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What can you do to treat an ear infection at home?

What can you do to treat an ear infection at home?

Comfort measures: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. Infants need an early eval.If older if not better after 3-4 days, an evaluation and treatment is advised.Prior to antibiotics, hearing loss due to chronic middle ear disease was not uncommon and a significant complication called mastoiditis requires surgical drainage. ...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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What can I do for an eye infection at home?

What can I do for an eye infection at home?

Infection: I would not recommend treating an eye infection at home. Without determining whether it is viral versus bacterial you could be doing more harm than good. ...Read more

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What can I do at home for an earache?

What can I do at home for an earache?

Suggestions: Try warm compresses, tylenol, (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen initially. If it persists especially if there is ear drainage, hearing loss, sore throat, or any other persistent head or neck symptom see ent. ...Read more

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What is a method at home i can do for ear infections?

What is a method at home i can do for ear infections?

Ibuprofen, exam: For short term pain relief, Ibuprofen in appropriate doses helps.You can also provide a heating pad for baby to place his/her ear on & this seems to provide some relief. An office visit to identify a treatable cause during regular office hours would be ideal. ...Read more

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Could you explain how to cure an ear infection at home?

Could you explain how to cure an ear infection at home?

It will go away: Few ear infections need any treatment and will resolve with time. The exception is the one with persistent drainage or fever which requires medical attention. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an ear infection and want to get rid of it. what med is best for curing an ear infection?

What to do if I have an ear infection and want to get rid of it. what med is best for curing an ear infection?

It depends: Most ear infections are viral and don't need antibiotic therapy. Ibuprofen & acetaminophen may be taken for pain and a nasal decongestant may help reduce congestion and associated ear pain. If the pain lasts more than 2-3 days, it's best to have your ears checked by a doctor, who would advise to continue supportive therapy or Rx antibiotics, depending on your ear exam. ...Read more

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In what way can I tell if I have a sinus infection or ear infection at home?

In what way can I tell if I have a sinus infection or ear infection at home?

Infections: It is not easy to be sure if you have a sinus infection but some of the symptoms are stuffiness, pressure over your sinuses, head ache and a lengthy persistence of the symptoms. Ear infections often hurt and often cause a decrease in you hearing . To be sure and treat it properly go see you doctor. ...Read more

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How can you treat an ear infection at home?

See a doctor : These can turn to glue ear or ruptured ear drums or other things. See a doctor. ...Read more

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Aside from going to the doctors, what can I do for an ear infection?

Aside from going to the doctors, what can I do for an ear infection?

Depends: If there is no pain then you can wait it out for 2 or 3 days. If there is pus behind the ear drum or pain then an antibiotic will be needed to attack the infection. ...Read more

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What to do for an earache if tubes?

What to do for an earache if tubes?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What to do for a ear infection that isn't going away?

What to do for a ear infection that isn't going away?

Antobiotics ful cour: You need to consult your doctor or ENT specialist as you will need proper antibiotics by mouth in appropriate dose and full course, the ntibiotic has to be broader spectrum to cover most offending organisms.Ent doctor may be able to obtain a culture to narrow the choice of appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more

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What should I do for an ear infection?

What should I do for an ear infection?

Ear infection: Talk to your pcp to examine & recommend appropriate antibiotic as needed. ...Read more

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About an ear infection is there a anything i can do for a ear infection that i could at home that dose not cost money?

About an ear infection is there a anything i can do for a ear infection that i could at home that dose not cost money?

Hydrate : Hydrate well. Gargle with warm salt water (to help reduce swelling that could impact eustachian tube). Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications or tylenol (acetaminophen) of pain. Consider oral decongesants or nasal decongestant to keep the area open and draining. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat a bladder infection at home?

What can I do to treat a bladder infection at home?

Water & cranberry: Drinking lots of water and taking cranberry extract can clear a bladder infection. But at age 47, it's possible that lowering estrogen levels may be causing the tissue in the urethra and base of the bladder to be thin and easier to get infected. If the symptoms don't clear or come back after clearing, it's best to be seen by a doctor. ...Read more

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How do you treat an adult ear infection at home?

How do you treat an adult ear infection at home?

You don't: Ear infections can be of the skin of the ear canal or fluid behind the ear drum. An infection of the ear canal requires cleaning and antibiotic ear drops. An infection behind the ear drum requires oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can you describe how to cure a ear infection at home?

Can you describe how to cure a ear infection at home?

Can Not: Some will resolve spontaneously. For those that do not in a few days, antibiotics are necessary.There is a current study demonstrating that the symptoms of ear infections , such as pain, improve with proper antibiotics.Such things as garlic, candleing etc can be dangerous and do not work. ...Read more

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Do you know if there is anything i can buy to check for an ear infection myself?

Do you know if there is anything i can buy to check for an ear infection myself?

Not Yet!: There is a company called cellscope which you may want to check out. They are creating iphone attachments to examine ears potentially for the consumer industry. At first, they are enabling physicians to use their product, because it takes experience to get a good visualization of the ear drum, as well as to interpret what you see. Stay tuned, and keep up with their website! www.cellscope.com ...Read more

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How does a doctor drain a ear for an ear infection.  do you have to be put to sleep?

How does a doctor drain a ear for an ear infection.  do you have to be put to sleep?

Rarely needs surgery: True fluid and hearing loss most often will clear on its own with decongestants and treatment for whatever led to the fluid in the first place (uri, sinusitis, allergy). This can be combined with holding your nose and blowing into the nose trying to "pop" your ears. Rarely fluid won't clear and adults can have it drained under a local or topical anesthetic. Fluid is often misdiagnosed - watch out! ...Read more

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Ent what can I do for an ear infection?

Ent what can I do for an ear infection?

Get it treated: You need to get it treated. The traditional method is antibiotics, but if you can get the inner ear to drain, then it will resolve on its own in most cases. This can be done with decongestants/nasal sprays that will reduce obstruction/inflammation surrounding the tube that connects the middle ear to the nose. If it is truly infected, it's worth getting a doctor to check it out. ...Read more

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What can you do to treat an ear infection at home?

Comfort measures: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. Infants need an early eval.If older if not better after 3-4 days, an evaluation and treatment is advised.Prior to antibiotics, hearing loss due to chronic middle ear disease was not uncommon and a significant complication called mastoiditis requires surgical drainage. ...Read more

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How can I treat an adult ear infection at home?

How can I treat an adult ear infection at home?

See a doctor : These can turn to glue ear or ruptured ear drums or other things. See a doctor. ...Read more

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How should I treat my ear infection at home?

See a doctor : These can turn to glue ear or ruptured ear drums or other things. See a doctor. ...Read more

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How can you treat an ear infection at home?

See a doctor : These can turn to glue ear or ruptured ear drums or other things. See a doctor. ...Read more

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How do you treat an adult ear infection at home?

You don't: Ear infections can be of the skin of the ear canal or fluid behind the ear drum. An infection of the ear canal requires cleaning and antibiotic ear drops. An infection behind the ear drum requires oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can you describe how to cure a ear infection at home?

Can Not: Some will resolve spontaneously. For those that do not in a few days, antibiotics are necessary.There is a current study demonstrating that the symptoms of ear infections , such as pain, improve with proper antibiotics.Such things as garlic, candleing etc can be dangerous and do not work. ...Read more

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Are there any good home remedies for an ear infection?

Are there any good home remedies for an ear infection?

Why home remedy?: Why a home remedy? If you don't know how to cure this pain, you most likely are unsure of the actual cause. Suggest you see an ENT to diagnose the cause and offer a cure. Better than leaving it alone or searching for a home remedy. Just get seen and get it fixed. ...Read more

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Could you explain how to cure an ear infection at home?

It will go away: Few ear infections need any treatment and will resolve with time. The exception is the one with persistent drainage or fever which requires medical attention. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about effective home remedies for an ear infection?

Can you please tell me about effective home remedies for an ear infection?

Why home remedy?: Why a home remedy? If you don't know how to cure this pain, you most likely are unsure of the actual cause. Suggest you see an ENT to diagnose the cause and offer a cure. Better than leaving it alone or searching for a home remedy. Just get seen and get it fixed. ...Read more

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Any good home remedy for an ear infection that someone might recommend?

Any good home remedy for an ear infection that someone might recommend?

Ear infection: It is somewhat unusual to have an ear infection as an adult. There are several different types of ear infections, though, and this would need to be distinguished before any kind of treatment could be effectively recommended. Need a bit more information on the kinds of symptoms you are suffering. Also, you may need an evaluation to determine what kind of ear infection you have. ...Read more

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In what way can I tell if I have a sinus infection or ear infection at home?

Infections: It is not easy to be sure if you have a sinus infection but some of the symptoms are stuffiness, pressure over your sinuses, head ache and a lengthy persistence of the symptoms. Ear infections often hurt and often cause a decrease in you hearing . To be sure and treat it properly go see you doctor. ...Read more

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What are some home remedies for an ear infection, I believe I have one, my ear is plugged and I have itchy eye and a runny nose.?

What are some home remedies for an ear infection,  I believe I have one, my ear is plugged and I have itchy eye and a runny nose.?

Pain?: We often get fluid behind our eardrums when we get a cold or have bad allergies. This doesn't always mean the fluid is infected. If you have not pain and it just feels plugged, then it is likely fluid that will go away and doesn't need treatment. If you have a lot of pain and fever, then it may be infected. If you often have itchy eyes and runny nose, you might seek allergy treatment. ...Read more

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Are there any safe home remedies for ear impaction? How do I tell if that is what is wrong or if it's an ear infection?

Are there any safe home remedies for ear impaction? How do I tell if that is what is wrong or if it's an ear infection?

Yes: It would be best to confirm that excess wax is the problem. As long as there is not a history of perforation or a hole in your ear drum; 2 common home remedies are dilute hydrogen peroxide, 3 parts water to 1 part hydrogen peroxide 1-2 drops twice daily for 5 days and then reassess. Colace (docusate sodium) solution used typically as a laxative, 1-2 drops twice daily for 5 days may also be helpful. Syringing by MD ...Read more

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What are good home remediesfor a bad ear infection?

What are good home remediesfor a bad ear infection?

Depends: There are several types of ear infections. Inner, middle , and external or outer. You need to be specific when asking a question. The typical swimmer's ear is an outer infection. You can treat that with a 50:50 mixture of isopropyl alcohol and clear vinegar( acetic acid) applied with an ear syringe 2-3 times a day. If that doesn't work in 7 days, see ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Home remedies to cure ear infection and avoid drugs?

Home remedies to cure ear infection and avoid drugs?

NO: There are no proven home remedies that cure middle ear infections. Remember studies properly done using comparison groups demonstrate ear infections may get better with no interventions at all. Recent research proves efficacy of antibiotics. I have seen no comparable proof for home remedies such as chiropractery, candling etc. ...Read more

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Are there any good home remedies for a toddlers ear infection?

Are there any good home remedies for a toddlers ear infection?

Otitis media : There are old gramma recipes of scotch and warming ear. The best is antibiotics and some type antihistamine anti allergy med to reduce ear tube swelling ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there is any home remedies for ear infection?

Ear infections: In general, I would normally tell a patient that there are not good home remedies to treat ear infections ...Read more

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What may people use at home for treating an ear infection obtained by surfing?

What may people use at home for treating an ear infection obtained by surfing?

Alocohol/vinegar: You may prepare a mixture of 1:1 isopropyl alcohol and white vinegar. Put 3-4 drops into each ear 4 times a day for 7-10 days. If you get severe swelling on the entry to the ear canal or if the pain is not improving in 2-3 days, you should be examined, and probably get a prescription medication. Once the infection clears, you may use a few drops of this mixture in each ear to prevent infections ...Read more

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What is a method at home i can do for ear infections?

Ibuprofen, exam: For short term pain relief, Ibuprofen in appropriate doses helps.You can also provide a heating pad for baby to place his/her ear on & this seems to provide some relief. An office visit to identify a treatable cause during regular office hours would be ideal. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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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