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Doctor insights on: Home Remedies For Inner Ear Infection In Adults

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Can home remedies usually work for inner ear infections?

Can home remedies usually work for inner ear infections?

Not usually: Home remedies deal indirectly with your immune system. You need either surgical drainage or the instillation of antibiotics to address an ear infection. ...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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How good are home remedies with inner ear infections usually?

How good are home remedies with inner ear infections usually?

Why home remedy?: Why a home remedy? If you don't know how to cure this pain, you most likely are unsure of the actual cause. Suggest you see an ENT to diagnose the cause and offer a cure. Better than leaving it alone or searching for a home remedy. Just get seen and get it fixed. ...Read more

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Bad ear ache in right ear. What are some easy home remedies for an inner ear infection?

Tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin: You can take Motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen) until you are able to see a doctor- someone should look in the ear before you put any drops in the ear. You need to make sure that you don't have a ruptured ear drum that can be worsened by putting " sweet oil" or other ear drops in the ear. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with an inner ear infection. Dr gave me steroids and pain killers. Anything else I can do at home I'm miserable.

I was diagnosed with an inner ear infection. Dr gave me steroids and pain killers. Anything else I can do at home I'm miserable.

Sounds quite severe: It seems your infection is quite severe to require steroid and pain killers, yet I don't see any mention of an antibiotic. If this is that truly severe, I think you will need some antibiotic etc... Since you are having severe symptoms, I suggest recontacting your doc for a possible re-evaluation or even a referral to an ENT doc--possibly other causes of pain such as TMJ etc... Good luck. ...Read more

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Just diagnosed with inner ear infection with fluid behind eardrum. Had many questions on the way home but doctor is gone now. Can you tell me about the condition?

Just diagnosed with inner ear infection with fluid behind eardrum. Had many questions on the way home but doctor is gone now. Can you tell me about the condition?

Otitis media?: Part 1: inflammation and fluid collecting behind the ear drum (this is actually is the "middle ear" area) is "otitis media". This usually happens when one has a cold or respiratory infection (many times caused by viruses) where the eustacian tube, the opening that allows for fluid to drain from the middle ear into the throat, is closed up (or else an infection travel into the middle ear). ...Read more

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What can I do to cure an inner ear infection?

What can I do to cure an inner ear infection?

Inner ear infections: Anatomically ear is divided into external ear, middle ear (consisting of ossicles), inner ear (consisting of cochlea, vestibular apparatus) when you are asking about inner ear I am assuming you are asking about the middle ear (infections may be bacterial or fungal most often). These infections can be cured with antibiotics, or antifungals- rarely surgery. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I leave my inner ear infection untreated?

Middle ear infection: An inner ear infection is very rare and can be very serious. However, you may be referring to otitis media, which is an infected collection of fluid behind the ear drum. If untreated, it will often resolve on its own. However, you can also have complications from it anywhere from simply rupturing the ear drum to more complex things like meningitis or mastoiditis. ...Read more

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Can I fly if symptoms of an inner ear infection?

Can I fly if symptoms of an inner ear infection?

Painful: You "can" but it might be very painful with the pressure changes your ears will go thru. Normally when pressure changes, your ear adjusts to it, but if you have an ear infection this system of "adjustment" is not working. Try to postpone. If you can't, at least use specialized ear plugs for air travel (not sure how effective they will be). Good luck. ...Read more

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My inner ear hurts - how do I tell if I have an ear infection?

My inner ear hurts - how do I tell if I have an ear infection?

Probably middle ear: The inner ear (near the brain) is not likely the source of pain. It's probably external or middle ear. Infection of middle ear would always cause a significant drop in hearing with it. External infection would cause swelling of canal with pain and possible drainage. ...Read more

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I would like to know what symptoms come with inner ear infections?

Vertigo: If you mean inner ear, then one may experiences vertigo (everything spins around) and hearing problem.
If you mean middle ear infection, then the symptoms are earache, fever and decrease hearing. ...Read more

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What to do if I want to know what systoms come with inner ear infections?

What to do if I want to know what systoms come with inner ear infections?

Pain: Ear infection, called otitis media, causes significant pain, usually all the time, and decreased hearing--sounds are muffled by the fluid behind the eardrum. You can also feel off balance or dizzy, but that is less common. If the eardrum bursts from the pressure, there will be wet drainage--but do not wait that long to have it checked! ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a inner ear infection?

How can I tell if I have a inner ear infection?

To determine: Type of ear infection - recommend medical evaluation. It isn't something that you would automatically be able to self diagnose by listing sx's. Take care ...Read more

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Can I exercise if I have an inner ear infection?

Can I exercise if I have an inner ear infection?

Yes: It may hurt a but with movement, but exercise is fine. You may want to take something like Ibuprofen 1 hour prior to working out. ...Read more

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What should I do to make an inner ear infection go a way quicker?

What should I do to make an inner ear infection go a way quicker?

Otitis media?: Do you mean an infection behind the eardrum, often called otitis media? A true "inner ear" infection is rare and serious. It involves the labyrinth/cochlea which is the sensory organ that transduces sound into electrical signals transmitted to your brain. Otitis media will often resolve quickly with antibiotics. ...Read more

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What to do if I got a inner ear infection, can it cause other symptoms?

What to do if I got a inner ear infection, can it cause other symptoms?

Yes: Inner ear infections often cause associated symptoms of dizziness, ear ringing, headaches, vertigo, nausea. True inner ear infections are a serious matter and not to be fiddled around with. You need to see an ENT (ear -nose-throat) doctor or infectious disease doctor if your primary care doctor is not comfortable treating this. ...Read more

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I have an inner ear infection and it hurts to lay down. What can I do for pain so I can sleep and lay back?

I have an inner ear infection and it hurts to lay down. What can I do for pain so I can sleep and lay back?

Types Ear infection: 3 types of ear infections: outer, middle &inner. Inner ear infection involves the balance system and people get very dizzy. Outer ear infection involves the outer ear and ear canal. It can be very painful. There is usually swelling and drainage of the ear. Middle ear involves the ear drum and middle ear space. There is pain, muffled hearing etc. For pain: advil, (ibuprofen) or tylenol+warm compress. ...Read more

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I think I have an ear infection, my inner ear itchy and clogs up at night.

I think I have an ear infection, my inner ear itchy and clogs up at night.

Your question is?: It is interesting that you have diagnosed your problem. But what are you asking? To use the site properly you provide background and ask a related question. If you have decided what your issue is either ask a relevant question or keep it to yourself. There are thousands who want to ask relevant questions. ...Read more

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I have headaches, dizziness, and very sick to stomack if it is not inner ear infection, what could it be?

Anything: Your headaches could be coming from tension, dehydration, lack of sleep/poor sleep, skipping meals, stress, eye strain, teeth grinding, sleep apnea/snoring, or chronic sinus problems. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an inner ear infection with no pain?

Clarify: Inner ear infections are rare and would involve the hearing and balance part of the ear with resultant deafness and severe vertigo. Rarely middle ear infection which is usually painful can spread to inner ear. Otitis media may not have pain and only manifest with fluid behind drum. This fluid usually clears but if there is still hearing loss after 1-2 months then see ENT especially if only 1 ear. ...Read more

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Is it possible for body to cure itself of an inner ear infection?

Yes: England rarely uses antibiotics for this condition as they realized many patients recover on their own in 4-7 days. Blow nose frequently. Use warm olive oil ear drops for pain relief. If no improvement after a week or rapidly worsening symptoms see your MD ...Read more

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Which specifically is the medicine that you would take for an inner ear infection?

Inner?: Most ear infections are not inner ear but middle and external. Symptoms are from laberynthitis like vertigo, nausea, loss of balance, headache, tinnitus etc. Most common is a viral infection. Treatment can be antivert, phenergan, (promethazine) ativan, steroids, antiviral etc. You need to see a physician soon during the acute phase. ...Read more

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Could an inner ear infection be seen with an otoscope?

Define "inner ear": I have seen some people describe the typical middle ear infection as being an inner ear (instead of canal) infection. The infections of the "inner ear" meaning the organ of corti where sound is processed cannot be seen by anyone with any instrument. ...Read more

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Can drs actually see inside your ear for inner ear infection?

No: Drs can look thru the ear drum into the middle ear & detect a pus level for a middle ear infection. However, the events involved in a inner ear infection are hidden behind bone. Microscopic exam of slides of the inner ear can show evidence of past infection, but the label is used after symptoms arise that point to the process. ...Read more

Inner Ear (Definition)

The inner ear refers to that part of the ear where mechanical sound energy is transferred to electrical signals that are then sent through nerves to the brain. It also refers to the part of the ear that assists in the regulation of balance. The inner ear includes the cochlea (hearing) and ...Read more


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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