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A coworker swears by warm olive oil for ear infections. Is it safe to pour anything in your ear like that?

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 more

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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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Does coconut oil heal ear infections?

Does coconut oil heal ear infections?

No: Ear infections need to be diagnosed by a doctor and based on whether they are external or middle ear infections, need to be treated by an appropriate antibiotic. ...Read more

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Will sweet oil help an ear infection or just add more fluid adding to the problem?

Will sweet oil help an ear infection or just add more fluid adding to the problem?

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 more

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Has anyone heard of wally ear oil to prevent and help ear infections?  ent or herbal docs?

Has anyone heard of wally ear oil to prevent and help ear infections?  ent or herbal docs?

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

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My granddaughter is on amoxicillin for an ear infection is it OK to rub tree tea oil on the back of her ear? Mixed with warm water?

Whatever...: It has no plausible reason to affect anything going on in the ear,good or bad.If this pleases you two and the kid's skin doesn't break out to the process it is fine. You might do as well just painting her nails or giving her a foot rub. ...Read more

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It feel like something is stuck in my right ear i put some olive oil in it but that didn't help should I go see a doctor?

It feel like something is stuck in my right ear i put some olive oil in it but that didn't help should I go see a doctor?

Yes: A foreign body in your ear canal could cause this sensation. Please also avoid using q-tips as it could further push something deeper into your ear canal. Going to see your doctor is a good idea. ...Read more

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Can I apply a drop of olive oil into my ear canal for excessive itching?

Can I apply a drop of olive oil into my ear canal for excessive itching?

Mineral oil: Would be better since it might dissolve cerumen that could be causing itching. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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 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


Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Infection (Definition)

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