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A coworker swears by warm olive oil for ear infections. Is it safe to pour anything in your ear like that?

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

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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Does coconut oil heal ear infections?

Does coconut oil heal ear infections?

No: Ear infections need to be diagnosed by a doctor and based on whether they are external or middle ear infections, need to be treated by an appropriate antibiotic. ...Read more

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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

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

No: These have no therapeutic benefit other than giving you something to do. Some of these are viral & self heal in a few days. If it is bacterial it may self heal in 2-3 months or rupture and become chronically infected. Standard treatment of bacterial otitis involves antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can you take oil of oregano and amoxicillin at the same time? I have a sinus infection and ear infection.

Can you take oil of oregano and amoxicillin at the same time? I have a sinus infection and ear infection.

Yes you can: But the question is why? Best to use saline nasal irrigation with a Neti-pot and possibly a decongestant. ...Read more

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Will sweet oil help an ear infection or just add more fluid adding to the problem?

Will sweet oil help an ear infection or just add more fluid adding to the problem?

Wait a Minute: There is research that demonstrates effectiveness of warm oil in the ear, if there are no tubes or perforations, as a pain reliever for middle ear infections. These are not cures. So see your doctor. The oil may deaden the nerve endings of the eardrum. ...Read more

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Has anyone heard of wally ear oil to prevent and help ear infections?  ent or herbal docs?

Has anyone heard of wally ear oil to prevent and help ear infections?  ent or herbal docs?

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

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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

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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?

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?

Try this: 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

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Unsure why tongue seems to be sore if it’s an ear infection?

Unsure why tongue seems to be sore if it’s an ear infection?

Vagus nerve: This nerve goes both to the throat area as well as the ear and that may be the reason for the soreness would suspect it is the back of the tongue ...Read more

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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?

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?

Ear infection: If he continues to have ear drainage after the first few days after surgery, you should call his surgeon and they will likely prescribe antibiotic ear drops. This drainage is how an ear infection will present with tubes in place. ...Read more

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How do you treat a ear infection?

How do you treat a ear infection?

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

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How do you cure an ear infection?

How do you cure an ear infection?

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

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Does peroxide helps ear infection?

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

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What can I do for a ear infection?

What can I do for a ear infection?

Ear Infection: You can take tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen to help with pain. Take whatever oral or topical antibiotics that your provider prescribed for the recommended length of time. ...Read more

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How will you control ear infection?

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

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Best way to treat an ear infection?

Best way to treat an ear infection?

Otitis media: If acute, antibiotics and pain meds, if unrelieved needs myringotomy to let out pus.
If chronic, you may need tubes, if mastoid infection is present may need mastoidectomy. ...Read more

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What to take for ear infection otc?

What to take for ear infection otc?

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

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What to do about this ear infection?

What to do about this ear infection?

Have it treated: If you have an ear infection, proper evaluation and treatment is advised. Comfort measures with Ibuprofen or a heating pad can provide some relief, but resolution needs more. ...Read more

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How common is an e coli ear infection?

How common is an e coli ear infection?

Rare: If you are in good health otherwise, I would consider whether this might be a contaminant. ...Read more

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Will an ear infection cause a toothache?

Will an ear infection cause a toothache?

It definitely can: A variety of conditions can cause an earache and toothache, and the two symptoms are often related. In the case of a toothache, you can have referred pain to the ear and vice versa. See your dentist first to rule out tooth pain. ...Read more

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What could cause a severe ear infection?

What could cause a severe ear infection?

Ear aches: Common causes of ear aches are wax, ext otitis, middle ear infections, serous otitis media, mastoiditis etc. Ear infections are due either to bacterial or fungal, rarely viral (herpes zoster). ...Read more

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What's symptoms of ear infection in adult?

What's symptoms of ear infection in adult?

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

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How do I know if I have an ear infection?

How do I know if I have an ear infection?

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

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Symptoms of ear infection always the same?

Symptoms of ear infection always the same?

No: Ear infections can present with just ear pain, fever, vomiting, tugging on the ears or throat pain or any combination of the above. ...Read more

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Can I exercise if I have an ear infection?

Can I exercise if I have an ear infection?

Generally yes: 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

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Can I use clindamitcin for ear infection?

Can I use clindamitcin for ear infection?

Clindamycin: Yes the drug may be used for otitis. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms in a ear infection?

What are some symptoms in a ear infection?

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

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Can you have an ear infection without pain?

Can you have an ear infection without pain?

Yes: To have pain with an ear infection the infected material must build up pressure on the ear drum causing it to stretch or cause direct irritation to the drum itself. Some kids or adults will have an infection that doesn't do either. ...Read more

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In what way can you treat an ear infection?

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

Dr. John Landi
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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


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 ...Read more