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Old 03-24-2011, 07:40 PM
 
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Because of sinuses i believe my ear has some stuff going on...The other day, well i guess last weekend...my hear was draining and moist...that stopped, and now today it doesnt hurt...i feel "something" but not pain, unless i touch an area in my ear it is tender...none the less...i have a z pack that i could take, but i dont know if its infected...i was wondering does anyone know of any home remedies that may work? Thanks.
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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A couple of months ago, I felt something was wrong with my left ear as it also was discharging. Then it started feeling like there was a heaviness or something hanging. My ear was swollen.

So I looked up and found that a few drops of Alcohol was good to kill any bacteria. I also read the Vinegar was used for years as a remedy for ear infection. And I also use Hydrogen Peroxide in my ears to clean them - it was also recommended.

So I did all three. One hour I used Hydrogen Peroxide, a couple of hours later I used the Vinegar, and a couple more down the line I used the Alcohol.

By the next morning my ear was fine. A few days later it came back and I realized that my knit cap could have still had some discharge that reinfected me.

Did it again and washed my cap. I was fine after that.
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:37 PM
 
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OP, might use a Neti Pot to address the sinus problem and tonight sleep on your side with the affected ear down with a heating pad set on "low" on your pillow.

You can make homemade ear drops by mixing 100% Isopropyl alcohol with distilled white vinegar in a 50/50 solution.

If you observe or feel any signs of infection (redness, swelling, fever) or have any dizziness/loss of balance seek medical attention immediately, an ENT if at all possible.
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Old 03-25-2011, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, New York
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Ooooh, don't like the sleeping on a heating pad thing. (sorry, Mo) Too dangerous!
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Old 03-25-2011, 09:49 PM
 
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Ooooh, don't like the sleeping on a heating pad thing. (sorry, Mo) Too dangerous!
It should not be dangerous set on low. I believe the newer ones have an auto shut-off after 60-90 min. anyway, at least one I purchased a few years ago does.. Yes, I was raised that it was dangerous too but my mother always made an exception for ear infections. We lived in the water in the summers and otitis externa & otitis media were a regular occurance. Ear drops and the heating pd more than cut trips to the ENT in half.
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Old 03-26-2011, 06:08 PM
 
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I've used olive oil in the past for ear aches with reasonable success. I'd heard about doing so long before, and when I had an ear ache, I just used a drop or two in the affected ear, and the pain subsided fairly soon.

Perhaps salad dressing (oil & vinegar) would work, too!
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Old 04-25-2011, 03:42 AM
 
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Garlic oil will work every time. (Whether its an infection or just pain). You can make it by crushing a bulb of garlic and putting it in a small jar and adding olive oil (any oil will work, olive oil or neem oil is best) and leaving it to sit for an hour (if you really must use it quickly--longer is preferred) to a week, then heating it to a bit above room temperature and using a dropper to put a few drops into the affected ear. Let it sit in the ear for at least a few minutes (20 minutes preferrably). Refrigerate the leftover oil.
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