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Ear Infection Olive Oil
A coworker swears by warm olive oil for ear infections. Is it safe to pour anything in your ear like that?
It depends: There are times when it could be dangerous, like a perforated ear drum for instance. But for a suspected middle ear infection, this form of treatment has been practiced for centuries and provides relief while the body's mechanisms for dealing with the infection take over. After years of prescribing antibiotics for these, we now know that the majority will heal on their own without drug risks. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more
Wait a Minute: There is research that demonstrates effectiveness of warm oil in the ear , if there are no tubes or perforations, as a pain reliever for middle ear infections. These are not cures.So see your doctor.The oil may deaden the nerve endings of the eardrum. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What kind?: Ear oil is unlikely to prevent otitis media (middle ear infections) since the ear canal doesn't communicate with the middle ear. But, it may help with pain from a middle ear infection. For otitis externa (swimmers ear), there is no evidence to support using wally ear oil as prevention but i can't think of a reason why a drop in each ear once a week during swimming season would be harmful. ...Read more
How often should I clean my ears using drops of olive oil at bedtime or hydrogenperoxide? I'm trying to keep them clean without using cotton buds.
Elbow only: For those folks suffer from a continual problem wax buildup, there are some over the counter products that do a terrific job of gently cleaning ear wax from the ear canal. These products are usually referred to "ear wax removal" kits and usually contain some sort of liquid drop and an irrigating bulb syringe. This kits are not recommended for people suffering from an ear infection or have chronic. ...Read more
Have neck pain on right side, ear on right side also hurts with pain in the chest.. Tried warm olive oil, but did not help.. This all started about a?
I have bacterial tonsillitis lastnight my ear started to ache, i put some olive oil on a cotton bud then this morning there was blood soaked in it help?
See an ENT doctor: Tonsillar infection may produce swelling or other inflammatory changes involving the eustacian tube which opens from the middle ear just behind the tonsillar crypt. You may then get either infection or pressure in the middle ear causing the tympanic membrane (eardrum) to perforate. You should be seen and examined by an expert in this area. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had a blocked/full ear 4 days ago & put drop of olive oil in it each night since. Went clear for few min the other day but is still blocked. More oil?
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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
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