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Should I use a heating pad on low to help the pain of my ear infection?

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Dr. Thomas Hansbrough
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Thomas Hansbrough
Dr. Thomas Hansbrough
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Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Pediatrics

In brief: Maybe

If this helps, then use it as long as not too hot.
If there isn't a hole in your eardrum from a tube or pressure causing pus to drain, you can use olive oil (saturate a cotton ball with the oil and squeeze into the ear) for instant pain relief. Don't use any drops if a hole! take an oral pain reliever (ibuprofen or acetaminophen) for longer relief. If the earache persists over 3 days see your doc.

In brief: Maybe

If this helps, then use it as long as not too hot.
If there isn't a hole in your eardrum from a tube or pressure causing pus to drain, you can use olive oil (saturate a cotton ball with the oil and squeeze into the ear) for instant pain relief. Don't use any drops if a hole! take an oral pain reliever (ibuprofen or acetaminophen) for longer relief. If the earache persists over 3 days see your doc.
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine

In brief: ? If helps

You may try it, i'm just not sure it will help you.

In brief: ? If helps

You may try it, i'm just not sure it will help you.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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