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Eucalyptus Oil Ear Infection
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
Perhaps turmeric if: Topical tea tree oil can not possibly cause bleeding but turmeric is a natural blood thinner. However, even large doses of turmeric are not known to cause bleeding unless combined with other medicines or herbs that thin the blood or unless one has a hereditary tendency towards increased bleeding. See http://www.Livescience.Com/41760-turmeric-supplement-facts.Html. ...Read more
Diabetic, feels like ears r clogged w/ wax or fluid, rinsing w/ drops & water w/ no improvement, high-pitched ringing, pain in 1 ear, infection? Wax?
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
No: The baby oil is really not going to help. ...Read more
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
13 month baby has middle ear infection. Can I help her with basil oil mix with coconut oil and apply behind the ear? Or do drops with colloidal salve
Yes: Drops can either make ear wax swell up, mix with infected material to make a plug, form a film that dries on the drum, cause the canal skin to swell in an allergic reaction usually to neomycin, or kill normal bacteria which can promote fungal growth in the canal. Should have ears checked if it continues. ...Read more
Coconut oil safe to use in ear daily for ear pressure? Pain/water behind eardrum currently on antibiotics but ear pressure remains.
Yes, safe but...: Yes, coconut oil is safe to use but unlikely to help this much. It does have some antimicrobial properties but ear pressure is most likely related to allergies & inflammation around the eustachian tube. Antibiotics may not help much either. Avoiding dairy & wheat may help as well as treating allergies. Consider homeopathy & seeing a cranial osteopath. ...Read more
Does eucalyptus oil spray in a steam room kill cold and flu viruses? If so, what else does eucalyptus spray kill?
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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