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Should I use a heating pad on low to help the pain of my ear infection?

Should I use a heating pad on low to help the pain of my ear infection?

Yes: Sometimes the heat will help pain, but be cautious about the settings; not too hot! Oral pain meds like Ibuprofen maybe offer better relief, and of coarse you should return to your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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I may have an ear infection but I can't see the doctor until tomorrow. In the meantime, would a heating pad against my ear help or make it worse?

I may have an ear infection but I can't see the doctor until tomorrow. In the meantime, would a heating pad against my ear help or make it worse?

Heating pad: A heating pad would give you temporary relief. However, make sure the setting is on low so you don't burn yourself. ...Read more

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Woke up in tears bc her ear hurt so bad.gave her Motrin, had her lay on a heating pad propped up and nothing helped. Ear drops hurt her. Ear infection?

Woke up in tears bc her ear hurt so bad.gave her Motrin, had her lay on a heating pad propped up and nothing helped. Ear drops hurt her. Ear infection?

Could be: The middle ear will usually hurt if you stretch or hurt the ear drum. This is most commonly due to a build up of pressure behind the drum from pus, but other things can do it. The only way to know is to have her seen. With that degree of discomfort, the sooner the better. ...Read more

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The upper part (near my cartilage) of my ear is swollen, tender to touch and warm. I have had previous ear infections. But this is definitely not an ear infection. I have tried putting a heating pad and an ice pack on it.

The upper part (near my cartilage) of my ear is swollen, tender to touch and warm. I have had previous ear infections. But this is definitely not an ear infection. I have tried putting a heating pad and an ice pack on it.

Ear infection: This could be an external ear infection most commonly caused by a bacterium that you get from water contact (swimming, for example). Other less common things could also be at play but this would be the most common. ...Read more

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Looking for a home remedy for an ear infection. I'm dizzy, heating lose, no drainage.?

Looking for a home remedy for an ear infection. I'm dizzy, heating lose, no drainage.?

Ear infection: Is it the ear canal or the middle ear that is involved? For outer ear/otitis externa/ swimmer's ear there are otc treatments available. Dizziness, however, suggests otitis media & possible labyrinthitis (infection/ inflammation in the balance mechanism). Otc decongestant may help; otc dramamine (dimenhydrinate) (low dose to prevent side effects) can help with dizziness. If not better in couple days, see fp for tx. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat ear infection?

What can I do to treat ear infection?

Antibiotics: An "ear infection" could be an outer ear infection (swimmer's ear) or a middle ear infection. Three treatment options 1) do nothing... And suffer — why? 2) antibiotics and/or ear drops 3) tubes (for middle ear infection). ...Read more

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What can I do about an ear infection?

What can I do about an ear infection?

Depends on the type: If you have an ear infection of your ear canal like a swimmer's ear, you need the debris removed and receive antibiotic ear drops. If the infection is behind your ear drum, you need oral antibiotics. If you have chronic ear infections that persist despite antibiotics, you need surgery. The process of treatment begins with your otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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How can I get relief of an ear infection?

How can I get relief of an ear infection?

Treat the infection: Infection of the outer ear canal (otitis externa), typically is itchy or painful, discharge from the ear often; treatment ear drops with an antibiotic and some topical cortisone. An inner ear infection (otitis media) generally is more painful and is pus trapped behind the eardrum (often coming from a sinus infection) and requires an oral antibiotic. If it is truly an infection, rx requires a doc. ...Read more

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How can I treat my child's ear infection?

How can I treat my child's ear infection?

Ear infection: You can try using children's advil (ibuprofen) for the pain. If it is not improving or having a fever or other symptoms, please see your pcp or urgent care. ...Read more

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How can I get relief for ear infection pain?

How can I get relief for ear infection pain?

Earache: Any of the analgesics (acetaminophen, Ibuprofen or naproxen) can be taken orally. Your doctor can prescribe ear drops for pain. Warm commpress to the outer ear may help too. ...Read more

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How can I know if my child has an ear infection?

How can I know if my child has an ear infection?

You can't: Short answer: you can't. If they complain of pain, it is possible, but even that might be misleading. (it might be from something else and just feels like it is from their ear.) ear infections don't always need treated, either. Sometimes, you're actually better off waiting as it might do just fine without an antibiotic. The only way to know for sure is to have it checked; we'll talk about options. ...Read more

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How will I know if my child has an ear infection?

How will I know if my child has an ear infection?

Cough, fever, crying: It's really only a diagnosis a doctor can make by looking inside the ear. Pain,. Fever and cough are common symptoms, though, and should prompt a doctor visit. ...Read more

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How do I treat an ear infection that's causing pain?

How do I treat an ear infection that's causing pain?

Antobiotics: Painful ear infection can be due to otitis media(middleear infecton)or infection in the ear canal.
You need to consult your doctor or ENT specialist as you will ned antibiotics by mouth and/or drops locally. For pain, you can take over the counter Motrin or tylnol if you are not allergic to these. ...Read more

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What kind, of medicines can I take for an ear infection?

What kind, of medicines can I take for an ear infection?

Depends: How did you know you have an ear infection? If a doctor had seen you and made the diagnosis, you should follow his/her advice. If you have pain but have not seen the doctor yet, you don't know if it is a middle ear infection caused by bacteria or viruses, or an external ear infection. The treatment is different for each of those conditions. You need to see a doctor if you have not yet. ...Read more

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I might have given myself an ear infection, what to do?

I might have given myself an ear infection, what to do?

Ear infection: Giving yourself an ear infection would be difficult, but see an ENT specialist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Help? I believe I have an ear infection? How woud I know?

Help? I believe I have an ear infection? How woud I know?

Confirm/ treat: You help yourself by having it confirmed as a treatable form of ear infection (some are viral and self heal). Then you follow the treatment plan and use whatever comfort measures seem to help. Finish all medications even if the discomfort leaves quickly and you feel better after half the meds are taken. ...Read more

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What to do if I might have given myself an ear infection?

What to do if I might have given myself an ear infection?

Confirm/ treat: You help yourself by having it confirmed as a treatable form of ear infection (some are viral and self heal). Then you follow the treatment plan and use whatever comfort measures seem to help. Finish all medications even if the discomfort leaves quickly and you feel better after half the meds are taken. ...Read more

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Why is it that i always get an ear infection after I shower?

Why is it that i always get an ear infection after I shower?

Water in ear.: If you are getting an external ear canal infections (otitis externa, also known as swimmer's ear), it is because water is getting trapped in your ear canal, making a good place for bacteria and fungus to grow. Excess ear wax can predispose to water trapping, as can allowing the water to flow directly into your ear. You can ask your doctor if you have a lot of wax and re-direct the water flow. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have just an ear infection or is it more?

How do I know if I have just an ear infection or is it more?

Need exam: You would likely need to have an in person examination by a trained healthcare practitioner to determine the extent of your illness. Self diagnosis is not the way to go! ...Read more

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What to do if I keep getting ear infection constantly why do I get them?

Ear infection: It depends on why type of infection you have. External ear infections are commonly caused by excessive swimming or over aggressive q-tip use. Middle ear infections can be from sinus problems, viral infections or even a perforation of the ear drum. Some people are predisposed to get them, however. See an ENT for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent an ear infection?

What can I do to prevent an ear infection?

Ear Infections: If you mean external ear infection, then the best way to avoid one is to keep your ears dry while bathing and swimming. Also don't use q-tips or other devices to clean ear canals.
Middle ear infections can't be prevented per se. They can occur during or after a cold, or during flare up of allergies. They can occur for no clear reason. In general, the better your overall health, the lower the risk. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my baby has an ear infection?

How can I tell if my baby has an ear infection?

Symptom ear infectio: Babies with ear infections may have fever, ear pain (tug at ears), ear drainage, irritability. Sometimes they may have very little to no symptoms and the infection is detected when their doctors check their ears. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my baby has an ear infection?

How can I tell if my baby has an ear infection?

Examine the eardrum: The hallmark of an acute middle ear infection (acute otitis media, or aom) is sudden onset of pain in the ear, sometimes with a fever or stuffy nose. The pain tends to be worse during the night hours and while lying down. In babies, the first sign may be obviously worse sleep. Your doctor can examine the ear and tell you if your baby has the fluid and redness in the ear that signal an infection. ...Read more

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How will I know if my baby has an ear infection?

How will I know if my baby has an ear infection?

Ear infection: Hello, symptoms of an ear infection include fever, irritability, and possible your child pulling at her ear. The best is to see your pediatrician for confirmation and treatment. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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What can I do if I have a swollen ear infection?

What can I do if I have a swollen ear infection?

See a doc: This can be very painful. Seeing a doctor for assessment and possible treatment antibiotics or steroids would be the best thing to do in such a case. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Infection (Definition)

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical ...Read more