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

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

Only for outer infxn: Alcohol in the ear could only work in the case of a bacterial infection of the outer ear canal (swimmers ear). Not all ear aches have to do with the ear, however, and if it doesn't help you should see your primary care doctor or an ent. ...Read more

Dr. M. Jay Petruska
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Ear Ache (Definition)

Pain felt in ear can be result of conditions that affect the ear directly such as ear infections, traumatic injury to ear, impacted ear wax, as well as benign or malignant growths of ear. Pain in ear can be referred from conditions that affect the throat, teeth, or jaw including tonsil/throat infections, dental infections, jaw joint inflammation, benign ...Read more


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

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

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. ...Read more

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Why does rubbing alcohol help ear pain?

Because: It helps dry the water in the ear canal. Moist ear canal is a breading ground for infections. ...Read more

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My ears hurt. Not earache?

My ears hurt. Not earache?

Possible TMJ: An ear infection usually follows a cold and has hearing loss, sometimes fever and drainage. It can affect one or both ears. The exam is abnormal. If both ears hurt and exam is normal consider TMJ problem from chewing muscles being tight or infection behind palate. Hearing is normal but ears might feel full. ...Read more

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Right by my ears it hurts bad & I feel alil lightheaded doc checked my ears no earache what could this b?

Right by my ears it hurts bad & I feel alil lightheaded doc checked my ears no earache what could this b?

Possible TMJ Problem: Pain in front of the ear, or sensation of pain in the ear with negative findings with your ears could very likely be due to a TMJ problem. If you are experiencing popping or clicking, difficulty opening and eating you should be evaluated by a dentist for a possible TMJ disorder. ...Read more

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Can carbide peroxide damage your ears? My ears felt like they constantly needed to be popped, no pain or discharge beforehand. Now I have an earache?

Can carbide peroxide damage your ears? My ears felt like they constantly needed to be popped, no pain or discharge beforehand. Now I have an earache?

Cleaning: Carbide peroxide is used to remove ear wax. If you have used this product and still have the problem, get checked by a specialist. The pain and discharge is often associated with an infection which, as you described, does not seem to be your problem.
Good luck. ...Read more

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I earache it keeps coming and going. I have given up smoking. And also I have dry skn on and inside my ears iam in pain please could somebody help?

Otalgia: Otalgia is the name for an ear ache. If there is no hearing loss, then an ear infection is unlikely. The most common cause of ear ache in the absence of infection is related to the jaw joint or the jaw muscles, so called
TMD. Other causes of referred pain to the ear are diseases of the throat, and or larynx and finally, diseases of the cervical spine. ...Read more

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I have a horrible earache. There is a constant ringing in both of my ears and they're always popping when I swallow or yawn. Why?

I have a horrible earache. There is a constant ringing in both of my ears and they're always popping when I swallow or yawn. Why?

Various reasons: The popping is from your eustacian tube adjusting air pressure. A decongestant can help immensely. The underlying condition could be an ear infection. You need to be examined by your doctor. ...Read more

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I have headaches, neck pain, and earaches. I also feel like I have fluid moving in my ears while laying down. Also nausea.

I have headaches, neck pain, and earaches. I also feel like I have fluid moving in my ears while laying down. Also nausea.

See you physician: You could be getting ear infection and may need some careful examination and proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment so please contact your physician soon. ...Read more

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Why do my ears hurt sometimes? It feels like an earache but I don't think it is. It also hurts my ears when I swallow and bite down.

Why do my ears hurt sometimes? It feels like an earache but I don't think it is. It also hurts my ears when I swallow and bite down.

Many possibilities..: An exam will be your best way to determine the cause... pressure from fluid/allergies? TMJ? Dental issue? There are many reasons for ear pain and an exam will give you the answer fairly quickly... ...Read more

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My ears feel plugged and muffled and I am now extremely sensitive to sound. Hearing even footsteps hurts like crazy. Is this a normal earache?

My ears feel plugged and muffled and I am now extremely sensitive to sound. Hearing even footsteps hurts like crazy. Is this a normal earache?

No: An earache means your ear actually hurts. Does your ear hurt? Are you more sensitive to internal sounds such as that occurs when chewing or hearing your own footsteps rather than of others? If that is the case and your ear does not hurt, when considering your other symptoms, it sounds like you may have accumulated fluid behind your ear drum, what we call serous otitis media. ...Read more

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Ever since an ear ache I always get water in ear which stays for days even with alcohol treatment. Alcohol treatment also stays in ear for days. Why?

Don't put it in ear: If you are feeling liquid in your ear, it may be a discharge from a middle ear infection with a hole in the eardrum. Do not put alcohol into your ear. It is toxic to tissues, and if you have a perforated eardrum it can cause damage to the delicate structures of the middle ear. See your health care provider and/or an ear, nose and throat specialist. ...Read more

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Hi, last year I suffered a really bad bacterial ear infection. Ever since ivd had constant earache, my ears smell and my ears swell inside.

Hi, last year I suffered a really bad bacterial ear infection. Ever since ivd had constant earache, my ears smell and my ears swell inside.

See ear specialist: You should see an ENT specialist. It is possible you have a cholesteoatoma which could be a result of your severe ear infection. ...Read more

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Periods of vertigo and one of my ears feeling full and tinnitus; earache in my right ear (feels like a bruise inside my ear); no hearing loss.

Periods of vertigo and one of my ears feeling full and tinnitus; earache in my right ear (feels like a bruise inside my ear); no hearing loss.

Be examined: With those symptoms you should see an ear nose and throat surgeon to sort out the cause. This is not normal. All the best. ...Read more

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I had an ear ache and now my ears are popping, what is up with that?

I had an ear ache and now my ears are popping, what is up with that?

You could have: Congestion preventing the
eustachian tube from draining. This can build up fluid or pressure in the ear and cause pain. This may or may not be related to an ear infection. ...Read more

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I have had an ear ache for a week, now my ears are both red and swollen. What can I do to reduce the swelling and get my hearing back?

I have had an ear ache for a week, now my ears are both red and swollen. What can I do to reduce the swelling and get my hearing back?

Go see a doctor: The reasons can be a swimmer's ear or an acute middle ear infection. You need a good physical exam and treatment. Don't dally. It can be serious. ...Read more

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I had distorted hearing in one of my ears, ear ache, occasionally itchy, and drainage into my nose. Is it possible it's an ear infection?

I had distorted hearing in one of my ears, ear ache, occasionally itchy, and drainage into my nose. Is it possible it's an ear infection?

Cannot diagnose: Without seeing you and examining you it is impossible to say what is going on. It is certainly possible that you have an ear infection, but in addition to an exam would need a full history before being able to make a diagnosis. Go and be seen. ...Read more

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My ears have been bothering me due to me being recently sick. I dipped my Q tips in rubbing alcohol is there any chance it could be harmful to my ears?

My ears have been bothering me due to me being recently sick. I dipped my Q tips in rubbing alcohol is there any chance it could be harmful to my ears?

Should be ok: A little alcohol on a qtip should not cause a problem. It is more the trauma of putting them in your ear that can do damage so it's not recommended. If you get worse pain drainage hearing loss dizziness or feel unwell it's best to have your doctor take a look. Try some OTC pain med in the mean time ...Read more

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Got my ears pierced 8 weeks ago. Since 6 weeks ago they have been infected on & off so I clean piercing hole & earrings with rubbing alcohol. Is this safe?

Keep them clean: You can clean your ears with soap and water, alcohol can irritate the skin, so it is not recommended to use it on your skin daily. ...Read more

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Just got my ears pierced and I was cleaning them with a-tip and rubbing alcohol. Well I accidentally got rubbing alcohol inside ear is this bad?

Just got my ears pierced and I was cleaning them with a-tip and rubbing alcohol. Well I accidentally got rubbing alcohol inside ear is this bad?

No: It would be highly unusual to have any ill effects from a small amount of over the counter rubbing alcohol entering an intact ear via a saturated cotton tipped applicator and has vaporized by now. The q-tip is likely to cause more harm than the rubbing alcohol. Just don't get anything inside your ears period. ...Read more

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Had ear pain 2 mo. Ago, put alcohol in and got better, but after week had cold with dizziness. 2 mo. Latter only dizziness returned. Why?

Different Structures: Ear pain and changes in hearing are separate anatomically from dizziness and vertigo pain that responds to a little water/alcohol mix suggests the ear canal. A cold and dizziness can affect the middle ear by changing function of the eustacian tube (middle ear) and associated labyrinthitis (vestibular apparatus responsible in part for our balance) which is not part of the hearing mechanism. ...Read more

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Do I have a perforated ear drum? I have had chronic earaches since I was a kid. Lately I have noticed that I cannot hear well out of my left ear, and I do hear the ocean sound. I put some ear drops in (left over from my last doctor visit), but it hasn't

Do I have a perforated ear drum? I have had chronic earaches since I was a kid. Lately I have noticed that I cannot hear well out of my left ear, and I do hear the ocean sound. I put some ear drops in (left over from my last doctor visit), but it hasn't

High: High pressures generated from a valsalva maneuver that you performed could generate the type of sound that you described if you had a perforation. Also, if you tasted your eardrops that could be an indirect sign of perforation as a pathway from your ear canal, through a perforation, down the eustacian tube, and into the back of your throat. If you haven't seen an ent, it may be wise to have this checked, get a hearing test, and discuss options for possible corrective surgery if you have a perforation, or other appropriate tympanomastoid surgery depending on the severity of the problem. ...Read more

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Is it okay to put eye drops in your ear for an ear ache?

Is it okay to put eye drops in your ear for an ear ache?

Maybe: If the drops are antibiotic eye drops, thrycan may be effective in the ear to treat an ear infection. I would recommend being evaluated by a doctor and using appropriate medications though. ...Read more