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Should I use a heating pad on low to help the pain of my ear infection?

Should I use a heating pad on low to help the pain of my ear infection?

Yes: Sometimes the heat will help pain, but be cautious about the settings; not too hot! Oral pain meds like Ibuprofen maybe offer better relief, and of coarse you should return to your doctor for evaluation. ...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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I may have an ear infection but I can't see the doctor until tomorrow. In the meantime, would a heating pad against my ear help or make it worse?

I may have an ear infection but I can't see the doctor until tomorrow. In the meantime, would a heating pad against my ear help or make it worse?

Heating pad: A heating pad would give you temporary relief. However, make sure the setting is on low so you don't burn yourself. ...Read more

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woke up in tears bc her ear hurt so bad. Gave her Motrin, had her lay on a heating pad propped up and nothing helped. Ear drops hurt her. Ear infection?

woke up in tears bc her ear hurt so bad. Gave her Motrin, had her lay on a heating pad propped up and nothing helped. Ear drops hurt her. Ear infection?

Could be: The middle ear will usually hurt if you stretch or hurt the ear drum. This is most commonly due to a build up of pressure behind the drum from pus, but other things can do it. The only way to know is to have her seen. With that degree of discomfort, the sooner the better. ...Read more

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What else can I use other than ear drops to help clear up my ear infection?

What else can I use other than ear drops to help clear up my ear infection?

Ear infection: Most ear infections in older children and adults heal by themselves in a few days. However, if you continue to have pain after using the eardrops for over 72 hours and you develop a fever or become very uncomfortable with worse pain, your doctor can check you again and perhaps prescribe an antibiotic then if the ear infection has persisted. You make a painkiller to ease the earache. ...Read more

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Can I use vinegar and water in my ear to treat a fungal ear infection?

Can I use vinegar and water in my ear to treat a fungal ear infection?

No: There is no role for vinegar and water if there is a true infection in the ear, this should be evaluated by your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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I felt off balance yesterday so my dad said to use debrox the minute the liquid got into my ear it hurt. Is that normal? Do I have a ear infection

Off balance: Falling off balance (without alcohol or other drugs being involved) on a horizontal and level surface, especially if it is repeated, it can be very significant for your health. Go see an internal medicine physician and eventual an ent. It can be a banal ear infection, a labyrintitis, or even worse, a brain injury or a tumor. ...Read more

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My doctor prescribed me ear drops for my ear infection but when I use them my ear hurts even more. What should I do?

My doctor prescribed me ear drops for my ear infection but when I use them my ear hurts even more. What should I do?

Keep going..: Unfortunately, sometimes there is pain before gain. If your ear is raw and sensitive, any med is likely to feel uncomfortable. But unless you push through that discomfort, the ear can't get better. It's like you need to eat when you have diarrhea even though it will make the diarrhea worse the first 1-2 days. Give the treatment a few days to work, and then if not improving, have it reassessed ...Read more

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Did my sore throat lead to my ear infection? Does this need to be treated? Can I just use ear drops

Did my sore throat lead to my ear infection? Does this need to be treated? Can I just use ear drops

May be related: Middle ear infections often arise after a cold or other process involving the upper airway/throat/adenoids/tonsils. If a specific germ is dominating the others in the area, they can affect both your throat and middle ears. If it is viral it will pass in a few days without treatment. If bacterial, oral antibiotics will be needed. Drops are unlikely to be helpful in this case. ...Read more

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I have itching in my ear and I'm not sure if I may have an ear infection or not. I do have cipro (ciprofloxacin) eye drops on hand. Can I use for my ear?

I have itching in my ear and I'm not sure if I may have an ear infection or not. I do have cipro (ciprofloxacin) eye drops on hand. Can I use for my ear?

Not advisable: Generally its not good to use antibiotics unless infection is confirmed. Itching could be from the eustachian tube which opens in the throat. Drops cannot reach the middle ear. Also maybe its just wax. ...Read more

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Can I use camphor phinique for an inner ear infection my ear is stopped up I was prescribed cortisporin (neomycin polymyxin and hydrocortisone) and amoxivillin bunt can't afford them

Can I use camphor phinique for an inner ear infection my ear is stopped up I was prescribed cortisporin (neomycin polymyxin and hydrocortisone) and amoxivillin bunt can't afford them

Confusing statement: Amoxicillin is an old antibiotic and generally very cheep. You should look into a discount card you can find most places. It would be your best chance to cure a middle ear infection of the items listed. Putting camphophonique in your canal may give you something to do, but it wouldn't cure a middle ear infection. You may self heal in 6-8 weeks like they did before antibiotics. ...Read more

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Looking for a home remedy for a ear infection. I'm dizzy, heating lose, no drainage.?

Looking for a home remedy for a ear infection. I'm dizzy, heating lose, no drainage.?

Ear infection: Is it the ear canal or the middle ear that is involved? For outer ear/otitis externa/ swimmer's ear there are otc treatments available. Dizziness, however, suggests otitis media & possible labyrinthitis (infection/ inflammation in the balance mechanism). Otc decongestant may help; otc dramamine (dimenhydrinate) (low dose to prevent side effects) can help with dizziness. If not better in couple days, see fp for tx. ...Read more

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What medicine can help my ear infection?

What medicine can help my ear infection?

Depends on type: Middle ear infections can be viral and respond to time. They can be bacterial and respond to antibiotics. External otitis can be bacterial, fungal, or result from other inflammatory conditions each requiring different treatment. Best to see your doctor to determine the nature of your ear infection. ...Read more

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For how long will my ear infection last?

For how long will my ear infection last?

Hope it is better: Ear infections can last 10-14 days...Once treated the pain subsides quickly and for many the infection is resolved in 3-5 days. Others have lingering fluid behind the eardrum which can last a few days to a few weeks before resolving. ...Read more

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What to do about my ear infection, please?

What to do about my ear infection, please?

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 should I treat my ear infection at home?

See a doctor: These can turn to glue ear or ruptured ear drums or other things. See a doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Harinder Gill
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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