(Closed) Natural remedies for an ear infection?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

They can’t do anything for a viral infection except treat the symptoms (i.e. ibuprofen for pain) if it is a bacterial infection, they prescribe antibiotics- BUT- you have to take the full course of antibiotics or that bacteria can become resistant to that medication (and next time that medicine might not work).

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Similasan Ear Relief. Available at larger drugstores. Homeopathic and we have been using it for years with humans and cats at the sanctuary.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think you mean because it IS viral…    You can apply heat to the external ear- either a warm washcloth or a heating pad.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Warm compresses, ibuprofen for the pain. Have you seen your PCP or an ENT physician? An ENT could put a “tube” through your eardrum to drain the fluid and alleviate the pressure. It’s a little bit of a hassle to deal with (can’t submerge your head in water without an earplug until the tube is removed/eardrum is healed) but it will help with the pain! Hope that helps! 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Im not sure what you mean by “its not viral, …nothing doc can do”. Viral ear infections (or many viral infections period) are typically NOT treated with antibiotics, however if you truly have a bacterial ear infection, antibiotics may improve your recovery from it. What works on an ear infection depends on if its in the canal of the ear, or behind the eardrum– and both those typically benefit from antibiotics. Tylenol or ibuprofen can help with generalized pain associated with an ear infection; but I would recommend seeing your provider to check your ear out!!

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