Post # 1
My ear has been killing me for weeks. It’s been very ichy and painful. I keep scratching it but it is making it worse. I looked up the symptoms and I thought I had swimmers ear but it hasn’t gone away (granted I haven’t done anything besides scratching…probably bad idea).
However since it’s been so long I wonder if it is an ear infection? I haven’t been swimming at all this summer and I don’t remember and ear full of water getting in my ear during a shower. But I’m tired of being uncomfortable and in pain. I have insurance but I don’t really feel like dishing out the extra to hear him say I could use this antiseptic and it would go away.
My symptoms are: itchy and pain in the ear (feels like it is only on the ear canal). I’ve lain on my the side in which it hurts to see if any water drains out and…nothing. This has worked in the past for me. I’ve heard alcohol and vinegar mixed helps if you put just a drop in and tilt your head immediately. But a lot of people said it doesn’t work or that it is very painful.
So should I risk it and try this? Suck it up and go to the dr tomorrow? Or just wait and keep seeing if it finally heals up.
Post # 3
I would go to the doctor; ear infections suck. You can spend weeks putting vinegar, peroxide, etc., in your ear and it slowly get better; or you can go to the doctor and have releif within a few days.
Post # 4
I’m not a huge one for rushing to the doctor but if it’s been that long and it’s still bothering you this much, I would say go in.
Post # 6
what type of pain? burning? throbbing? dull? pressure/fullness? sharp/stinging?
Post # 7
Ummm if it has been going on for awhile and it still hurts I would think you would want to go to the doctor to know why your body is telling you something is wrong. Just go to the doctor since you have the insurance:)
Post # 8
@canthugallcats: It’s more like a light throbbing pain or a light ache. Not anything super sharp but it kind of feels like maybe some fluid is in my ear.
Post # 9
http://www.webmd.com & click on “symptom checker”
That will tell you possible causes.
I’d see a doctor, after a few weeks you should definately go! Too long than it may develop something serious. Plus it’ll help make you feel better 🙂
Post # 10
I looked it up for you, but it wouldn’t let me copy/paste :(.
I use webmd.com when I’m sick or if something’s off. Its helped me a lot, so I highly recommend it.
I’d still go to the dr tomorrow thou. You have insurance so it won’t cost you too much!
Post # 11
Just go to the doctor. No big deal, they look in your ear and can tell immediately if it’s infected or not. If it’s infected they’ll give you an antibiotic and it will clear up in a couple days. I’ve gotten ear infections after getting water stuck in my ear in the shower before. I’ve had a million ear infections… and I let one go untreated in highschool and it got out of control. I have scarring on my ear drum that has led to slight hearing loss in that ear (not sure if it’s from the infection, but I assume so).
Post # 12
I agree with all the previous posters, especially MaggieGirl. I ruptured my ear drum in grade school and have some minor hearing loss. Not worth it to let it go.
Post # 13
ear infections can cause hearing loss, go to the doctor.
Post # 14
@thefiancemeenah: <— is absolutely right!
A trickle of water may have gotten into your ear from a shower and all it takes is a little bacteria to brew up a nice little infection. Given the time it’s been since your symptoms have set in, go to your doctor ASAP. Your body is giving you warning signs, don’t ignore them!
I average one ear infection a year, usually around January-February. My ear infections are 99% of the time due to seasonal allergies. No matter the cause, I always have it treated with simple drops.
I hope you get to feeling better soon!
Post # 15
Def see a dr! I once had an ear infection SO BAD and couldn’t even tell! And it almost damaged my inner ear. Not something to mess around with
Post # 16
Go to the doctor immediately! You probably have an ear infection and the best way to clear that up is an antibiotic.