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Lavender Oil For Ear Infections
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
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
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
Can you take oil of oregano and amoxicillin at the same time? I have a sinus infection and ear infection.
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
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
4year with ear infection, just after winter flu, placed cotton wool with olive oil in ear. Should I go to doctor or wait and see?
Read this short article: https://www. Kaushikmd. Com/boost-your-immunity-to-beat-cough-cold-this-season/
If symptoms don't improve in 3 days, tehn take him to his PCP; sooner if worse. ...Read more
Son (22 mos) had ear tubes put in 2 weeks ago due to freq ear infections. Every 3-4 days now, he has some bloody discharge in ear (s). Is this normal?
Depends: There are many types of ear infection requiring different strategies. The main symptom is pain and therefore painkillers are usually given. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil are the usual ones used. If it is an external ear infection (of the ear canal) then usually antibiotic ear drops in addition suffices. In middle ear infections oral antibiotics may be required. Best judge is the examining physician. ...Read more
Variable: First and foremost, is the diagnosis correct. If the ear drum is bulging with pus behind it, it is probably viral or bacterial in origin and may need an appropriate antibiotic for 5-10 days at most. If there is just painless fluid in the middle ear space, watchful waiting for a period of no more than 2 months. If either the fluid remains longer or if the painful ear persists, surgical drainage. ...Read more
Decongestants: Assuming you have seen a doctor for abx, you can also use a decongestant nasal spray to help "drain" or relieve the pressure in your ears via the eustachian tube. An oral decongestant may also help. For mild pain control, over-the-counter meds will work. If you have intense fevers, severe headaches, ear drainage, a stiff neck, dizziness, or facial weakness you should see your doctor immediately. ...Read more
Antibiotics: If you are older than 2 y/o, some experts recommend watchful waiting, giving it a chance to naturally go away. If it does not symptomatically clear within several days, antibiotics usually are necessary and always recommended under 2. ...Read more
Ear pain: There are otc ear pain drops that can numb ear pain. Tylenol/motrin helps as well. If ear pain not betteror associated with fever and other sytemic symptoms needs to seek medical helps as one may need prescription oral antbiotics. For otitis externa (infection of ear canal) prescription topical antibiotic with or wthout steroid is needed. ...Read more
Ear pain, discharge: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in the ear canal) or middle ear (behind the ear drum). Outer ear infections present with ear pain (inner/outer), discharge, fullness. Middle ear infections present w/deeper ear discomfort, decreased hearing and possible drainage (if ear drum ruptured). Seeing a specialist is important to treat and make sure nothing more going on nearby that is concerning. ...Read more
Otitis: You need to have your ear examined by a professional who can tell you if the ear drum or canal look inflamed or if there is evidence of purulent material present and if it needs to be treated with antibiotics or not. ...Read more
In most cases it should be fine... But:
if you have an outer ear infection (swimmer's ear), avoid swimming.
If you have a middle ear infection, be careful about too much heavy lifting.
If you have an inner ear infection (dizzy), be very careful about the potential for you to fall. ...Read more
Pain fever congested: Middle ear infections usually occur during an upper respiratory infection. Inflammatory fluid or mucous builds and becomes infected. The middle ear does not drain properly through a congested eustachian tube, leading to pressure, pain, fever. Saline nasal drops, humidifiers, elevation of the head, warm compress may promote draining. If not, antibiotics and or steroid nasal sprays may be needed. ...Read more
Otitis: First you need to know if it is a real ear infection. This requires professional to examine the ear. If the infection is in the external ear canal it may respond to topical drops depending on the severity of the infection. If it is in the middle ear it may be viral and will resolve in time; if bacterial may need antibiotics. If severe and in the inner ear may need drainage/antibiotics. ...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