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How To Get Rid Of An Ear Infection Without Antibiotics
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
OTITIS: Most ear infections affect the middle ear and heal naturally. In older children and adults, it is now customary not to treat ear infections with antibiotics unless not cured in 3 days. The treatment is tincture of time. To relieve pain, you can take the usual pain killers or your doctor may prescribe anesthetic ear drops. ...Read more
See your doctor: You have to consult your doctor to diagnose and treat the infection with appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more
Yes: Garlic cooked in mustard oil put 4 warm drops, colostrum 4 cap every 3 hrs. ...Read more
See ENT: See an ENT doctor. He may able to determine why your not responding to therapy. ...Read more
Back of nose: If you truly have an ear infection, most are viral in origin. The middle ear space is sterile and is a pocket of venous gases. Infection can only reach this space via the eustachian (auditory) tube. Therefore the cause of ear infections must always start in the back of the nose. Colds, allergy and other causes of nasal obstruction are the causes of an ear infection secondarily. ...Read more
See ear doctor:
Hydrate yourself very well
take zyrtec during the day, and benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night.
take I tablespoon of local honey from the farmer market every day.
drink hot water or tea, with a lemon and honey daily.
if the ear is painful, or you are having a fever, or chills or noticed any drainage from the ear see your PCP or see ENT specialist. ...Read more
No: Sometimes vinegar in an ear drop can help suppress fungal growth in the canal, but it creates a moist environment that causes other canal issues. It will also never reach the middle ear & effect a true middle ear infection. ...Read more
I've had an ear infection for two weeks, I do have hidrandenitis suppurativa how can I get rid of it as an adult? Inside of ear is highly swollen?
Need to see an ENT: You need to have your ear closely examined by an ENT doctor to determine what's actually going on with your ear canal skin. As a general rule hopefully you are not using q-tips or any other measures to clean your ear as these only irritate your canal skin causing problems. ...Read more
What to do if I have an ear infection and want to get rid of it. What med is best for curing an ear infection?
It depends: Most ear infections are viral and don't need antibiotic therapy. Ibuprofen & acetaminophen may be taken for pain and a nasal decongestant may help reduce congestion and associated ear pain. If the pain lasts more than 2-3 days, it's best to have your ears checked by a doctor, who would advise to continue supportive therapy or Rx antibiotics, depending on your ear exam. ...Read more
Hi I think I got a ear infection how do I get rid of it naturally without antibiotics.? Is there home remedies to do it thank you.
Acidifying ear canal: For my patients with mild outer ear infections I recommend 4-5 drops of white vinegar twice a day for several days. If that doesn't work, they should be be seen. Careful, If one has a hole in the ear drum, the vinegar will burn. You have had tubes placed in your ear in the past, so you might. Go slow! Not sure? Then be seen by primary or urgent care. ...Read more
I have a reoccurring ear infection that drains, foul smelling and has tested positive for mrsa. What causing it? What steps to take to get rid of it?
See ENT: This could be a chronic otitis externa (outer ear infection) or otitis media (middle ear infection). Treatment can include local care with suctioning of the ear frequently. It will often require both oral and topical antibiotics. Sulfa based antibiotics and Clindamycin work well, but lab sensitivities are necessary from culture. Middle ear infections may require surgery in some cases. ...Read more
Ear infection: An inner ear infection, or labyrinthitis, is usually caused by a virus which should resolve on it's own. However, in severe cases, the pt could be treated with steroids and antiviral medications. Medications are available to treat the symptoms of an inner ear infection so you should see your doctor to discuss available options. Good luck! ...Read more
Comfort measures: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. If not better after 3-4 days of comfort care, an evaluation and treatment is advised. Prior to antibiotics, hearing loss due to chronic middle ear disease was not uncommon and a significant complication called mastoiditis requires surgical drainage. ...Read more
Hi ive had a ear infection for over a week now completed full lot off antibiotics but still cant hear and ringing always there how can I get rid of it?
Does anyone know how to get rid of ear infections or make it so that a child doesn't get them all the time?
Tubes: When I see children referred from their pediatricians for recurrent/chronic ear infections and they meet indications for tubes... I tell them that placement of tubes many times greatly reduces or eliminates the ear infections, but I can't guarantee that. Indications: >5-6 infections/year; >3 months of fluid with hearing loss. Tube placement is the most common surgery in the US. Very safe. ...Read more
See your doctor: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more
What are the over-the-counter medicines or old remedies that could possible get rid of an earache/ear infection?
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
How can you get rid of the non infected fluid (after a ear infection in an adult)in the ear drum faster then waiting it out?
Pop ears: The underlying problem is the Eustachian tube, which connects the nose with the ear. You can try using Afrin nasal spray and try to clear your ears by pinching your nose and blowing. Can also try nasal steroid like Flonase or Nasacort (triamcinolone). If you can't pop the ears, you might need to have a procedure to evacuate the fluid. You'll need to see an ENT specialist for that. Best wishes ...Read more
My 2 year old had ear infection that went away, she's on zyrtec (cetirizine) for her allergies any thing I can do to help get rid of fluid behind ear drum.
Patience please: He fluid may persist for weeks after the infection clears but should resolve without help. Avoiding airway irritants like smoke or fragrances can reduce the chance the eustachian tube will remain swollen & prevent fluid release. ...Read more
Hi I have just been prescribed Metronidazole for an infection in the gum. I think I have ear infections in both ears, would this get rid of them also?
Unlikely: Although metronidazole may have an antibacterial effect on a small spectrum of germs, it has little or no value with the type of germs that cause ear infections. However, the inflammation that is caused by your gum infection may be giving you a false feeling of ear pain due. The nerves that supply these areas can misrepresent the location of the problem. Your doc can sort it out. ...Read more
As above: See an ENT physician for evaluation and work up. ...Read more
Depends: There are a few middle ear infections that are triggered by viruses and heal on their own within a few days. Simple pain control is all that would be a benefit. However, true pus generating middle ear infections are caused by bacteria & require antibiotics for cure. Untreated they can go on to cause complications including mastoid infections/hearing loss. Have it evaluated soon if not improved ...Read more
Will an ent put tubes in an adult? I've had 4 ear infections this year and cant get rid of this one.
Ear tubes-adult: Yes, in the right circumstances, adults can benefit from myringotomy and tube placement. ...Read more
Can you tell me how long does it take for an ear infection to go away after antibiotic treatment?
Many issues: If the abx is effective the middle ear pus should be sterilized within 3-4 days. Fever should be down also. The fluid that is trapped with the infection may persist for 4-6 weeks. Fever persisting > 3 d should prompt a call to the treating physician. All infants should have a followup visit after 3-4 wks to monitor the progress of treatment. Adults clear sooner, followup if hearing impaired > 4wks. ...Read more
Many issues: If the abx is effective the middle ear pus should be sterilized within 3-4 days. Fever should be down also. The fluid that is trapped with the infection may persist for 4-6 weeks. Fever persisting > 3 d should prompt a call to the treating physician. All infants should have a followup visit after 3-4 wks to monitor the progress of treatment. Adults clear sooner, followup if hearing impaired > 3wk. ...Read more
My baby ws treated with antibiotic for an ear infection, she's still rubbin the ear but no crying, us this norm after treatment?
Common problem: Many babies will have fluid left behind the eardrum for weeks after the germ is killed. That can produce a fealing fullness like when you are flying and need to pop your ears. Babies can also fail at treatment or re-infect. I encourage a followup visit to check the ear about 3-4 wks from the start of treatment in infants to be sure it worked. ...Read more
Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) antibiotic ear drops hasn't completely gotten rid of my ear infection after week. Should I continue or stop and go to a clinic right away?
Continue and make ap: Continue and if no better in another 3 days make a follow up apponitment ...Read more
I have had an ear infection for more then a week and it’s a sharp pain. Do I get an antibiotic or ear drops and which brand?
Severe inner & outer ear infection. I'm on oral antibiotic & drops. The pain is gone but my ear is so full of fluid. Any tips to get it to drain?
Takes time: The fluid is trapped in the middle ear space and must exit through the Eustachian tube. This can take up to 3 weeks or so in a routine middle ear infection. Nothing you take or do is likely to speed this up. Antihistamines may actually slow the process. ...Read more
Several days: Pain should resolve quickly, but blocked feeling may persist for many weeks. If blocked feeling does not resolve in 3-4 weeks, should see ENT doctor. ...Read more
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