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Had a nasty cold for ~ a week. Congestion worked itself to 1 ear. Lots of pressure and muffled hearing. Prone to sinus infections. Ear infection? Doc?

Had a nasty cold for ~ a week. Congestion worked itself to 1 ear. Lots of pressure and muffled hearing. Prone to sinus infections. Ear infection? Doc?

Surgery may not help: I am a doctor who suffered for years with sinus infections.do the following: 1.Avoid anything cold. 2.no soda. 3.I use Sovereign Silver spray when I feel like I am getting another attack.its safe and natural.u won't get it in Mexico :( 4.I use VICKS topically as much as I can. 5.I use a humidifier at night 6.I drink lots of water. Good L ...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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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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Will garlic oil encourage ear drainage?

Will garlic oil encourage ear drainage?

Sorry, no. : It will keep vampires away, though, if at risk for that. Garlic is for internal use (in your food). Only decongestant (like afrin (oxymetazoline) or sudafed) or a steam vaporizer (keep young kids away from hot steam). ...Read more

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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

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Coconut oil safe to use in ear daily for ear pressure? Pain/water behind eardrum currently on antibiotics but ear pressure remains.

Coconut oil safe to use in ear daily for ear pressure?  Pain/water behind eardrum currently on antibiotics but ear pressure remains.

Yes, safe but...: Yes, coconut oil is safe to use but unlikely to help this much. It does have some antimicrobial properties but ear pressure is most likely related to allergies & inflammation around the eustachian tube. Antibiotics may not help much either. Avoiding dairy & wheat may help as well as treating allergies. Consider homeopathy & seeing a cranial osteopath. ...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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ER visit diagnosed outer and middle ear infection in left ear. Prescribed drops and amox, can't afford drops. Is amox enough? Also using onion juice.

ER visit diagnosed outer and middle ear infection in left ear. Prescribed drops and amox,  can't afford drops. Is amox enough? Also using onion juice.

No: amoxicilin isn't enough for outer ear infection, as the bugs are different, you can try this homemade remedy: 50% rubbing alcohol +25 % vinegar + 25% distilled water, 4-5 drops in your ear three times a day, can be used also for preventing future fungal ear infection, if that doesn't work, please see your doctor again and ask for less expensive ear drops as acetic acid otic drops, good luck ...Read more

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Does camphorated oil work for ear ache in babies?

Does camphorated oil work for ear ache in babies?

NO: Put nothing in the ear of anyone unless it has been evaluated & is art of the treatment. A heat source to lay on & Ibuprofen can soften the pain until the kid is evaluated. ...Read more

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Is coconut oil a good natural alternative to help cure yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis?

Is coconut oil a good natural alternative to help cure yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis?

No: Yeast infections require antifungal treatment and bacterial vaginosis is usually treated with metronidazole. Coconut oil will not cure either. ...Read more

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What is the best home remedy for swimmers ear? I'm traveling- olive oil? Half white vinegar half rubbing alcohol? Other?

What is the best home remedy for swimmers ear? I'm traveling- olive oil? Half white vinegar half rubbing alcohol? Other?

Alcohol and vinegar: Alcohol and vinegar in equal parts is the classic recipe from lakeside summer camps. The alcohol disinfects the ear, displaces the water, and evaporates quickly at body temperature. The vinegar restores the normal acidic pH of the skin and prevent fungal growth. Do not use any over the counter drops if you may have a perforated eardrum or a tube in the ear. ...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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Is it safe to use coconut oil to cure my yeast infection? I'm 11 weeks pregnant! And can a yeast infection harm my baby?

Is it safe to use coconut oil to cure my yeast infection? I'm 11 weeks pregnant! And can a yeast infection harm my baby?

Over the counter: Vaginal yeast medications are readily available at any pharmacy. This is the treatment. Coconut oil is not known to be a cure for vaginal yeast. Yeast infections do not have a baby but they are quite uncomfortable for the mother. Since medication is easily available there is no reason to suffer ...Read more

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I have amox-clav 875 mg for an ear infection, will it cure a UTI as well ad the ear infection?

Maybe,maybe not: This is a good general treatment for both ear infections and uti's. However, there is probably 5-10% risk with any med for ear infection that the medication will not kill the germ. There are also germs that are resistant to the amox-clav. ...Read more

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Hearing loss. Irrigation, olive oil & ear drops all failed. Any ideas doc? It's reoccurring, found out the other day I suffered /w bad ears as a baby.

Hearing loss. Irrigation, olive oil & ear drops all failed. Any ideas doc? It's reoccurring, found out the other day I suffered /w bad ears as a baby.

See ENT: You most likely have a cerumen impaction (earwax build-up). Even though you tried some outpatient therapies for ear wax build-up it is still most likely. I would see ENT though so they can assess the cause of the hearing loss. If you don't have a cerumen impaction then there can be a more significant cause of your hearing loss. Not sure what "suffered with bad ears as a baby" means. ...Read more

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For ear wax clog, should I use olive oil only or take turn using peroxide? Also should I irrigate ear at home or not?

For ear wax clog, should I use olive oil only or take turn using peroxide? Also should I irrigate ear at home or not?

Be careful: Olive oil will help soften but not remove. Irrigation may help remove it but does have small risks of perforation. Peroxide can also break it up and soften it. Your local ENT can help. ...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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Can I apply a drop of olive oil into my ear canal for excessive itching?

Can I apply a drop of olive oil into my ear canal for excessive itching?

Mineral oil: Would be better since it might dissolve cerumen that could be causing itching. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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