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Does putting drops of rubbing alcohol in ear for earache help?

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Dr. Theodore Fetter
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 50 years experience
Not a good idea!: Will not help a mid ear infection-need an oral antibiotic. May cause significant burning in an ear canal (outer ear) infection. Severe burning if you have hole in eardrum with infection. Only ok, mixed with white vinegar, for ear canal drying/cleaning, if no canal inflammation & no eardrum perforation. See an otology/ent md for treatment.

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Can I put drops of rubbing alcohol into my ears to cure an earache?

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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
No: Without knowing if the ear drum is intact or not, i would not recommend placing alcohol drops in the ear blindly. Most often we use use alcohol as a drying agent in the maintenance treatment of swimmer's ears and not as an acute treatment.

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