Help! Willing to try just about anything

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
864 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

_blackbird_:  try ice packs on your throat and ears instead of the heat. that’s always helped me. also, try something that is a decongestant. skip the tylenol and advil and get some cold and sinus benadryl or theraflu, etc. 🙁 hope you feel better!

Post # 3
114 posts
Blushing bee

Have you ever had an ear infection before?  I’ve had chronic middle ear infections my whole life.  They are so painful!  Nothing cures it for me except antibiotics.  I even broke down crying in the doctor’s office (new doctor, I had just moved) because he wouldn’t give me antibiotics.  I know the standard is not to give antibiotics for an ear infection, but this has happened to me so many times.  If I don’t get the antibiotics within a day or so of the pain starting my ear drum bursts and the fluid comes out…gross but the pain stops.  Tylenol does nothing.

I’m sorry this is happening to you!  I would call your doctor and say nothing is helping.  My doctor has never insisted on waiting for a strep test with me, it’s always perfectly clear I have strep (with or without an ear infection) because my throat gets white spots on it and it’s a stabby pain instead of just dry and raw.  If you can see white spots on the back of your throat, you should get yourself back to the doctor, and PLEASE don’t go back to work!

Post # 6
114 posts
Blushing bee

@blackbird I second the recommendation of decongestants.  It doesn’t usually do much for my ears but your sinuses are probably blocked up too and it will help with that and you’ll have less post-nasal drip which will help your throat a lot.  Also, once you do get antibiotics (what you’re describing sounds exactly like every time I’ve had a strep throat-ear infection combo) and clear the infection, the decongestants will help clear out the fluid.  Ask for the good stuff behind the pharmacy counter.

Post # 7
2593 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

dizzybee130:  I know the standard is not to give antibiotics for an ear infection

Weird!  I’ve had many ear infections, and I’ve never had a doctor NOT give me antibiotics for them.  

_blackbird_:  If you’ve got a lot of congestion, decongestants can help drain that excess fluid so you don’t get an ear infection if you don’t already have one.  Saline rinses, (a neti pot will work, or Arm & Hammer Simply Saline spray, which I personally find easier/more convenient to use) can help, too. You can also stand in a hot shower with the bathroom fan off so it gets nice and steamy to help with congestion.  A warm, damp washcloth pressed to the outside of the ear can also help with pain.

There are also OTC drops (Similsan) that you can put in your ear to help with the pain.  I had a bad cold two weeks ago, and could feel the pressure building in my ears.  Since I’m pregnant, I wanted to avoid decongestants, but Simply Saline and Lavender Essential Oil (on the outside of the ear and the bottoms of my feet), helped keep the ear pain at bay.

When you went to the doctor, did he look IN your ears to check for infection, or just assume they hurt because of the fluid/swelling?  Mine sometimes hurt when I get sick, but it’s nothing compared to the pain I feel when they’re infected, and if they’re hurting to the point that you can’t sleep, that’s not a good sign.

Oh!  I’ve also heard chiropractic care and/or acupuncture can help, but I’ve never personally tried them for ear infection/cold.  

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