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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

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 red wine vinegar get rid of an ear infection?

Can red wine vinegar get rid of an ear infection?

No: Sometimes vinegar in an ear drop can help suppress fungal growth in the canal, but it creates a moist environment that causes other canal issues. It will also never reach the middle ear & effect a true middle ear infection. ...Read more

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My dr. Recommended vinegar & water for my ear infection. Even tho I have it at room temp, I get extremely dizzy afterwards. Why?

My dr. Recommended vinegar & water for my ear infection. Even tho I have it at room temp, I get extremely dizzy afterwards. Why?

Try warming it.: For my patients I suggest a solution of vinegar and alcohol for mild swimmers ear. You might try warming the solution by holding it in your hands for 5minutes. Cold solution in your ear will cause most people to get dizzy. ...Read more

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Can you use rubbing alcohol in your ear for ear infection?

Can you use rubbing alcohol in your ear for ear infection?

No: If it is a middle ear infection, rubbing alcohol will not do anything for the infection that is going on behind your ear drum. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol while taking 500mg three times a day of Amoxicillin for an ear infection. And how long will the medicine stay in my system.?

Can I drink alcohol while taking 500mg three times a day of Amoxicillin for an ear infection. And how long will the medicine stay in my system.?

Depends/all week: A drink occasionally will not interfere with the drug. The idea of taking it 3 times a day is to maintain a relatively constant level of the antibiotic in your system for the duration of treatment. After you stop, it is gone in about a day. ...Read more

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If I finished a z-pak for an ear infection 2 days ago is it safe to drink alcohol?

If I finished a z-pak for an ear infection 2 days ago is it safe to drink alcohol?

Z-pack: We cannot advise children. We have to assume you are underage since you didn't post your age. ...Read more

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I am in cancun, came down with what I think is a sinus/ear infection... still want to be able to drink alcohol but want to relive the presure from my head what can I do... most medicine in Mexico is apparently over the counter?

I am in cancun, came down with what I think is a sinus/ear infection... still want to be able to drink alcohol but want to relive the presure from my head what can I do... most medicine in Mexico is apparently over the counter?

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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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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What are some reasons my baby keeps rubbing his ear? Infection?

What are some reasons my baby keeps rubbing his ear? Infection?

Rubbing on ear s: Hard to say. Years ago a study was done. Over a hundred babies just pulling on their ears: one third had an ear infection, one third were normal and one third had something wrong unrelated to the ear like teething, sore throat, skin rash etc. Bottom line is have your infant checked by your doctor and if he has a normal exam, you may never know but you don't have to worry. ...Read more

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Plz help! My 6 mon old baby had 2 ear infections this month and taken all anti- he is still rubbing& pulling crying all the time don't know what to do?

Plz help! My 6 mon old baby had 2 ear infections this month and taken all anti- he is still rubbing& pulling crying all the time don't know what to do?

Pediatric ENT: This could be one of several issues and in order to be addressed appropriately you need a knowledgeable clinician in this area. There are ENT doctors who specialize in children and strongly suggest that you find one of these. ...Read more

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2 year old is rubbing her ear after a bath for 2 days. Could this be an ear infection or just water in the ear? How do I tell?

2 year old is rubbing her ear after a bath for 2 days. Could this be an ear infection or just water in the ear? How do I tell?

Someone looks: In the absence of fever, change in appetite or behavior I wouldn't assume an ear infection. In an unpublished study during residency we found only around 5% of kids pulling their ears as a presenting complaint had one. To be certain, only someone looking into the ear with proper equipment would be able to say for sure. ...Read more

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My granddaughter is on amoxicillin for an ear infection is it OK to rub tree tea oil on the back of her ear? Mixed with warm water?

My granddaughter is on amoxicillin for an ear infection is it OK to rub tree tea oil on the back of her ear? Mixed with warm water?

Whatever...: It has no plausible reason to affect anything going on in the ear, good or bad. If this pleases you two and the kid's skin doesn't break out to the process it is fine. You might do as well just painting her nails or giving her a foot rub. ...Read more

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Vinegar and alcohol for human water in ear but with torn eardrum?

Vinegar and alcohol for human water in ear but with torn eardrum?

NO: Do not put any chemical in your ear with a perforated drum. Many chemicals are ototoxic and may lead to permanent hearing lost and/or vertigo. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Why would my son's ear doctor say today to make a vinegar and alcohol solution and said use 1/3 of each?

Why would my son's ear doctor say today to make a vinegar and alcohol solution and said use 1/3 of each?

Treatment for ear: The alcohol displaces any water in the ear to prevent infection; the vinegar (acetic acid) restores the normal acid balance in the ear canal. Use caution if the eardrum (tympanic membrane) may be broken (perforated); see fp or ENT in such cases. ...Read more

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My son just complained of dizziness and pain after I gave him swimmers ear drops (half vinegar and half alcohol). I would appreciate any suggestions?

My son just complained of dizziness and pain after I gave him swimmers ear drops (half vinegar and half alcohol). I would appreciate any suggestions?

Common: The dizziness is quite common if u put the ear drops which are very different in temperature from the surroundings. The pain is common if the ear canal is inflamed and irritated. You shd stop using the drops. Try it again one more time. If the symptoms recur you shd visit his doctor. If the pain was severe it wld be better if u go earlier and do not use the drops again till he is checked out. ...Read more

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I went swimming and I have water trapped on my ear. I used swimmers ear drops, peroxide, alcohol and vinegar mixture, yet I have no relief.

Cerumen: Cerumen or "wax" in the ear canal can trap water against the tympanic membrane (ear drum). Rubbing alcohol helps dehydrate the ear canal. If this persists an otaryngologist should take a look and remove the wax, skin debris or hair causing these symptoms. ...Read more

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Q1: swimmers ear diagnosed by ENT dr. 10 days later ear is worse. Doc prescribed tx of alcohol & vinegar, steroid and antibiotic drops plus (cont.)?

Q1: swimmers ear diagnosed by ENT dr. 10 days later ear is worse. Doc prescribed tx of alcohol & vinegar, steroid and antibiotic drops plus (cont.)?

Go back to doctor: Are you diabetic? Do you have problems with immune function? How are you worse? If the regimen above is not working you need to be seen again and re-assessed. Hope this clears up soon. ...Read more

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My daughter was perscribled medication for her ear infection, she gags then throws up when im trying to give it to her. Is that norma? L

My daughter was perscribled medication for her ear infection, she gags then throws up when im trying to give it to her. Is that norma? L

Not normal or rare: It is not normal and it is not helpful to eliminate the infection. It unfortunately is not rare. Sometimes a different antibiotic will be better tolerated by the young child. Sometimes the child will vomit any oral antibiotic. On hospital settings, child life specialists can help the family and child work through these problems. ...Read more

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Ear infection that will not go away?

Ear infection that will not go away?

May not be an infection: If it is just pain around your ear it may not be an infection. If you are having pain and hearing loss then it may well be an infection. Most cases of ear pain that I see in adults is from the jaw joint and not the ear. If it is your jaw then you need a soft diet, anti-inflammatories, ice and a trip to your dentist. ...Read more

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How can people get an ear infection?

How can people get an ear infection?

Inflamation mid/ear: Otitis media is a broad term that includes various forms of inflamation of the middle ear. That space is like a cave in the skull, with the ear drum on one wall, a drain tube (eustacion tube) in the floor ; another wall composed by the skull ; the ear nerve. The walls make mucous which normally drains but can be trapped. Viruses often start the process but bacteria can invade ; need treatment. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat ear infection?

What can I do to treat ear infection?

Antibiotics: An "ear infection" could be an outer ear infection (swimmer's ear) or a middle ear infection. Three treatment options 1) do nothing...And suffer - why? 2) antibiotics and/or ear drops 3) tubes (for middle ear infection). ...Read more

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What can I do about an ear infection?

What can I do about an ear infection?

Depends on the type: If you have an ear infection of your ear canal like a swimmer's ear, you need the debris removed and receive antibiotic ear drops. If the infection is behind your ear drum, you need oral antibiotics. If you have chronic ear infections that persist despite antibiotics, you need surgery. The process of treatment begins with your otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Can ear infection cause pain on head?

Can ear infection cause pain on head?

Yes: Ear infections can cause headaches, but they can also produce other complications. It is always best to check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What do you treat a ear infection with?

What do you treat a ear infection with?

Treat ear infection: Depending on if this is an external ear infection or middle ear infection, or if there is active drainage from the year, a topical antibiotic or anti-fungal ear drop with or without the addition of an oral antibiotic may be needed.
I recommend you see your doctor or otolaryngologist (ENT) for examination, diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What can cause an ear infection usually?

What can cause an ear infection usually?

Middle ear infxn: It is typically caused by blockage of the eustachian tube that connects the middle ear to the nose, trapping fluid and germs in the middle ear which start to get infected. Many times they are caused by viruses, occasionally bacteria, and rarely fungus. ...Read more

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How can I get relief of an ear infection?

How can I get relief of an ear infection?

Treat the infection: Infection of the outer ear canal (otitis externa), typically is itchy or painful, discharge from the ear often; treatment ear drops with an antibiotic and some topical cortisone. An inner ear infection (otitis media) generally is more painful and is pus trapped behind the eardrum (often coming from a sinus infection) and requires an oral antibiotic. If it is truly an infection, rx requires a doc. ...Read more

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How can I treat my child's ear infection?

How can I treat my child's ear infection?

Ear infection: You can try using children's advil (ibuprofen) for the pain. If it is not improving or having a fever or other symptoms, please see your pcp or urgent care. ...Read more

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Does a ear infection swells up your face?

Ear infections: Swelling of the face can potentially be a symptoms of ear infections, particularly with outer ear infections. The swelling generally occurs within or around the ear itself, but can extend into the face. Sinus infections can also do this and have close relationships with ear infections. ...Read more

Dr. Ira Friedlander
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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