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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?

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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Why isn't my ear infection healing?

Why isn't my ear infection healing?

Treatment failure: Symptoms of an illness that will respond to a particular antibiotic usually start to improve within 3-4 days if the appropriate antibiotic was prescribed, and they were taken as directed. Relapse or persistence of symptoms is generally regarded as a treatment failure or inaccuracy of the original diagnosis (i.e. viral not bacterial). ...Read more

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Is popping my ear ill advised for an ear infection?

Not at all: Popping your ear actually helps equalize the pressure between your throat and middle ear and should help it feel better. There is no downside to doing it, so if it makes it feel better, go for it! ...Read more

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My ear is infected from an ear infection. Is there any tips to help my ear?

My ear is infected from an ear infection. Is there any tips to help my ear?

Proper treatment: You need to see a doctor to receive proper diagnosis and treatment. Until then, tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin should give pain relief. Do not lay flat-keep your head slightly elevated. On on a heating pad on the affected ear may also give some pain relief. ...Read more

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What can I do to ease pain in my ear from an ear infection when laying down?

What can I do to ease pain in my ear from an ear infection when laying down?

Rx the pain now: The basic treatment beyond confirmation and antibiotics if needed are comfort measures. Ibuprofen ; laying with a heating pad on that side of the head can help. ...Read more

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I've got an ear infection, and my ear feels like water is in it. What should I do?

Have it checked out: An ear infection is treated with antibiotics but if you feel like water in your ear, a physical exam by your doctor is necessary to find the cause ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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