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Stockbridge, GA
A 23-year-old female asked:

I went to doc 9 days ago with cold-like symptoms. they gave antibiotic/steroid shot. i'm still sick and now can't hear out of my left ear. just acold?

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Medicine guesswork: & likely both antibiotic & steroid were not helpful/ inappropriate; recommended for desire to do something, often a big problem driving inappropriate yet expensive treatment. Cold is a widely promoted/accepted catch-all for lots of illnesses, regardless various actual mechanisms. Try antihistamine & Valsalva maneuver to open up ear. Would love to help but more guesswork than usual from a distance.
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Dr. Ward Dean
Dr. Ward Dean commented
Holistic Medicine 45 years experience
Also, try Afrin nasal spray several times/day prior to doing the Valsalva (hold nose and clear ears).
Feb 24, 2015
Last updated Dec 18, 2015


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