vinegar( acetic acid) applied with an ear syringe 2-3 times a day. If that doesn't work in 7 days, see ENT doctor.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Are there any good home remedies for an ear infection?

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Dr. Alexander Gorup
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
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.
Florissant, MO
A 19-year-old female asked:

Are there any good home remedies for ear infections?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes & no: For the middle ear; some of these are viral and self heal in a few days. Some of what some believe is an infection is just fluid & usually clears on its own. Many can be aggressive bacteria & take months to clear without antibiotics & may lead to significant complications. Using a heating pad on the side of the head can help manage discomfort.The only way to know needed treatment is an evaluation
Plano, TX
A 27-year-old female asked:

Is there a home remedy for a mid ear infection?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes & no: Some of these are just self healing viruses or mild eustachian tube dysfunction, so treating with a pain reliever like Ibuprofen for a couple of days may be all you need. If it does not improve, there are no "home" treatments for a germ producing pus collection in the middle ear.That would need to be verified and treated with prescription meds.
CA
A 24-year-old member asked:

Are there any home remedies for curing ear infections?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
NO: There are no proven home remedies that cure middle ear infections. Remember studies properly done using comparison groups demonstrate ear infections may get better with no interventions at all. Recent research proves efficacy of antibiotics. I have seen no comparable proof for home remedies such as chiropractery, candling etc.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me if there is any home remedies for ear infection?

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Dr. John Mangoni
Pediatrics 45 years experience
Ear infections: In general, I would normally tell a patient that there are not good home remedies to treat ear infections

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