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If I have an ear ache, can I put warm water in my ear?

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Dr. Joel Doyon
Dentistry - Cosmetic
5 doctors agree

In brief: No

Don't add water to your ear, but you can place a warm washcloth or heating pad over your ear to help relieve discomfort.

In brief: No

Don't add water to your ear, but you can place a warm washcloth or heating pad over your ear to help relieve discomfort.
Dr. Joel Doyon
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Dr. Peter Corrado
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not advisible

If the pain is due to external otitis ( a problem in the ear canal) it would probably make the problem worse.
If the problem lies elsewhere, such the middle or inner ear or even the throat, i doubt it will help any more than careful application of heat. On the other hand it could cause more problems, especially in the case of a perforated ear drum. Use tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil and see your doctor first.

In brief: Not advisible

If the pain is due to external otitis ( a problem in the ear canal) it would probably make the problem worse.
If the problem lies elsewhere, such the middle or inner ear or even the throat, i doubt it will help any more than careful application of heat. On the other hand it could cause more problems, especially in the case of a perforated ear drum. Use tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil and see your doctor first.
Dr. Peter Corrado
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
wetness in the ear canal can irritate and eventually break down the skin lining the canal, thus leading to an external otitis
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