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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

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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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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?

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

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