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What do i do about this constant earache I have?

I have this throbbing pain in my ear been there for about 3 days..Ive tried sweet oil and many other home remedies anything other suggestions?

If you have throbbing pain it is likely you have an ear infection. Three days of pain are quite enough. Time to have a doctor check it out. At this point home remedies will not help. You will probably need an antibiotic.  (+ info)

How do I get rid of my painful earache?

I already went to the doctor and took ear drops but my ear still hurts! Any fast remedies? Help!

i cut an onion or a clove of garlic and nuke it in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds, so its steamy hot.
i wrap it in a napkin or something that will protect my ear from the heat but still allow the fumes/steam through
i lay down so my aching ear is pointed to the ground (you want the steam from the vegetable to rise into your ear canal)
hold the onion or garlic over your ear (make sure its really hot, but right at that point that it won't actually burn you) and lay there for about 10-15 minutes.
you can do this a few times if it doesn't work all the way the first time. but it always does for me.

beyond that, you could try ibruprofen...motrin...
it should kill some of the pain and decrease inflammation in your ear.

good luck!  (+ info)

What kind of tylenol could i take for earache and being pregnant?

Im not sure what kind of tylenol i could take since im pregnant and tylenol is the only meds i could use since im pregnant....The reason why i ask is because i want to get rid of my ear problem im a little congested on my left side and i try popping my ears but it still bothers me. What kind is best when prego?

I would recommend the regular strength Tylenol but I would recommend checking with your OB/GYN as well to see what they say before taking it.  (+ info)

How do I cure an earache on a 4 year old?

I think my son has water in his ear from swimming. He wont let me touch it and it getting red behind his ear. Is there a home remedy that I could use to ease his discomfort. I gave him Motrin and he is resting but how do I get him better?

Home Care Dos and Don'ts

Since ear infections can be quite uncomfortable, pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and home remedies like a warm washcloth placed over the ear can ease the pain.

Be sure not to put drops in the ear, like sweet oil, deYbarrondo warns, because they can obscure or cloud the eardrum, making it difficult for the doctor to get a good look. They can also cause irritation.

And, best to hold off on Q-Tips: it just impacts the wax, and pushes it farther down. "Besides, wax is a good thing-it protects against swimmer's ear ( otitis externa ) and keeps the canal's natural acidity in balance, which prevents bacterial growth," de Ybarrondo says.

Infants who lie down while drinking from a bottle rather than propped up in Mother's arms are more prone to fluid backing up in the tubes. De Ybarrondo strongly discourages parents from leaving a baby alone with a baby bottle under any circumstances. And she reminds parents to hold their babies at some incline when feeding them, to let gravity do its work by letting fluid run downhill.

Secondhand smoke leaves its mark on the ears, as well. Children who live in homes where parents smoke are at risk for ear infection because the irritating smoke causes chronic inflammation of the eustachian tube.

If your child is in day care, please keep in mind that the more youngsters your child is exposed to, the more viral illnesses they will meet. "This is no reflection on the day care. No matter how many times the adults wash their hands between diapering or feeding, odds are still high that viruses are being passed around on toys and tabletops," de Ybarrondo says.  (+ info)

What is the safest liquid to put in your ears for an earache?

I ask because I recently developed Tinnitus which I don't want to make any worse!

Sweet Oil  (+ info)

How to stop an earache and bleeding?

My moms has this weird pain in her ear. Its like a throbbing pain in her ear, and hurts most when she lays down. Her ear has also started bleeding. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to stop the pain and bleeding. Please help, she cant hear, and she feels miserable.

It sounds like otitis media with a burst eardrum. The pain will stop when she treats the ear infection that is causing it. She really needs to go to her doctor for treatment.  (+ info)

What's the best way to treat an earache that was caused by an earwax buildup?

I have an a bad sinus infection, which cause my ear to be clogged with earwax. I went to my doctor and had it professionally cleaned out. Three days later, now my ear aches along with some itchiness deep in my ear. I'm trying to avoid going to the doctor. Is there an eardrop to help with this?

I just went through the same thing---I was told that it was best to leave it alone that it would stop hurting---and it did after 3 days.....  (+ info)

What can I do to relieve the pain of an earache?

I haven't had one since I was quite young but I really don't want to go to the doctor's. Is there any sort of home remedy to help promote ear drainage?

well to temporarily relieve the pain of an earache put hot water in a water bottle and put up against your ear. just put a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to promote ear drainage..

If your earache doesn't go away in the next few days i would go to the doctor, if not treated earaches can get serious.  (+ info)

What's the best method of pain relief for earache from an ear infection?

My ear hurts, help! Ibuprofen works a bit and I can't get to the doctor's until possibly Monday.

alternate between ibuprofen and say, co codamol or somethin........ heat helps too, use heat pad or even gently blow hairdryer on gentle heat against side of your head for a while.... i can empathise..... have had chronic ear disease for 25 years now and sometimes the pain is horrendous, i normally take kapake and tramadol for the pain, but these aren't available over the counter...... very importantly keep your ear bone dry whilst showering. you prob need antibiotic if its infected...... i pity you, good luck.  (+ info)

How can I cure my earache / infection at home ?

I can feel the ache going all the way into my throat . It burns and aches to swallow .
HAVE NOT BEEN SWIMMING and water did not get into my ear or anything so it's not blocked with water or anything either. Please help . Serious answers only .

I saw this article maybe it will help.When you are having severe pain in your ear you should go see an eye,ear and nose doctor. If you decide to treat the ear pain yourself here are some suggestions on how to cure an earache. The most common cause of an ear problem is a blocked eustachian tube.  (+ info)

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