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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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I got a ear infection how can I heal it like i don't know if i got a ear infection but my ear hurt?

Ear pain: Pain in one ear may or may not be an ear infection. People with jaw, neck, dental problem and tonsillitis also have ear pain. See your primary care doctor first. ...Read more

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How to prevent my ear infection from a throbing noise type of thing at night. Why does this happen? Is it normal with an ear infection

How to prevent my ear infection from a throbing noise type of thing at night. Why does this happen? Is it normal with an ear infection

Throb with ear inf. : It is very common to hear your heartbeat with an ear infection. It is also very common for it to throb. The only way to get rid of that is to clear the fluid from the middle ear ( between the ear drum and the stapes). Sometimes playing the radio or running a fan at night will make it less noticeable. Good luck. ...Read more

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My ear was in pain for about 2 days. I thought It was just an ear infection. the pain is gone now but I can't hear very well. What can I do?

My ear was in pain for about 2 days. I thought It was just an ear infection. the pain is gone now but I can't hear very well. What can I do?

Check it out: Pain in the middle ear can be many things, including viral issues that self heal or bacterial ones that may require antibiotics for quick resolution. With any, there is often accumulation of middle ear fluid that slows down the movement of the ear boned (suppresses hearing). It can take weeks to improve.The only way to know if it needs antibiotics is to have it checked. ...Read more

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Why is your balance off when you have an ear infection? I have one where fluid is coming out of my ear does this make me wobbly/ hard to balance?

Why is your balance off when you have an ear infection? I have one where fluid is coming out of my ear does this make me wobbly/ hard to balance?

Yes: While a middle ear infection will not make you too wobbly, extension of the infection into the inner ear or vestibular (balance) system will make you dizzy . Fluid coming put of your ear has to be either from an infection of the ear canal or a perforated eardrum with a middle ear infection. Accompanying vertigo suggests the latter. See your MD. ...Read more

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Had a bad ear infection that last few days, where my hearing was muffled and I couldnt hear, now if I pull my ear out it pops and I can hear. normal?

Had a bad ear infection that last few days, where my hearing was muffled and I couldnt hear, now if I pull my ear out it pops and I can hear. normal?

Blocked ears: yes can happen, your external ears can become blocked with wax/debris after infection, when you pull your ears out it pops and you can hear when the blockage becomes partially open, your doctor can perform ear wash or prescribe some ear drops to dissolve the impacted wax ...Read more

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I have an ear infection and have been on amoxicilina for 6 days. The first 3 days my ear was blocked. Now I have a constant clear and sticky discharge?

Ear drum rupture: Your ear infection was accompanied by an effusion - a collection of fluid behind the membrane. That fluid gave you the sensation of being "blocked". Now the pressure has reach a point that the ear drum ruptured and now that effusion can drain. It's not an uncommon occurrence. Finish your antibiotics and follow-up with your primary care doc for re-eval to assess whether ENT referral is needed. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of my ear infection & the pain before my flight?

Antibiotics: If you have an ear infection and you are about to fly.. You need to get this treated asap or you may be miserable on the flight. I would get on some antibiotics asap. ...Read more

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How do i relieve pressure from my ear infection also i have alot of discharge ?

How do i relieve pressure from my ear infection also i have alot of discharge ?

See doctor: If the ear infection has been documented by your doctor, then using a nasal decongestant spray, nasal steroid spray, or even a short course of prednisone may be considered. The next step would be treatment with an antibiotic. Some studies argue against the use of abx but I would certainly want it myself if I were suffering from the throbbing pain. ...Read more

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If my ear does not unclog from yeast ear infection do you have to have surgery?

If my ear does not unclog from yeast ear infection do you have to have surgery?

No: Ear infection from yeast would be outside of the eardrum (otitis externa), and surgery has no potential to benefit otitis externa unless you have a very abnormal ear canal. The key here lies in using anti fungal drops as prescribed then maintaining good ear hygiene: never put anything in the ear canal, blow-dry after getting wet, treat wax problems with sweet oil or other softener, swim cap/plugs ...Read more

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I have an ear infection and i want to tle a shower but that may put water in my ear....what do i do?

I have an ear infection and i want to tle a shower but that may put water in my ear....what do i do?

Shower: People can shower while they have ear infections. If you have otitis externa (aka: swimmer's ear) it is advised not to swim or go below the surface of water until your treatment has been completed. Don't attempt to "wash" out your ear with water while in the shower. Discuss with your doctor who diagnosed and prescribed treatment for your ear infection what other precautions you may need to take. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

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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