I have an ear infection in my right ear- help?

@Valenas (1510)
United States
February 15, 2010 4:24pm CST
I cannot make it to the doctor just yet, so that is going to have to wait. My ear has become infected in addition to a recent sinus infection that I am currently getting over. I have not had this issue since I was very little, and I seem to have forgotten just how painful and annoying this is. Anyway- what I would like to know is this: Is there anything that I can do to alleviate some of the pain and pressure that I am feeling in my ear? Which medicines would be best to take? I think I read somewhere that Ibuprofen is a good choice, and that because it reduces swelling it will give the ear room to drain. Is this true or should I not take it? I just need something temporary to help me until I can make it up to the doctor's office. Any shared experiences and information will be appreciated.
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• United States
15 Feb 10
You need to take some sinus medicine. Ibuprofen will not do the trick. I would recommend things like Tylenol severe sinus and pain. There is also something else that is for "severe sinus." I cannot remember the exact name and then get to a doctor as soon as you can. You need to be on antibiotics.
@Valenas (1510)
• United States
15 Feb 10
The reason I brought up the Ibuprofen is that I read somewhere that the infection causes the ear to swell, and that taking the Ibuprofen would reduce the swelling and allow fluid building up in the ear to drain. I do not know anything about ear infections (other than that they hurt). I do not know if we have that brand of Tylenol but I will ask about it.
• United States
15 Feb 10
Sorry. I was not clear. You still need to be taking ibuprofen. You just also need to be on sinus medicine. It does not have to be Tylenol. Just take some sort of sinus medicine.
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@Valenas (1510)
• United States
16 Feb 10
I took the sinus medicine four hours ago and I am repeating the dose again now, thank you for the information. Hopefully that will help me sleep a little better tonight. I was kept up until three in the morning last night due to the pain, pressure, and trying to find a remedy to it.
@sunyskies (126)
• United States
15 Feb 10
I have lots of experience with ear problems! If what you have is an ear infection (pain, possibly some fluid draining on the outside of your ear), you may need antibiotics to clear it up. In the mean time, try ibuprofen for pain. Heat is also helpful. A hot water bottle or heating pad should give you some relief. You might want to think twice about using peroxide, vinegar or any other liquids because you could have a perforated ear drum (don't panic, they heal, I've had many) and you don't want to introduce fluid to a perforated ear drum. If, on the other hand, what you have is just sinus congestion that has moved to your ear, you need a strong decongestant. You could get a prescription or you could try Claritin-D 24 hour. I just got over the Swine Flu and my ears were so congested (no infection, though), that I was practically deaf for a month. Once I started taking the Claritin-D, I got my hearing back in a few days. It's much stronger than Sudafed or Tylenol Sinus. You should be able to tell the difference between an ear infection and ear congestion by whether or not you have pain. Congestion may cause a stuffy feeling and some pressure, but no real pain. A decongestant may be helpful for both conditions. I hope this helps!
@Valenas (1510)
• United States
16 Feb 10
I used to take prescription Claritin when I was younger. A perforated ear drum sounds like it would be painful. I do not have a hot water bottle or a heating pad, but perhaps I could put some water in a ziploc bag and heat it up. Thank you for your suggestions, sunyskies.
• United States
16 Feb 10
Ear Infections are painful wow I cant remember the last time I had one but when I did my uncle always put 3 drops of peroxide with my head tilted to the side let it sit there to count of 10 and then when I put my head up it would drain.. I do it to my son now and yes deffitnately be on some Ibuprofen like advil or motrin. As far as for the congestion I sware by Advil Cold And Sinus works wonders.. As far as hot bottle and heating pad my mom did that one time and we had to rush her to the hospital cause she perforated her ear drum so I dont know about doing that! Hope you get well soon.
@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
15 Feb 10
I used to get ear infections really frequently up through high school, so I know just how painful they can be! If you can't make it to the doctor just yet, there are a few things you can do for yourself to help. If Ibuprofen works for you, it will help to relieve pain and swelling temporarily. Some people also get some pain relief from putting drops of warm (not hot!) oil in their ear canal- most recommend olive oil. Another home remedy is to put several drops of apple cider vinegar in your ear. Lie on your side for a while and let the cider vinegar soak. This can relieve pain, and some people claim that it also helps to deal with the infection. I've experienced some success with this method. Another thing you can do at home to help your body begin fighting off the infection is to eat garlic, preferably raw. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and it also helps to strengthen your immune system. Yes, it's a little unpleasant to chew on raw garlic, but in my experience it helps quite a lot. Just make sure to eat something else beforehand, because garlic on an empty stomach is really not fun. As an alternative, you can get garlic capsules at most health food stores and some grocery stores. Some people also soak some garlic in the oil that they use for the warm oil method.
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@Valenas (1510)
• United States
16 Feb 10
When I was really young, I had frequent infections as well. I do not remember much, other than that I had to have tubes put in my ears to help with the drainage. That, and the uncomfortable pressure that I am feeling now. I have never heard of the apple cider vinegar remedy. Unfortunately, I do not have any on hand to try that out. It also sounds like a good idea to strengthen my immune system.