Post # 1
I know I need to talk to my doctor about this, but I just wanted to see if anyone else has had experience with this.
I have officially had 7 different ear infections this year, usually each time both ears were infected (so realistically, it was like 14 distinct ear infections). I know this is not normal especially for a generally healthy/active 22 year old. And the fact of the matter is, it has gotten to the point where amoxicillin doesn’t do anything so I have to be put on stronger antibiotics, and I just don’t like the idea that I’m on prescription antibiotics that often. Not to mention the fact that ear infections just suck in general.
I think one reason why my doctor hasn’t been like “hey you’ve had waaaaay too many ear infections, you need to do xyz” is because for more then half of them I would just stop at a minute clinic type thing because it’s more convenient then making an appointment to go to the doctors.
And the most recent infection (which was in both ears) I got while on antibiotics which I completely forgot to mention to my doctor because they’re for my skin! WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON IN MY EARS!!!
But anyways, has anyone had experience with this? Is there anything I can do to help prevent them? I already take a multivitamin everyday. Is there anything that a doctor can do to make me stop getting ear infections?
Thanks all! And don’t worry, I’ll be calling the doctor to either set up a follow up appointment or get a referral to an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist because like I said before, ear infections just suck.
Post # 3
I’m an audiologist at an ENT office (in Pgh!) and if antibiotics haven’t been working, and the infections have been this persistent, our doc would probably put a set of tubes in your ears. You’re certainly not the only adult who gets ear infections. Good luck! PM me if you have any questions!
Post # 4
@JeniRae: Is it common to get tubes in your ears as an adult?
Post # 5
I get them all of the time. I had a total of 9 this year (sometimes dbl). Your doctors shouldn’t keep giving you anti-biotics and you should be communicating the amount your having even with minute clinics. All those anti-biotics are probably killing your immune system. I am having tubes put in my ears and have been on an ear treatment plan and I’m 30.
Post # 6
Have you been using a pool/hot tub lately? I have actually had a few ear infections this year, but it was due to swimmers ear that I got several times due to swiming in our pool every day.
Post # 7
@AnnieAAA: No pools or hot tubs for me! And even when I do swim (haven’t since the summer) I don’t put my head under because it hurts my ears, haha.
Post # 8
I used to get them as often as you, but I’ve taken a few steps to help stop them. I usually only get about 1 a year now or less.
I started being really diligent about drying my ears after a shower or bath. I try not to put anything inside my ears too much so that I don’t aggrivate them, but I do place a dry q-tip on the outside of the canal and sort of let it soak up any access water. When I go outside I make sure to not have moist ears (ie: sweating under a cap or hood) and I cover my ears when it’s cold or windy. I also started taking a pre-biotic supplement and when I start to feel run-down I load up on acidophilus and plain yogurt. Both of those things help me immensely when it comes to ears, nose and throat infections because they help to prevent them by boosting your immune system.
Also, it’s 50/50 whether or not this works, but I always make sure to sleep on clean pillow cases when I feel an ear infection coming on. I wash mine once a day. Since I started doing all these little things I have noticed an improvement. FI’s best friend, however, is 27 and had to have the tubes put in his ears. Definitely something to discuss with your doctor because it has a lot to do with your specific ear shape and immune system.
Post # 9
I thought I was the only adult with persistent ear infections. I was thinking of asking my dr to refer me to an ENT.
@JeniRae: Thanks for the info about tubes in adult ears. I didn’t know they did that.
Post # 10
I do but I also swim (with germy kids) a lot. My doctor recommended that every time I get out of the pool or shower to put a solution of hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol in my ears (I think 50-50). You can go to the pharmacy and ask for an empty dropper bottle and mix it up yourself. This helps the water dry out better (q-tips can actually be damaging to your ears). There are (of course) other reasons you could be getting the infections, but drying them out properly can’t hurt. I would also ask your doctor for a referral to an ENT who can likely do some more in depth testing/procedures. Good luck!