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Do I have water in my ear or an ear infection? How to tell?

Do I have water in my ear or an ear infection? How to tell?

Infection symptoms?: Do you have a fever? Pain? Tenderness? Warmth? Swelling? Enlarged lymph nodes? These are more common symptoms associated with an ear infection whereas fluid alone tends to just feel like dampened hearing or fullness, . ...Read more

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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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What can you do when for instance, you cut off your finger by accident. Do you place the limb in alcohol, milk , or what ?

What can you do when for instance, you cut off your finger by accident. Do you place the limb in alcohol, milk , or what ?

Salt soak: The best thing is to put the amputated finger in a wrap with salt solution and ice. Carry that in with you immediately to the emergency room and wrap the stump end tightly to prevent bleeding. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my workout i goto the steam room and hot tub. Is it an allergic reaction to the soap at the gym, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my workout i goto the steam room and hot tub. Is it an allergic reaction to the soap at the gym, what do you suggest?

Can your clarify?: I'm not certain that I understand. Soap allergy is a common problem. It needs to be distinguished from miliaria -- heat / sweat rash. Many people bring their own bar of soap in their gym bag. A bar of a good basis soap can be your best friend. ...Read more

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I went to icings to pierce my ears & i think i'm allergic to something that's in the ear care solution, can I use hydrogen peroxide instead?

I went to icings to pierce my ears & i think i'm allergic to something that's in the ear care solution, can I use hydrogen peroxide instead?

Hydrogen Peroxide: Don't recommend use of alcohol or Hydrogen Peroxide to clean piercings as they may cause the surrounding skin to dry out excessively. Hydrogen peroxide can damage healthy tissue. ...Read more

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What can you do to reduce swelling in your ear after an ear piercing?

What can you do to reduce swelling in your ear after an ear piercing?

Natural process: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. The key is to do things that reduce the parts of inflammation such as ice, and antiinflammatory like motrin/advil medications in the first 24hrs. ...Read more

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Went to mountains for a drive now have plugged ear and can't hear with pain hot wash cloth doesn't work either any idea what this may be?

Went to mountains for a drive now have plugged ear and can't hear with pain hot wash cloth doesn't work either any idea what this may be?

"Ear Squeeze": Most likely a cold or sore throat that caused inflammation in of the eustachian tube that connects the ear to the mouth in order to equalize pressure. If your tube(s) are blocked, the pressure can't release and normalize. High altitude--lower pressure. If blocked, the pressure in the mouth will exceed the ear and result in a "plugged" feeling. Try neil med hypertonic lavage. Works great! ...Read more

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Can I shower with an outer ear infection that is healing? I also have an ear wick. Anything I should be cautious of? Do I need to wear plugs?

Can I shower with an outer ear infection that is healing? I also have an ear wick. Anything I should be cautious of? Do I need to wear plugs?

Should be ok: It should be ok to shower. Obviously, without more info such as an exam, it's tough to be sure, but it sounds OK from what you presented. If you're unsure, you'll have to see your primary care for an exam. ...Read more

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I have an outer ear infection and have to catch 3 flights tomorrow. What can i do to minimize pain during the flight??? :(

I have an outer ear infection and have to catch 3 flights tomorrow. What can i do to minimize pain during the flight??? :(

Outer vs Middle: Outer ear infections (swimmers ear, external otitist) are not affected by changes in air pressure. Middle ear problems (otitis media - fluid behind eardrum) IS affected by air pressure changes. If outer ear and having pain, risky to take trip. If inner ear - risky to take trip. You can to things like decongestants, antibiotics. Still risky. Good luck!!!! ...Read more

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What do you do when you get a bad pain in your ear? Can you squirt lidocaine down into the ear?

What do you do when you get a bad pain in your ear?  Can you squirt lidocaine down into the ear?

Not a good idea: The reason is that you want to know what the cause is and treat the underlying condition. As you do that the pain will subside and you will know that it has healed. Giving painkillers, Lidocaine in this case will mask the symptom i.e. The pain is a symptom, an alarm that there is a problem we need to take care of. So the best is to get it checked and treated first of all. ...Read more

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I have water stuck in my ear with pressure. What's the best OTC ear drops to use to get relief?

I have water stuck in my ear with pressure.  What's the best OTC ear drops to use to get relief?

I suggest: that your problem may be water and WAX (often its the wax which "sticks" to the water making it difficult to relieve the pressure. Suggest an OTC wax remover (example only not recommendation) such as MURINE EAR SYSTEM. Ask your phrmacist and also purchase a large ear syringe (I find the small ones provided with the ear wax remover are too small to be effective) Hope this helps! DrZ ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a middle ear infection in each ear. They were completely that good or bad?

What do you recommend if I have a middle ear infection in each ear. They were completely that good or bad?

Ear infection: See your doctor for evaluation and treatment of your bilateral ear infection. Amoxicillen is usually the drug of choice. ...Read more