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Rorshach 11-02-2007 01:04 AM

Ear Infection remedies
I'm dealing with an ear infection, which isn't really bad, except that my right ear feels like it's full of cotton, and hurts a little. I had a fever a few days ago, but that broke already. So I'm wondering if anybody has a suggestion or three for home-remedies for ear infections. This is primarily due to the facts that i'm stubborn, don't like hospitals, and don't have insurance. Though I know some Amoxicilin will clear it up straightaway. Would appreciate the suggestions.

suzeeq 11-02-2007 01:05 AM

I've heard that a few drops of hydrogen peroxide might help. Can't hurt...

rissa 11-02-2007 01:48 AM

While I don't get ear infections so much, I do get drainage in my ears from my allergies. Even when I'm sick. And I find that using Benedryl helps open the passages and helps the ear to drain. Helps ya sleep too! :) HTH and hope you feel better soon!

brendajos 11-02-2007 02:08 AM

well when i feel swimmer's ear (the only ear infection i ever get) coming on, i usually put a smidge of rubbing alcohol in my ears. Dries up the liquid in there pretty quickly and clears it right up for me.
That being said, when I got it the first time I tried to tough it out and ended up having to take a miriad of drugs to clear it up... Just sayin'....

Rorshach 11-02-2007 02:49 AM

Well after reading this, and discussing it with my DW, I will probably take a trip to the hospital tomorrow, as I'm going on four days of this now.

rissa 11-02-2007 08:23 AM

Keep us posted how things go! Hope you feel better soon.

Silver 11-02-2007 08:29 AM

If you don't have insurance, don't go to the hospital. The bill will be ENORMOUS.

Go to a walk-in urgent care center. The bill will be much smaller, maybe a couple hundred bux. They'll give you a prescription for antibiotics. And that'll clear you right up.

Get well soon! :hug:

stitchwitch 11-02-2007 08:44 AM

Oh heck yeah, don't go to the hospital unless it's the only place around. Like Silver said hit a walkin clinic or urgent care place or dial the neighborhood doctor.
As for the ear infection, it sounds more like your eustachian tubes are plugged which can lead to infection if it hasn't already. You need to help loosen the mucous that's in there by drinking alot of fluids (warm ones help) and taking a decongestant and trying to yawn to clear the tubes. It will take a few days for it to go away, but you'll hear a pop and then everyone will sound like they are yelling at you because you'll have your hearing back in that ear. It's a real pain to have an ear infection, I've had them on and off for 40 years. Hope you feel better soon.

The.Knitter 11-02-2007 08:58 AM

I am disabled. It's been five years now, three of which I was not allowed to work through. My disability is called A-Typical Menieres Disease. It is when the fluid in the ear builds up and then the ear channel gets so big it gets a wee hole in it or a tear and the inner ear fluid mixes with the outter ear fluid causing vertigo, dropsie attacks and vomitting, with no warning or notice whatsoever. It happens A LOT. My advice to you is DON'T MESS WITH YOUR EARS. Go to the walk in clinic and have a doctor take a look. My life has been drastically affected by one darned ear (now deaf in it) and the other ear is starting to go too! I would not want to see anyone else suffer ear problems like I am doing. Best of luck and I sure hope you feel better soon!!! Also: NEVER PUT ANYTHING SMALLER THAN YOUR ELBOW IN YOUR EAR!

dustinac 11-02-2007 09:01 AM

When I have issues with my sinus I get an ear infecton...the neti pot works on clearing this up for me and so does extra strength Tylenol Sinus...
I would also say urgent care over the hospital and hope you feel better soon...:hug:

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