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Cotton Balls In Ear For Infection
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
I am on antibiotic for a severe ear infection for 2 days, still pain, and small drainage, is this normal? I used sweet oil & cotton prior to dr visit, now I am just taking antibiotic and ibuprophen.
I have been on antibiotic for 64 hrs while missing the 4
I : I hope you are better by now. For anyone reading this post or for your future reference, you can always call the doctor that is treating you. He/she will tell you if they think you should come back into the office, go to the er, or they may just want to change your medication. In your case the antibiotics were not adequate or they may not have been necessary since many ear infections are viral and tend to clear on their own over time. If for some reason you are still in pain and have not seen your doctor do so immediately. All the best. ...Read more
How can you heal 2-3 mm hole in ear membrane (cotton stick usage) after 10 days unsuccessful Otipax low dose drop treatment; no bacterial infection?
I have three balls in the back of my right ear that hurt and bother me. I have not been sick or had any infections. What could it be?
Get area examined: This is impossible to answer without being able to examine the area. See a doctor and then you will know. ...Read more
Dark brown ear wax balls coming out by themselves from the right ear of my 3 month old baby girl. Normal or infection?
No: Swimmer's ear is misnomer for external otitis. This is an infection, dermatitis of the skin of the external ear canal. A cotton ball would only help if you want to prevent water from getting into the ear canal. External otitis may be the result of swimming, but is often the result from q-tip usage, fungal infections, bacterial infections, all involving the outer ear. No cotton balls won't help. ...Read more
How can I avoid ear popping during travel (planes)? May I place cotton balls in my baby's ear to avoid ear popping?
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NO: Most people i see with "excessive" earwax have normal earwax but overuse cotton swabs. While they may get out some wax with them, they end up pushing more in deeper which allows the wax to get packed in and potentially act as a plug, making it harder to hear and possibly painful or itchy. I would avoid cotton swabs more than 2x a month. Your body often can take care of itself. ...Read more
I have an extremely terrible ear ache that makes it hard to eat, sleep or work. I have tried Tylenol, cotton balls and even a hot bottle water.
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