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A 31-year-old female asked:

i have stuffed up ear and infection on amoxicillin. how can i unplug ear? just wait or q-tips? also bad runny diarrhea on immodium probiotics other ideas as i got to work this week still got 5 days.

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Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Decongestants...: If nose or sinuses are congested, a decongestant may do more to unplug ears. Qtips are not going to help if they are plugged from inner ear. Sounds like you have antibiotic associated diarrhea. Call your doctors office because you may be able to stop. Also, most upper respiratory infections are viral and antibiotics don't work. Call your doctor for further guidance.
Dr. Sandra Pinkham
Holistic Medicine 53 years experience
Vicious cycle: Take Amoxicillin with food to minimize diarrhea, avoid diary, wheat and sugar, take probiotics. Make thyme tea 1 t thyme leaves in 1 cup of hot water and drink through day. No cold drinks. Avoid processed foods. Homemade chicken soup with rice, quinoa, or potatoes and carrots, onions and garlic can be helpful. If diarrhea not controlled check for c.Dif. Possibly on wrong antibiotic. No q tips.

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