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Is hydrogen peroxide a good treatment for an outer ear infection?

Is hydrogen peroxide a good treatment for an outer ear infection?

No: Peroxide has very limited use in treating anything with the ear. Occasionally it can help soften rock hard wax prior to removing it. It will not treat infections. See your ENT or pcp for an ear infection. ...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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Is pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears ok to do? I've tried and heard it helps dry out wax and helps with ear infections

Is pouring hydrogen peroxide in your ears ok to do? I've tried and heard it helps dry out wax and helps with ear infections

Wax in ears: Hydrogen peroxide can help loosen wax in the outer ear so it can drain out on its own. Never use q-tips in your ears as they push wax back in. There are little hairs that brush the wax out as long as it is soft and loose- so the peroxide helps with that. It won't prevent middle ear infection- those are behind the ear drum. ...Read more

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Is there a good cure for an outer ear infection?

Is there a good cure for an outer ear infection?

Antibiotic drops: Usually drops are used, as well keeping the ear dry (no water exposure). ...Read more

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My 9 month old has 100.8 fever. It has been 12 days after starting treatment for ear infection. Is this serious or just a sign that ear infection hasn't gone away?

My 9 month old has 100.8 fever.  It has been 12 days after starting treatment for ear infection. Is this serious or just a sign that ear infection hasn't gone away?

LOW GRADE FEVER: It's time to recheck the ear infection that was treated x 10 days ago. If the ear is ok and nothing new is found, then the low grade fever does not mean anything. It can be viral infection. Baby is ok as long as he is eating and playful ! ...Read more

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I have ear infection, now can't hear from the ear, what to do for treatment?

I have ear infection, now can't hear from the ear, what to do for treatment?

Should self heal: A transient loss of hearing of about 50% is common during ear infection due to fluid debris in the ear space.As this heals over weeks, the hearing usually returns to prior levels. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for middle ear infection?

Middle ear infection: Most middle ear infections in adults need to be treated with antibiotics. At times patients may need some decongestant nasal spray and antihistamines or even steroids. ...Read more

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Wondering what the best treatment is for a really painful swimmer ear infection?

Wondering what the best treatment is for a really painful swimmer ear infection?

Ear drops: See your primary care physician. Combination ear drops of steroid and antibiotics, e.g., ciprodex, works well. ...Read more

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Which natural treatment can I use for an ear infection on a child who has tubes?

Which natural treatment can I use for an ear infection on a child who has tubes?

None available: A kid who has puss draining from tubes & into the ear canals will require antibiotic drops or oral medication or both. Clear drainage does not require treatment. ...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


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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