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Signs Of A Ear Infection

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are signs of ear infection in baby with tubes?
    My son had terrible ear infections so at 8 mo. old he got tubes put in his ears.

    Now he is 10 months old and I am concerned that he may have an ear infection due to his low grade fever (100.8 F) but he isn't screaming like he used to when he had infections prior to tubes.

    What are the signs of ear infection with a baby who has tubes? Are they different from a baby without tubes? Is it common to get infections when one has tubes in?

    • ANSWER:
      The main sign usually of an ear infection when tubes are involved is drainage from the ears even a little.You know him best and if you think he might have one I would call your Dr. asap.Good luck.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is ear pulling always a sign of ear infection in babies?
    My 7 1/2 old son plays with and pulls on his ears when he's going to sleep. I'm concerned because he has a slight cold and colds cause ear infections and ear pulling is a sign of ear infection. He isn't unusually fussy or has a fever, but still in the back of my mind I'm concerned. The only time I notice him doing it is when he's going to sleep.

    • ANSWER:
      I am leaning more towards a comfort thing. But you might also watch for fussiness during the night and perhaps a temp (not always indicative but you never know)

  3. QUESTION:
    What are the signs of an ear infection due to pierced ears?
    What are the signs of an ear infection due to pierced ears?

    • ANSWER:
      Painful, dripping, oozing, reddened, hot-to-the-touch, fattened earlobes; these are signs that trouble is brewing!
      Go to the doctor and get an oral-antibiotic.
      Also, clean the infected lobe(s) with an antibacteril hand-soap, like DIAL.
      Afterwards, apply a layer of Neosporin to the infected area.
      Consult your doctor for ways to keep the hole open so he won't have to re-pierce your ear!

  4. QUESTION:
    What are the signs of an ear infection?
    My ears hurt really badly! What are the signs of an ear infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms of an ear infection:

      - Medium to Severe Ear Pain
      - Congestion in the Sinus Area
      - Trouble with be able to Hear
      - Fever
      - Nausea and Vomiting
      - Possible headaches because the ear is irritated
      - Drainage of blood or yellow pus

      These are the main symptoms of an ear infection, best to get it check so it can be caught at an early stage.

  5. QUESTION:
    Can my dog get an ear infection if shes outside to much with mosquito's?
    My dog is sometimes to long outside.I was wondering if she could actually get an ear infection.I have not seen any signs of ear infection but just wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      NO-zero connection!

  6. QUESTION:
    What to do when your rabbit has an ear infection?
    My 12 week old mini lop is showing signs of an ear infection. She is constantly shaking her head and scratching her ear. She would lie down for a few seconds and then shoot back up doing it again She isn't drinking as much as she should. She is chewing on stuff bar her toys (but she is eating nothing but hay so that is good). I cant take her to the vets because its not open on a sunday, I don't have enough money to go to an emergency vet, because my mum is on benefits. We were planning on taking her to the PDSA in Newport, but it turns out the nearest one to us is cardiff. If anyone lives in wales and knows of anything i can do can you please answer this. (is there any pet shops that will sell ear drops, is there anywhere i can go that is cheap. Will she die if it doesn't get treated, IS IT EVEN AN EAR INFECTION AT ALL????) Any help appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like an ear infection, but the best thing you could do is call a vet to get their opinions. Then see if it'll be okay to wait another day.

  7. QUESTION:
    How do they usually treat ear infections on a 7 month old baby?
    Also can u tell me signs of a ear infection?

    My baby has been, well hard to describe, but it has been the hardest day in my life! So there u go...

    • ANSWER:
      Dr. Sears has a pretty good page on ear infections: http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/T081600.asp You can scroll down to see symptoms.

      When my youngest had ear infections, he had cold symptoms: cough and runny nose, mainly. He's never had a fever with them. My oldest, on the other hand, ran a high fever for a couple days and complained of ear pain when he had one (he just had it this past week, and he's almost 4, so he can tell me if his ear hurts, which is a plus). Different children respond differently, so you have to watch for different symptoms. Sometimes, they're almost asymptomatic (without symptoms).

      Antibiotics are sometimes recommended for ear infections, but many will clear up on their own without treatment. Most of the time, if the symptoms aren't improving after about 5 days, it's probably a good idea to start antibiotics. Many ear infections will clear up on their own, though, so antibiotics aren't always necessary. Many ear infections are viral, which means that antibiotics won't do anything. Some studies show that antibiotics are no better than a placebo for ear infections, since so many are viral and the bacterial ones are often resistant to common antibiotics. You'll want to discuss treatment with your doctor or pediatrician.

      Chiropractic adjustments can also help prevent recurring ear infections. Basically, regular adjustments of the cervical spine can reduce the build of fluid in the Eustachian tubes. Here's more info on it: http://www.acatoday.org/content_css.cfm?CID=69 Dr. Sears recommends it, too: http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/t081600.asp I would check into it, if I were you. I just took my 19 month old for a visit to our chiropractor to see if it helps his recurrent ear infections. Just make sure you find a chiro that is experienced in adjusting children. There are many out there.

      This link discusses some alternatives to antibiotics and ear tubes (for frequent ear infections). It might be worth taking a look at: http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/ea…

      ETA: FYI, pulling at the ears in an infant is pretty common, and that *alone* isn't a likely symptom of an ear infection. Infants start finding their body parts - ears, hands, feet, hair, etc, around that age, so if there aren't any other symptoms, pulling at the ears is far more likely to be a developmental thing as opposed to a sure fire sign of an ear infection.

      I'm just stating this for those swearing that ear tugging is a common sign of an ear infection. In an older child, maybe, but not in a 7 month old, necessarily. Again, if they're tugging at their ears *and* if they have a fever, cough, runny nose, and/or cold symptoms, then it's more likely that they have an EI, but if it's *just* the ear tugging, probably not.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the signs of an ear infection in a baby?
    My 6 month old daughter has been doing the following. I know she is also teething so I am not sure if these signs are related to her teething or an ear infection.

    Tugging her ears - not all the time
    Shaking her head side to side - just started this week
    Little fussy - again just started this week
    Her feeding is a little different she is eating the same just taking a long time to eat it, starts and stops sucking
    Other than that she seems happy and has no fever

    Any advise would be helpful... Thank you All...

    • ANSWER:
      Your baby pulls, grabs, or tugs at his ears. This may be a sign he's in pain. (However, babies do pull on their ears for all kinds of reasons or for no reason at all, so if your baby seems fine otherwise, he probably doesn't have an ear infection.)

      • Diarrhea. The bug that causes the ear infection can also affect the gastrointestinal tract.

      • Reduced appetite. Ear infections can cause gastrointestinal upset. They can also make it painful for your baby to swallow and chew. You may notice your baby pull away from the breast or bottle after he takes the first few sips.

      • A yellow or whitish fluid draining from the ear. This doesn't happen to most babies, but it's a sure sign of infection. It also signals that a small hole has developed in the eardrum. Don't worry — this will heal on its own once the infection is treated.

      • A foul odor emanating from the ear.

      -The fussiness could be from the teething. But her feeding ways suggest otherwise. The only way to know for sure is to get in touch with her pediatrician. Good luck !

  9. QUESTION:
    whats the best way to deal with a probable ear infection before seeing the dr?
    my son is showing signs of an ear infection (temperature, grabbing at ear, wobbly, etc) and our doctor couldn't see us until tomorrow, is there anything I can do to help him feel better until then?

    • ANSWER:
      Tylenol to help with the pain. When your doctor sees you tomorrow, if he writes an antibiotic script but your baby was doing fine on the Tylenol, I wouldn't fill the script right away.

      Research has shown that the vast majority of ear infections will clear on their own, just as quickly WITHOUT using antibiotics.

      My kids have never taken antibiotics for ear infections. I take the script and hold onto it for a day and see how the child is. In both kids, every single time, they're feeling better already and I've never had to fill the script. (I obviously would have if they were still in a great deal of pain and were not showing any signs of improvement...but that's never happened).

  10. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a ear infection?
    I got my ear pierced and I have the signs of a ear infections so how do I get rid of it without like medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      Theres a thing called tcp, its an anticeptic, i put it on when my ear got infected, i think you can buy it in tesco, boots and superdrug, or u could just put any kind of anticeptic on it

  11. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a child with tubes to have an ear infection, but no drainage?
    My 12 month old got tubes at 9 months. She had an ear infection 6 weeks ago, and had pain....as soon as the drainage started, the pain subsided. Right now she is exhibiting all of the signs of another ear infection, so we started her on her ear drops, but there is no drainage. She has had 3 doses of drops. Will the pain continue until she drains, or can she have an infection and not drain?

    • ANSWER:
      if theres no draining then its possible the tube is blocked or fell out. i would take her in and have it checked. and give tylenol or motrin for the pain.
      good luck

  12. QUESTION:
    Can my baby have an ear infection without the fever?
    He keeps hitting his left side of his head when he drinks bottle, sleeps or sometimes just sitting there. He more cranky and crying more than usual, not eating as much - all the usual signs of ear infection but no fever. Can this mean he still has one? I make app for him tomorrow

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, more like an ear ache. My daughter had those a lot, it happens when the they drink laying down or have sinus most of the time. Drainage doesn't happen as it should like adults because their cute little faces aren't fully developed. So as most of us know there is a connection between the ear, nose and throat. Now when the fluids don't drain properly it will put pressure on the drum causing baby and infants to cry and hopefully show sign of an ear ache. If not taken care of then an infection will spread causing the fever due to the body fighting off the bacteria.

  13. QUESTION:
    What are the other symptoms for an ear infection for a baby?
    Ever since my son was younger he would pull on the hair around his ear..we have cut his hair since then and he now still pulls on his hair and sometimes ear. He is a few days shy of being 11 months old. This is something has been doing since I can remember but I don't know if its an ear infection. What other signs are there for ear infection to identify? Also could there be a chance this is just a habit? My hubby does it when he's nervous without thinking..
    Thanks so much?

    • ANSWER:
      When my daughter had ear infections she would be irritable when lying down, didnt want to suck on her bottle, had a fever(not always but sometimes), would pull at her ear, and when you stretched her ear lobe or massaged under her ear she would show signs of discomfort.

      Thats about it...If its something your hubs does it may just be hes copying him, my husband picks at his nails all the time and you can frequently find our boy twin sitting trying to pick his fingers like daddy. If you think he may have one get him checked out but if hes just picking his hair and has no other symptoms he probably ok.
      Good Luck.

  14. QUESTION:
    What are the other symptoms for an ear infection for a baby?
    Ever since my son was younger he would pull on the hair around his ear..we have cut his hair since then and he now still pulls on his hair and sometimes ear. He is a few days shy of being 11 months old. This is something has been doing since I can remember but I don't know if its an ear infection. What other signs are there for ear infection to identify? Also could there be a chance this is just a habit? My hubby does it when he's nervous without thinking..
    Thanks so much?

    • ANSWER:
      If he has done it for a log time, is happy, not fussy (or screaming in pain), there is not excessive drainage and his dad does it... chances are it is a habit.

      My daughter does it, and when we started helping her walk, if we did not hold her hands but rather her sleeper at the shoulders or waist... she would hold her ears.

  15. QUESTION:
    Why is it whenever my son gets a cold or an ear infection he start to spit up more?
    This is usually the biggest sign that he has an ear infection and him tugging on his ears. Is him spitting up with an infection a sign of something else? Or is this normal? Anyone have experience with this?

    • ANSWER:
      My daughter has a cold at the moment and threw up yesterday. I asked my mum who is a nurse and she said that because kids can't really blow their nose, they swallow all the phlegm etc and it goes in their stomach and makes them nauseous and then throw up. she said it is just running its course, nothing much you can do....

  16. QUESTION:
    What are some tricks that people have used to keep ear infections away?
    My baby keeps having ear infections at least once a month since she was born. She is 13 months old and gets miserable which then makes me miserable. When her ears hurt, she misbehaves at daycare which is the first sign that she has ear infections. She always has an ear infection in both ears everytime she gets them. Just need some help on what could be causing them...

    • ANSWER:
      There's really not too much you can do, other than making sure she's not sticking anything in her ears.

      Before kids are 2, their E-Tubes (the canals that connect the ears to the throat) are horizontal rather than more slanted than they are in adult. Depending on how horizontal your daughter's are, the more fluid she's going to retain in her ears which will make her more prone to ear infections. If she has enough of them, the doctor will likely recommend that she get tubes placed, which should be very helpful.

      As for what's causing them, it's just fluid buildup due to the position and shape of the Eustachian (E) tubes at this point in her life. Combined with certain genetic features, sounds as though she's just prone to it. It should resolve itself before she goes to preschool.

  17. QUESTION:
    Baby keeps shrugging and tilting her head to the left so her ear is against her shoulder?
    Is this a sign of ear infection? This is the second day she is doing this. She is NOT fussy, has no fever, and is not pulling at her ear just pressing it against her shoulder. She is teething.

    • ANSWER:
      My son did that too for about 1 month and my Dr said it was teething.

  18. QUESTION:
    Can your ear bleed from an ear infection?
    I have had a bad cold for a couple of days now. This morning when I got up for work I went to clean my ear and it started bleeding. It was bleeding for about a half an hour. Could this be signs of an ear infection or could a cold irritate your ears enough for this to happen?

    • ANSWER:
      If an infection is bad enough, it can cause blood to come out of your ears.
      As a kid, my ear infections were so frequent and so bad, that I would have blood and pus coming out of my ears and would have to go to the ER.

  19. QUESTION:
    How to know if a dog has an ear infection? His ear is itchy?
    He's trying to scratch it with his foot quite often, apart from that are there any other signs that it could be an ear infection? It doesn't seem to be causing him any pain.

    • ANSWER:
      Since ear infections are generally uncomfortable, even painful, you will probably see symptoms in your pet that include scratching at the ears or shaking the head. Your pet may also tilt his head to one side frequently, particularly if he is suffering from a middle ear infection. If you look at the ear, you may discover redness, inflammation, an odor, or a discharge that is black or yellow in color. If you see any of these signs in your dog, it is time to call the vet for an examination and possible treatment plan.

      Here's more info.
      http://dogtime.com/causes-and-treatments-of-dog-ear-infections-aaha.html

  20. QUESTION:
    Is common cold in children should be followed by an ear examination?
    Every time I took my toddler to the doctor for cold, doctor has said she has an ear infection and given antibiotics, even when the child has shown no apparent signs of an ear infection. ( I know some ear infections are silent so I did exactly as been said) But it seems he is very " liberal" in prescribing antibiotics and I am beginning to question.

    Should I take her for an otoscopic examination each time after a cold or should I wait?

    • ANSWER:
      Some children get ear infections with most of their colds, others never do. The ears are much more likely to be nfected in the first three or four years of life. In fact, there is a slight inflammation of the middle ear in a majority of colds at this age, but it usually comes to nothing, and the child has no symptoms.

      Some parents are too intimidated to express their misgivings about a diagnosis or the way the doctor handles their child during examination. Most parents also hesitate to ask questions that they think maybe too simple or silly. But if there's a question on your mind, you're entitled to an answer. Most doctors are pleased to answer any question they can and most doctors also aren't so insecure and thin-skinned that they require absolute compliance. If you keep them inside, your concern will probably grow.

      If you are hesitate to asked your doctor a question, then consult another doctor, or take her to otostopic examination for a second opinion.

      Hope I helped.

  21. QUESTION:
    How do I know if I have an ear infection?
    I have been told it is ok to put peroxide in you ears and have done it before with no problem. I had the flu a couple weeks ago and my ear was still somewhat clogged and started hurting a little today so I decided to put some in there and it hurt badly. I hurried up and rinsed it out because the pain was unbearable and during all of this my left side of my throat started hurting(I put the peroxide in my left ear as well) and i even got dizzy for a little bit. Is this a sign of an ear infection or anything else?

    • ANSWER:
      A ear infection is SO painful ; that you would know ;; it is ONE
      YOur ear drums had been irratate by the flue ; plus the peroxide ;; well is it was to much for the soft tissue of a ear
      Stop rinsing and [ playing ] in your ear ; and you would be ok

  22. QUESTION:
    Do you think these are signs from tooth cutting or ear infection?
    My daughter is a year old. She has never had an ear infection so I wouldn't know what these symptoms are from. She starting cutting her molers and they are already showing through the skin. She keeps tugging on the same ear. Not both. She's been irritable and no fever. She's been tugging on the ear for a week. Is this teeth or her ear? Can you have an ear infection with no fever?

    • ANSWER:
      My son has had two ear infections and he is 10 months. The only reason I brought him to the doctor to get checked both those times was because he would tug on his ear. I would definitely say she has an ear infection and she should go to the doctor immediately because that can become serious if not taken care of.

      Also he did not have a fever the times he had the ear infections.

  23. QUESTION:
    What are the signs of an ear infection?
    My ear has felt weird lately. It feels like it has 'popped' like it would on an airplane or like there's water in it that won't come out. I had an ear infection maybe two years ago and it feels a lot like that, except this time I don't have as much pain. Should I go see a doctor just in case?

    • ANSWER:
      Usually you might experience hard of swallowing, high fever (over 100 degrees body temperature) . Sometimes sounds would seem louder than ususal. If you do have an ear infection your doctor is the only person can give you antibiotics. Make that doctor appointment.

  24. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if my son has an ear infection?
    My 8 month old son had an ear infection I gave him all the meds. Then I had to go out of country to visit his daddy which is stationed in South America. So I can't take him to a doc but i need to know some signs to see if he still has a little bit of a ear infection left?

    • ANSWER:
      signs and symptoms of ear infection: irritability, fever, crying excessively, constantly touching affected ear. Make sure infection is all cleared before you bring him out of the country,unless you already have a doctor in the new place where he could be seen if he is ill.

  25. QUESTION:
    How old was your baby when he/she got their first ear infection?
    My daughter just got her first ear infection at only 10 weeks old. This seems really young to me. It was only 2 weeks after starting daycare. Is this normal or is this a sign that she is going to be prone to ear infections?

    • ANSWER:
      If she caught a cold or got a runny nose, it could of brought on the infection. So it really has nothing to do with her young age.
      As i'm sure your Dr. explained they are caused from fluid sitting in the canal. A babies ear canal does not have much of a slant for the fluid to drain easier, that changes with age. She may need tubes in her ears if she keeps getting infections. It is a very common thing. My girls never had to have them, tho. The Dr. told me that they are a candidate for tubes if they end up with infections once a month or so. Try not to fret to much, if she needs tubes later, it is a really quick procedure (surgical). But it may not totally end ear infections either, just make them less frequent.
      my oldest daughter got her 1st ear infection with her first tooth, and all 3 of my girls got an ear infection every time they were teething.

      Just a note, not every child can be breastfeed. 2 of my girls were tongue tied & could not. Only 1 could be. Yes breastfeeding is wonderful, but remember as a parent you have to do what is best for both of you. And even my daughter that was breastfeed got ear infections.

  26. QUESTION:
    How old was your baby when he/she got their first ear infection?
    My daughter just got her first ear infection at only 10 weeks old. This seems really young to me. It was only 2 weeks after starting daycare. Is this normal or is this a sign that she is going to be prone to ear infections?

    • ANSWER:
      If she caught a cold or got a runny nose, it could of brought on the infection. So it really has nothing to do with her young age.
      As i'm sure your Dr. explained they are caused from fluid sitting in the canal. A babies ear canal does not have much of a slant for the fluid to drain easier, that changes with age. She may need tubes in her ears if she keeps getting infections. It is a very common thing. My girls never had to have them, tho. The Dr. told me that they are a candidate for tubes if they end up with infections once a month or so. Try not to fret to much, if she needs tubes later, it is a really quick procedure (surgical). But it may not totally end ear infections either, just make them less frequent.
      my oldest daughter got her 1st ear infection with her first tooth, and all 3 of my girls got an ear infection every time they were teething.

      Just a note, not every child can be breastfeed. 2 of my girls were tongue tied & could not. Only 1 could be. Yes breastfeeding is wonderful, but remember as a parent you have to do what is best for both of you. And even my daughter that was breastfeed got ear infections.

  27. QUESTION:
    How old was your baby when he/she got their first ear infection?
    My daughter just got her first ear infection at only 10 weeks old. This seems really young to me. It was only 2 weeks after starting daycare. Is this normal or is this a sign that she is going to be prone to ear infections?

    • ANSWER:
      My daughter was 3 -- she'd just started preschool.

      Babies/children of any age do tend to get a lot of infections when they start school -- they're exposed to dozens of other germy kids. Whether she's at inherantly high risk -- no way to know. There are some things that are known to increase the risk of ear infections (genetic tendency, exposure to second-hand smoke, not being breastfed) -- but she may just have been exposed to a particiularly opportunistic germ.

  28. QUESTION:
    signs of ear infection for my 11month old?
    my daughter has been pulling and tugging at her ears for the past couple of days (the whole weekend and half of friday) im calling her doctor tomarrow to get her seen..but what are some signs of ear infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Pulling at the ears is a good sign along with a fever and being fussy. But my son always played with his ears once he discovered them i kept taking him to get them checked and dr said they were fine. So after a while I just thought he was playing with them, when i took him for his 6 month shots to my surprise he had a double ear infection. I felt horrible but he didnt have a fever and wasnt fussy.

  29. QUESTION:
    How can you tell if your baby is having ear infection or ear wax?
    My baby is going 3 months old. I found out that there's yellowish stuff on the external part of my baby's ear, so i thought its his ear wax and used a damp cotton butt to clear it away, but recently i found out that the yellowish dried stuff has a shape like its flow out from his ear. Is this infection or its ear infection? Anyone experience this? Please advise.

    • ANSWER:
      Is he fussier than usual? Awake at night? Irritable? does he seem to be in pain? Does he have a fever? Those are other common signs of ear infections, but if he has having discharge from his ear, it sounds like an infection. Take him to the doctor. My daughter is now just over 2 but we went through a period where she had ear infection about every second week. We had tubes put in when she was 18 months old and she has had only 2 since.

  30. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if my 8 month old son has an ear infection?
    My son has had a runny nose since yesterday, and now I'm thinking he developed an ear infection overnight. He doesn't have a fever, I just checked it about 10 min ago and it was 98.7. When he cries, he scratches behind his ear and when he's not crying he will tilt his head to one side. Does this sound like an early start to an ear infection? If so, can I wait until Monday to take him to his doctor or should I take him to the ER?

    • ANSWER:
      My son turned 1 on the 9th and his well baby check up was on the 15th. He has tugged on his ear since he was a couple months old and that ws just a sign that he was tired, the doctor looked in his ear and told me had an ear infection, no signs, no fever. He put him on antibiotics. I would wait until monday unless he develops a fever or diarreah. i did notice that when he was sitting he would tilt his head to the right which was the side the infection was on

  31. QUESTION:
    What are the signs/symptoms of an ear infection?
    My 2 month old son has a faint oder and slight discharge coming from one of his ears. The ear is not red and he hasn't developed a fever and there is no change in his personality, could this be an ear infection?

    • ANSWER:
      If there are no other signs or symptoms, and he is not fussy, I wouldn't worry too much. Usually they are fussy and spike a fever, though some kids don't spike the fever, but usually their mood is off, they have runny nose, sometimes even greenish mucous or secretion from the eyes, though again, not always. My brother as a child would show no signs at all until he'd spike a fever and my mom would take him in and his eardrum would be perforated and already healing. My son would spike a 102 or 103 degree fever, and I was almost always right when I brought him in. Go with your instinct. If you are really concerned, call the dr. and see what they say to do.

  32. QUESTION:
    How do you know if you have an ear infection?
    Sorry if this seems like a stupid question, but I've never had one. I have a cold+cough+sore throat and now, when I swallow, something in my left ear hurts too. I've tried looking this up, but didn't really find anything to address my particular situation. Is this a sign that I'm coming down w/ an ear infection or is it something else?

    • ANSWER:
      more likely the swelling is blocking your eustachian tube, causing pressure imbalance...decongest with sudafed or afrin, plenty of liquids to drink.

  33. QUESTION:
    My dog has an ear infection and his medicine won't be in until tomorrow?
    Our dog gets ear infections from time to time, and we always keep some ear drops handy for when they strike. (The drops work wonders too.)

    But today, Casey showed his usual signs of getting an ear infection (shaking his head, rubbing his ear on the couch) so when we reached for his medicine, WE WERE OUT! Our bad! I quickly ordered him another bottle, and it'll be here tomorrow. His ear infections can get pretty bad and painful/stressful for him and us.

    Anything I can do to relieve him until then?

    • ANSWER:
      My dog always got ear infections. What i did was bathed his ear with warm salty water....or i diluted some savlon/dettol in warm water and cleaned his ear out with the diluted solution and some tissue/cotton wool.

      It really helped my dog.

  34. QUESTION:
    How does bacteria cause inner ear infection in rats?
    What can be done to avoid ear infections in the future? I've been told she didn't 'catch' anything from me (I've been sick with a cold). So it's just coincidence that our rat has an ear infection now?

    • ANSWER:
      Inner ear infections sometimes happen when respiratory infections go untreated. As in humans, a rat's anatomy of ears nose and throat are all connected somewhat, so when a respiratory infection is present the virus can travel from the respiratory system to the ears.

      An outer ear infection can also cause an inner ear infection by the bacteria moving the other way, towards the inner ear.

      To avoid future ear infections you need to keep a close eye out for signs of respiratory infections and treat as and necessary before further complications occur.

      Here is more information on ear infections:
      http://ratguide.com/health/auricle_ear/otitis_media_otitis_interna_labyrinthitis.php
      And some info on respiratory infections and causes:
      http://www.rmca.org/Articles/respir.htm

      Rest assured that you did NOT pass your cold onto your rats and cause your babygirls ear infection. Rats are immune to the common cold virus xxx

  35. QUESTION:
    Can a dog's hearing be impacted by switching the type of food you feed him?
    I have a 12 year old mini schnauzer that has lost his hearing in the last 2 months. I haven't noticed any signs of ear infections and realize that it may just be old age but research seems to point to a viral infection for hearing loss in dogs.

    • ANSWER:
      Any hearing issuses need to be addressed by the vet. Vet's do ear checks an annual chekups for a reason...your dog can have an ear infection and show no signs. It could be age, but likely not food. You really need to get him in for a checkup...this may not be permanent depending on the cause and how soon you get him in.

  36. QUESTION:
    how much does it take to treat ear infection for dog?
    Just like the question, how much does it usually take to treat an ear infection for dog?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends where you go. There is the office visit, some places require you be current on a rabies vaccine before you are seen, so you may have to get that. In order to find out what type of ear infection is going on you will need to do an ear cytology. This will allow the yeast or bacteria that is in the ears to be seen under a microscope. THERE IS NO WAY TO FIND OUT 100% WHAT IT IS BY JUST LOOKING AT THE EAR. Medication depends on what you find, usually it's some type of ointment and an ear wash. You will need to recheck in about 2 weeks to make sure the infection is gone and the medication does not need to be switched. Usually ear infections are a sign of allergies, so don't be surprised if they find anything else wrong w/ the skin and want to send home antibiotics. You do not want to wait for it to "get better on it's own" IT WON'T. Do not wait too long because if the infection is severe enough and the dog is shaking his head like crazy you may have an ear hematoma on your hands. That is MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE to treat, basically it's a broken blood vessel in the pinna of the ear (floppy part) and has to be treated surgically. Also, you do not want to apply any of the over the counter stuff-won't work. Do NOT apply water, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, or any "home remedy" that will just cause further irritation to the ear. Depending on where you go it may run from -0. Also, good idea to get your dog up to date on vaccines and heartworm test and prevention if not already on this. Pets are not cheap and if people cannot afford minimal care on them they should think twice before aquiring an animal.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can this be a sign of an ear infection?
    Iv had a lot of ear pain, headaches and dizziness for the past month! And I recently started getting back pain can this be a sign of an ear infection? Is there any over the counter medicine to take? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Could be a kind of a cold, but even an inner ear infection is possible. So go and see an ear doctor for it, he can check you out and if so he can help you for sure..

  38. QUESTION:
    What is the average price for curing ear infection at the vet for cats?
    My cat has an ear infection and I would like to know how much it would cost. If they vets cure it.My cat is about 3 or 4 years old.His ears have this black stuff in it.It also has this yellow mucus stuff in it.It smell bad.If a veterinarian reads this it would be great.But anybody who wants to help.THANK YOU

    • ANSWER:
      Your cat needs to go to a vet and get meds for her ears. there is something wrong and it will just get worse if you don't go.

      as for how much is it going to cost, didn't you ever take your cat to the vet before??? every vet is going to charge a different price so that is a question that can't be answered.

      if you care about the cat, call a vet and make an appt. you will not be able to treat this yourself. it was just black in her ears thats a sign of either mites or yeast, but with the yellow mucus, don't know what that is. get her to the vet please.

  39. QUESTION:
    What would cause a once mellow baby to become super fussy?
    My 3 month old bottle fed son has always been super mellow and only cried when he was hungry. Now he cries all the time and little will comfort him. He is not running a fever nor has any signs of an ear infection. I called his doctor and she said "babies cry," which was not helpful. Is it normal for a easy baby to suddenly become difficult?
    (he's a twin and was 6 weeks early if that matters)

    • ANSWER:
      could be gas. burp him longer than normal and rub his tummy gently.

      he could be ready for more milk. try giving him an extra ounce every feeding and see if that helps.

      another reason is boredom. doing the same thing everyday can make anyone wanna cry. walk around, take him outside, dance and sing for him.

      but sometimes, babies just feel like crying. set him down and let him cry it out for a few minutes. a lot of the time thats all they want.

      try try try. its hard but soon it will be much easier.
      hope this helps...

  40. QUESTION:
    What is the doctors procedure for an ear ear infection and what will happen if you don't get it checked out?
    I just need to know wat the procedure is when u go in to get ur ear looked at for an ear infection and what will happen if u don't get it looked after?

    • ANSWER:
      the doctor uses a small instrument to look into your ear, he's just looking for signs of infection, it doesn't hurt.
      if he sees signs of infection, he gives you antibiotics.
      if you have an ear infection and you don't get it treated, it can cause you to go deaf, if the infection spreads to the brain, which is very close to your ear, you can die.

  41. QUESTION:
    What are some tell-tale signs of an ear infection?
    I have read all about them, but can you tell me your experience? Our 8 month old baby has caught a cold from our older son and is coughing and generally not happy. He has touched his ears, not pulled or tugged them, and it doesn't seem to bother him to drink/ suck...
    Just wondering what your experience is with these. Our first guy never had an ear infection...

    • ANSWER:
      I could not even begin to count how many ear infections our four kids have had: definitely more than 20. (Two of them had them chronically). They would usually have a fever, uncharacteristic crankiness, and poor sleep (the ear infection hurts more when you lie down). My kids virtually never pulled on their ears or had their eating or drinking impacted.

  42. QUESTION:
    How do you know when your child has an ear infection?
    My daughter is 2 and luckily has not had an ear infection as of yet atleast that I was aware of. I thought it was pretty common for babies to get ear infections so I'm kind of worried that maybe she has had one and I missed it. Am I worrying over nothing and should just be happy shes never had one?

    • ANSWER:
      Some common signs are fever, red ears, tugging at the ear and crankiness. I have to tell you though, sometimes they won't show any signs at all.

      Once time I took my, then, 4 year old to the doctor because he said his ear hurt. The doctor looked in his ear and of course, he had an ear infection. By chance, my 5 year old asked the doctor to look in his brother's ear (18mo at the time), just for fun. The doctor about fell over. My 18mo old had a double ear infection that was really really bad. Not once did he show any sign.

      She could have had one and you just didn't know. It's very possible it went away on it's own. My doctor doesn't like to prescribe medicine unless it's absolutely necessary.

  43. QUESTION:
    How do you prevent ear infections in dogs?
    I have a cocker spaniel which I adopted about 6 mos ago. But as soon as she gets over an ear infection she has another one. My vet tells me to keep her ears clean with the solution I have... but she hates me putting anything in her ears. She starts biting and barking. Now she has another ear infection and the only thing she will let me do is massage her ears. My pockets are running on empty with buying meds that she shakes out of her ears... HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      Yeasty ears are a sign of food allergies. If feeding kibble look for one with no grains or at least one with no corn. You'll be amazed at the difference, You dog will be much happier too.

  44. QUESTION:
    My two year old keeps touching her ear. Is this the sign of an infection?
    For about a month my two year old daughter has been occasionally touching her ear. She does not appear to be in any pain and has no other symptoms of something wrong. Could this be the sign of an ear infection? Could whatever it is be affecting her hearing? I am a little concerned. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      if you think sometimes wrong go to the doctor. what I think it may be is teeth, especially molars because some kids will touch /pull their ears because they're not quite sure where the pains coming from, and even if it is an ear infection most pediatricians won't do anything about it, because antibiotics at a young age are not good, and plus a bad ear infection would accompany a fever or symptoms of being sick.

  45. QUESTION:
    How do I know if my baby's ear infection is back or if she just has a cold?
    She has not slept well for the last couple nights. Wakes up crying and wants me to hold her, then she falls back asleep. She is 10 months old. Just got over infection in both ears last week. Her nose has been running for a couple days and is stuffy sometimes. She has had some fever that motrin brought down. Is it infection or just a cold?

    P.S. with her last ear infection she had yellow goo coming out of her eyes, she does not have that right now.

    • ANSWER:
      Call the doctor(an ear,nose and throat specialist) and have her checked over. If you leave an ear infection too long it can damage their hearing permnantly. You can tell if the ear hurt by watching them, if they rub their ear, stick their fingers in it and crying is a sign something is wrong. They can't tell you so they cry when they don't feel good or need something, like a little love and want to be rocked. I am a firm beleive in a comfortable rocking chair, I am not saying rock them all day long, just a few minutes and they are usually happy. But since the baby just got over an infection it is very possible it has come back. My son had constant ear infections and with a his anidnoids removed and a rigorous antibotic (two different ones) and anithistmin and ear drops, therapy for three months he was cured without a hearing loss. Keep their ears dry when bathing or in the pool,etc. with the small soft ear plugs of foam rubber that you roll between your fingers then insert in the ear. Please, don't take any chances with your babies hearing, get to a specialist NOW to prevent hearing loss. Give the baby a kiss for me and God Bless, Elle

  46. QUESTION:
    How can you tell if you have an ear infection?
    I think i have an ear infection but i'm not sure

    how can i tell?

    • ANSWER:
      The only way to tell for sure if you have an ear infection is to have a health professional look inside your ear with an otoscope. There are, however, other things that can mimic an ear infection.

      Sometimes, when you have a cold, sore throat or allergies, it will cause swelling in your inner ear canal which will cause ear pain, but not an ear infection. Try taking a decongestant (like Pseudophed). It will reduce the swelling in your inner ear canal, thus relieving the ear pain. If this works, you don't have an ear infection.

      Water in your outer ear canal (as from swimming) can cause an irritation that causes pain, but not an infection. Your can get over-the-counter drops for your ear canal if you suspect this.

      Do all of your teeth feel fine. Tooth infections can sometimes cause ear pain. Also, have you been grinding/clenching your teeth. This can also cause ear pain.

      Ear pain that is increased while eating or chewing is usually caused by problems with your jaw joint.

      Try applying heat to the ear with a warm washcloth or heating pad to help ease the pain. You can also take Tylenol or Ibuprophen to help with the pain.

      Ear infections usually follow a cold, sinus infection or sore throat and will only clear up with antibiotics. There are many signs of ear infections, but not everyone will have all of the same symptoms. You need to go to the doctor if:
      -the ear pain isn't relieved with the above treatment after 2 days of home treatment
      -if the ear pain increases despite what you do
      -if you have a fever over 102
      -if there is any drainage from your ear
      -if there is redness or swelling behind or in front of your ear
      -if you have any other symptoms of a serious illness such as a headache with severe stiff neck or irritability.

  47. QUESTION:
    During an ear infection is is a good thing when it drains? Or should I be even more concerned?
    My ear infection has started to leak and so has my sons ear infection. I am taking medication but he is not. I was concerned about if this is an issue or showing signs of healing.

    • ANSWER:
      during an infection it is a good thing if there is draining. This is one of your body's mechanisms of fighting infection. As long as they continue to drain and nothing gets worse than it is nothing to be concerned about.

  48. QUESTION:
    Why does my ear have its own heartbeat?
    For the past few days now, my right ear has been throbbing (my left ear is fine). The sound from my right ear has that waterlogged quality, as though I had just surfaced in a pool and had water in my ear. It's a constant throbbing I can hear as well as see, and not only is it uncomfortable, it's also making it hard for me to talk because my voice sounds weird to me.
    Could this be the first sign of an ear infection? Or does it have something to do with my pollen and ragweed allergies? Or could it be something else entirely?
    It doesn't seem like a problem of too much earwax.

    • ANSWER:
      It could possibly be that some water is still in your ear, it could also be too much earwax, or even an ear infection. The only way to be sure about it is to see a doctor. If you can't, then use a cotton swab in your ear and see if you can improve the situation, but try not to burst your ear drum with the swab.

  49. QUESTION:
    What Could Be Causing Persistant Ear Infections ?
    In spring, my 4 year old pitbull had a very bad ear infection in both his ears. He received an antibiotic ear drops and steroids and was fine. It came back in one ear about 1 month after it was gone. He received the ear drops again. Now, for the past couple days it look like it is back again! He is shaking and scratching again!! I feel so bad for him. We finished the antibiotic treatment, did not skip any doses, I have been cleaning his ears with a wash, and he is a house dog. He does not go anywhere but short walks in the neighborhood.

    • ANSWER:
      Chronic ear infections are often a sign of allergies.

      What is he eating?

  50. QUESTION:
    when a dirt on ear happens to have a bad smell but a semi dry, doe it mean i have ear infection?
    i was cleaning my right ear just last night and i noticed it had a smell. but it was semi dry... do i have ear infection? what are the signs and symptoms of ear infection?

    • ANSWER:
      You need not worry about this matter. It is not a case of ear infection.


signs of a ear infection

Inner Ear Infection

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How long does inner ear infection in dog last?
    We took her to the vet the first day we noticed her walking off balance. Vet says it's an inner ear infection and prescribed Prednisone and Ciprofloxacin. It's now four days later and she is to the point she can't even get up at all on her own and leaning her head bad to the right. Things my vet said to expect. How long does it normally take a dog to get over this? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      It could take anywhere from 2 weeks to months to resolve an inner ear infection, and depending on the circumstances and the severity of the infection, could require surgical intervention to resolve the inner ear infection.

      I hope for your sake that it is a mild inner ear infection, because if it's not, you're going to be dealing with this for a long time.

  2. QUESTION:
    I've got an inner ear infection and can't see a doctor till tomorrow, What is the best way to stop it hurting?
    I've got an inner ear infection and I cannot see a doctor till tomorrow. What is a good way to stop it being blocked and hurting?

    • ANSWER:
      put some heat near the ears use an iron wet a small clothand apply where the pain comes ........hope you get some relief look up the online doctor too

  3. QUESTION:
    What specifically is the medicine that you would take for an inner ear infection?
    Please note - i'm not asking how you get an inner ear infection or what the symptoms are... I'm asking what the name of the tablets and the ear drops would be.

    • ANSWER:
      Doctor would prescribe antibiotics for you , i also suffer from this complaint, don't put anything in your ear , without Doctors advice ,

  4. QUESTION:
    How long does an inner ear infection last?
    I have an ear infection which i believe is an inner ear infection. I don't feel any pain at all in but my hearing is plugged up( i can still hear its just somewhat mute/muffled but i can still hear). I have been taking ciprodex for it. I don't know if my infection is inner ear or not as my doctor didn't tell me anything. I have been like this for about 12 days and i have been taking the meds for 10. What type of infection do you think it is and how long should it take to go away?

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    What can I do to make an Inner Ear Infection go a way quicker?
    About a week and a half ago I was diagnosed with Labyrinthitis (inner ear infection) and I still have the symptoms of it, which are mainly feeling very off balance, dizziness and panic attacks. I had the symptoms for weeks even before I was diagnosed. All the doctor could do was prescribe Meclizine for the dizziness and it is not doing a thing for me. Is there anything I can do to make my symptoms go a way quicker? This is really disrupting my life. I'm open to any suggestions. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Oregano oil is a natural and effective solution, this is from an article about it:

      "Meet the powerful anti-biotic of nature: Oil of Oregano. Every time I find scientific proof for a natural alternative to prescription drugs –It makes my day (I simply hate drug companies, sorry). Oil of oregano was recently found to be significantly better than all of the 18 currently used antibiotics in the treatment of MRSA staph infections.

      This super herb is rich in anti oxidant. The strong phenol anti-oxidants destroy pathogenic bacteria, viruses and yeasts, which means there are many oil of oregano uses.

      What do Studies Say About Oregano Oil Uses and Benefits?

      The Natural News website reported that “oregano oil was found to be very rich in phytochemical flavonoids and phenolic acids. It is the third highest herb in oxygen radical absorbency capacity (ORAC) with an impressive score of 200,129. Oregano is one of the world’s greatest sources of the powerful phenol component thymol. Thymol is great for improving digestive function as well as destroying harmful microbes”.

      The best use of oregano oil is as a disinfectant. It will be beneficial for any sort of bacterial or viral conditions, such as ear, nose and throat infections, respiratory diseases, Candida, acne and much more. It also works to suppress inflammatory mediators and cancer cell production (it contains rosmarinic acid which has very strong cancer fighting properties)....

      Read more at the source - about which one and dosage etc

  6. QUESTION:
    Is it cOmmon to have a middle ear infection after an inner ear infection?
    My ent told me I had an inner ear infection but now my right ear feels like it is full, rings, and is internally sore. Could it be that the infection is moving its way outwards so to speak? I didn't have these symptoms after my first attack of vertigo. They just started.

    • ANSWER:
      Not common, but it can happen.One illness can lower our defences making it easier to pick up another infection.

      Have you had a cold or an allergy? If so, the middle ear is connected to the back of the nose by a short narrow tube, the Eustachian tube. This tube normally opens when we yawn or swallow to allow secretions to drain from the middle ear. It also keeps air pressure equal both sides of the eardrum.

      A cold or allergy can block the Eustachian tube due to congestion in the nasal lining. This prevents the normal flow of fluid from the middle ear. The fluid begins to build up often causing dulled hearing, tinnitus (noises in the ear), sometimes pain.

      Try an antihistamine, take your pharmacist's advice as some make people drowsy.
      More advice on the link.

  7. QUESTION:
    I need a natural cure inner ear infection due to a cold?
    I have had a head cold for a week now. This has now lead to an inner ear infection.

    I have been on antibiotics for 3 days, but it doesn't seem to be working.

    Does anyone have any natural remedies they can share? I am in agony!!

    • ANSWER:
      Natural Cure

      Like 90% of common colds are VIRAL.
      Thus, 10% of common colds are BACTERIAL.

      By taking antibiotics for the common cold, chances are that you are just degrading your immune system.

      Instead of seeing your doctor you should have given attention to:

      #1 your sleep habits [rejuvinate your body]
      #2 hygiene habits [hand-washing]
      #3 your nutrition habits.
      #4 your hydration habits [flush out impurities].
      #5 how you handle mental stress [stress lowers the immune system]
      #6 how you handle environmental stress (it is stress on the body to go from a real warm place to a real cold place.

      Now that you've caught the viral bug, get a lot of rest, drink a lot of water, eat healthy, stay out of the cold and if you wish, go to your local pharmacy and purchase an over-the-counter cough suppresant. It is my guess that when your cold symptoms run their coarse, your ear will stop hurting.

      Hope this helps you.
      #3

  8. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of light headedness from inner ear infection?
    I had a really bad cold and sinus infection about a month ago and before that i had the flu. I get light headed throughout the day and its never to the point were i am going to fall over or anything its just frustrating now. My doctor says i have an inner ear infection and that it can take a long time to go away. Is there anything i can do to make it go away faster?

    • ANSWER:
      dont mess with your ears , as you dont want to mess this up, go see another doctor if needs be

  9. QUESTION:
    Does my dog have an inner ear infection?
    My dog one morning 3 wks ago got up and couldn't stay standing. Finally got him up and kept falling. Brought him to animal hospital. They say inner ear infection. Been 3 wks now and he is not improving much. Talked to our vet last week he said it does take about a month to show good improvment. Now my dog has green mucus coming from his eye. The other eye is watery all the time. We noticed that he is panting alot today. He does like to play yet and eats.

    • ANSWER:
      The green mucus from his eyes can be an allergy or small infection. Let your vet know about the eyes. He will probably prescribe NeoPolyDex. The ear infection if severe which it sounds can take a while to clear up. Just keeping give the med and don't miss a dose.

  10. QUESTION:
    could i have an inner ear infection or combination of things?
    I have ear pain, head ache, body aches and a sore throat. I had it last year but wanted input on if this could just be an inner ear infection or also sinus infection. I think i should see my doctor. I have been feeling like this for about 3 days now.

    • ANSWER:
      Those symptoms are common to mamy things - tonsillitis, colds, strep throat, mono, flu, sinus infection, so it could be any of those, or some combination, or some other viral infection.

  11. QUESTION:
    What's the easiest way to get rid of an inner ear infection?
    I have an inner ear infection with a side of swimmers ear and it hurts really bad. I went to the doctor and they have me antibiotics and ear drops but it don't seem like its working

    • ANSWER:
      Continue to talk the medication until it is finished. To help with the pain, take some Advil or Tylenol. The medication should start to work within 3 days and you should start to feel better, but make sure you finish all of the medication!! If you don't see any improvement within 5-7 days go back to the doctor. You may not be responding to the medication and need something different.

      Feel better

  12. QUESTION:
    Is dizziness and ear ringing normal with inner ear infection?
    3 days ago i went to the ER because i started getting real dizzy and my right ear was ringing and clogged.They said i had a inner ear infection.
    Im on antibiotics and my ear is no longer clogged.But it does ring now and then and i get a little dizzy at times?Im fatigued also.
    Is this normal and how long will it take to get better?
    Im seeing my ENT in 2days?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm the same as you - ear infection and sinusitis. I have two more days left of antibiotics, ears are unclogged, but quite lightheaded and ringing (which went away after starting antibiotics) has come back.

      I think we just need to give it time, as a couple of people have told me ears take a while to settle down after an ear infection. I found warming up some jojoba oil and putting it on cotton wool and then into my ear helped to soothe the soreness. Also, drinking plenty of water will help with the dizziness. But, if it perseveres do go and see your ENT again. Good luck!

  13. QUESTION:
    I would like to know what systoms come with inner ear infections?
    I have headaches, dizziness, and very sick to stomack if it is not inner ear infection what do u think it is?

    • ANSWER:
      As a child, you may remember getting at least one bad earache. That painful childhood earache you remember was probably caused by a middle ear infection. While middle ear infections are fairly common in children, other parts of your ear may become infected and inflamed as well. For example, you may come down with an inner ear infection at any time during your life. Inner ear infection symptoms are completely different from other types of ear infections.

      To understand inner ear infection symptoms, also called labyrinthitis, you first should know some basics about your inner ear. Your inner ear contains a system of tubes and canals called the labyrinth. The labyrinth sends signals to your brain to help you do two different things: (1) comprehend sound, and (2) determine the movement and position of your head. When these tubes become infected and inflamed, you will experience a specific set of inner ear infection symptoms. A list of inner ear infection symptoms includes:

      Vertigo, which is a sensation of whirling or spinning (different from dizziness)
      Nausea and vomiting (similar to feelings of motion sickness)
      Loss of balance
      Headache
      A ringing or rushing noise inside the ear called tinnitus
      Temporary hearing loss
      Inner ear infection symptoms may become worse with any kind of head movement such as sitting up, looking upward, or rolling over in bed. At first, inner ear infection symptoms last for a few days or a few weeks. However, it’s possible for inner ear infection symptoms to return after the initial symptoms go away. Perhaps most importantly, inner ear infection symptoms may indicate brain tumors, stroke, or meningitis. Therefore, if you or your child experiences inner ear infection symptoms that are getting progressively worse or will not subside, you should find out if the symptoms indicate a more serious condition.

  14. QUESTION:
    How to stop nausea from inner ear infection?
    I think i may have an inner ear infection but I haven't seen a doctor yet. how can I stop feeling so nauseous? my biggest fear I life is throwing up so how do I make sure I don't vomit? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Over the counter nausea meds may help, but if it's inner ear, more than likely not nothing but a prescription nausea med will help.

  15. QUESTION:
    How to stop nausea from inner ear infection?
    I think i may have an inner ear infection but I haven't seen a doctor yet. how can I stop feeling so nauseous? my biggest fear I life is throwing up so how do I make sure I don't vomit? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      See a physician. You need to determine the cause of this infection (if you're sure that's what it is). A treatment with antibiotics is indicated...

  16. QUESTION:
    what if I leave my inner ear infection untreated?
    I went to the doc today because I've been having pain behind my right ear..she examined me..and said I had an inner ear infection and gave me a couple prescriptions. I cant afford them though. what are the chances of it healing on its own?

    • ANSWER:
      its only going to get worse. you need to try and get those perscriptions, it wont heal on its own. it will eventually move out so you will have not only and inner ear infection but a outter one too, i had it happen, its not fun.

  17. QUESTION:
    Can you fly with an inner ear infection?
    I think I'm starting to get inner ear infection, haven't been to Dr yet, but anyway, we're leaving to Albuquerque on Friday. I've never had trouble flying before, but with inner sometime you get vertigo like symptoms anyway... Is there a chance it will make me nauseous or any other side effects?

    • ANSWER:
      I've flown with sinus and it's one of the most horrible experiences ever. So if you're actually planning to do so, go ahead, you CAN fly, but take some pain medication with you (just in case) and be aware that it might be a very discomforting flight.

      I don't really think you will get more nauseous, In that case, you can also have dramamine or something like that, just in case...

  18. QUESTION:
    How to properly treat an inner ear infection.?
    Hello. I recently had a sinus infection about 3 weeks ago. After my sinus's completely cleared up, I noticed symptoms of vertigo such as feeling like I am on an elevator or boat dock. My ear also pops when I swallow and sometimes has a heartbeat. I feel somewhat tired during the day too. I have read that a viral ear infection usually only affects one ear which is my right ear. How do I properly take care of a viral inner ear infection? How long will the symptoms last? Mine have lasted for about 2 weeks now.

    • ANSWER:
      You have to consult a ENT Surgeon as the severity and dose of medicines can be judged only after an examination.

  19. QUESTION:
    Can an inner ear infection cause fatigue?
    I'm pretty sure I have another ear infection bc my ear has been hurting, I've had a headache, & I've been getting dizzy. I also have been really tired the past few days. Last ear infection I had, it was the opposite & I had trouble sleeping. Can an inner ear infection cause fatigue?

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    inner ear infection, How long do they usually last?
    I've been to the doctors about 3 or 4 weeks ago, he told me i have an inner ear infection caused by a virus, he put me on some antibiotics, since then i've finished the dose of antibiotics but i am still feeling dizzy, light headed and just plain YUCK ! I'm going back to the doctors on friday but want to know how long inner ear infections last and how i can relieve the dizzy feeling, it's horrible and is actually really starting to affect my days.
    Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      they can also give you drops to put in your ear. Also make sure they look in your ear there can sometimes be build up you can not see and the antibiotics do not work because of the build up in your ear. they can last from 3 day to month.

  21. QUESTION:
    I got a inner ear infection, can it cause other symptoms?
    I feel dizzy and unbalanced my nose and throat is killing me also is it from the inner ear infection?

    • ANSWER:
      I used to get them all the time and that's exactly how I felt- I think I read somewhere that there is a liquid in your ear and that does something to cause you to feel unbalanced and dizzy.
      Also, your ears, nose and throat are all connected, so when one becomes inflamed they are all bound to be affected by it. Have plenty of paracetamol and ibuprofen- try staggering them so when one like runs out, the other one is still working- I used to get really bad tonsillitis before I had my tonsils taken out, and I would have some paracetamol, then 2 hours late have some ibuprofen, and just keep it going like that. Hope you get better soon!

  22. QUESTION:
    I have a question for inner ear infection sufferers?
    I have been feeling extremely dizzy for the past 8 days non stop(the room is spinning dizzy) and I have been seeing black dots and flashing lights and my eyes have been blurry. The doctor is sending me to an ENT doctor tomorrow because he thinks I have an inner ear infection.
    My question is could an inner ear infection cause problems with your sight too?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes - you may be having an inner ear infection also called labyrintitis - and vision problems may be associated.

  23. QUESTION:
    Can you have an inner ear infection with absolutely no pain at all?
    I had a really bad vertigo episode this morning. I have had them occasionally --- this one was the worst that I have ever had. It was horrible. I have now been slightly dizzy as I move my head all day....then a weird buzzing noise started in my left ear....

    I think perhaps I need to get checked out for an inner ear infection....but is it possible with no pain?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. I've actually had pretty much the same. I got very dizzy every time I bent over or moved my head in any non-upright position...not nice at all.

      The doctor fixed me up pretty quick, though.

  24. QUESTION:
    How Long does inner ear infection to go away?
    I went on vacation and came back with a inner ear infection, my doctor gave me antibiotics, and now I am on day 5 and my ear is still plugged, its freaking me out, I have to take xanax to sleep. Help, anybody else go thru this.....

    thanks
    Steve

    • ANSWER:
      You need to finish the entire course of antibiotics before the infection will be completely gone. Usually the ear starts to feel better around day 3 or 4, so you should be seeing improvement very soon. If you're so worried that you need a sleeping aid, might I suggest you phone up your doctor. Perhaps you need a different type of antibiotic, or perhaps you have a sinus infection, or you have a wax build-up as a result of your ear infection.
      You might want to try applying warm compresses to your ear. That may help with the plugged feeling, and it will help relieve any pain or discomfort you may be experiencing.

  25. QUESTION:
    I have a inner ear infection for 3 months?
    My inner ear infection has been treated with drops. I can't seem to shake it. I have regular symptoms like sudden dizziness sometimes lasting 1 to 2 minutes. with me having to re coupe from this spell. I have rubbed my eye and have gotten dizzy. Also the other day I had a headache. I took off my head band the headache went away but a sudden wooziness came over me.crazy uh!

    • ANSWER:
      you have an otitis media infection, which can cause severe headaches, and make you dizzy, and have rapid hearing loss, you need to visit your doctor to perhaps put you on amoxicillin doses, because amoxicillin is probably the best antibiotic for treating almost any ear infectuion.

  26. QUESTION:
    How long will it take until my cats ear infection is cleared up?
    My 6 month old kitten has an inner ear infection. He has been on medication from the vet for 3 days but is still lethargic and weak and sleeping a lot and somewhat dizzy. He also lost a baby tooth today which may have made it worse. How long can it take for my cat to show improvement?

    • ANSWER:
      Usually it takes a week minimum for them to start improving. Your kitty will be back to its normal self in a couple weeks.

  27. QUESTION:
    What Can I Do To Get Pain Relief From My Ear Infection?
    I have an inner ear infection, and I'm on a very strong antibiotic, however, it's so painful!
    Is there anything I can do to make it hurt less?
    The tylenol and motrin the doctor suggested just isn't making any difference.
    Is there something else I can do? It's KILLING ME, and I have a very high pain tolerance.
    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a trigeminal neuralgia website and make sure what you are feeling is an ear infection. Otherwise you'll just have to wait a day or two for the antibiotics to take effect.

  28. QUESTION:
    Have been taking wrong dose of amoxcillin for an ear infection for 3 days?
    I was prescribed 500MG amoxcillin three times daily (10days total) for an inner ear infection. I admit fault that I miss read the dosage to be only one time daily.

    So I have been taking only 500MG once daily for three days. My ear has not cleared up and my other one has started hurting It is the fourth day and I am planning on taking three. Will I be ok if I finish these 7 days off taking 3 a day? Or did I make the bacteria resistant by maintaining a low dosage the first three days?

    • ANSWER:
      You should change to 3 times daily and maybe take it one day longer, because you still have some of them left if you only take them for 7 more days. The bacterias won't be this fast resistant, so the ear infection should be gone, and if not you might get a second dose for it..

  29. QUESTION:
    What can help with inner ear problems and equilibrium?
    My mother has been having problems with balance for several years now. She is 90 yrs old. When she lays down she has to be careful to lay down slow so that she doesn't get sick and dizzy. Sometimes when she starts to walk she will get overbalanced. The doctors said that she had an inner ear infection, but that was 2 or 3 years ago. They gave her some meds for it then and it got better but never went away. She would like to find out some vitimans, herbs, or minerals that she can take to help the problem. Thank you very much for your help with this.

    • ANSWER:
      The Homeopathic remedy COCCULUS INDICUS (Indian Cockle)in 30X or 30C potency three times a day half an hour before meals will cure her Dizzy spells and ear problems without any side effects or complications of any kind.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  30. QUESTION:
    Could my dog have an inner ear infection?
    She's a small chihuahua but almost 13 years old. For some reason this morning when she woke up, I noticed that she was acting funny. When she tries walking, she either falls over or loses her balance immediately. To me that sounds like an inner ear infection; but the most unusual part is that when she's being held, she leans her head back farther and farther, not to one side but backwards. I hope this is nothing more than an inner ear infection, but there's no vet open during the weekend. I would just like to know the possibilities of what this may could be.

    • ANSWER:
      Emergency vets are open. Your dog needs a vet now.

  31. QUESTION:
    Should I push myself to move get out of bed and try walking around with a terrible ear infection?
    I have been in bed for a week with a bad inner ear infection. I feel like I'm going crazy by not getting out but it is difficult to walk. Will I do more harm if I push myself to move around more and try some outdoor yard work? Is there anything else I can do?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you consulted your doctor?There are drops of antibiotic which fight ears infection.A bit of patience and in a few days everything is resolved.
      Nooo,do not touch it.Don`t do by yourself,you must complicate the situation.See a doctor.

  32. QUESTION:
    i have had an inner ear infection since Thursday (6 days), when will it end?
    I went to care now and started taking medication on Saturday (4 days of meds so far). I cant hear anything out of my right ear, but i feel no pain whatsoever. I feel dizzy most times and there is a really loud high tone in my ear 24/7. I was just wondering if anyone knew the average time to get over this thing is, because its been a miserable 5 days. Theres now wax or puss in it or anything, im pretty sure its an inner ear infection, but idk.

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    Why would my only symptoms of an ear infection be a fever and vertigo?
    I had no cold symptoms or flu symptoms.

    I went to the doctor because of the fever and vertigo and he said I have a middle and inner ear infection. I'm taking the antibiotic now, but I'm just curious as to how I got the infection.

    Also, how long will the vertigo last?

    • ANSWER:
      as soon as infection clears, it should settle in a max weeks time. if not then you should avoid antivertigo tabs and start vestibular excercises for recovery as most of the times in inner eae infection the damage is permanent but there can be full healing gradually but be active and dont lie down all rhe time

  34. QUESTION:
    The best type of ear plugs to use when swimming because of ear infections?
    I have a recurring inner ear infection (behind the ear drum). I've recently moved house and i now live quite close too a swimming pool. I'd like too take up swimming again as it's frankly the only form of exercise i don't mind!

    I just wondered if there's a good type of ear plug too use too help prevent anything nasty getting in the ear and making infection worse.

    • ANSWER:
      The wax type that you can mold to your ear work well, and are cheap. The kind you get from an ENT doctor that are made formed to your ear are the best, but are expensive.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is There Any Test for Inner Ear Infection?
    I'm talking about an inner ear infection. Not a middle ear infection, which you can look in the ear and see.

    The inner ear is deeper inside and controls balance and motion, not the hearing.

    Is there any way to tell if inner ear problem is caused by a virus that will go away, or by some other physical trauma or allergic reaction to something consumed?

    I've been having inner ear problem for about 5 weeks. Balance dizzy/nausea.

    • ANSWER:
      HI RedBlue

      I would use hyrogen peroxide or garlic oil. THese two wonderful options will help clear the issue in no time. Just lean to one side and put some in your ear. Your ear can only hold so much fluid, so the right amount isnt an issue here. The fluid will overflow if you used too much. Also be sure to do both ears regardless if only one is an issue.

      Best of health to you

  36. QUESTION:
    is it possible to have an inner ear infection without dizinness?
    about 2 months ago, i had an inner ear infection in my right ear. i took antibiotics for a week and it helped me get better and it also made the dizinness go away. but now, for the past 5 days, ive been waking up with a headache on the right side of my head. along with that, my right temple would ache and also the right side of my jaw along with under the ear. what kind of infection would this be? i am not sure if its an inner ear infection because im not dizzy or anything. could it be a sinus infection? thanks in advance...

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a ear infection. Dizziness is not always a side effect. And you are right, it could be sinus problems. You could also have TMJ where you might (unknowingly even) grind your teeth. That can cause some discomfort especially in that area! Hope you get better.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can you have an ear infection without ear pain?
    I have a cold and fever for almost 3 days now, and I've been dizzy a lot the last 2 days. I feel like my cold is getting better but, the fever and dizziness are still hanging on so I'm wondering if it's possible to have an inner ear infection without ear pain.
    I'm planning on calling the Dr. if I'm not better tomorrow, but I'm just wondering if there's a virus out there that could cause this or what might be going on.
    Thanks, in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      i know that my daughter often gets very bad ear infections with out any pain in her ears. it could be that you just have a high tolerance for ear pain. hope that helps.

  38. QUESTION:
    Can an ear infection cause heart issues?
    I feel like I could have an inner ear infection and sinus issues. My nose is extra blocked than normal and I have constant ear pressure.

    Now when I go up and down stairs quickly my heart starts to race and it feels like It's going very fast then all of the sudden it slows instantly when I relax.

    Can an ear infection cause this?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a one in a thousand chance of endocarditis developing out of any serious infection. Chances are if you have a heart problem, it is unrelated to or exaspirated by your ear infection.

  39. QUESTION:
    Is there any kind of a home remedy for Inner ear inection?
    My friend went to the Dr with all the symptoms of inner ear infection, dizziness, nausea and very tired, blurry vision.......but the Dr did not even give her a prescription. Is there any kind of a home remedy? Any help is appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      could try warm olive oil.colliodal silver may also help.

  40. QUESTION:
    can a doctor visually see an inner ear infection?
    i've had earache for 2 months now the doctor says my ears look fine would he be able to see an inner ear infection?

    • ANSWER:
      The drum will either be red, bulging or concave. If it appears normal the cause of your pain is going to be something other than infection. After 2 months this does require some investigation.

  41. QUESTION:
    Should I go to school tomorrow with an ear infection?
    I'm 17, and went into the walk in today and was diagnosed with a inner ear infection in the "early stages". I already had to call in sick to work(I went to finish the day at school) today cus I had a prescription for it. It hurts really bad, and I'm only starting my first dose of Clavulin 500mg tonight when I go to sleep, and need to take it every 8 hours for 10 days. The side effects of it is diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting, tiredness/weakness etc. Nothing good.

    Should I attend school in this state? Or go to school and see how the medication treats me on day one?

    Thankss.

    • ANSWER:
      I would obviously ask your parents but it'd probably be best to stay home the first day if you're concerned about the side effects of the medicine. However, also keep in mind that those side effects are the same for just about every medicine. You should be okay.

  42. QUESTION:
    can you use the same ear drops for a inner ear infection & middle ear infection?
    my dr put me on "oxfloxacin" drops. but just looking in my ear can he tell if i have a inner ear infection? or do i need a xray of my ear?

    • ANSWER:
      They can tell just by looking in your ear.The only way to get rid of any type of ear infection is with a prescription for ear drops that contain antibiotics to get rid of the infection faster.Hope you feel better.

  43. QUESTION:
    Inner ear infection because of a Tragus piercing?
    I was considering getting my Tragus pierced, but I have heard so many complications with it. One that stood out, and is very prevalent with me, are the chance of getting an inner ear infection. What would be the causes or chances of me getting one with a Tragus piercing?

    • ANSWER:
      I can't speak for everyone, but I got my tragus pierced on valentines day of this year (so almost 5 months to the day) and the inside hole from the piercing still gets irritated and there is dry skin there, it hurts to touch, but it is not infected. I cleaned the piercing well (I have 12 other piercings and I know how to care for them), but because it is in such an awkward place, I feel like maybe that is why I had problems. I don't have an infection on the piercing, nor did I get an ear infection but I think maybe the cause could be when people have dried pus (sorry about nasty details here) and when they sleep it could potentially fall into the ear, causing an infection... I'm not a professional but having the piercing, I can understand problems that may come along with it.

  44. QUESTION:
    my doh has inner ear infection and balance issues due to that, will this go away?
    my dog was diagnosed with an inner ear infection and given antibiotics and ear drops. He will be fine then out of no where can't stand or walk.... this may last 1 hour up to 4 hours, in time with treatment will this go away?

    • ANSWER:
      Is your vet aware that this is happening to your dog. He should be cured by now.............

  45. QUESTION:
    Can acetone be used to cure an ear infection?
    My brother-in-law is a former pediatrician and recently informed me that acetone (as well as similar solvents such as denatured alcohol) can be used to effectively treat inner ear infections. My 4-year-old son was recently diagnosed with a very bad double ear infection. I've been giving him the prescribed antibiotics, but would acetone drops help speed along the process? How many drops should I give him and how many times per day?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I don;t really care if it's going to work or not.
      The real question is this:
      Do you REALLY want your 4 year old son to turn green and gain the strength of 43 Chuck Norrisses?

      It WILL BURN LIKE A MOTHATRUCKA!

      Just get the doctor to prescribe some numbing ear drops. (the prescription stuff actually has benzocaine in it, instead of herbs that just soothe)

      The concept behind the acetone is that it removes ear wax.

      The most important thing is keeping the poor boy pain free.
      Get him some anti-nausea stuff.
      I suggest some of those ice pops, gatorade (gatorade rain is much better for hydrating and is lower sugar), maybe some sorbet or sherbert, and chicken noodle.

      Trust me, I'm nursing the exact same thing right now.
      If he has compacted ear wax, AFTER the infection is gone, take him to his doctor and get his ears proffesionally cleaned.

      Poor thing, TONS of hugs and kisses, let him watch whatever he wants while he's sick, and give him the foods I suggested, along with his antibiotics.

      These things SUCK!

  46. QUESTION:
    Can acetone be used to cure an ear infection?
    My brother-in-law is a former pediatrician and recently informed me that acetone (as well as similar solvents such as denatured alcohol and methyl acetate) can be used to effectively treat inner ear infections. My 4-year-old son was recently diagnosed with a very bad double ear infection. I've been giving him the prescribed antibiotics, but would acetone drops help speed along the process? How many drops should I give him and how many times per day?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Don't put ANYTHING in your child's ears if there is ANY chance of a ruptured eardrum! Personally, I would talk to my child's pediatrician and take his/her advise. Usually, the antibiotics will kick in within a day or two and the pain will go away.

      I wouldn't use acetone in MY child's ears. It just doesn't seem safe to me.

  47. QUESTION:
    I've been feeling off balance, dizzy and sometimes have fluid in my ear. Could this be an inner ear infection?
    I was standing in the mall and just felt like I was going to pass out. I was looking at something and I started feeling faint where I couldn't even stand up straight. Two ER visits and a visit to my doctor and they still can't find anything wrong. Someone mentioned that it sounded like an inner ear infection. Looking back now I've realized that I've been having fluid in my ear quite often. Anyone have experience with this?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it could be. A doctor can prescribe drops to clear the infection. It could just be water in your ear. Either way, the drops will clear it up.

  48. QUESTION:
    Can acetone be used to cure an ear infection?
    My brother-in-law is a former pediatrician and recently informed me that acetone (as well as similar solvents such as denatured alcohol, methyl acetate, or turpentine) can be used to effectively treat inner ear infections.

    My 4-year-old son was recently diagnosed with a very bad double ear infection. I've been giving him the prescribed antibiotics, but would acetone drops help speed along the process? How many drops should I give him and how many times per day?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The fact that your on here doubting what your brother-in-law said should be enough of an answer to you...

      Go and get a second opinion

  49. QUESTION:
    What can I do for my ear infection?
    Hey guys, my ear started ringing, not signed up to a doctor here. Went to a doctor for high cost, got ear drops but they didn't help at all. My ear has phases of minimal but annoying pain. It feels blocked in a way.

    The doctor said it was an inner ear infection, that my ear appeared puffy and red.

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    Can I listen to my ipod with an ear infection?
    I believe I have an inner ear infection... I'm supposed to go to the gym later can I listen to an ipod?

    • ANSWER:
      Best not to irritate it. You can put it in the other ear though.


inner ear infection

Natural Treatment Of Ear Infection

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are some natural treatments for chronic ear infections in dogs?
    My dog has had chronic yeast infections in his ears for years. My vet has given me tons of different drops, antibiotics, etc. but nothing works. The infection will go away for a few weeks and then come back. Are there any "natural" treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      Diet change plus appropriate antibiotic for an adequate length of time, followed by weekly use of Zymox cleanser. The Zymox products are enzyme-based, and kind of "eat" yeasts, bacteria, ear debris and whatever other junk is in there. It is the best stuff ever! You do not want to combine either the Zymox cleanser or Zymox Otic (a stronger formula for treatment of minor infections) with antibiotics, since the antibiotics will "kill" the enzymes. I purchase Zymox products from http://www.vetamerica.com , and you can sometimes buy them at vets' offices.

  2. QUESTION:
    what kind of natural treatments are there for ear infection in dogs?
    i have a mini doxie that weighs 7 lbs and she is about 9 yrs old, she has an ear infection and i wanted to see if i could try and treat it at home.. any suggestions on antibiotics that dogs can take that are for people ? or what can i use inside the ear?

    • ANSWER:
      You really need to take the dog to the vet to get the correct medication.

  3. QUESTION:
    what natural treatment can I use for an ear infection on a child who has tubes?
    My son is 9 years old and has suffered from ear infections for ever. He has a permanent set of ear tubes now but he is still getting the infections what can I use that is natural. I hate to give him antibiotics because he has issues with yeast overgrowth.

    • ANSWER:
      U should take him back to the doctor. Permanent tubes doesn't mean for the rest of his life. And if u put anything in his ears u stand the chance for the liquid to go into the tube causing terrible pain. Play it safe and take him to the doctor.

  4. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of an ear infection that stemmed from a cold or flu that is muting my hearing?
    I've have had an awful cold or flu for weeks now and now I have an ear infection in both ears with some discharge (at times dark).It has both of my ears plugged up.Besides a doctor or antibiotics,any self treatment or natural remedy suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there are over the counter things you can use to drain your nose and dry up your ears. Any one of them that says it will relieve nasal stuffiness will do the trick, although it will likely take a day or so for you to notice a big change. Sudafed is one drug to consider, but there are others, just ask the pharmacist. The eustachian tubes connect the ears with the rear of the throat, and allow the ear to adjust pressure to match the outside air. When the nose is stuffed, and you have a lot of mucous, some of it can block those tubes. Draining it helps the ears clear. You can also help it along by trying to clear the tubes yourself, along with the medicine. Hold your nose, close your mouth, and gently blow. You will probably not feel a lot at first, or it may hurt a bit, if so stop. Repeat that several times through the day, and eventually you should feel an eardrum slowly start to feel like it's moving, and perhaps even feel your ears "pop". When you feel the movement in the eardrum, it means the tube is clearing, but not quite clear. A drum that will actually pop means it is now all clear. If this doesn't help, along with the medicine, within a few days, then you likely need to have the doctor have a look.

  5. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of an ear infection that stemmed from a cold or flu that is muting my hearing?
    I've have had an awful cold or flu for weeks now and now I have an ear infection in both ears with some discharge (at times dark).It has both of my ears plugged up.Besides a doctor or antibiotics,any self treatment or natural remedy suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the emergency room and they will give you some antibiotics that's the only thing I know that will cure it..or go to the drugstore and get some of those ear droplets to clean out your ear and then take some tylenol for the pain.

  6. QUESTION:
    Who honestly knows If vinegar and water works for chronic ear infections in dogs?
    Has anyone tried it? Is it effective? or is there any other natural remedies for ear infections in dogs. no antibiotics.

    • ANSWER:
      Ineffective. This summer alone, I've already treated over 50 ear infections. Tis the season, is our motto. Ear infections, skin infections, in high numbers usually due to more water exposure, humidity, trapped moisture, and allergens.

      Your vet treatment team and your dog would really appreciate if you don't try vinegar and water at home, it fails, then you have a stinky dog, with infected ears, at the clinic, in desperate need of a topical antifungal/antibioitic/anti-inflammatory med. Normal flora on the skin's surface should not be in ear canals. When yeast and bacteria infect the ear canal, usually it's due to water in the ear compromising the balance of yeast/bacteria populations or the dog started scratching due to allergies and got a secondary infection after breaking the skin and compromising the skin barrier, allowing bacteria and yeast to affect multiple skin layers in the ear.

      Antibiotics and antifungals help the ear go back to normal state with only bacteria and yeast living on the exterior of the body. Ensuring it's being shaken before use, enough med is being administered into the ear canals, then massaging at the base of the ear, are all important to ensure the med is effective.

      For maintenance, cleansing the ears with a cerulytic (breaks up wax/debris) cleanser with a drying agent can help prevent ear infections with weekly use and whenever exposed to water, not to exceed every 2-3 days. If a dog swims daily, cleansing their ears every 3 days will reduce their risk for ear infections.

      And definitely don't immerse a dog in vinegar, diluted or not. They are so hypersensitive to odor and it does not benefit skin that is already symptomatic for infection, sebhorrea, itchiness, or fleas.

      Meds such as Mometamax, Easotic, Genotic/Betagen/other gentamicin based meds, or Posatex are effective against yeast and bacteria, and may be prescribed by your vet. You cannot avoid Rx med if your dog has an ear infection. He will continue to have inflamed ears, with trapped moisture, excess debris, itchiness, and possibly develop internal ear damage and destruction if left untreated. Do not take it too lightly! Hope you're just randomly asking about vinegar, and you don't have a dog with an ear infection...

  7. QUESTION:
    What can I do to make an Inner Ear Infection go a way quicker?
    About a week and a half ago I was diagnosed with Labyrinthitis (inner ear infection) and I still have the symptoms of it, which are mainly feeling very off balance, dizziness and panic attacks. I had the symptoms for weeks even before I was diagnosed. All the doctor could do was prescribe Meclizine for the dizziness and it is not doing a thing for me. Is there anything I can do to make my symptoms go a way quicker? This is really disrupting my life. I'm open to any suggestions. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Oregano oil is a natural and effective solution, this is from an article about it:

      "Meet the powerful anti-biotic of nature: Oil of Oregano. Every time I find scientific proof for a natural alternative to prescription drugs –It makes my day (I simply hate drug companies, sorry). Oil of oregano was recently found to be significantly better than all of the 18 currently used antibiotics in the treatment of MRSA staph infections.

      This super herb is rich in anti oxidant. The strong phenol anti-oxidants destroy pathogenic bacteria, viruses and yeasts, which means there are many oil of oregano uses.

      What do Studies Say About Oregano Oil Uses and Benefits?

      The Natural News website reported that “oregano oil was found to be very rich in phytochemical flavonoids and phenolic acids. It is the third highest herb in oxygen radical absorbency capacity (ORAC) with an impressive score of 200,129. Oregano is one of the world’s greatest sources of the powerful phenol component thymol. Thymol is great for improving digestive function as well as destroying harmful microbes”.

      The best use of oregano oil is as a disinfectant. It will be beneficial for any sort of bacterial or viral conditions, such as ear, nose and throat infections, respiratory diseases, Candida, acne and much more. It also works to suppress inflammatory mediators and cancer cell production (it contains rosmarinic acid which has very strong cancer fighting properties)....

      Read more at the source - about which one and dosage etc

  8. QUESTION:
    What is a natural, home made remedy and cure for an ear infection in dogs?
    My 17 week old bichon frise had an ear infection about 3 weeks ago. we took him to the vet and the vet gave us an antibiotic, which seemed to make the infection go away for a while. but now i think its back, which means that the antibiotic did not really work. I need a homemade remedy that can cure and prevent it. Thanks :]
    And could you include directions on how to put it in his ear? thanks sooo much :]

    • ANSWER:
      Most likely your dog has an ear infection, ear mites, or both. Depending on where you live and the type of dog you have this may be very common and frequent throughout the dog’s life. Ear infections can be caused by a number of factors, anything from high humidity to poor nutrition, ear mites usually come from the ground a dog plays, or sleeps in, (ear mites are common in dogs that live around livestock). Both ailments are easy to treat at home and easy to prevent. Make a solution following this formula: One part white distilled vinegar, one part isopropyl alcohol, and one part hydrogen peroxide. DO NOT LET THE DOG DRINK THIS! FOR USE IN THE EAR CANAL ONLY! Mix them together and put the mixture in a bottle that has a rounded tip on it so it can be slightly inserted into the dog’s ear canal, (a dog’s ear canal is very deep compared to human’s) gently flood the ear canal and the outer ear with the liquid, use a clean towel to wipe away liquid that runs out of the ear and then let the dog shake to dry it’s ear. Do this 4 to 6 times a day for two days and then 3 to 4 times a day for five days and after the seven days is over your dog should have clean and pretty ears. If your dog is prone to re-infection I would consider improving his diet, if your dog is getting ear mites from his surroundings, then you can simply re-treat with the afore mentioned solution. If after seven days of the prescribed treatment the dog shows no improvement in his condition then take him to the vet. A good nutritional supplement that you can add to any type of dog food is “Dinovite”. I have used this in the past on dogs with re-occurring ear infections and it works wonders for preventing infection and maintaining general overall health. www.dinovite.com

  9. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of an ear infection?
    I haven't had an ear infection in a while, and this makes me hear funny. It's in my left ear and I don't know what to do about it. I've gone to the doctor and gotten ear drops, but the pain is only weakened slightly, nd I still cannot hear properly. Any advice on a faster remedy, or tips in helping the healing process. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Ear infections are extremely painful. They can occur in a person of any age, but are more common among children. Parents will want to do their part to treat the ear infection as soon as possible. This may include a visit to the doctor's office. Take pain management steps at home. This can offer some immediate comfort to the child until an appointment with the doctor can be set up.

      Pain Relievers
      The first step in treating an ear infection is to take care of the pain. Parents have two main choices. First, they can give their child an ibuprofen product every six to eight hours. Some ibuprofen products include Advil and Motrin. Second, they can administer acetaminophen once every four hours. Acetaminophen is the ingredient found in Tylenol. The particular dosage can be found on the product label or by calling your pediatrician. It is determined by the age and weight of the child.

      Adults suffering from an ear infection can take two acetaminophen tablets every four hours, or one ibuprofen tablet every six to eight hours.

      Treatment at Home
      Parents can use some herbal remedies to treat any ear infection that has occurred within their home. First, they can take a small baby food jar and clean it out. Then place 1 tbsp. of warm olive oil in the jar. Add eight drops of tea tree oil and mix together. Place two drops of this mixture into any infected ears twice per day. Do this for at least 10 days. Tree tea oil naturally fights bacteria, viruses, and even fungus. So whatever the cause of your infection, it has the ability to get rid of it. Second, you can purchase Colloidal Silver in liquid form and use it as ear drops. Just place one drop of Colloidal Silver in the infected ear twice each day. Do this for 10 days. Colloidal Silver works as a natural antibiotic to kill the infection.

      Treatment by a Physician
      It is recommended that you see a doctor to determine the extent of the ear infection. It is best not to take a chance at suffering permanent hearing loss. Most likely, your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic. Antibiotics work to kill any present bacteria and dry up any excess fluid. The antibiotic needs to be taken until it is gone. If it is stopped too early, the infection will return and you will have to start treatment all over again. If you or your child suffer from chronic ear infections, your doctor will set you up for surgery to place tubes in your ears. The tubes allow the fluid to drain out while equalizing the pressure inside of and outside of the ear. The surgery is done as an outpatient and only takes about 20 minutes. The tubes will fall out on their own between six months to three years after they have been placed.

  10. QUESTION:
    If the chiropractor helped drain your ear fluid, tell me about it please. Is it worth it?
    I have an ear infection and I have serious ear pressure. I had heard that the chiropractor can help your ear fluid drain out of your eustachian tube. If you've been to the chiropractor and he/she has helped your ear fluid drain, please tell me your experience and how it affected you ear.

    • ANSWER:
      A Ear infection, or Otitis Media, is the most common reason for visits to the pediatrician's office. In fact visits to the doctors office for ear infections have increased over 150% from 1975 - 1990. It is estimated that over 30 million visits are made every year in an attempt to deal with this problem.

      Historically, the treatment for ear infections has been antibiotics. This method of treatment has come under severe attack over the past several years for many reasons.

      The first reason is that the overuse and over prescription of these antibiotics has led to what is termed "antibiotic resistant bacteria". These bacteria have 'evolved' and changed so that the antibiotics no longer effect them. Because of this phenomena, stronger and stronger antibiotics are being used, which is leading to more and more resistance.

      Another reason use of antibiotics has come under fire is because study after study has demonstrated that they are not effective. In other words, they don't work! This is why so many children are on one antibiotic after another, stronger and stronger each time. Sure, many times the infection will go away, but it quickly returns with a vengeance, and so begins the antibiotic roller coaster.

      First, antibiotics kill off most bacteria in the body including the helpful 'Good' bacteria our bodies need. This depletes our children's natural immune systems, making them vulnerable to many more infections of varying types.

      Secondly, antibiotics merely attempt to treat the symptom of ear infections. They do not address the actual cause in the least bit, and therefore the infections return.

      The real question then is what is the cause of ear infections? The reality is that ear infections themselves are merely a symptom of a greater problem. The vast majority of them are secondary to a cold or other infection, which may be due to a depressed immune system.

      The other more physical reason children suffer from ear infections is because of the actual anatomy of the young ear.

      In children, the Eustachian tube is nearly horizontal, gradually acquiring a near 45 degree angle as they grow. This often slows draining of these tubes, allowing fluid to build. Like most any stagnant fluid, infection may appear.

      There is a direct link between the nerves in the neck (the superior cervical ganglion), the muscles of the Eustachian tubes (tensor veli palatini) and the middle ear.

      Let me explain: The middle ear drains any fluid through the Eustachian tubes. These tubes open and close through the action of a muscle, which is controlled by a nerve. This nerve originates in the neck. When this nerve is not functioning normally, the tensor veli pallatini muscle may go into spasm, which constricts the eustachian tube, restricting drainage and causing fluid build up in the middle ear. This fluid, combined with a stressed immune system, may result in an ear infection.

      By correcting this interference, the body is given the potential to heal and be as well as it was intended to.

      Treating the symptoms of ear infections with antibiotics has proven to be ineffective.

      Correcting the cause through chiropractic has been shown to help over 80% of all children with ear infections.

  11. QUESTION:
    Where can I get stem cell treatment for my hearing loss?
    I heard that some deaf people got their hearing improved, so I want to have hearing back, I am 17 and I miss listening to music and stuff. It was affected by ear infection when I was 14. Where can I get stem cell treatment for deafness in other countries, I don't want to wear CI or HA. I really want my natural hearing back, I don't want to hear the stupid beeps. Any places in world, not just USA? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      your doctor should be able to help with this question

  12. QUESTION:
    What can i do for an inner ear infection?
    I have had it before but recently i have no health insurence. I always catch it in the same ear and right now my hearing in it is bad and when i clean it its dark color. Is there anything else i can do without goin to a doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      yes there is a lot you can do

      try herbpharm's mullein garlic

      http://www.morningstarhealth.com/9070000411.html

      also some suggestions here

      http://ezinearticles.com/?9-Effective-Home-Remedies-for-Earache&id=635798

      and here

      http://www.herballegacy.com/Earaches.html

      http://www.herballegacy.com/search.php?zoom_query=ear+infections

      the b & b formula he mentions is sold at healmarketplace under the name hearing loss formula

      http://healmarketplace.com/cartstuff/extractsandkits.html

      aso so some searching here but I would just do what I said at the bottom first to see what happens.

      http://www.google.com/custom?cof=LW%3A288%3BL%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.holisticonline.com%2Fimages%2FHOL-emblem1-web.GIF%3BLH%3A57%3BAH%3Acenter%3BS%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fholisticonline.com%3BAWFID%3Ae122f27544642099%3B&domains=holisticonline.com%3B1stholistic.com%3B+ecomhelp.com&q=ear+infections&sa=Search&sitesearch=holisticonline.com&client=pub-6092225994159274&forid=1&ie=ISO-8859-1&oe=ISO-8859-1&cof=GALT%3A%23008000%3BGL%3A1%3BDIV%3A%23336699%3BVLC%3A663399%3BAH%3Acenter%3BBGC%3AFFFFFF%3BLBGC%3A336699%3BALC%3A0000FF%3BLC%3A00+00FF%3BT%3A000000%3BGFNT%3A0000FF%3BGIMP%3A0000FF%3BFORID%3A1%3B&hl=en

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      http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0oG7lUgjaJNH2kAiR5XNyoA;_ylc=X1MDUCMyMTQyMzU3MDg5BF9yAzIEYW8DMQRmcgNtb3oyLXl0ZmYtBGZyMgNzYnRuBGhvc3RwdmlkA0cub3kzVW9HN3Y2allSSUtUYUQ2aGdEMVN4Wi5LVTJpalNBQUE1cjMEbl9ncHMDMwRvcmlnaW4Dc3JwBHF1ZXJ5A2hlcmJzIGVhciBpbmZlY3Rpb25zJwRzYW8DMQR2dGVzdGlkA01BUDAwNg--?p=herbs+ear+infections%27&fr2=sb-top&fr=moz2-ytff-&type_param=

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      if it was me, I would use the herbpharm mullein garlic compound and the fresh garlic in the ear or garlic oil. In fact last night I was getting an earache stemming from an infected tooth that was hurting. I put some garlic tincture in the ear and slept with a cut piece of garlic between my gum and the tooth and when I woke up neither my ear nor my tooth hurt giving my time to wait for my dentist appointment .but I would keep it up a while even after symptoms go away lest a few bacteria survive and it comes back.

      Do not worry about lack of insurance. In many ways it is a blessing in disguise though I know it must be scary. Many allopathic drugs are harmful and this way a person is forced to look for their own natural solution which often is effective, safer and cheaper. It is good when one has to take responsibility for their own health as often this forces them to make the needed lifestyle changes and this does not just placate symptoms but actually improves health.

      Once one starts seeing how effective it is, they lose some of the fear of being without insurance but we do need universal health care and single payer in this country like the kind Ohio is trying to get on the ballot. I gathered petition signatures and talked to many desperate people tapped to the max with premiums and copays and deductible or lacking insurance and 2 out of 3 people I approached immediately signed the petition and were hopeful of it passing one day. I doubt it will, unfortunately, due to electronic machines that are easily hackable and scare tactics that will come against it once it is on the ballot and gains the huge amount of signatures it requires.

      It is a shame people do not have health care insurance, but with some searching, you will find a natural treatment that works, I am 100% sure of it.

  13. QUESTION:
    Why am I only just coming out in a allergic reaction when I took it last year too?
    I have a ear infection but it isn't really bad and I have to use Amoxicillin.
    I've only just come out in a allergic reaction today even though I have used it last year and for the past few days.
    I am not going to carry on taking the tablets because I know it could be life threatening.
    I have rashes on my face, arms and stomach.
    Do I have a allergy to penicillin and if so why is it acting up now?

    • ANSWER:
      An allergy can develop at any time of our life and for anything. Just because your body was "fine" with something it doesn't mean that it won't develop an allergy for it later.

      If your ear infection is not so bad, why don't you try a natural treatment for it? It's just as effective. One of the best remedies for this is oregano oil, you can read what to do with here, hope it helps:

  14. QUESTION:
    Have you considered the Chiropractor for your child?
    Have any of you taken your babies or children to the chiropractor? A friend suggested I do this with my daughter since we have so many problems with ear infections and I hate to keep putting her on meds.
    I have been doing alot of research on this subject and it seems to me that there is alot if mixed feelings about it. What do you think and why?
    My chiropractor, by no means, says he can cure an ear infection. They don't actually adjust by twisting or popping in children.

    • ANSWER:
      Both my children have been adjusted since birth. My best advice is to find a chiropractor who specialized or has a lot of exprerince with children. I agree that your chiropractor cannot cure an ear infection, but chiropractic is actually a good tool for prevention. It, like any other treatment, does not work with every child, but proper alignment of the cervical spine can help keep the eustachian tubes open and draining, which is one of the leading causes of ear infections. An early study in Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics is promising as far as preventative treatment goes. My other piece of advice is to ask your doctor if he adjusts his own children or grandchildren. If he does he is confident in his abilities. Why not try something natural as opposed to continuing to give your daughter drugs? Save her the pain as well as the gross medicine.

  15. QUESTION:
    How to prevent or treat an ear piercing naturally?
    I pierced my own ear, a day ago, with a sewing needle, and now an treating it, to keep in clean with tee-tree oil.

    It is a bit sore, not najorly though and a little but of swelling near the hole, is there any reason for concern as of yet?

    What steps can I take to avoid an infection, or natural, home made treatment I can use?

    Please help, thankyou!!!

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    What is a natural remedy for ear mites?
    My dog has ear mites. I know most people would say to take him to the vet, but all the vet does is gives him an antibiotic, which isn't good for him. Just like it isn't good to give a person antibiotics all the time. I know there are homemade remedies, but which ones work the best and are safe? If you are just going to tell me to take him to the vet, or that i don't care about him, please don't answer this question. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a link to ear mites & the treatment needed. In spite of your claim, there are no homemade remedies & vets don't treat mite infection(if that is what your dog has) with antibiotics.

      http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_ear_mites.html

      There are several treatments available & you can discuss treatment options & costs with your vet.

  17. QUESTION:
    What can I do about my cat's "third" eyelid that is covering most of his eye?
    Vet treated ear infection (from another cat bite) with ear drops, antibiotic pills, and antibiotic liquid by mouth.
    During treatment (a month ago) his "third" white eyelid came over the eyeball on the side of his ear infection.
    Ear infection cured. Eyeball partially covered with white membrane. (Vet said it was natural and that it would go away soon.) What can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Call the vet and ask if it has been too long, maybe you should bring him in again. Have you tried a warm rag on his eye? It's so soothing when I have an infection.

  18. QUESTION:
    What natural remedies are there for a sinus infection?
    I've been taking an antibiotic for a sinus infection, and though I am feeling better, the symptoms are still bugging me. I want to try something else to add to it.

    • ANSWER:
      A warm salt-water solution poured through the nose provides great relief in sinusitis. A ceramic pot (a plastic one may also be used, it is far easier to carry) known as a “neti lota”, makes this procedure very easy. Fill the pot with warm water and add enough salt so the solution tastes like tears. Stand over a sink and tilt your head far to one side so that your ear is parallel to the floor, and pour the solution into the upper nostril, allowing it to drain through the lower nostril. You have to breathe through your mouth while doing this. Gently blow your nose using your gut muscles without applying pressure on your lungs as this may throw the mucus along with the bacteria back into your throat and the Eustachian tubes. Repeat on the other side. This procedure may be performed two or three times a day. It is a part of the yogic therapy and is extremely beneficial in sinusitis.

      Yoga (neti pot use is actually a part of it) is extremely beneficial, especially when you use herbs along with it.

      Usually, your sinusitis will require the use of antibiotics (I have myself taken tons of them) to get rid of bacteria and other organisms. Natural and holistic treatments have also been used for centuries to reduce the symptoms of sinusitis. Very often, conventional medications have harsh side effects and using more natural alternatives like herbal and homeopathic remedies are much safer and gentler for the body.

      Herbal remedies are there to alleviate the symptoms by reducing inflammation and, if you still take prescription medications, also help them in curing the infection. Of course, some of them like Echinacea, help tremendously in not only giving a fillip to your immune system but also help prevent colds and shorten the duration of your cold or flu.

      A highly effective herb is Quercitin which contains anti-oxidants and helps to promote healthy circulation and boosts immunity. Another carefully selected herb is Euphrasia officinalis (Eyebright) which is beneficial for good eye health. In addition, homeopathic ingredients such as Arsen alb, Nat. mur. and Kali mur. help to maintain the skin and nervous system as well as liver health.

      You may wish to read further an intriguing article on sinusitis and its solutions with regards to diet, certain dos and don'ts and off course natural remedies available, here..

  19. QUESTION:
    My dog keeps getting ear infections despite treatment from my vet. Anyone know they persist?
    She gets a dark sticky dirty substance in her ears and shakes her head alot. Seems painful when I clean her ears.
    I forgot to mention my dogs breed. She is a mix breed. Her mom was a pure bred white german shepherd and dad unknown. She lookes just like her mom.

    • ANSWER:
      Okay, lets do this. My rottie was getting alot of ear infections and was on so many different medications. An allergy to food can cause it, so lets do a trail on your dog by changing the food. I use to use Innova, so had to use a food that was very basic and didn't have the ingredients that was in the Innova. So I put him on California Natural-herring and sweet potato. It is very good food, but basic. The trial is going to last about 3 months. No treats, only the food. After he got over the last ear infection, he hasn't had it reoccur. You should have seen the crap in his ears. We went to the vet today, and she said that his ears looked really good. Try the change of the dog food and let me know. E-mail if you want if you have more questions.

      When cleaning the ears I always wait to put in the ointment. I want to make sure the cleaner isn't still in the ear when I add the other stuff where it will mix in with the other stuff.

      Watch the shaking of the head. It can damage the ear. My rottie has heavy ears. I think what happens is that they can break a blood vessel and so far that hasn't happened.

      I clean 2-3 times a week with the cleaner. If you do that everyday while putting in the ointment you are getting rid of the ointment from before. So they told me not to do that.

  20. QUESTION:
    How can I treat a sinus infection at home?
    I've never had a sinus infection before, but everyone I know says I have all of the symptoms and I'm miserable, so I need to take care of it. I don't have health insurance, so I can't afford to go to a regular doctor, but I make just over the limit for a free income based clinc, so I can't go there either. What can I take over the counter or anything else to help take care of this?

    • ANSWER:
      A warm salt-water solution poured through the nose provides great relief in sinusitis. A ceramic pot (a plastic one may also be used, it is far easier to carry) known as a “neti lota”, makes this procedure very easy. Fill the pot with warm water and add enough salt so the solution tastes like tears. Stand over a sink and tilt your head far to one side so that your ear is parallel to the floor, and pour the solution into the upper nostril, allowing it to drain through the lower nostril. You have to breathe through your mouth while doing this. Gently blow your nose using your gut muscles without applying pressure on your lungs as this may throw the mucus along with the bacteria back into your throat and the Eustachian tubes. Repeat on the other side. This procedure may be performed two or three times a day. It is a part of the yogic therapy and is extremely beneficial in sinusitis.

      Yoga (neti pot use is actually a part of it) is extremely beneficial, especially when you use herbs along with it.

      Usually, your sinusitis will require the use of antibiotics (I have myself taken tons of them) to get rid of bacteria and other organisms. Natural and holistic treatments have also been used for centuries to reduce the symptoms of sinusitis. Very often, conventional medications have harsh side effects and using more natural alternatives like herbal and homeopathic remedies are much safer and gentler for the body.

      Herbal remedies are there to alleviate the symptoms by reducing inflammation and, if you still take prescription medications, also help them in curing the infection. Of course, some of them like Echinacea, help tremendously in not only giving a fillip to your immune system but also help prevent colds and shorten the duration of your cold or flu.

      A highly effective herb is Quercitin which contains anti-oxidants and helps to promote healthy circulation and boosts immunity. Another carefully selected herb is Euphrasia officinalis (Eyebright) which is beneficial for good eye health. In addition, homeopathic ingredients such as Arsen alb, Nat. mur. and Kali mur. help to maintain the skin and nervous system as well as liver health.

      You may wish to read further an intriguing article on sinusitis and its solutions with regards to diet, certain dos and don'ts and off course natural remedies available, here.. http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/s/sinusitis.htm

  21. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any suggestions about how to treat Bronchitis naturally?
    My son has bronchitis and an ear infection, and is currently on azithromycin and breathing treatments. It's been 4 days and he doesn't seem to be getting any better. A couple of days ago, I became sick as well..suffering from the same symptoms (coughing with chest pains, fever/chills, tired, headaches..). Any suggestions would be helpful..thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      If your child is coughing up yellow/green sputum, he has a bacterial infection and azithromycin is usually very effective at killing the infection off. If his sputum is white or clear, he has a viral chest infection and there are no cures for viral infections. Go back to your doctor after he's completed the azithromycin medication if his symptoms have not improved. If your son (not sure how old he is)'s condition gets worse in the next few days, particularly if he's an infact, seek medical advice again.

      Sounds like you and your son are probably suffering from the common cold or a mild form of the 'flu in my opinion. You need rest, pain relief and plenty of fluids to manage the syptoms of 'flu. Sometimes you can get a bacterial chest infection secondary to/as a complication of the 'flu or the common cold because the viral infection weakens your body's natural immune defences so CAN give the chance for opportunistic bacteria to grow in the chest.

      Ask your pharmacist for over-the-counter medications for yourself and for your son to relieve the symptoms you describe (e.g. anti-tussants, pain relief, decongestants etc.).

      Get well soon.

  22. QUESTION:
    What is a good natural remedy for an ear infection?
    im experiencing dizziness, nausea, short attention span, hearing sensitivity, and a short focus span as well.

    • ANSWER:
      Several homeopathic remedies are available for treating ear infections. Many homeopathic physicians suggest taking one dose and waiting for a response. If you see improvement, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement slows or stops completely, you can take another dose. The required frequency of dosage varies based on the condition and the individual. A dose may be required several times an hour, several times per day, or once per day or less. If you do not see any response within a reasonable amount of time, you should select a different remedy. Keep in mind that the information provided is for educational purposes and cannot substitute the care of a trained healthcare provider.

      Belladonna – this remedy is used when an earache involves intense pain, bright red outer ear, high fever, or pain extending down the neck.

      Chamomilla – used when pain appears intolerable; symptoms indicating the use of this remedy include extremely irritability, severe ear pain, worsened symptoms when bending over, clear nasal discharge, and the child calms down when carried.

      Ferrum phosphoricum – used when symptoms first appear to soothe the ache and inflammation of an ear infection. A person will typically look pink and flushed with the outer ear also being warm and pink and may have a fever and a feeling of weariness.

      Hepar sulphuris calcareum – used when there is sharp and severe pain, think or colored discharge from the nose and ears, irritability and desire for warmth; symptoms are usually worse in cold and at night.

      Mercurius solubilis – used with advanced ear infections with pus formation in the middle ear, shooting pains and roaring in the ear, pain worsening at night and in warmth, sweating and drooling while sleeping, bad breath, and puffiness of the tongue.

      Pulsatilla – used with ear infections that follow a cold. The ear may be hot and swollen with a yellow-to-green thick discharge from the nose and ears; pain is often worse at night and when exposed to warmth. Children needing this remedy are often tearful and crave affection.

      Silica – use in later stages of an earache characterized by physical weakness, chills, mild and whimpering disposition, pain behind the ear, and sweating from head, hands or feet.

      The key to effective homeopathic treatment is to select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms.

  23. QUESTION:
    How do I know if my dog has ear mites?
    My dog has a red little bump on his ear (like if a mosquito bite). Does anyone know what it has?

    • ANSWER:
      Cat and Dog Ear Mites
      Signs & symptoms · Diagnosis · Treatment · Related articles
      What Are Ear Mites?
      Ear mites medical terms: cerumen, otodectes, notoedres, demodex, malassezia yeast, staphylococcus bacteria, streptococcus bacteria, pruritus
      Ear mites in dogs and ear mites in cats are tiny little creatures rather like spiders. They have 8 legs and live on or just under the surface of the skin. The two species of mites that cause ear infections are Otodectes and Notoedres. Otodectes infect dogs, cats, foxes and ferrets. Notoedres infect cats—usually the body and sometimes the ear. A common mite that causes skin infection and may involve areas of the head around the ears is demodex. While demodex causes skin infections around the ear, it does not cause infections in the ear canal.

      Who gets ear mites?
      Ear mites usually infect young pets, especially pets in shelters, and abandoned puppies and kittens. Older pets are somewhat resistant to mites. If the pet’s ear mites infect humans, the mite dies within a couple weeks because humans are not their natural host.

  24. QUESTION:
    Is plain natural yogurt good for you? And what is it specifically good for?
    I have started really liking natural yoghurt and eating it with many things and sometimes mutliple times a day with meals. Is it good for me? Or is this fattening? Can you eat too much of it?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know about you but I cannot eat too much of it. I love yogurt, especially greek yogurt - thicker and creamier and could eat it until it poured out my ears :-)

      Yogurt is a healthy food http://www.essortment.com/all/yogurthealth_rchl.htm and much better for you than most other dairy produce. It is better to eat live/active yogurt because this contains some of the healthy bacteria that we all have in our gut and helps to restore the balance of gut flora thus aiding digestion and preventing infection.

      The nice thing about natural yogurt, I think, is its versatility. It can be used for both sweet and savoury purposes. As well as eating it on its own as a plain dish it can be mixed with fruit, used as a topper for muesli, added to curries and soups, added to drinks, as a replacement for mayonnaise. You think of a way to use it in your diet it you can be sure you use it that way - except boiled!

      Not only is it good on the inside, it is just as versatile as a skin treatment http://www.natures-health-foods.com/yogurt-skin-care.html

      Its an all round winner.

      Homemade yogurt is really easy to make and once you have your first batch you just save a spoonful to start the next. Here is one recipe but there are many more suggestions available http://www.cookitsimply.com/recipe-0010-0544u4.html. Always make sure that your starter is live, I always add dried milk and I also strain mine to get a thicker finish - like greek yogurt. For variety try sheep or goats milk.

      Hope you keep on enjoying your new found treat.

  25. QUESTION:
    Do you know any tablet for ear infection?
    I am having this problem from last about six months.Yellow water come from ear. I went many time to my doctor they gave me anti-biotic tablets and ear drops but did not work.

    So i am looking for some elopathic or herbal tablet.
    My first preference is tablet.
    Help me please.Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      When I find something that works, does as it claims and takes care of more then one problem, I can’t help but tell other people about it.  When it comes to an ear infection treatment, my premise stays the same.  I know a lot of people, probably like you do; those that have ear infections and I see how much pain they are in.  I watch as they take rounds of antibiotics, only to have ear infections return or, more likely never be resolved to begin with.  It wasn’t until I began scientific studies during my college years, that I began to learn how the body really works, why natural products are in fact the best way to go and how much you can do to help your body heal itself.
      Enter Anistil.  In my opinion, this is the best ear infection treatment available.  Not only does it treat a current infection, it prevents new ones from coming.  That’s what I meant when I said I like a product that takes care of more then one problem I’m having. I don’t want an ear infection and, once it’s gone, I certainly don’t want another one.  Treatment is good, but prevention takes the cake.

      If you agree, and I really hope you do, then dig as deep as you with into the anatomy of the ear and the immune system’s role in helping the body heal itself.  You’ll be amazed; at least I was, by what our bodies can do if they have the right nutrients.  Antibiotics have their place, and thank goodness we have them for when we need to kill off bacteria but, as you read you’ll learn, this isn’t the cause of most infections and, while used in mass quantities around the world, antibiotics do leave their mark on your body, so now you have to repair that as well.  Why do all that when you can make one purchase and use one product to do so much?
      Click Here To Get Your Hands On The Best Ear Infection Treatment

  26. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog smell and itch non stop?
    My dog has been itching to the point of balding and the Vet has nothing to say about it. We did a scrape test and it came back negative for any yeast or bacteria. He is a puppy old English bulldog and has smelled a little funny since we got him, but it has definitely gotten worse. He only eats Call of the Wild natural dog food. He doesnt have flees or ticks because he has been treated with the one a month pill against worms for ticks and flees. Plus the Vet checked. He seems to eat less. He doesnt have an ear infection either. Please help

    • ANSWER:
      I wonder about your vet. Dogs should not smell. If yours does, this is a good indication of a skin infection (bacterial or fungal).

      In addition, just in case your pup was treated with a steroid such as Prednisone for the itch, beware. Even though steroids are often prescribed to help with skin rashes and itchiness, your dog's skin problems will be aggravated by the use of steroids.

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..."

      Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'. http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      For your pup's skin issues I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments including fungal and bacterial infections and if there is itching, it will stop within a few days. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mv_sessio…

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder and rub on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. This method works well for smaller skin areas. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  27. QUESTION:
    How to quickly cure a minor cold?
    I am in 8th grade and I have a big school trip on friday--(it's wednesday as I write this), and I was just wondering what are some things that work really well for a cold? I don't have any congestion or anything in my chest, just a really really stuffy/runny nose, and my head feels so stuffed. I'm a little bit dizzy too. Does anyone know of any good cold meds and/or natural treatments? Will eating oranges and drinking oranges actually help at all? Thanks-

    • ANSWER:
      You might think that i'm daft but a sure fire way to nip a cough or a cold in the bud ........is to slice a lime or lemon into quarters, squeeze the juice into a cup of warm water and add organic honey to taste (honey has antiobiotic properties) and sip on that................. then, suck on another 1/4 of a lime or lemon rinsing your mouth out thoroughly afterwards to protect your teeth from the acid ♥

      The vitamin C content of limes and lemons is so potent that it does a fine job of eliminating a cough and cold symptoms by bolstering your immune system♥

      Just gotta be brave girl and suk on those limes.

      Eat more foods rich in vitamin C ~ in particular, limes and lemons, also oranges, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, leafy and green vegies, red and green peppers♥

      vitamin C will bolster your immunity and help to torch those nasty cold and flu germs♥

      Loads of freshly squeezed juices are good too♥

      Pump up your fresh filtered water intake as the happiest and healthiest body will always be the most hydrated one♥

      Avoid sugar as bacteria will only multiply and feed on sugar. Also avoid B complex thieves such as caffeine, tea, sodas and soft drinks, alcohol .............. all these things will also do a great job of dehydrating you♥

      Paradoxically otc cold and flu meds and aspirin will also do a fine job of robbing you of your B complex of vitamins as well as your precious supplies of Vitamin C.

      Take a B complex supplement as the B complex of vitamins are essential for healthy neural digestive and immune system functioning and will assist your body in dealing with stress of being ill ................ take one even after you recover ♥

      Ensure you are drinking or eating something with Beta - carotene in it daily to heal quicker and in future to prevent further colds, as Vitamin A will aid in the proper function of the immune system, shorten the duration of illnesses and generally bolster the health of the mucosal lining of your ear nose and throat ie: carrott juice, pumpkin soups, eggs.

      Ask your mom to buy some pure essential eucalyptus oil from the supermarket ♥

      Eucalyptus oil has long been respected for its ability to lower temperatures and help the respiratory tract by loosening and removing mucus during attacks of bronchitis, coughs, flu, sinusitis and throat infections. Its antiviral and antibacterial action will deter further growth of the bacteria or virus♥

      Put a capfull of eucalyptus oil into a hot bath and soak in that for 15 - 20 minutes luxuriously inhaling the steamy wonderfull vapours.......... this will help enormously in loosening congestion and mucus from your chest and respiratory tract.

      Put a few drops of eucalyptus oil also onto a hanky and lie it next to your pillow at night to help ease breathing.

      Fill a salad bowl with hot water and put 1/2 a capfull of eucalyptus oil into it ~ make a tent with a towel over your head and lean over the bowl and inhale the steamy eucalypt vapours ........... being carefull not to get so close that you burn your face♥

      Caution ~ Do not use eucalyptus oil if you suffer from epilepsy or high blood pressure ....... if either is the case simply substitute with tea tree oil which is also a brilliant antiviral and antibacterial♥ Also do not use eucalyptus oil if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or on infants or young children under 5 years of age ♥ Under no circumstances should you ever ingest eucalyptus oil ♥

      Good health to you♥

      be brave and eat the limes hun ~ amazing stuff♥

      CHEERS

  28. QUESTION:
    Is there a natural alternative to antibiotics to treat sinusitis?
    I have occasional bouts with sinusitis and sinus infections from flying and traveling from one climate to another within days. This causes face pain, headaches and dizziness as a result of fullness in the ears. The only option physicians seem to offer is antibiotics (up to fourteen days' worth at a time) and decongestants. I understand though that taking antibiotics too often can wear down the natural immune system. Any alternatives?

    • ANSWER:
      I've suffered from sinusitis for as long as I can remember. In fact, I'm experiencing it now.

      I have a couple of things to say:

      1) Sinusitis is only occasionally caused by bacterial infection. It can also be viral or fungal. Your decision not to continue anti-biotics, especially if they aren't working, is wise. And to whomever said you could DIE by not taking them is a nut job and has no idea what they're talking about.

      2) Decongestants can often make sinusitis WORSE. Why? Because they dry out your sinuses which inflames the sinus membranes more, causing them to produce MORE phlegm (only now its thicker because its dry) which cause more pressure, becomes harder to expectorate and can aggravate the problem long term even if they provide short term relief).

      3) My FAVORITE thing to use when I have sinus problems is a neti pot. It looks kind of gross, but it works WONDERS. I use it every day when my sinuses act up, and it clears me out and moistens the linings of my sinuses so that they don't hurt, feel dry, etc. Here is a link with some info: http://www.healingdaily.com/exercise/neti-pot.htm

      4) Here is the suggested treatment methods from webMD. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/Sinusitis-Home-Treatment

      While I do know someone who has had the surgery, I'd be leary of selecting that option unless you have tried everything else ad nauseum. If your bouts are truly "occasional" as you say, surgery may be overkill. Try the neti pot (or similar practice) and read the webMD page first.

      Hope that helps!

  29. QUESTION:
    Can I purchase a product to assist my cat in not shaking his head and scratching his ears, sin Veterinarian?
    I see black stuff in his ears, but i don't have enough money to go to the vet right now. What does he have?

    • ANSWER:
      Your cat has ear mites. That is what the black coffe-like particle in his ears indicate and that is why he is shaking his head and scratching it like crazy. Here is a home reedy that you can try:

      (1) Clean the cat's ears out. The first step toward clearing up an ear mite infestation is to get as many tiny critters (and their belongings) out of the ear canal as possible. Put several drops of mineral oil into the ear canal and massage gently. If the debris is particularly hard and crusty, you may have to let the oil work in for a few hours to soften things up. The massaging will help bring debris up to the outer part of the ear where it can be wiped away with a COTTON BALL or tissue. (Do not use cotton swabs, even though you may have seen your vet clean a cat's ears that way -- one slip could puncture an eardrum.) If you want to do a thorough cleaning job (and you're courageous enough), you can use lukewarm distilled water in an ear syringe to gently flush out the canal. Repeat the cleaning procedure until the debris is gone.

      (2) Hit the mites while they're down. While the mineral oil immobilizes any mites left behind, it won't kill them all. To do that, you need insecticide eardrops. Reliable products that contain pyrethrins (a natural insecticide found in flowers of the mum family) are widely available at pet supply stores. Follow directions carefully, making sure to massage the drops in well and wipe away any excess.

      (3) Where mites might be. By the time you notice your cat has ear mites, there are literally thousands of the itty-bitty things around. Smaller than the period at the end of this sentence, a single ear mite can crawl out of your cat's ear canal and hide out deep in her fur -- only to crawl back in after all the excitement of treatment is over and repopulate the colony. Therefore, cats with ear mites need regular treatment with flea products to knock out those adventurous mites that go exploring elsewhere on the cat's body.

      If your best home remedies don't knock out ear mites within a month, or the skin in or around the ear becomes raw or inflamed, you need professional help. Likewise, if your cat has itchy ears, shakes her head, flattens her ears, and has discharge from the ear canal -- but no mite debris or there are no live mites to be found -- check with your vet. It could be a yeast or bacterial infection or another type of ear problem.

  30. QUESTION:
    Natural Remedies to help with a Fungal Infection to the ears of a dog?
    My Rottweiler has a Fungal Infection in her ear and is starting to get it in her other. Is there any natural Remedies to help treat and cure this??
    Any info as to why she got this in the first place?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't know if you'd call this "natural" but it sure does work:

      BLUE POWER EAR SOLUTION

      INGREDIENTS:
      16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
      4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
      16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

      Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.
      You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder.

      TREATMENT: Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all.

      Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days.
      Shake the bottle each time before using.
      Put cotton balls or similiar absorbent material under the ear.
      Flood the ear with solution, (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue.
      Flood again on first treatment, wipe with a tissue, and leave alone without massage.

      The dog will shake out the excess which can be wiped with a tissue, cotton ball, etc as the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics.

      The SCHEDULE of treatment is as follows:
      Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon severity of ears
      Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks
      Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog)

      All of these ingredients should be available at a pharmacy.
      The Boric Acid Powder soothes the ear.
      The Gentian Violet Solution is an anti-infection agent.
      The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites to wax to canker.

      After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with a Q-tip or cotton balls.

      The success rate for this treatment is 95-99%.

      If an infection seems to be remaining in the treated ear after the above course of treatment, you may also have some Pseudomonas bacteria in the site.

      This can be eradicated by using a gentle flush of raw apple cider vinegar and wateR(warm)

      Use 2 Tablespoons of vinegar to one cup of water, 2 x per week.

      They have found the Blue Powder Solution to be effective for treating fungus-type infections on the feet and elsewhere on the dog, for cuts on dogs or people, and for hot spots.

      Remember it is for external use only ..so be careful not to get into the eyes.

  31. QUESTION:
    How do you schedule a deviated septum surgery?
    I went to the ear/nose/throat doctor because I have hearing loss (I'm only 23), and he said it was caused from pressure in my head and that the problem is with my nose. I tried what he gave me, saline solution and medicine, but it didn't make a difference. I can't even blow my nose, one side is completely blocked.

    My mom had a deviated septum. I haven't been officially diagnosed with that but I can tell I do. I assume I need to be officially diagnosed with something before they prescribe the surgery? My doctor wasn't a good doctor but he's the only one in town. And so after they recommend it, will they send all the documents to the surgeon's place?

    These headaches are killing me everyday >.> I guess I'm wondering the most cost-efficient course of action and the order these things should go in. I don't know how they diagnose things and etc and my nose is completely blocked, so I'm not sure how that affects the diagnosis.

    Thanks a bunch for your answers! I really appreciate it cause I am desperate now.

    • ANSWER:
      Cost efficiency for your blocked nose?
      Your doctor isn't a good doctor, but because he's the only one in town, you ....?

      Perhaps before you try the cost ineffective surgery, you could "At Your Own Risk" try some of these cost effective natural remedies:

      1) Cayenne Pepper Tea: Boil a cup of water, add 1/4(one quarter) teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper Powder, mix well and sip it till it's all gone or just gargle with it.
      Your nose/throat/stomach will thank you soon after the third sip. lol
      2) Ginger Tea: Bring to a boil a cup of water with 6+ fresh slices of ginger, let it cool for a minute(add 1tsp of honey/optional) and sip it till it's all gone.
      3) Chew/eat half clove of garlic (raw) ..... then drink half a cup of warm water.
      4) Add 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (raw-unfiltered) to half a glass of water and drink it.
      5) ....
      The above remedies are also helpful for acid/reflux/heartburn/gas/stuffy nose/sore throat/cold & sinus & allergies symptoms.

      Read this: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/cayenne-pepper.html
      --and this: http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-ginger-root.html
      --and this: http://heartofwisdom.com/heartathome/2010/06/03/12-health-benefits-of-organic-apple-cider-vinegar/
      --and this: http://www.livestrong.com/benefits-of-raw-garlic/
      --and this: http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/seed-and-nut/health-benefits-of-cumin.html
      --and this: http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html
      --and this: http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-wasabi.html

      After all, reading leads to knowledge. ;)
      Use Q-tips to gently clean inside the ears. Too much earwax build up can cause all sorts of illness.
      When in doubt, consult your doctor.
      Have a healthy happy life. :)

      http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-natural-treatments-for-sinus-infection.html

  32. QUESTION:
    How long do Sinus infections take to go? Do they eventually go without treatment?
    I'm unsure if I do have a sinus infection or what, but ever since I had the flu. (Over a month a go now). I still feel icky, although some symptoms go away for a few days, but then comes back.

    My head feels heavy and tight, the feeling is worse whenever I bend down or crouch down etc. I have pain around the eyes, cheeks, nose, side of the nose and around the ears. I also have headaches too. My eyes keep watering and im sensitive to bright light, (sunlight, etc). I also feel a throbbing sensation around my forehead. Every time I blow my nose, it bleeds. I also feel tired and occasionally have nausea (not all the time though).
    This has been going on for over a month.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you are right, and it's a sinus infection. They can go away without treatment. Most of the time they will go away without treatment. However, if you have been battling this for a month now, you need to treat it.

      Some great home or herbal remedies include: cayenne pepper, garlic, onion, and horseradish in your soups and meals, to help dissolve and eliminate excess mucus. Combine 1-2 teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in 6 ounces of water, a teaspoon of raw honey or stevia to sweeten and drink 3 times a day for 5 days. Try grapefruit seed extract GSE). For sinus infections you can purchase GSE as a nasal spray and use it as an adjunct to your treatment protocol.

      If you try any herbal/home remedy, and don't see improvement in 7 days, it's time to see a doctor for an exam and further treatment. Before they write a prescription for an antibiotic, make sure they check to be sure you have an infection. Antibiotics don't treat anything but bacterial infection, so if it's a virus, an antibiotic will be pointless.

      Here is a list of natural antibiotics that should target your sinus problems, but not kill off the good bacteria:
      APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
      SALINE RINSE
      CAYENNE SNORTING
      HYDROGEN PEROXIDE AND SEA SALT
      HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
      GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT
      NETI POT
      STEAMING WITH APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
      OREGANO OIL
      OIL PULLING
      GARLIC
      MULTIPLE REMEDIES
      COLLOIDAL SILVER
      DIETARY CHANGES

      Make sure you're also getting plenty of antioxidents, including plenty of vitamin C.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is there a connection between a dogs dental condition and returning ear infections?

    My dog is on a prescribed diet of Urinary SO, made by Royal Canin.

    • ANSWER:
      Almost always these problems are diet-related. Your dog is showing signs of a weakened immune system, which is manefesting in allergies. Most of the grains in dog food are not digestible for dogs, are allergens and cause tartar build-up on teeth (humans, too). Most of the immune system is located in the GI tract, where nutrients are absorbed (seen the DanActive commercial?). When you screw up its workings with non-nutritive dog "food" you see all kinds of problems, like ear and skin problems, gas, GI upset, etc. What I mean, are the filler ingredients you see in most commercial dog foods. These include corn products, wheat products, soy products, peanut hulls, sugar, colors, flavors, salt, beet pulp... I could go on, but I won't. You see many of these non-food ingredients in well-known, vet-recommended prescription foods, too. Why are those ingredients in dog food: they're cheap. CHEAP=CRAP.

      My diet of preference, that rises far above any other is raw. Although domesticated for thousands of years, a dog's gut still works the same as the wolf. They have the acids, enzymes and flora that are designed to digest raw meat and bones. What they don't have are the enzymes to digest grains (wheat, corn, etc). A balanced raw diet will cure most, if not all of your dog's problems. My dogs have sparkling white teeth, because the enzymes in the raw meat actually clean their teeth. Also, I live in FL where we have a flea problem year round. In my house there are 7 cats and 3 dogs, non of which need treatment for fleas. They don't need any chemicals because they are so healthy, they repel fleas on their own. When I think how expensive raw diet is, I just think of how much I save on flea prevention and treatment. For info:
      http://www.auntjeni.com
      http://www.drpitcairn.com

      If you really have trouble with raw, here are some other suggestions. It's a cut and paste from another question that I answered some time ago:

      Sometimes a meat and rice recipe will work, but some of the problems that you're having will respond better to a high-quality grain-free diet. All kibble, which is cheaper than canned or raw, must have grain, potato, or tapioca in it to hold it together. Potato would be cheaper than tapioca, and potato is better than grain.

      HIgh-quality means that most of the ingredients are of HUMAN-GRADE quality. None of the recall products were human-grade. If it's not good enough for me, it's not good enough for my dogs.

      The first ingredient should be a meat. It shouldn't be a meat by-product or a meal. Neither of these are human grade, nor can they be measured for there nutritional content. That's because the company cooks down a bunch of different animal parts that's different each time.

      Don't get anything with wheat, corn, soy (or soybean oil), BHA, BHT, ethoxoquin, artificial flavors and colors, salt, sugars (including sucrose and fructose).

      A lot of these poor-quality ingredients are cheap fillers, flavor enhancers, and preservatives. They offer a low source of nutrition, and weaken the immune system. That's what causes allergies. The only reason they're in the recipe is because they serve a purpose for the company, not to keep your dog healthy.

      I suggest you read dog food labels carefully. Look at foods like Evo (made by Innova), Timberwolf Wild & Natural or Ocean Blue, Barking At The Moon (made by Solid Gold). They're more expensive, but they would seriously cut down on the allergies, which would mean less trips to the vet. I also suggest adding a cold-water fish oil, like salmon, krill, anchovy or sardine. This will help a lot with the ear problem and the yeast. You could also add probiotics and dygestive enzymes.
      One product that has salmon oil, pre- and probiotcs, and digestive enzymes is Positive Health by Great Life. They also make an excellent food, but is expensive. Their website http://www.greatlife4pets.com

  34. QUESTION:
    How can I cure a yeast infection in my dog's ear?
    I have a shih tzu who has chronic yeast infections in his ear. The vet isn't helping. The infection keeps coming back. What are some natural remedies I could try?

    • ANSWER:
      Zymox Otic with hydrocortisone is an enzyme treatment. It treats yeast and bacterial infections. Available online without a prescription.
      Feeding a grain free food also helps.
      Blue Buffalo Wilderness, Taste of the Wild, Canidae grain free, Wellness Core are some good brands.
      Eliminate grain in treats.

  35. QUESTION:
    What is a good over the counter remedy for nail fungus that really works?
    I would prefer something that is made of natural ingredients.

    • ANSWER:
      I've never had nail fungus, so I can't tell you it will work for sure. But, I have heard anecdotal stories of grapefruit seed extract being used for nail fungus. I never bothered to question how it was used. It is inexpensive, so it would be worth a try before resorting to something more expensive.

      I would definitely try it if I had nail fungus, and this is what I would try: Get the liquid form and dilute it about 10 drops in 3 oz of water (that's double the strength we usually use for yeast and bacteria). Soak the nail in it about 5 to 10 minutes.

      GSE is an antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-yeast treatment. should be in every medicine cabinet for sore throats, ear infections and yeast infections anyway, so you won't be out anything getting it. I don't see why it wouldn't work, since it is antifungal - just not my usual use for it. Health food stores carry it, or http://www.iherb.com (which has the best prices on it, and I'm not affiliated).

  36. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to wean off nasal spray and stop congestion rebound?
    I have been using nasal sprays (strong ones) for over a year now about twice a day. I believed I had severe sinus problems as one of my nostrils was always blocked where no air would come out at all. The only thing which cleared this feeling of blockage was nasal spray so I kept using the spray even when I had the slightest congestion. I went to the doctor to be referred to an ear, nose and throat specialist and they told me no as I need to get off the nasal spray first as I have no nasal problems except for the rebound from the nasal spray. I tried getting off the nasal spray and stopped for a day but the congestion was severe, annoying, I couldnt breathe, I suffocated when I exercised and basically just felt like I had the worst ever cold that would not go away. I went back on the nasal spray as I couldnt take it. Now I am starting to get other affects from the nasal spray such as post-nasal drip and its causing me a lot of problems like having to constantly clear my throat. How do I manage to get off the nasal spray? How long does it take before I know my nasal issues are or arent the rebound from the nasal spray?

    • ANSWER:
      Ever thought of trying Natural Remedies instead of bad and addictive drugs?
      Allergies and a cold/sinus have very similar symptoms.
      Either ways, you could "At Your Own Risk" try some of these natural remedies:
      **Read the information on the link below before attempting.**
      1) Cayenne Pepper Tea: Boil a cup of water, add 1/4(one quarter) teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper Powder, mix well and sip it till it's all gone. (or just gargle with it if you just have sore throat).
      Your nose/throat/stomach will thank you soon after the third sip. lol
      2) Ginger Tea: Bring to a boil a cup of water with 6+ fresh slices of ginger, let it cool for a minute(add 1tsp of honey/optional) and sip it till it's all gone. (ginger is also good for Nausea, Dizziness, Anxiety & Stress).
      3) Chew/eat half clove of garlic (raw) ..... then drink half a cup of warm water.
      4) Add 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (raw-unfiltered) to half a glass of water and drink it.
      5) .... Repeat any of the above every 6 to 12 hrs. even after symptoms have subsided. (health boost).
      6) ....
      The above remedies are also helpful for acid/reflux/heartburn/gas/stuffy nose/sore throat/cold & sinus & allergies symptoms.

      Read this: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/cayenne-pepper.html
      --and this: http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-ginger-root.html
      --and this: http://heartofwisdom.com/heartathome/2010/06/03/12-health-benefits-of-organic-apple-cider-vinegar/
      --and this: http://www.livestrong.com/benefits-of-raw-garlic/
      --and this: http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/seed-and-nut/health-benefits-of-cumin.html
      --and this: http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html
      --and this: http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-wasabi.html

      After all, reading leads to knowledge. ;)
      Use Q-tips to gently clean inside the ears. Too much earwax build up can cause all sorts of illness.
      Also, if you drink half (100ml) of a Yop (Yoplait Yogurt) the bacteria's culture might help too. (if you're not allergic to milk/dairy products).
      When in doubt, consult your doctor.
      I hope you find your cure today.
      Have a healthy happy life. :)

      http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-natural-treatments-for-sinus-infection.html
      http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-postnasal-drip.htm
      http://www.nativeremedies.com/ailment/treatments-for-post-nasal-drip.html

      Source: Research

  37. QUESTION:
    How can I help my hey fever symptoms?
    My symptoms have been really bad recently, and I've been taking a tablet everyday which in previous years, would have done the trick. But I still wake up everyday with my eyes stuck together, a blocked nose, aching head and ears and I can't stop sneezing!

    Is there anything else I could try?

    • ANSWER:
      For chronic sinusitis, please refer to this previous article about how to address sinusitis caused by mold and fungi exposure. The following natural treatments can help you get over an acute sinus infection without the use of antibiotics and unnecessary OTC drugs, by keeping your cilia healthy and functioning, thereby preventing excess mucus build-up in your sinuses.

      Drink hot liquids, such as tea or hot chicken soup. It will help moisturize your mucous membranes, speeding up the movement of your cilia and thus washing mucus out of your sinuses more quickly.

      Apply warm compresses to your face, three times a day for five minutes. A small towel soaked in warm water, placed over your face below and between the eyes, will help increase the circulation in your sinuses, which will also help speed up the movement of your cilia.

      Irrigate your sinuses. In a 2007 study from University of Michigan Health System researchersvi, saline irrigation was found to decrease nasal congestion more effectively than saline sprays. It appears to work by thinning mucus, decreasing swelling in your nasal passages and removing debris, bacteria, allergens and inflammatory substances from your nose, hence decreasing swelling that makes it hard to breathe. (If you've never done this before, see these Nasal Irrigation Guidelinesvii by the University of Michigan.)

      To make your own preservative-free saline solution, just add one teaspoon of himalayan or sea salt to one pint of distilled water. Make sure you use a saline solution that does not contain benzalkonium, a preservative that can impair your nasal function and might sting and burn.

      Clear your sinuses with an aromatherapy steam bath. To help open up congested nasal passages and sinuses, put a couple of drops of eucalyptus or menthol aromatherapy oil into a bowl of hot water, then breathe the vapors. In lieu of aromatherapy oil, dabbing some Vick's VapoRub on your skin underneath your nose can also be effective.

      Unclog your sinuses with the right foods. Horseradish, grated on top of a sandwich, or some Japanese wasabi mustard can also help open up congested sinuses.
      Elevate your head when sleeping.

      Dust your bedroom. Dust and dust mites can wreak havoc on your mucous membranes, especially when you're asleep and your cilia are at rest. Using a HEPA filter air purifier is also beneficial in keeping your air as free from allergens as possible.

  38. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know the natural equivalent to a decongestant?
    I have a very bad sinus infection and I am trying to find a quick natural cure. Maybe I should drink salt water. Any suggestions?
    Or ..................
    I meant to also ask the equivalent of an antihistamine?

    • ANSWER:
      Antihistamine drugs workby blocking the release of histamine in response to an allergen.This prevents the allergic reaction in the short term and helpsto clear allergic reactions like sneezing, red, itchy and wateryeyes and nose.

      However, they also often have unwantedside effects like drowsiness, heart palpitations,impaired concentration, etc.

      Because they often become less effective over time,it may be necessary to keep trying new drugs to try and achievethe same therapeutic effect.

      Acute sinusitis typically causes symptoms of nasal congestion and a thick yellow or green discharge. Other symptoms include tenderness and pain over the sinuses, frontal headaches, and sometimes chills, fever, and pressure in the area of the sinuses. Chronic sinusitis differs slightly, in that symptoms can be milder and may only include postnasal drip, bad breath, and an irritating dry cough.

      Bromelain, an enzyme derived from pineapple, has been reported to relieve symptoms of acute sinusitis.

      Histamine is associated with increased nasal and sinus congestion. In one study, vitamin C supplementation (1,000 mg three times per day) reduced histamine levels in people with either high histamine levels or low blood levels of vitamin C. Another study found that 2,000 mg of vitamin C helped protect people exposed to a histamine challenge test.

      The main ingredient of eucalyptus oil, cineole, has been studied as a treatment for sinusitis. In a double-blind study of people with acute sinusitis that did not require treatment with antibiotics, those given cineole orally in the amount of 200 mg 3 times per day recovered significantly faster than those given a placebo. Eucalyptus oil is also often used in a steam inhalation to help clear nasal and sinus congestion. Eucalyptus oil is said to function in a fashion similar to menthol by acting on receptors in the nasal mucous membranes, leading to a reduction in the symptoms of nasal stuffiness.

      One of the most popular supportive treatments for both acute and chronic sinusitis in Germany is an herbal combination containing gentian root, primrose flowers, sorrel herb, elder flowers, and European vervain. The combination has been found to be useful in helping to promote mucus drainage ("mucolytic" action) from the sinuses. The combination is typically used together with antibiotics for treating acute sinusitis.

      Horseradish is another herb used traditionally as a mucus-dissolver.One half to one teaspoon (3-5 grams) of the freshly grated root can be eaten three times per day. Horseradish tincture is also available. One quarter to one half teaspoon (2 to 3 ml) can be taken three times per day.

      Wood betony (Stachys betonica) is used in traditional European herbal medicine as an anti-inflammatory remedy for people with sinusitis. Modern clinical trials have not been conducted to confirm this use of wood betony.

      A warm salt-water solution poured through the nose may offer some relief from both allergic and infectious sinusitis. A ceramic pot, known as a "neti lota" pot, makes this procedure easy. Alternatively, a small watering pot with a tapered spout may be used. Fill the pot with warm water and add enough salt so the solution tastes like tears. Stand over a sink, tilt your head far to one side so your ear is parallel to the floor, and pour the solution into the upper nostril, allowing it to drain through the lower nostril. Repeat on the other side. This procedure may be performed two or three times a day.

      I don't know if these products would give you a 'quick cure' but may help keep others at bay once cleared up.

  39. QUESTION:
    What is the best remedy for a sore throat?
    I need relief. I can't take anymore medicine I am maxed out on Dayquil! I have been taking cepacol lozenges but more ideas. I am on Augmentin for an upper respiratory infection.

    • ANSWER:
      * Gargling with salt water will kill the bacteria. The best way to treat a sore throat is to gargle with warm salt water 6-8 times a day.

      * Of course, the best solution is to eliminate the cause instead of treating the symptoms. Eating half a leaf of fresh sage, combined with 1/8 teaspoon of turmeric, will greatly reduce the drainage and congestion. This works at least as well as the pharmaceutical medications (and without their side-effects).

      * You should make your body alkaline to boost its uptake of oxygen. Drinking homemade lemonade with a pinch of baking soda periodically is a fast, safe, and effective way of doing this. Lemon juice is an acid, but it makes the body more alkaline because of the way it gets processed. The baking soda will add buffering bicarbonates to make the body resistive to becoming acidic again, which is the normal state during sickness. None of these things will provide immediate relief for the throat pain. That requires time.

      * To treat the pain (and most effectively kill the bacteria) use a small amount of cayenne pepper with 3% hydrogen peroxide in a gargle. Sea salt is also fine to add. The remedies mentioned in previous answers really are effective, but not as fast. Your body will very rapidly deplete its iodine reserves anytime you are sick, so I recommend adding a quarter-sized patch of 2% iodine on your skin once a day, and more often if it absorbs rapidly. A couple of drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide in each ear periodically is helpful too. Even drinking a tiny amount of it in a drink will give your body a tremendous boost.

      * If the condition lasts longer than a week, and you have blisters in your throat, it is most likely a strep germ. In this case, the condition will merit pharmaceutical antibiotics, because strep germs can go into remission and silently attack the heart. There are powerful holistic treatments - such as colloidal silver - that I also recommend in conjunction with the antibiotics. Strep germs are too dangerous to not hit them with everything you can.

      * Responding to the user above, do NOT take colloidal silver. This can cause toxicity and hurt you. Ingestion of any heavy metal is never a good idea.

      * I would suggest raw honey. Mix it with tea and lemon for a refreshing taste. Don't forget to use "raw" and not just ordinary processed and refined honey. I suggest that you use 1 standard drinking glass of hot to warm water 1 teaspoon of cayenne powder, and a couple pinches of salt for good measure.

      * A great natural remedy is a spoonful of tehina or sesame paste - this home remedy is used quite often in the Middle East.

      * Take a small bowl. Squeeze some lemon into it and then add some salt. Take a tablespoon and drink some. Drink some more. Then gargle the last bit and spit it out. It might taste horrible, but afterwards - in about a minute - I felt some relief.

      * In desperation I tried chewable ginger tablets, known as Ginger Trips. I took 2 to start with and then an additional tablet whenever the pain started to come back. It was the only thing that worked of the various things that I tried. After I controlled the pain with the ginger, I used a 3% hydrogen peroxide gargle to help get rid of the lingering bacteria and took vitamin C to boost my immune system.

      * Get some throat coat tea bags (Traditional Medicinals, at the health food store); they contain licorice and that soothes the throat and lungs. Don't use it if you have high blood pressure or liver disorders, though.

      * Take throat lozenges and contact your doctor.

      * Eat some lettuce; it helps the pain a lot.

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  40. QUESTION:
    Where does the garlic ear ache remedy come from?
    What is the history behind this remedy? Who created it? How old is it? Is there a folk explanation for it?Is it harmful? Is it similar to any Western Medical treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      It is unclear who was the real source of this remedy.

      Garlic has been used by the ancient Egyptians, Sumerians, Indians, Chinese, Greeks, and Romans as a treatment for a number of ailments. All civilizations believed it was anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, etc (Check out this link that goes in more detail: http://interestingfacts-today.blogspot.com/2013/03/uses-of-garlic-historically.html).

      Its use has continued throughout history as it was used in place of penicillin in World War II. And recent research proves what the ancients knew already. Studies also show it can fight cancer cells too.

      Garlic is powerful and should not be used in excess. It is natural and no microbes have built immunity against it (unlike antibiotics); however, antibiotics are more potent, and faster acting. The ear remedy isn't really similar to western medical treatments; however, western medicine recommends garlic in the diet to boost immunity and fight off infection.

      Hope that helps.

  41. QUESTION:
    What can I do about my dog scratching at herself all the time?
    First of all, I AM taking her to a vet. She is scheduled for next week because that's what's available. She needs to get her vaccines anyway.

    I've checked her for fleas, and she was in the vet's a few weeks ago and they didn't notice anything. Since her last visit, the itchiness has gotten worse. She has scabs on one of her ears and a small patch of sparce fur at the base of her tail.

    Some background:
    She has had a UTI before and was treated for that, and put on a special diet (Science Diet, a brand that is low-protein, gran-free, acidic, and contains cranberries, which is what she needs). She eats well.
    She is a pitbull-plott hound mix (plott hounds are a type of coon hound, but pretty much only show up in the South USA). She is a rescue and I got her from a foster home with a bunch of other dogs.
    She is otherwise a very healthy dog, in pique condition.

    • ANSWER:
      The most common reasons for skin issues (i.e. itching, skin irritation and/or hair loss) include:

      - Allergic reactions to flea bites, food/treats, grooming products or house-cleaning products, etc.
      - Mites
      - Fungal/Bacterial infections (ringworm, yeast, staph etc.) See a remedy below
      - Steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot')

      Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections sometimes coupled with a bad odor.

      ALLERGIES

      To allergic dogs just one flea can cause havoc. Even if not visible, you can always see the debris fleas leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If placed in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas with natural methods to avoid exposure to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will cause harm sooner or later. For recommendations see http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where your dog roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on flea control see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html
      and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check food/treats ingredients. Dog's digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Discontinue any with corn, wheat, etc. Get ones with no grains with meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      Discontinue use of grooming products or house cleaning products that can be allergens. For a while, use white vinegar as the cleaning agent for your floors, counters, etc. Vinegar has strong cleaning and anticeptic properties and the smell disappears quickly after use. See http://www.vinegarworkswonders.com/faqs.asp

      MITES

      Three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      Avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals which will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend the use of natural products. Search the Internet to find them. I prefer the spray type treatment which is effective, easy to use, and inexpensive that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains and result in undesirable health complications, including skin problems.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For many skin issues I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments including fungal and bacterial infections and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. This method works well for smaller skin areas. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  42. QUESTION:
    What causes a dog's hair to look like it is stained red?
    I am noticing the belly and inner leg hair on my dog starting to look like it is reddish discolored. She has been scratching a little bit also (I use good flea meds so that shouldn't be a problem). Her belly skin also looks a little bit pinkish. Could this be a yeast infection and is there a home treatment I can try for it? This is in the summer, so does heat contribute to this problem? Any info is appreciated; thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The reddish/brown staining is caused by saliva, through licking and chewing. She is likely experiencing some allergies, either environmental (pollens, grass, dust, mold, etc) and/or food allergies. They'll often be itchy all over and will lick their paws. Other symptoms include red, itchy ears, red eyes, runny eyes, runny/snotty nose, coughing, sneezing, and vomiting a white foam (due to sinus drainage). Antihistamines like Claritin, Benadryl, Hydroxyzine, and Zyrtec may help.

      Remember food allergies come from a protein source like beef, chicken, or fish. Corn is 10% protein, so the likelihood that she is allergic to corn is slim. If you're interested in performing a food trial, there are prescription diets like Hill's z/d or Royal Canin hypoallergenic. If you are currently feeding a food with beef as the number 1 protein source, switch to a diet with chicken or lamb, and see if that makes a difference.

      Skin infections are common as a secondary result of the scratching, chewing, and licking. Keep a look out for any red rashes and red bumps/spots or scabs. She may have an unpleasant odor or flaky skin too. She will be prescribed an antibiotic or antifungal if this is the case. If she is constantly licking and her skin is always moist (combined with the warm weather), then yes that creates the perfect environment for yeast to flourish. Yeast infections are especially common in ears and between paw pads, since there is very little air flow. Unfortunately there are no home remedies. If she has a bacterial or fungal infection, only prescription medications can get rid of it.

      Adding a fish oil supplement to your dog's diet will be beneficial for her skin. It is high in omega 3 fatty acids which is a natural anti-inflammatory. It's great for skin, coat, joint health, brain health, heart health and I can go on and on. They sell fish oil specific for dogs on websites like petmeds.com and smartpakcanine.com.

      I'd say a trip to the vet is in order so they can prescribe her medications if she does have a secondary skin infection. If she does, she will continue to itch until it clears. They may even prescribe an antihistamine or write down a dose for the over the counter human brands. Skin and allergies can be frustrating so consult your vet for more advice. They are there to help!

  43. QUESTION:
    Taking cephalexin for something and I think I'm having a side effect?
    I'm taking it for a urinary tract infection and an inner ear infection, but it seems like now I have vaginitis. Is that a side effect and should I call my doctor? I just ran out of the stuff today, so will it go away on its own?

    • ANSWER:
      No don't call your doctor. You have vaginal thrush most likely, rather than bacterial vaginosis. Vaginal thrush is SO common in us females after taking antibiotics for anything, as the antibiotics actually deplete our natural vaginal bacteria and so we end up with thrush :(
      You just need to go to the pharmacy or chemist and get the over-the-counter treatment for vaginal thrush. It will not go away on it's own. Take care :)

  44. QUESTION:
    Can allergies cause vertigo and drowsiness?
    I feel like I am on a dock or elevator when I walk. Sometimes I feel tired during the day. My right ear pops when I swallow laying down. Occasionally it has its own heartbeat. Under my ear and in front of my ear twitches sometimes. All of this has been happening for two weeks now. Can allergies cause all of this? I never had allergies before but my doctor once told me that I am at the age where most people start to get allergies. I am 22 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      An Inner Ear infection can cause dizziness/vertigo and also indigestion and low blood pressure.

      Allergies and a cold/sinus have very similar symptoms.
      Either ways, you could "At Your Own Risk" try this natural remedy: (for dizziness)

      Ginger Tea: Bring to a boil a cup of water with 6+ fresh slices of ginger, let it cool for a minute(add 1tsp of honey/optional) and sip it till it's all gone.

      Read this:--and this: http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-ginger-root.html
      --and this: http://heartofwisdom.com/heartathome/2010/06/03/12-health-benefits-of-organic-apple-cider-vinegar/
      --and this: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/cayenne-pepper.html
      --and this: http://www.livestrong.com/benefits-of-raw-garlic/
      --and this: http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/seed-and-nut/health-benefits-of-cumin.html
      --and this: http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html
      --and this: http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-wasabi.html

      After all, reading leads to knowledge. ;)
      Use Q-tips to gently clean inside the ears. Too much earwax build up can cause all sorts of illness.
      When in doubt, consult your doctor.
      Have a healthy happy life. :)

      http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-natural-treatments-for-sinus-infection.html

  45. QUESTION:
    When to seek help with sore throat and fever?
    I have had a fever between 101.5 and 102.3 for 24 hours. Along with the fever it feels like the top portion of my throat is on fire. Burning raw pain. I believe it is my tonsils that are causing this. I have been having trouble with them but my insurance doesn't cover an ear, nose, and throat doctor. What should I do it's getting worse since Saturday? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      There's no homeopathic cure for strep throat because it'll migrate from your throat to other parts of your body, your immune system won't be able to fight it off even if it's being fed jet fuel, if you see whiteness or white spots in the back of your throat visit a doctor immediately.

      I can however help you out with your throat, there's a remedy that should kill off any/all infection around that area pretty fast, I'll drop a link below for that..

      http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/blackberries-2/

      Read the above article in the link and apply it as instructed, after the first few doses symptoms should show some improvement.. Even if you do end up getting treatment by a doctor, it wouldn't hurt to use this as-well to speed recovery.

      Just so you're aware, 102 degrees is the danger zone temperature for someone who's natural heat is 98.6, that is a serious symptom that you should go into the hospital for... And by the by, you don't need a specialist just to treat a throat infection, your insurance will cover a standard visit and some amoxicillin.

  46. QUESTION:
    What is Holistic system cure for Tinnitus ringing in ears acne yeast infection psoriasis hemorrhoids etc?
    I have never heard the term holistic cure.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, you can try one of the natural treatments available on the Internet - some of them do actually work. For my psor. I use herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they then stay clear for months on end.
      Try it: Champori is available online without prescription and comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for you - it's free.
      Abi

  47. QUESTION:
    Apple cider vinegar to fight ear infection?
    Anyone ever put Apple Cider Vinegar into the ear to fight ear infections? A guy at work swears by it, course he drinks the stuff and adds it to everyone and everything.

    • ANSWER:
      If the guy is an Apple Cider nut, not much we can do to dissuade him :)

      Home Remedies for Earache (*** You won't see Apple Cider Vinegar amongst these!)

      The mineral zinc is very helpful in the earache treatment.

      A good earache remedy is to put few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide in each ear for 10 minutes. It will help curing the infection.

      Warm onion juice and put 2-3 drops in each ear. This is simple and effective home remedy for earache.

      Do not prick the ear with fingers, ball pen or hairpins as it increases the chances of infection. This is very effective earache treatment.

      Extract the juice of the tender mango leaves and make it a little warm. Put four drops in aching ear at a time for earache treatment. This earache remedy is good home remedy for earache.

      1-2 drops of warm olive oil in the earache cures irritation of the ear.

      Put two pieces of garlic in two teaspoonfuls of mustard oil and heat it till it turns black. Allow it to cool and put 2-3 drops to the side of ear. This is another simple and effective home remedy for earache.

      Pouring warm mustard oil in the ears daily reduces the chances of ear infection. This is one of the natural remedy for earache.

      Take a teaspoonful of sesame oil and add half a clove of garlic to this oil. Heat it on a flame to make it a little warm. Put four drops of this oil in the open ear. Lie on this side for ten to fifteen minutes. Then turn over and put the oil in the second ear also. Lie on this side too for ten to fifteen minutes. This is one of the effective home remedies for earache.

  48. QUESTION:
    How to reduce redness in my cheeks?
    I have had REALLY red cheeks since I was very young as a result of an illness I had called scarlet fever.I really really hate my cheeks being this way because people always make comments (not meant nastily) about it and I have pretty much zero self esteem and confidence. I wondered if there was any (preferably natural) remedies to calm the redness and to keep it away? It would also be good if anyone could suggest good foundation/correctors or any products worth trying to help, preferably under £15. Thank you so much!!

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly, I would question the cause you've stated for your red cheeks. Scarlet fever, as well as being very uncommon in the UK, most commonly presents with a rash. This is usually raised, and mainly affects the ears, trunk, and back. It almost never spreads to the face. The face can become flushed during the infection, but this resolves once the infection is gone.

      If your cheeks are red now, it is not as a result of scarlet fever. Like it or not, it is just the way your face is made. Therefore there is no 'treatment' as such, if you wish to cover it you will have to resort to foundation. I would suggest trial and error in terms of that, because a foundation that suits one person may not suit another. As well as there being many different colours, there are also many different types aimed at different skin types.

      From my point of view, I'm a bit jealous of your red cheeks- I can't leave the house without putting on blusher! One time I was in a rush and forgot to put it on before work, and when I arrived they thought I looked so ill they threatened to take me to A&E!

  49. QUESTION:
    What is a good way to get rid of a bladder infection with out antibiotics?
    I need some relief because I will not be able to see a doctor right away about it,and was just wondering if there is anything out there that can help. I also am afraid to take too much antibiotics because I tend to get them frequently,and do not want to build immunities to the antibiotics.

    • ANSWER:
      Drink lots of water and cranberry juice.

      #
      ranberry

      Cranberry juice (Vaccinium macrocarpon or Vacinnium oxycoccus) has been used for more than a century as a home remedy to prevent and treat urinary tract infection.

      Although it was previously thought that cranberry worked by making the urine more acid, more recent evidence suggests that constituents in cranberry called proanthocyanins prevent bacteria from adhering to the walls of the urinary tract. This is thought to allow urine to wash away the bacteria.

      A study published in the Canadian Journal of Urology in 2002 compared pure cranberry juice, cranberry extract tablets, and a placebo in 150 women at high risk for infections. Both the juice and tablets both significantly reduced UTI. Of the two, the tablets were the most effective. The National Institutes of Health and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Health recently launched a .6 million dollar initiative for research into cranberries.

      Cranberry juice should be unsweetened. Unsweetened juice can often be found in health food stores.
      #
      Uva Ursi

      Uva ursi (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) is a herb that is used as a folk remedy for certain types of urinary tract infection. The active component, arbutin, appears to be broken down and then excreted in the kidneys, where it appears to have antiseptic properties.

      Uva ursi contains significant amounts of compounds called tannins. Tannins are not believed to be absorbed from the intestines, however, liver damage has occured with people who have taken large doses of tannins. There have been no reports of uva ursi toxicity due to the tannins.

      People with kidney or liver disease or pregnant or nursing women or children should not take uva ursi.

      Side effects of uva ursi can include brown or green colored urine, nausea, ringing in the ears, or indigestion. Rarely, uva ursi has been associated with retinal damage, seizures, cyanosis, cancer, or even death when taken in large amounts for long periods of time.
      #
      Other Natural Remedies
      Herbs
      Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
      Marshmallow root (Althea officinalis)
      Buchu (Barosma betulina)
      Corn silk (Zea mays)
      Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

      Homeopathic Remedies
      Cantharis — sharp burning pain, intense urge to urinate
      Staphysagria — continual burning, result of sexual intercourse

      Sources

      Quintus J, Kovar KA, Link P, Hamacher H. Urinary excretion of arbutin metabolites after oral administration of bearberry leaf extracts. Planta Med. 71.2 (2005): 147-152.

      Schindler G, Patzak U, Brinkhaus B, von Niecieck A, Wittig J, Krahmer N, Glockl I, Veit M. Urinary excretion and metabolism of arbutin after oral administration of Arctostaphylos uvae ursi extract as film-coated tablets and aqueous solution in healthy humans. J Clin Pharmacol. 42.8 (2002): 920-927.

      Siegers C, Bodinet C, Ali SS, Siegers CP. Bacterial deconjugation of arbutin by Escherichia coli. Phytomedicine. 10 Suppl 4 (2003): 58-60.
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  50. QUESTION:
    Any home remedy to cure a fungal ear infection?
    Any topical solution that is safe to put in my ear. I had one before, went to my primary physician and he prescribed stuff that actually made it worse because it kept in moist. I went to ent dr. and they gave me something to dry it out, took care of it right away.

    • ANSWER:
      More and more people are choosing herbal and homeopathic remedies as a natural alternative to antibiotic treatment for ear infections & earache. These treatments are safe and gentle on the body’s system and also support overall ear health. Herbs such as Pulsatilla (Pasque Flower) and Echinacea purpurea act as a nerve relaxant and reduce inflammation while also stimulating the immune system. Homeopathic ingredients such as Hepar. Sulph, Belladonna, Pulsatilla and Levisticum radix treat the symptoms of ear infections.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/e/earinfectionsandearache.htm


natural treatment of ear infection

Blocked Ears

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does blocked ears make your temperature rise?
    Iv had blocked ears for a few hours now, and i feel that my head especially my face is very hot.

    • ANSWER:
      No.
      But blocked ears and a fever can be caused by an ear infection, or related to a sinus infection..

  2. QUESTION:
    Do blocked ears indicate the onset of a cold?
    I've had blocked ears for the past week or so, and have felt slightly light-headed from time to time. Is this the start of a cold, or could it be something else?

    • ANSWER:
      Most likely, your ears are connected to you nasal passages and when you get a stuffy nose it can sometimes block your ears. if after the cold your ears are still blocked, see a doctor.

  3. QUESTION:
    What can I do about blocked ears due to a cold?
    I have a cold and it's almost gone but I've got blocked ears at the moment. I really want to know how to unblock them. I have a school production to perform in tonight so I'd really like them unblocked soon. Is there anything I can do at home to unblock them without having to go to the chemist? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I just suffered though this condition myself, and I also tend to prefer non-checmical solutions when possible. My doctor suggested hot showers and/or leaning over a steaming bowl of water with a towel over my head (the steam helps to increase moisture in the passageways to encourage movement of fluid) and to drink lots of water (also to increase hydration). The steaming (in shower and out) did help to loosen the blockage and get it moving, but it took about a month before it went away completely.

      If you need it gone sooner, you may need to see the chemist. My dcotor indicated that some steroids can be used to clear it up. You may also want to check with your doctor (if you haven't already) just to be sure there is no infection and that the problem really is the build up of fluid behind your eardrum.

  4. QUESTION:
    Two blocked ears, how do you know if its just wax build up?
    I have two blocked ears and am getting worried about becoming deaf, so how can i tell if its just major wax buildup that needs cleaning or something more serious?

    I can still hear but not very well as when they are unblocked.

    How many drops of eardrops should i put in my ears and how long should i wait before inserting a cotton wool in the ear?

    Not very familiar with eye drops so i need to know the best way to use them so i don't use them wrongly -.-

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      eardrops will only soften the wax it wont remove the build-up of wax...go see your g.p and get them to syringe your ears.

  5. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of blocked ears and stuffy nose?
    Ive recently had the flu :( along with sinus trouble.... But im feeling a bit better now however ive now got blocked ears lol its not sore at all, just a little uncomfortable cause my hearing is muffled... Is this normal after the flu? Ive got some Otrivine for my nose but i heard putting drops in does more damage than good. Any advice would be appreciated. :) Shall i just let it run its course? Many thanks :)!
    i think i posted this in wrong section. opps.
    haha no djokerfan.. well im from uk, so rafa will be playing around 10am in the morning..! I cant sleep just now tho :( and its nearly half 4!!

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms like these are very common after a respiratory infection. If you can make your ears 'pop', this may help with the blocked feeling there, which is caused by fluid build up behind the eardrum, which is linked to the sinuses. Otherwise you could try steam inhalation or buy decongestant tablets such as Sudafed.

  6. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a blocked ear?
    I've had a blocked ear for a couple of days, and now it's beginning to hurt - any suggestions/ideas on getting rid of it? Greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      go to the docs. ear infection if untreated can lead to hearing loss!

      nothing you can do yourself helps (and that includes olive oil in your ear!) tho steaming your head over a bowl of hot water can help relieve the pain.

  7. QUESTION:
    What treatment should i use for a blocked ear?
    i have had a blocked ear for one day, and i don't know what treatment to take, i have had an ipod for 4 years and i always listen to it at least every night, i sometimes put in on full blast. And i have had a really bad cold and soar throat as well and apparently you can get blocked ears when you have a soar throat.

    I can hear things in my blocked ear so i don't know what has happened if any of you know any treatments or symptoms that would be helpful, and if i could be deaf or not?

    • ANSWER:
      The problem may be caused by your cold or by your listening to your ipod too loudly, or even by too much earwax. If it doesn't improve in a day or two, call your doctor. The appropriate treatment would depend on what is causing the problem.

  8. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of blocked ears and stuffy nose?
    Ive recently had the flu :( along with sinus trouble.... But im feeling a bit better now however ive now got blocked ears lol its not sore at all, just a little uncomfortable cause my hearing is muffled... Is this normal after the flu? Ive got some Otrivine for my nose but i heard putting drops in does more damage than good. Any advice would be appreciated. :) Shall i just let it run its course? Many thanks :)!
    haha thanks guys, i know i posted this in wrong section, opps silly me!

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend hot sex. And coming on MSN.Not at the same time tho. That would work.

  9. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of blocked ears?
    Hi, for the past day I have had a blocked ear, its really annoying me but isn't painful. As I'm still quite young I have been told by the doctor before that they can't do anything for me and I don't particularly want anything in liquid form going into my ear anyway. I put a cotton bud in my ear today but that made it more blocked and your not supposed to do that so I wish I hadn't. Do you think maybe that this will go overnight? Or is there anything I could do to get rid of it?
    Btw: I regularly get ear-wax build up but it tends to go by itself very quickly. However this is one of the longest times I've had ear-wax build up.
    Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I have no idea why your doctor told you there was nothing they could do. Cleaning out the ear canal and getting rid of the ear wax build up a is common medical procedure. But they do have to put liquid in your ear or the wax won't disolve, come loose and come out.

      You can do this yourself if you just go purchase an ear cleaning kit from the pharmacy. But liquid is going to have to be used or your ears will not come unclogged.

  10. QUESTION:
    How Do You Get Ride of Blocked Ears?
    I have a blocked ear at the moment (right) and nothing seems to unblock it. Is it an infection? Please Help?

    • ANSWER:
      If it hasnt come unblocked on its own after a while it is most likely a build up of wax or another material in your ear drum. Dont try to use a cotton swab or any other instrument to get it out because this will damage your ear and push any ,aterial down further. See a doctor / nurse and if it is waxy build up they will syringe your ear with warm water which will dislodge any blockage.

  11. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a blocked ear?
    I have a cold that i have had for several days now. This morning i was laying down on the sofa and then i got a blocked ear. Does anyone know how to get rid of it or how i can lay so it will go way thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Close your nostrils with your fingers (pinch them so no air can get out)
      Then attempt to blow your nose (you wont be able to because you're blocking it)
      Keep doing that until they pop

      ...

  12. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid if a blocked ear?
    I have currently got a blocked ear and would Like to know if there is any way to get rid of it. I am in alot of pain also.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on the reason it is blocked. If it is due to wax buildup, there are many wax removal kits available at your local pharmacy. Cleaning out wax is the first thing I would try. If still blocked, it could be due to a clogged Eustachian tube, which is the drainage area behind your eardrum. It cannot be cleaned from the outside. . There are several methods that sometimes work. You can do the standard pinching your nose and blowing out your eardrums routine. Also try yawning or chewing gum. If still blocked try taking some sudafed, and afrin nasal spray. Tilt your head and spray it almost horizontally so more of it reaches the right area. If there is pain for more than a few days or symptoms persist for more than 2 weeks, it may be a good idea to see a doctor.

  13. QUESTION:
    What helps a runny/blocked nose and blocked ears?
    I'm going on holiday next week and I've got:
    A very runny blocked nose
    Blocked ears
    Sneezing every hour or so.
    Any tips on how to get rid? Does hot blackcurrent help with the nose?

    • ANSWER:
      Try some decongestants such as sudafed.

  14. QUESTION:
    Is putting olive oil drops into a blocked ear to soften the wax dangerous?
    Softening ear wax in blocked ears

    • ANSWER:
      Olive oil is great for ear aches but I don't know about softening ear was with it. Try an ear candle.

  15. QUESTION:
    How to get ride of a block ear?
    In the beginning my ear always get block in the morning and then my ear pop latter in the day and then it disappear. It get worse with my ear keeping on getting block for longer. I always breath out while closing my mouth and nose to pop the ears but it no longer seem to work. Now I getting block ear for entire days.

    • ANSWER:
      You probably have ear wax build up. Get a ear wax removing kit and follow the direction or better yet go see a doctor.

  16. QUESTION:
    How to clear a blocked ear?
    I think its a blocked ear, it feels hard to hear out of and it really aches.
    What shall i do?, Without going to the Doctors?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Olive oil will soften the wax in your ears and make it easier to remove.

  17. QUESTION:
    How can i prevent blocked ears?
    i am constantly needing my ears drained every few months... its such a hassle.. i don't even go swimming (as that is a main reason why ears block).. i'm sick of the dizzy spells and headaches due from having blocked ears as well.. What can be done to make sure they remain clear?

    • ANSWER:
      Try to bent your head sideway. Let's say your left ear is the blocked one. So, bend your head leftward. Then JUMP! So that whatever is inside your left ear will fall. By the way, do you blow your nose too hard? Blowing too hard can cause ear blocking.
      Be sure to eat more fruits rich in Vitamin C. Take care and GOD BLESS!!!!!

  18. QUESTION:
    how can i get rid of the blocvked ears and dizzyness?
    i have had a cold/flu for nearly a week and now i have been left with blocked ears and i always feel dizzy, its like i don't feel the same person and i can hardly stand up straight, is it just a symptom? how long for? please help .

    • ANSWER:
      For the blocked ear, get an ear irrigation package at the pharmacy. Basically, it is for washing out anything clogging your ear canal.

      For dizziness, take Dramamine or Bonine. Dizziness can last up to 2 weeks. You doctor can give you prescription strengths of the two medications above, but they won't help very much more than the OTC stuff.

  19. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of blocked ears?
    i have blocked ears (it is probably wax)
    how can i get rid of it
    please help it is painful.
    it keeps popping and every time i open my mouth wide it hurts,
    help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      You go and purchase an ear wax softener kit which comes with a small syringe. Follow the directions that come with it. After a couple of days, while taking a shower, take the syringe with you and after showering, cup one of your hands, left one if you are right handed, suck up as much water as you can in the syringe, then squirt it forcefully into the one ear a couple of times, then the other ear. Make sure the water is luke warm. If it is to cold or to hot, squeezing the water from the syringe, may make you dizzy. The water has to be just right. After you do this, squeeze your nose and try popping your ears. If you hear better the wax has been removed. If not you may have to do the ear wax softener another day. Once you get the wax out, every so often, put some of the softener in your ears to keep the wax loose and soft. I have done the ear wax removal candles, and they do work. I got mine a GNC Vitamin Store. Read the directions carefully on them also. Don't ever use a Q-tip to try to get the wax out, because the further you go into the ear it is going to push the wax farther in and you stand the chance of scratching your ear canals with the Q-tip. Wishing you the very best young lady and good luck on getting that wax out quickly.

  20. QUESTION:
    Are blocked ears the sign of a flu?
    I've had blocked ears for the past week or so, with a slight bit of light-headedness.

    The weather has been very cold lately, so could this be a flu or is it something else?

    Would appreciate any help.

    • ANSWER:
      i think so... so the last two weeks ive been sick and had on and off blocked ears... but because of the pressure and my babies screaming one popped my eardrum so its blocked until it heals.. so be careful on that one. if u get a fever take Tylenol bc the pain will be all over your face and jaw. OR you may feel fine and it will fix itself depends on your immune system... and mine is bad!. but double check with your doctor.

  21. QUESTION:
    How long to leave olive oil in ear?
    I have a blocked ear and the woman at the pharmacy suggested olive oil, I've used it twice today at 11AM and 1PM... How many times a day should/can I do it? And how long should I leave it in?

    • ANSWER:
      First confirm it is a blocked ear due to wax. One or two applications and wiping gently with a sterile cotton bud. Pl understand that a puncture of the ear drum may simulate a blocked ear. See your family physician. Ear wax does not block the ear canal normally. Only enough wax is produced by the skin of the ear canal. The old ones roll out spontaneously.

  22. QUESTION:
    How can I safely unblock my ears?
    Ive had blocked ears since last wednesday and find it very hard to hear anything. I work with the public so its very important to be able to hear them! Ive been using oil for the last week but it seems to be getting worse.

    Im going to get my ears syringed next thurs but im just wondering if there is a safe way to at least give me a bit of relief and to be able to hear a little better?

    • ANSWER:
      I have never had blocked ears like you have described but when i notice my ears get clogged I try to make my self yawn. Hope this helps!

  23. QUESTION:
    How to unblock an eustachian tube in the ear ?
    I have had a partially blocked ear for several months now and I have been told by my doctor that I have a blocked eustachian tube. He has given me some tablets but as yet there is no improvement. Does it take a long time to unblock ?

    • ANSWER:
      could be otitis media, in which case the doctor would have given you antibiotics, but yer, they can take some time to resolve the problem. can take anywhere up to a couple of weeks to see a full recovery

  24. QUESTION:
    How can i get my ears unblocked?
    My ears have been blocked for about a week, today im going on my school trip. I dont want to have blocked ears because i wont be able to hear anything and that would be embarrassing! I have tried olive oil and it dont seem to work, sometimes it hurts so i took so tablets for it. They didnt work. The pain/ blocked is in both ears and are getting on my nerves please help

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of my clogged ear?
    I have had a blocked ear and it's very annoying. I have just started to suffer from them i'm only 15, my ear has a buzzing noise and is quite painful. Do you know of any good home remedies that i could try ? thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      If it is due to wax buildup ear candles work quite well. If it is fluid Sudafed works.

  26. QUESTION:
    is it safe to travel on the undergound with a blocked ear?
    My ear has become blocked. i think it''s due to wax i get large build ups of it. but it's just not unblocking. is it safe to travel on the london undergound with a blocked ear as i know this can pop your ears, i just dont want to cause damage.
    sorted it guys, done the olive oil treatment. and underground was fine :)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it is safe to travel on the underground with a blocked ear. The pressure between above ground and the underground level is almost the same, and any difference is indistinguishable.

  27. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a blocked ear...?
    Hello, my dad has had an blocked ear for a week now, he's been to the doctors but they said that everything is fine with it, sometimes he can hear what were saying and sometimes it just goes blank..
    it's really confusing, it would be helpful if anyone could come with any useful home remedies..

    Thank You...x

    • ANSWER:
      Warm olive oil my friend

  28. QUESTION:
    Do clogged ears interfere with sinus and post nasal drip?
    I have this cough that will not go away no matter what I take. No antibotic or cough syrup will help. I constantly keep ear infections and blocked ears. Could this cough come from my ears?

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    Is there anything on the market for blocked ears?
    Had a nose op last year went wrong left me with the blocked ears situation I'm flying to turkey on saturday, I think I need to be taking something for the pain ...

    • ANSWER:
      you get ear drops, which help clear the ear wax

  30. QUESTION:
    How can I stop ear pain while on an aeroplane?
    About 15 minutes before landing (when the plane starts to descend) my right ear gets really (nearly unbearable) pain. It sometimes pops and thats when it hurts the most.
    This has happened a few times before and it lasts about 20 minutes after the flight.
    Can you please give me any tips on how to soothe the pain or stop it.
    (I have heard of chewing gum, eating, repeatly swallowing, yawning, coughing, blocking ears and blowing nose but they don't work!)
    I will be going on a plane next in a couple of weeks and don't won't to purchase those 'earplanes'
    THANKS! :)

    • ANSWER:
      The pain is a difference in pressure inside and outside your ear caused by an increase in cabin pressure as you descend, if using the techniques you described doesn't work for you I suggest getting you ears looked at, you may have a blockage in the Eustachian tube (more than likely if it is just one ear) meaning your body is struggling to equalise pressure.

      The technique I have always used is to close my mouth, pinch my nose and blow gently but firmly and repeat until my ears 'pop' this should work.

  31. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of a blocked ear??
    note: I do not have the blocked ear. My friend does and she is very insistent that the blocked ear goes away. She has tried using a ear bud thingy but....it sort of poked her ear. She tried closing her nose and blowing but she says that the air is blocked???

    • ANSWER:
      Your friend should go to an ear doctor or regular physician to have this checked out. MAYBE she has a wax buildup in her ear. In this case it's a simple procedure for the doctor. In a couple minutes the small particle of wax is out and she'll be able to hear better..
      No more more pressure..or blocked sensation.
      I had this done 10 years ago. Nothing to worry about.
      Good luck!

  32. QUESTION:
    Will an ear infection go away without antibiotics?
    I have a sore, blocked ear and a swollen gland on one side. I am flying soon but as I'm on holidays overseas I can't see the doc here. Do you have any ideas to make the ear infection go away without medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      The answer is yes but it will have a shorter time of recovery than eating antibiotics. The best way of curing is to drink lots of water, not to get under the sun too long and refrain from listening to walkman or ear-plug based items temporarily.

  33. QUESTION:
    How to unblock an extremely sore ear?
    I woke up this morning with a blocked ear. I've had the flu for about Three days and I'm told this is a common symptom. Is there anyway to relieve this pain and pressure. Please help!

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    What ear drops can you buy off the shelf?
    I have a blocked ear and nothing is clearing it. I wanted to know if there is any ear drops that I could buy straight off the shelf in a supermarket (not over the counter at pharmacy as it'll be closed when my husband goes on way home from work) to remove wax.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hydrogen peroxide drop 3 drops in ear let it fuzz then let it run out ear .

      sterile saline solution to soften earwax

      if you suffer from a more serious impaction or you can’t get results at home, you may need to get the earwax removed by a physician who can manually remove the wax using a otoscope and appropriate instruments.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for gnats to lay eggs in your ear?
    For the last year or so, ive had a blocked ear and at night sometimes i'd here a slight buzz, could this just be a fly flying past my ear, or do i actually have something living in my ear? Surely id be dead by now if they reproduced, wouldnt i?

    • ANSWER:
      Only if your ear is not clean, moist and has sores will the gnats decide to lay eggs in your ear... If you keep your ears clean, your ear hairs will be able to get rid of any foreign substances. So keep 'em clean. And get bug repellent so they don't fly around at night. Still isn't working, buy a fan and turn it on when you sleep.

  36. QUESTION:
    How to sleep in bus trip to Genting?
    I live in Singapore and I am going to Genting tomorrow. I'm taking a night bus with my cousins and I always experienced troubles sleeping in the bus. Also, any tips for blocked ears when the bus is going up the mountain?

    • ANSWER:
      Hope I'm not too late to answer your Qs. :)
      Well, since you are traveling at night, it shouldn't be any troubles sleeping in the bus because it will be dark, cozy & silent. If you still couldn't sleep, try listening to any soft musics & close your eyes. You may wear jackets & long pants as it will be very cold when traveling at night. Sometimes, when I travel in the night bus, I will just watch the sky & the stars & I slowly fall asleep. You can try that too! Oh ya, don't forget to set your seat to a 120 degree & to pull up the small coach near your leg, so that you can lean to more relaxing position. As for the blocked ears, you can chew a chewing gum. I know it's prohibited in Singapore, but you can buy them in Malaysia! ;) Hope I helped. Have a safe journey & enjoy your holidays!

  37. QUESTION:
    Why do ear drops fail to clear wax immediately?
    I applied ear drops to my slightly blocked ear, and now it is worse. It became more clogged after the second drop. I put in a few more to loosen wax as directed, but now my ear is blocked for good. Will the wax loosen over time?
    A few more taken lying on my side didn't seem to have any effect, and some dripped out of the ear. My ear is still blocked. Are the ear drops doing any good?

    • ANSWER:
      When you instilled the drops, the wax soaked up the fluid and expanded. Yes, it's doing what it's supposed to do. In the future, use the drops more frequently and you won't get the build up you have now.

  38. QUESTION:
    How do I unblock my ears ?
    I have had blocked ears for a few days and there's no pain. They're just blocked and I cant hear very clearly. Also my nose is blocked. I've tried of loads of things. I've tried pinching my nose & blowing, sniffing pepper, steam and i have been using ear drops for two days. I don't need them syringed because I spoke to a nurse. What are some good remedy's to help this ?

    • ANSWER:
      Best thing for me,
      I yawn and it always unblocks!
      also try chewing on something crunchy always helps!

  39. QUESTION:
    I've had tinnitus for the last 6 months and my ear is blocked?
    Is this a likely cause? I'm worried it might be something more serious. Is it normal to get tinnitus when you have blocked ears?

    • ANSWER:
      Tinnitus is a ringing, swishing, or other type of noise that seems to originate in the ear or head. Tinnitus is a common experience and is essentially the perception of sounds that are not present in the external environment.

      To treat tinnitus, you can do natural remedies please learn here: http://tinnitusmiraclecure5.com/

  40. QUESTION:
    I woke up with a blocked ear, how do I clear it?
    I woke up this morning with a blocked ear. I can hear out of it, but not as well as the good ear, and it's driving me insane. What is likely the cause and how do I fix it and get all my hearing back?
    *I've already tried blocking my nose and blowing, it didn't work.

    • ANSWER:
      try allergy medicine. It has antihistamine, which helps unblock your ears.

  41. QUESTION:
    My ear keeps getting blocked after having my tragus pierced. What should I do?
    Its a weird sensation really it feels like my ear canal is sticking together and I have to pull on my ear to get it apart. I have to clean this ear more often as it is very waxy. I have had the piercing for 3 months now. There is no pain, swelling or oozing from the piercing site its just not very nice having a blocked ear. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sure it's from the piercing? Go to the doctors and get them to check your ears, they will use this pressure water tool which will clean it out.

  42. QUESTION:
    I unblocked my left ear, how do i unblock the right one?
    I had blocked ears after a cold, i did the 'pinch your nose and blow thing' and it really hurt at first but it unblocked my left ear. Now I don't want it to hurt if i do the same but the right one just wont unblock!, if i go to an ENT can he unblock the ear for me, without it hurting?

    • ANSWER:
      If you go to the pharmacy you can actually get something called an ear syringe (usually a couple bucks). Fill the syringe with a 50% mix of water and hydrogen peroxide and use the syringe to fill your ear. You will immediately feel bubbles as the hydrogen peroxide loosens and breaks down the ear wax. Turn your head sideways and allow the peroxide to drain into the ear canal. In no time your ears will be clear.

  43. QUESTION:
    Will blocked ear canal open up on its own?
    My ear canal is totally blocked with ear wax. It was that way when I woke up this morning. Will it open up on its own or will I need to go to a doctor to have him clean it out?

    • ANSWER:
      How do you know it is ear wax that is blocking your ear canal? It could very easily be from nasal congestion. Try taking a nasal decongestant (if you are able) along with an anti-inflammatory and see if this reduces or removes the symptom. If not or you develop pain &/or a fever seek medical assistance.

  44. QUESTION:
    Have you experienced that something is blocking your ear?
    Have you experienced that something is blocking your ear?

    Can someone relate to me about this? Its been a month since I experienced this. I already had my check up and doctor told me that I have colds but I dont feel that I have colds.

    • ANSWER:
      you could have ear wax. use some qtips.
      or if its not that pop your ears

  45. QUESTION:
    Whats the best ways to feel better when I have a cold?
    I have A blocked nose, a blocked ear, sore heads, sore throat and a dry and raw nose, Have you any tips just to give me a general pick up and make me feel a bit better?

    • ANSWER:
      take a clove of garlic (peeled) cut into pill size pieces and swallow pieces with a drink.

      Repeat with another clove in 4-6 hours.

      Seriously - it will make you feel soooo much better.

  46. QUESTION:
    Why do i have a nosebleed when i have a cold?
    Just recently I've been having a cold. Also along with a sore throat and blocked ears. My mucus was a greenish- yellowish colour. I got a nosebleed just moments ago. Is it because of the cold and is it normal?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you are blowing your nose too hard.

  47. QUESTION:
    Why do i have a nosebleed when i have a cold?
    Just recently I've been having a cold. Also along with a sore throat and blocked ears. My mucus was a greenish- yellowish colour. I got a nosebleed just moments ago. Is it because of the cold and is it normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, occasionally some people get nosebleeds when they have a cold. Also, its more common to happen in the winter because of the cold air and breathing drier air.

      Its nothing to worry about, unless it becomes something that keeps happening. Then you should see a doctor just to make sure nothing is seriously wrong and you're not anemic.

  48. QUESTION:
    can a cold cause my ears to be blocked?
    I have this horrible cold, possibly a sinus infection. The worst issue right now as my cold seems to have begun to go away is my blocked ears. About 3 days ago they blocked and its affecting my hearing. It began with horrible pain in both my ears the day prior. Other symptoms are pressure feeling in head, congestion, stuffy nose, tons of mucus, massive jaw pain which is also strange to me and a bit of a worry. Is this a normal cold?? And will my ears return to normal soon?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes blocked ears are common symptoms of a cold. They will return to normal once you get over the cold. Take some sinus OTC meds and you should be fine

  49. QUESTION:
    Can a blocked ear affect the hearing in the other ear?
    Went to the doctors today to have my ears unblocked the nurse told me that my blocked ear was fine it was the other ear that was blocked but i can hear fine out of the blocked ear and not so good out of the non blocked ear there is no pain or ringing in either ear me confused

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    quick ways to get rid of a blocked ear?
    I don't have time to go to the doctors etc or the chemist so are there any HOME REMEDIES for getting rid of a blocked ear? i just got one waking up and i have school and i dont want my ear to unblock in the middle of class because it hurts a lot and i will start shouting haha

    so does anybody good quick ways to get rid of it? thanks in advance!
    i can't *facepalm*

    • ANSWER:
      buy a ear wax cleaner and tried that


blocked ears

Treat Ear Infections

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What prescription to treat ear infection?
    I've had an ear infection for a while now. I've got the gross leaking going on.

    Went to an ENT today and he didn't even know that you gotta treat an ear infection like this for bacteria and fungus.

    He gave me neomycin.

    What have you been prescribed for an ear infection of this type?

    • ANSWER:
      A antibiotic? Penicillin's, cephalosporins, sulfonamides, and erythromycins. Amoxicillin is the most common antibiotic used to treat ear infections. A lot depends on when you last had a course of antibiotics and what the antibiotic was. So if you had another infection and they prescribed penicillin, no point in giving you another course of penicillin so soon, so they gave you a mycin, as in erythromycin because they do not want you building up immunity to antibiotics.

  2. QUESTION:
    how much does it take to treat ear infection for dog?
    Just like the question, how much does it usually take to treat an ear infection for dog?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends where you go. There is the office visit, some places require you be current on a rabies vaccine before you are seen, so you may have to get that. In order to find out what type of ear infection is going on you will need to do an ear cytology. This will allow the yeast or bacteria that is in the ears to be seen under a microscope. THERE IS NO WAY TO FIND OUT 100% WHAT IT IS BY JUST LOOKING AT THE EAR. Medication depends on what you find, usually it's some type of ointment and an ear wash. You will need to recheck in about 2 weeks to make sure the infection is gone and the medication does not need to be switched. Usually ear infections are a sign of allergies, so don't be surprised if they find anything else wrong w/ the skin and want to send home antibiotics. You do not want to wait for it to "get better on it's own" IT WON'T. Do not wait too long because if the infection is severe enough and the dog is shaking his head like crazy you may have an ear hematoma on your hands. That is MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE to treat, basically it's a broken blood vessel in the pinna of the ear (floppy part) and has to be treated surgically. Also, you do not want to apply any of the over the counter stuff-won't work. Do NOT apply water, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, or any "home remedy" that will just cause further irritation to the ear. Depending on where you go it may run from -0. Also, good idea to get your dog up to date on vaccines and heartworm test and prevention if not already on this. Pets are not cheap and if people cannot afford minimal care on them they should think twice before aquiring an animal.

  3. QUESTION:
    How do you treat an ear infection at home?
    I don't to go to the doctor because with all this swine going around I would most likely end up sicker than I already am. Could you post so ways to treat an ear infection at home? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      In this day and age, it is not wise to treat an ear infection at home because they can lead to total deafness. Swine flu in adults can be cured, deafness can not.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can you give a dog the antibiotic Minocycline for ear infections?
    I realize it is a drug mainly used for acne on humans, but I have also heard that it can treat ear infections in dogs. If anybody knows if this is accurate please let me know. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I would ask my vet this question. One of the things you don't know is the correct dosage, or duration of dosage for the weight of your dog. It's used for a lot of different things, but only a vet can safely prescribe the amount needed. Check the official site below (scroll down to "Indications and Usage for Minocycline").

      Misuse of antibiotics is one of the major reasons for the appearance and prevalence of MRSA. I now have 3 family members who suffer with this. Please consult with your vet. I have successfully used Prednisone to treat a spinal injury on one of my dogs, but I did it with my vet's dosage recommendation and supervision.

  5. QUESTION:
    How to treat an ear infection at home?
    Well, I've been sick for about a week and a half now. I feel like I have an ear infection.. I told my mom and she's just like okay, whatever. I heard that you could go deaf if you leave an ear infection untreated which is a little bit scary but it doesn't really look like my mom cares, so I doubt I'll be going to the doctor. So, Is there any home remedies to treat an ear infection?

    • ANSWER:
      If its really painful I'd really try to get your mom to take you. I had a bad one a few weeks ago and I got antibiotics for it and it went away pretty fast.

      If you mom won't take you, maybe you could ask a friend's mom to take you? Its worth it if you are getting terrible headaches like I was.

  6. QUESTION:
    Will my vet treat my dogs ear infection before hematoma surgery?
    So about 2 weeks ago my 6 yo boston terrier has a little bubbly pocket in her left ear. I searched and figured out it was a hematoma. Well it says hematoma is caused from self trauma. My dog scratches her ears a lot so now that she has the hematoma I figures she scratches because of the ear infection. I have not taken her to the vet at all for this. Her op is Thursday of next week. I noticed the past two nights she has been shaking her head and whining. I feel super bad for her and its upsetting. But the real question will my vet treat the ear infection then I come back for the surgery to drain it?
    Did I not say I haven't seen the vet? No surgery was scheduled.

    • ANSWER:
      Whether your vet will treat the ear infection prior to surgery will depend on the details of the situation and the vet's professional opinion. Typically, the hematoma is repaired and the ear infection are treated at the same time.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to treat my dog ear infection at home?
    she keeps pawing her ears, there is a strong odor coming from her ear, and she is shaking her head alot! i know she has a ear infection and she has had a couple in the past! she is deadly afraid of the vet and i was wondering if there is anything i can put it in or should i take her to the vet? please give me things i can do to treat her ear infection at home if possible
    my dog eats innova and there r no grains in it! she is a golden retriever and they are just prone to ear infections! thanks everyone tried the vinegar and it helped!

    • ANSWER:
      Try this homemade ear cleaner. It has just been a miracle to my dogs when I found it. They don't get ear infections anymore. The ingredients are all available from a pharmacy without a prescription. Mix them in a 8 oz. bottle that had an applicator tip (like a hair coloring bottle from Sally Beauty Supply. Try to get one that has measurement lines on the outside). I would make some up and use it every day when you see your dog scratching their ear or if it smells or has discharge. Squirt some in and massage the ear canal well. When is cleared up, use it weekly for prevention. Try to trim any hair from the opening in the ear to help air get to it.

      6 oz. isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol (try to get the 91% alcohol )
      1 ½ teaspoons boric acid powder
      **Mix well until the powder dissolves**
      add 2 oz. white vinegar, then add one teaspoon of Betadine antiseptic
      **shake well now and every time before using**

      Also go read the ingredients panel on your dog food as grain allergies (grains with gluten, similar to celiac disease in a human) might be contributing to yeast overgrowth and ear infections. Most vets were not trained in pet nutrition and will recommend popular foods (or the Science D*** they sell) but not tell you to eliminate grains. Check these sites to understand good dog foods:

      http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/

  8. QUESTION:
    How can I treat a possible ear infection before tomorrow?
    So today I've been feeling hearing loss and popping in both my ears and it alternates from one to the other. But tomorrow I'm going apple picking and I'm afraid that I may not if I need a doctors appointment. How can I treat a possible ear infection before tomorrow?

    • ANSWER:
      get some olive oil and crush some garlic in it. let it set for a little while and put two drops in your ear. make sure to just use the oil and do no put any garlic pieces in. sounds crazy but it works. i have also heard using your own urine.

  9. QUESTION:
    Which dog ear infection remedy would you prefer?
    I just want to know which remedy would you recommend/try to treat dog ear infections? Have you tried them? If so, please share your experience and tell if it was successful or not.

    1. Warm Water Ear Cleanse
    2. White Diluted Vinegar w/ water treatment
    3. "Blue Power" Dog ear treatment (Which consists of Rubbing alcohol, Boric Acid, and Gentian Violet Solution mixed together) P.S. I found this solution to pop up the most amongst the three.

    Thanks in advanced.

    • ANSWER:
      water is not a good idea because of moisture. moisture is the biggest reason for of ear infections always dry them after bathe and swimming. the hidregenperocide alcohol mis is what i used on my mastiff she got them all the time if its a infection the ear will stink and can get inflamed if you keep having these problems clean with this mix weekly and after bathe swimming and so on put it in ear about 10 drops then with finger at base of ear pres and wiggle your finger to rub it around then withe citenballs wipe it out this worked vary well at work i used ear plugs all the time and it the summer i wood swett and it wood give me ear infections the doc told me that trick good luck PS make sure its not a fox tail or something else.

  10. QUESTION:
    What can i take for my ear infection besides antibiotics?
    Currently, I can't take antibiotics because I have a yeast infection right now. I've been having the yeast infection for 3 months already and I'm finally getting it tackled.

    I do not want to take antibiotics, because of course antibiotics makes a yeast infection worst. I do not want to go through this again. But neither do I want an ear infection because those are very severe. Including I kind of have anxiety issues too so that kind of might trigger my ear infection a bit because stress or anxiety affects your immune system, but im working on it.

    Sorry for too much writing but in short words do you guys know any home remedies or anything that isn't an antibiotic that can treat an ear infection? because its already going down my throat and the ear drops aren't effective

    • ANSWER:
      I empathize with you, dealing with two competing medical problems simultaneously. I've been there (with different issues then yours, obviously).

      There are some home remedies for outer ear infections, but if the drops are failing that means it's probably inner ear. You'll have to see a doctor, or doctors. Y!A won't do it here. Everything becomes very different when dealing with multiple infections.

      Only a doctor can help you balance the pluses and minuses, and understand the risks of possible treatments. Some ear infections can lead to complete hearing loss, and so might be worth the antibiotics and misery. Perhaps an ear/nose/throat doctor has some way of getting the drops to where they're needed, or at least to clean out the ear.

      Or (cross your fingers) you may find out the infection is trivial, which will alleviate both the dilemma and the stress.

      Best of luck with this.

  11. QUESTION:
    Can acetone be used to cure an ear infection?
    My brother-in-law is a former pediatrician and recently informed me that acetone (as well as similar solvents such as denatured alcohol) can be used to effectively treat inner ear infections. My 4-year-old son was recently diagnosed with a very bad double ear infection. I've been giving him the prescribed antibiotics, but would acetone drops help speed along the process? How many drops should I give him and how many times per day?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I don;t really care if it's going to work or not.
      The real question is this:
      Do you REALLY want your 4 year old son to turn green and gain the strength of 43 Chuck Norrisses?

      It WILL BURN LIKE A MOTHATRUCKA!

      Just get the doctor to prescribe some numbing ear drops. (the prescription stuff actually has benzocaine in it, instead of herbs that just soothe)

      The concept behind the acetone is that it removes ear wax.

      The most important thing is keeping the poor boy pain free.
      Get him some anti-nausea stuff.
      I suggest some of those ice pops, gatorade (gatorade rain is much better for hydrating and is lower sugar), maybe some sorbet or sherbert, and chicken noodle.

      Trust me, I'm nursing the exact same thing right now.
      If he has compacted ear wax, AFTER the infection is gone, take him to his doctor and get his ears proffesionally cleaned.

      Poor thing, TONS of hugs and kisses, let him watch whatever he wants while he's sick, and give him the foods I suggested, along with his antibiotics.

      These things SUCK!

  12. QUESTION:
    Can acetone be used to cure an ear infection?
    My brother-in-law is a former pediatrician and recently informed me that acetone (as well as similar solvents such as denatured alcohol and methyl acetate) can be used to effectively treat inner ear infections. My 4-year-old son was recently diagnosed with a very bad double ear infection. I've been giving him the prescribed antibiotics, but would acetone drops help speed along the process? How many drops should I give him and how many times per day?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Don't put ANYTHING in your child's ears if there is ANY chance of a ruptured eardrum! Personally, I would talk to my child's pediatrician and take his/her advise. Usually, the antibiotics will kick in within a day or two and the pain will go away.

      I wouldn't use acetone in MY child's ears. It just doesn't seem safe to me.

  13. QUESTION:
    Have you ever heard of a doctor prescribing an ear medication for a bacterial infection for a toe?
    Right now I have an infected ingrown toenail and my doctor prescribed a medication that is usually used to treat ear infections as its some kind of antibiotic but I have never heard of this before and this is the first time I have ever heard of this. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      They are both antibiotics, therefore they both kill bacteria. It does not matter where the infection is, as long as its a bacterial infection, it can have antibiotics administered on it.

  14. QUESTION:
    Can acetone be used to cure an ear infection?
    My brother-in-law is a former pediatrician and recently informed me that acetone (as well as similar solvents such as denatured alcohol, methyl acetate, or turpentine) can be used to effectively treat inner ear infections.

    My 4-year-old son was recently diagnosed with a very bad double ear infection. I've been giving him the prescribed antibiotics, but would acetone drops help speed along the process? How many drops should I give him and how many times per day?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The fact that your on here doubting what your brother-in-law said should be enough of an answer to you...

      Go and get a second opinion

  15. QUESTION:
    Is it true that an ear infection will go away on it's own?
    My son is almost 13 months old and is on his 4th or 5th ear infection. His doctor told us that in Europe they don't even treat ear infections because they are so common in children and they don't want to give antibiotic unless absolutely necessary. I just feel terrible letting him suffer with it! What should I do? When will it go away?

    • ANSWER:
      it is true most ear nose and throat specialist do not give meds they allow the body to heal itself however if the child is having pain or fever u can give him DPH. or something the soothe the pain

  16. QUESTION:
    If my dog won't let me treat the ear infection what can I do. We havd ear drops from the vets he tries to bite
    The dog won't even let you put a muzzel on him to treat the ear infection.

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your vet or even take the dog back in and have the tech show you how they do it. Its necessary he gets it and maybe your dog needs some training classes as then he wouldnt try to bite. Most dogs do not and should not need muzzles .

  17. QUESTION:
    what over the counter medicine treats ear infections?
    I have an ear infection and no insurance (still looking for a permant Job). I need an antibiotic that can treat ear infections without a prescription. your help is appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      those might make it feel better but they won't take the infection away. go to an urgent care to get prescribed an antibiotic , there are no over the counter antibiotics. they only cost about 14.99

  18. QUESTION:
    Best way to treat ear infection without going to the doctor?
    I think i have an ear infection because my ear is always getting irritated.
    Any special home remedy's or anything that can help my ear? I think there is ear wax in it to because sometimes it gets clogged up. Ive tried hydrogen peroxide but it havn''t helped much.

    So if anyone can suggest anything that would be great thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      you may hear a lot of old wives tales on how to cure an ear infection, While working house to house my colleague had an ear infection and each person had a remedy, one was to put a warm spring onion in the ear, the other was to tie stockings around her head and many other like that some of the oddest things i have ever heard. The only real way to deal with an infection is to take antibiotics.

      in the case of ear wax vegetable oil can (don't worry this one is actually true) loosen the wax, if you feel your ears are blocked it may be a good idea to ask a doctor about syringing your ears, this is a very pain free procedure. try not to use cotton buds as this forces the wax to the bottom of the ear canal.

      An ear infection that is severe can cause you a balance issue and can damage the ear drum.

  19. QUESTION:
    How do they usually treat ear infections on a 7 month old baby?
    Also can u tell me signs of a ear infection?

    My baby has been, well hard to describe, but it has been the hardest day in my life! So there u go...

    • ANSWER:
      Dr. Sears has a pretty good page on ear infections: http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/T081600.asp You can scroll down to see symptoms.

      When my youngest had ear infections, he had cold symptoms: cough and runny nose, mainly. He's never had a fever with them. My oldest, on the other hand, ran a high fever for a couple days and complained of ear pain when he had one (he just had it this past week, and he's almost 4, so he can tell me if his ear hurts, which is a plus). Different children respond differently, so you have to watch for different symptoms. Sometimes, they're almost asymptomatic (without symptoms).

      Antibiotics are sometimes recommended for ear infections, but many will clear up on their own without treatment. Most of the time, if the symptoms aren't improving after about 5 days, it's probably a good idea to start antibiotics. Many ear infections will clear up on their own, though, so antibiotics aren't always necessary. Many ear infections are viral, which means that antibiotics won't do anything. Some studies show that antibiotics are no better than a placebo for ear infections, since so many are viral and the bacterial ones are often resistant to common antibiotics. You'll want to discuss treatment with your doctor or pediatrician.

      Chiropractic adjustments can also help prevent recurring ear infections. Basically, regular adjustments of the cervical spine can reduce the build of fluid in the Eustachian tubes. Here's more info on it: http://www.acatoday.org/content_css.cfm?CID=69 Dr. Sears recommends it, too: http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/t081600.asp I would check into it, if I were you. I just took my 19 month old for a visit to our chiropractor to see if it helps his recurrent ear infections. Just make sure you find a chiro that is experienced in adjusting children. There are many out there.

      This link discusses some alternatives to antibiotics and ear tubes (for frequent ear infections). It might be worth taking a look at: http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/ea…

      ETA: FYI, pulling at the ears in an infant is pretty common, and that *alone* isn't a likely symptom of an ear infection. Infants start finding their body parts - ears, hands, feet, hair, etc, around that age, so if there aren't any other symptoms, pulling at the ears is far more likely to be a developmental thing as opposed to a sure fire sign of an ear infection.

      I'm just stating this for those swearing that ear tugging is a common sign of an ear infection. In an older child, maybe, but not in a 7 month old, necessarily. Again, if they're tugging at their ears *and* if they have a fever, cough, runny nose, and/or cold symptoms, then it's more likely that they have an EI, but if it's *just* the ear tugging, probably not.

  20. QUESTION:
    Is Oxytetracycline used for ear infections?
    Is it used to treat Ear infections because my doctor prescribed me Oxytetracycline? Please help?
    In the internet it says nothing about it being used for ear infections.. But is it possible for this drug to deal with ear infections?

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes we have to let the doctor be the doctor.

      Not all uses for a specific drug are listed in its profile. Oxytetracyline is a broad-spectrum antibiotic. It has many uses, not only those listed. One reason your doctor may have chosen this medication is that you have recently been on other antibiotics or perhaps you have a drug allergy. If in 48 hours you feel no relief, contact the doctor. However, I believe you will find an improvement in your condition.

  21. QUESTION:
    What are some ways to treat a ear infection with out medicine?
    I have a double ear infection, But I am on a lot of medicines now. I just had a baby last month and had a c section. I am wanting to know if there are some home remedies for ear infection?

    • ANSWER:
      The goals for treating ear infections include relieving pain, curing the infection, preventing complications, and preventing recurrent ear infections. Most ear infections will safely clear up on their own without antibiotics. Often, treating the pain and allowing the body time to heal itself is all that is needed:

      Apply a warm cloth or warm water bottle.
      Use over-the-counter pain relief drops for ears.
      Take over-the counter medications for pain or fever, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. DO NOT give aspirin to children.
      Use prescription ear drops to relieve pain.

  22. QUESTION:
    How do you treat an ear infection that is also causing you to be off balance?
    I have an ear infection otitis and I feel off balance is there any home remedies I can try to treat it?

    • ANSWER:
      No home remedies I can think of, but I just got over a really bad ear infection. I went to the walk-in clinic and the doctor prescribed me some antibiotics. 875 mg tablets of Amoxicillin. Go to your doctor or a walk-in clinic and get it taken care of because this is definitely an infection that doesn't go away on its own.

  23. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever let their kids ear infection heal on their own?
    My 4 year old has a ear infection and I gave her some Tylenol and that helps ease the pain for her. I have heard of people not treating their ear infections and letting them heal on there own. Have you done this? How long does it take to get better?

    • ANSWER:
      omg i wud neva do this have u neva had ear ache before? its very pain full and wud neva let my child suffer and u need anti bio-tics

  24. QUESTION:
    Is Ciprofloxacin used to treat ear infections?
    I have a nasty ear stabbing pain and was prescribed Ciprofloxacin. However my Doctor does not know if I have ear infection. I was searching on the Internet for this medication and I found it is prescribed to people who have been exposed to Anthrax and also for Plagues! I am not taking this medicine till I find out if it was "correctly" prescribed because it has also very harming side efects. Does someone knows if CIPROFLOXACIN is also for ear infections??

    Thanks!
    Is the pill not the ear drops.

    • ANSWER:
      This antibiotic is used all the time for ear infections.

  25. QUESTION:
    How much would it cost to get my dog treated for an ear infection?
    My dog has an ear infection, and I was just wondering how much would it cost to get him treated?
    I think it's pretty bad because inside his ear is pink and crusty and he always whines and tilts his head and scratches his ears more than usual and also it smells bad :(

    So yeah how much would it cost, in Australia (Perth,WA)?

    • ANSWER:
      It really depends on the cause of the infection, how severe it is, and your individual vet.
      My dog was recently treated for an allergy caused ear infection- I took her to the vet the day after she started showing symptoms (as they appeared in the evening) and I needed an emergency appointment because it was on a Sunday- so the price was a little higher than normal.
      All up it cost around 0 to treat- approx. of that would have been on the appointment, and the rest of it was for medication- she had a special ear cream, had a painkiller injection, and I also got about 250 cortisone tablets to treat her allergies. I live in Vic, Australia if thats anything.

  26. QUESTION:
    A home remedy to treat outer ear infections?
    I know it is an outer ear infection I have but is their anything I can do. The drops are just too darn expensive at a bottle and I usually need 2. The cheap ones are on backorder everywhere. Is there any home remedies?

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    How can I treat my ear infection at home?
    I have an ear infection in my left ear, the pain seems to vary throughout the day. What home remedies, can I use to cure it, or atleast make the pain subside?

    • ANSWER:
      I find the best thing that works for me is heat. Apply some heat to your ear - as hot as you can handle it. Make sure it's dry though and not wet (like a wet towel or something).

  28. QUESTION:
    How can I treat an ear infection without health insurance?
    I have no health insurance and cannot take my son to a dr and do not have money to pay a huge ER bill. He has a nasty ear infection. What can I do to treat it so no damage is caused? He is 18 months old.
    I live in Utah and all the free clinics are closed.

    • ANSWER:
      You can't cure an infection at home. Can you get state health insurance for your son? He's going to need a prescription to get rid of it. But until you get in give him Tylenol and try some OTC drops or warm oil. Warm compresses are nice too...try throwing his blanket in the dryer and laying him down with that ear on the blanket.

      Best Wishes...and good luck! Oh avoid Milk!!!

  29. QUESTION:
    What home remedy can I use to treat my dogs ear infection?
    I have a yellow lab that has a small ear infection. While I am more than willing to go to the vet, is there any cheap over the counter remedy that I can use to treat, obviously if it does not improve then would take to the vet, any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      You really need to go to a vet straight up. If there is a yeast or bacterial infection, the dog really needs medicated (antibiotic/antifungal) ear drops to clear it up. The other thing with ear infections is that it's important to check that a/ there is nothing down the ear that has triggered the infection (e.g. a grass seed) and that the ear drum is not damaged in anyway. If there's something down the ear, then the infection's not going to go away regardless of what it is treated with. If the ear drum is damaged, you have to be very, very careful about anything that is put in the ear- some products, even veterinary ear drops, can lead to problems such as deafness if they are put down the ear canal and are able to pass through into the middle/inner ear.

  30. QUESTION:
    Is there any way to treat a double ear infection without having to see a doctor?
    I know that I have an ear infection because I have gotten them frequently throughout my whole life.
    This ear infection that I have currently has lasted the longest, at nearly five weeks.
    I know that's what I have, and I really don't want to go to the doctors because of lack of health insurance.
    Any tips?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think so, dear. The medicines necessary to treat an ear infection are all prescriptions and you can't get them over the counter. Sorry, dear. I know how you feel; I don't have any insurance either. Best of luck.

  31. QUESTION:
    How to help treat a ear infection in a 11 month old baby?
    My little sister has an ear infection & shes been coughing, sneezing and vomiting. She wakes up coughing and then she vomits and it makes me sad to see D: She's already gotten antibiotics from the doctor Monday but is there any remedies or any ways that i can either speed up the healing process or make her stop vomiting? Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Yikes! I wish there were some advice to give other than do what your doctor says. In a baby that little, you shouldn't take any advice accept that which is given from a medical professional.

      Babies often vomit when they have mucus dripping back into their stomach. You mention she has sneezes and coughing. Is she stopped up? That may be why she is vomiting. Its how they get rid of the mucus from their tiny bellies. Babies vomit a lot more than older adults. There isn't much you can do about it unfortunately accept cuddle her and let her know she has a family that loves her.

  32. QUESTION:
    What happens if you dont treat an ear infection?
    I have had this ear infection for about a month and a half now. I can't hear much out of it. Also sometimes a little amount of fluid will come out, it smells kind of foul. It itches on occasions. My other ear seems to start itching. What the f is happening? Also what cause an ear infection? Thank you for your assistance.

    • ANSWER:
      If it's severe enough you can lose your ability to hear. It is usually bacterial but can also be fungal.
      Try using some standard 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide solution. It will fizz a little but it's harmless. Kinda goes without saying you should have been looking into what to do about this long before now. You just may have to resort to antibiotics.

  33. QUESTION:
    How to treat an ear infection without seeing a doctor?
    What can I do to get rid of an ear infection naturally? My ears keep popping, and I've been cleaning it out with peroxide couple times a day from 20 to 10 minutes...

    I cannot afford a 200 or 300 dollar visit to a health clinic, because I do not have any healthcare or any income I don't even have enough money to eat on...

    Anyway, any ideas?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Try coconut oil in the ears,and other natural antibiotics,like oil of oregano.

  34. QUESTION:
    How do I treat an adult ear infection at home?
    I have some antibiotic ear drops from the doctor, but what else can I do to help clear up my ear infection? Also, how long does an ear infection typically last? I'm a 31-year-old female who's never had an ear infection!

    • ANSWER:
      Supprisingly ear infections can be viral as well as bacterial. If you have allergy symptoms as well your ear tubes may not be draining and you need a decongestant. If your ear infection has a fever or is getting worse and not better then you probably need an oral antibiotic.

      If they gave you topical antibiotic drops then the infection may be localized to the drun or external canal though some drops absorbe well through the drum.

      If the physician thinks it may be viral then tylenol or motrin for the pain combined with ear drops.

      Some people use warm (to body temprature) clove oil drops in the ear as a pain releiver. They should not be used at the same time as the antibiotic drops and you should consult with your physician to make sure that they wont cause more harm than good.

  35. QUESTION:
    How much does it cost to take a dog to a vet on average?
    I need to take my dog to the vet to treat an ear infection. Also, why does it cost so much?!?!

    • ANSWER:
      I understand the money situation. Depending on where you stay there are places set up that charge by income and such and vet usually charge to for a visit. Depending on how bad the infection he might just antibiotics if thats the problem you can always ask the vet if any of the antibiotics that are free and some grocery stores could be used. Or ask for generics.

  36. QUESTION:
    What to do when your rabbit has an ear infection?
    My 12 week old mini lop is showing signs of an ear infection. She is constantly shaking her head and scratching her ear. She would lie down for a few seconds and then shoot back up doing it again She isn't drinking as much as she should. She is chewing on stuff bar her toys (but she is eating nothing but hay so that is good). I cant take her to the vets because its not open on a sunday, I don't have enough money to go to an emergency vet, because my mum is on benefits. We were planning on taking her to the PDSA in Newport, but it turns out the nearest one to us is cardiff. If anyone lives in wales and knows of anything i can do can you please answer this. (is there any pet shops that will sell ear drops, is there anywhere i can go that is cheap. Will she die if it doesn't get treated, IS IT EVEN AN EAR INFECTION AT ALL????) Any help appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like an ear infection, but the best thing you could do is call a vet to get their opinions. Then see if it'll be okay to wait another day.

  37. QUESTION:
    is there anything i can do at home to treat a possible ear infection for my dog?
    My dog is 1 yr old and i think she has an ear infection because sometimes i touch it and she cries. What can i do at home that won't hurt her and is cheap?

    • ANSWER:
      Growing up we had a dog that got ear infections alot the vet told us to take the dog outside and pour peroxide into the ear the dog would shake it out instantly we"d do this a couple times a day until the infection was gone

      Make sure the peroxide is warmed a bit in water so it will be less of a shock to the dog. Place the container in warm water for a while.

      if no improvement in a 2-3 days I'd take him to the vet.

  38. QUESTION:
    How to treat a Crocker Spaniel with ear infections?
    I have a rescued crocker spaniel that is deaf from ear infections. She has one now and the old owner has been taking her to the vet but the infection is not improving and it smells aweful. Any natural suggestions, she is such a sweet dog and needs to get this straighten out.

    • ANSWER:
      my friend had a cocker spaniel who would sometimes have ear issues ... she would use a hair clip to clip the ears together on top of the head which would allow better airflow into the canals ... it helped in conjunction with whatever she was given by the vet

  39. QUESTION:
    Are antibiotics the only way to treat a mild ear infection in a 1 year old?
    I have a one year old baby. She has been herself, for the most part, aside for being more fussy and not sleeping well. When we took her to get a check up the doctor said she had a mild ear infection and suggested antibiotics. But I'm not entirely comfortable with antibiotics right off the bat. I would like to try something less disruptive first. Are there any sort of drops for ears or any other measures that can be taken before taking antibiotics are necessary?

    • ANSWER:
      Never put anything in your ear - or your child's ear. Take your doctor's advice.

      -------
      EDIT: Ignore Mr E, chiropractic cannot successfully treat an infected ear. 25% of Chiros in the UK are currently under investigation for making such bogus health claims.

  40. QUESTION:
    What is a good antibiotic to treat an ear piercing infection?
    I've had an ear infection on my piercing for about a year now. Every time I take out the earring it hurts to put it back in and pus/blood comes out. I will NOT go to the doctor because I'm too scared and I've already had this re-pierced and I don't want them to tell me to take it out and let it heal :( so my question is, would rubbing alcohol or something else help? I'm looking for something that I can put on a q tip and disinfect the piercing with. I wish I had done something like this earlier when I first started noticing my infection.

    thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You can only get antibiotics prescribed by your doctor.

      Did you have your piercing done professionally or with a gun?
      This is a VERY important thing to consider - piercing guns are not at all safe and people who use them are not professional piercers so amongst many other risks there is a 75% risk of infection as well as risks of blood born STD's such as hepatitis and HIV - thus your doctor would be the best idea.

      Go to a professional piercer.
      Real piercers (as opposed to morons who use guns in mall stores like Claire's) go through a lot of training not just to make sure they know how to pierce correctly but also what to do if something goes wrong. They will be able to tell you exactly what is wrong - an infection for a year is very unlikely, chances are you're not caring for it properly or you've not done your research so have gotten this piercing done with a gun. They will be able to make sure you're using the correct jewellery to avoid allergic reaction or irritating the infected ear, and give you guidance on what is best to do.

      If the piercer tells you to go to your doctor then you go to your doctor, and if they tell you to remove the earrings then you do so - I nearly lost my ear when I was a teen as I didn't know better so I had it done with a gun and allergic reaction...losing your ear is worse than just losing the piercing!!

      A doctor will not tell you to remove the piercing.
      Provided your doctor is half way decent they will know that you shouldn't remove an infected piercing, also you shouldn't be removing it at night either as removing the piercing can allow the skin to heal over the infection so trapping the puss which will lead to a far more serious problem such as a severe infection, loss of your ear or septic shock. Constantly removing and reinserting the earring will just be irritating the piercing and introducing bacteria to the infected piercing.

      Check you're wearing the correct jewellery.
      If you had your piercing done with a gun then chances are that they used incorrect jewellery that isn't big enough and has groves that damage tissues, but also they commonly use incorrect materials such as gold or metals that contain nickel so you may actually be experiencing an allergic reaction. Make sure you're using the correct jewellery - stainless steel or titanium earring of the correct style and size - if you do't know what size you need then visit a professional piercer. Keep jewellery clean and do not wear anything made out silver, gold, or that contains nickel.

      Keep the piercing clean;
      Once you put the earrings (of appropriate style and material) in and left them in you clean them once to twice a day - do not turn the piercings, just wash your hands beforehand then gently clean with cotton wool. There are various after-care products you can use, but often the best way to care for a piercing is with simple salt water or saline solution, maybe occasionally add a few drop of tea tree oil too. General Aftercare Routine - http://www.bodyjewelleryshop.com/body_piercing_information/body_piercing_aftercare.cfm

      You can also use 'natural antibiotics' to help aid healing - note this is not the same as antibiotics from your doctor, and this will only help if you follow the advice given above on correct care - most health stores will stock the likes of colloidal silver or goldenseal - health store staff will be able to point you in the direction of a few helpful things, possibly including Manuka honey to apply topically.

  41. QUESTION:
    Is there anything that can be purchased without a prescription to treat an adult's ear infection?
    I have an ear infection, but it is too late to get to the doctor today. I have had it all weekend. A little liquid comes out at night when I sleep, there is not much pain, and no feeling of pressure, but there has been the same level of hearing loss for the last few days (it's like I have a cotton ball in my ear).

    I don't have a sore throat, cough, or any other symptoms/conditions. Just the ear thing.

    Is there something like drops that I can use to treat this? Something I can get without a prescription?
    This is the first ear infection I have had in many years.
    Polysporin ear drops are not available without a prescription at any of the stores I went to today. (I'm in east Texas).

    • ANSWER:
      There are over the counter ear drops for ear infection. I think they're Polysporin...I've never tried them, so I'm not sure if they actually work, but its worth a shot until you can get to the doctor. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss, so please do see your doctor as soon as possible, and good luck :)

  42. QUESTION:
    What to do about an ear infection?
    I just got back from the doctor, and I have ear infections in both of my ears, they don't hurt at all, but I've been feeling dizzy.. what should I do to treat my ear infections? and should I go to school tomorrow?

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    Does my persian cat have an ear infection?
    I have a Persian cat and he is constantly scratching his both ears and rubbing his ears against the wall and me. If he does have an ear infection is there an antibiotic to treat the ear infection?
    No, he does not have black stuff in his ears.

    • ANSWER:
      How can we know? Get him to the damn vet!

  44. QUESTION:
    How is the best way to treat an ear infection?
    My four year old son started complaining last night about his ear was hurting. And again this morning he said mommy look in it. So I took a closer look and noticed that he had draining and a lot of it. Should I take him to the doctor or give him some medicine and have him just rest and take it easy? This is an ear infection isn't it? He'll be ok for a little while and then start complaining again.

    • ANSWER:
      No he won't be okay. Have you ever had an ear ache in your adult life? They hurt like ****. It could also cause permanent ear damage. Please take him to a doctor as soon as possible.......like now.

  45. QUESTION:
    How do i treat an ear infection?
    I'm 14 and i have an ear infection.
    How do i treat it?

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your parents and go to a doctor. Ear is a very sensitive organ and messing at with it will land you up in deafness. with best wishes.

  46. QUESTION:
    Can you die if your eardrum bursts and infection gets into your brain?
    On Saturday,a seventh-grade student died after being treated for an ear infection.

    His ear drum burst Wednesday evening and the resulting infection entered the child's brain and caused his death.
    Heard rumors he had Meningitis....so is it possible to die from your eardrum busting and infection getting into your brain?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think he would die from the infection bursting, there is a spot can't think of the name, behind the ear like the bone, infection can get into that then go to the brain but if your eardrum ruptures, the infection usually drains, ahhh the mastoid, that's the area the infection probably was. The mastoid is the temporal bone of the skull that is behind the ear and that infection is very serious.

  47. QUESTION:
    Could a cat ear infection need more than one treatment?
    My Bengal cat was treated for an ear infection with 2 weeks of amoxicillin twice a day and an injection of a long-acting corticosteroid. She also gets an ear cleaner every other day. On Friday it will be 3 weeks since the onset of her ear infection symptoms but she still has head tilt and some balance issues. Today I noticed she has discharge and foul odor again. Could she need another round of antibiotics to get rid of it? I'll be calling the vet in the morning but it's always good to get the advice of others as well.

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible that your cat may need another round of antibiotics. I have a dog that had an ear infection when I rescued her, and it took 2 rounds of antibiotics before the infection got cleared up. On the 2nd round the vet gave her a different antibiotic than what he had originally gave her. The second round did the trick. I am glad that you are calling the vet in the morning, just in case something else is going on. I hope that your cat feels better soon, ear infections can be so painful.

  48. QUESTION:
    How long can you store liquid baby penicilin outside the fridge?
    My husband forgot to put our liquid baby penicillin back in the fridge last night. We have to give our 8-months old son his last dose to treat an ear infection this morning, but I'm worried that it might have gone off. Is it still save to give the baby the penicillin after having left it outside the fridge overnight?

    • ANSWER:
      I am a Pharmacy Technician.
      Depends on the antibiotic. Is it Amoxicillin? If so, you can give the baby the last dose. Amoxil doesn't need to be refrigerated, they have you refrigerate it because it tastes better that way! Goes down a little smoother if cold.
      Call your local Pharmacy!!!

  49. QUESTION:
    How to treat a mild ear infection?
    Now that my dog has been to the vet, it's confirmed that he does have a very mild case of an ear infection. I know I should buy an ear cleaner, right? He's a floppy eared dog, so how should I wash his ear, and what should I do to prevent it from occurring/progressing any further? Also, what kind of cleaner do you recommend? I'm definitely going to check reviews and stuff, just wanted to get some insight.
    Sorry, my bad, it's a mild yeast infection.

    • ANSWER:
      Here you go, ingredients cost about from your local drug store:

      BLUE POWER EAR SOLUTION

      INGREDIENTS:
      16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
      4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
      16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

      Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.
      You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder.

      TREATMENT: Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all.

      Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days.
      Shake the bottle each time before using.
      Put cotton balls or similiar absorbent material under the ear.
      Flood the ear with solution, (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue.
      Flood again on first treatment, wipe with a tissue, and leave alone without massage.

      The dog will shake out the excess which can be wiped with a tissue, cotton ball, etc as the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics.

      The SCHEDULE of treatment is as follows:
      Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon severity of ears
      Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks
      Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog)

      All of these ingredients should be available at a pharmacy.
      The Boric Acid Powder soothes the ear.
      The Gentian Violet Solution is an anti-infection agent.
      The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites to wax to canker.

      After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with a Q-tip or cotton balls.

      The success rate for this treatment is 95-99%.

      If an infection seems to be remaining in the treated ear after the above course of treatment, you may also have some Pseudomonas bacteria in the site.

      This can be eradicated by using a gentle flush of raw apple cider vinegar and wateR(warm)

      Use 2 Tablespoons of vinegar to one cup of water, 2 x per week.

      They have found the Blue Powder Solution to be effective for treating fungus-type infections on the feet and elsewhere on the dog, for cuts on dogs or people, and for hot spots.

      Remember it is for external use only ..so be careful not to get into the eyes.

  50. QUESTION:
    Is it legal for an animal owner to refuse treatment for their pet?
    Would it be considered neglect if you go to the vet with a sick animal, find out the bill is too expensive, and decide not to treat? And where is the line drawn? i.e., refusing to treat an ear infection vs. refusing to treat a broken leg?
    I should have added that this is a hypothetical question that I'm writing about for an ethics class.

    • ANSWER:
      Whether it's an ear infection or a broken leg is irrelevant. If your pet needs medical care, you must provide for it. Not sure if this is a hypothetical situation or not. If this is you you're talking about and you can't afford vet care for your pet, please surrender it to a shelter so that someone with the means to give it the care it needs - and deserves.


treat ear infections

High Blood Pressure Natural Remedies

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can someone advise best natural remedy for high blood pressure?
    My mom has essential high blood pressure sometimes reaching over the 200/160 mark. As her blood pressure has been high for a while she has an enlarged right ventricle which will and is leading to CHF. Her breathing is already heavy. Her doctor has given her Betaloc, Plendil, Inhibace, Dosan, Cartia a blood thinner, Lipex for high cholesterol and Quinine for night cramps. She's in her early 70's and she complains of head aches, extreme fatigue and loss of energy. She has increasing dark circles around her eyes as if she hasn't slept in months with shortness of breath like she's gasping for air. I would like her to try natural remedies because these synthetic drugs don't appear to be doing much for her overall health. Can anyone advise some really good and effective natural remedies to treat both high blood pressure and CHF? I know Celery is good for lowering blood pressure.

    • ANSWER:
      It's great that you are concerned for your mother. She has a lot of stuff to be concerned about, and I hope you can take the time to learn about all of the issues.

      I feel for you and your mother. It's hard to believe that they can't get her BP under control. I'll give you my best answer on natural means for reducing BP, but I strongly recommend you find a hypertension specialist. The bloodpressureline Yahoo! group is a great resource, as well. It is run by a hypertension specialist who can help you to find someone in your local area.

      On the CHF side, you should find a heart failure specialist, as well. (Not just a regular cardiologist!)

      Now, as to how to treat it:
      1. Do *all* of the obvious things:
      a. No smoking
      b. Cut out caffeine and alcohol
      c. If her BMI isn't < 25, help her figure out how to get it down there. Obesity, more than anything else, is a huge issue. Check out the DASH diet and the rice diet.
      d. Reduce sodium intake and increase potassium intake (fresh fruits such as oranges and bananas can help here). -- This is actually a very easy thing to do and might bear fruit, so to speak.
      e. Make sure she doesn't have sleep apnea. It can cause high BP.
      f. Get her regular exercise, even if it is just walking around a few times a day or doing water aerobics. Build up her stamina. Create a log for this, if necessary, so that she can visually see her own progress.
      2. Take her BP regularly. If she doesn't have a digital BP cuff, get her one and make sure she knows when and how to use it. (They're remarkably inexpensive... around for a good one at your local pharmacy.) Have her log BP as well as exercise.
      3. Work with the hypertension and heart failure specialists to determine if her medications and their dosages are appropriate. Is Betaloc the right beta blocker? Is a calcium channel blocker such as Plendil indicated? Is her ACE inhibitor (Inhibace) at the right dosage, and does she understand the best times of day to take it? Cartia is a calcium channel blocker. Why is she on two different CCBs? Quinine is not FDA-approved for the treatment of leg cramps. There should be a better way for that, IMO. And if she has shortness of breath at night, why in the world isn't she on a diuretic to get the fluids out of her lungs?!
      4. Check out chfpatients.com for more information on CHF treatment. Start by reading "the manual". You might also be interested in the "nutrient stew" section.
      5. Ask your mother if you can sit in on her doctor appointments. Write out as many questions in advance as possible and send them to the doctor beforehand. You'll get much more thoughtful responses this way.

      Please feel free to contact me if you want to chat about any of this...

      Good luck!

  2. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a natural all in one pill for high blood pressure?
    My boyfriend has high blood pressure and does not want to have to take all kinds of medicine to lower it. I have looked up natural remedies and found about a million suggestions so far....my question is this....does anyone know of ONE "blend" or formula of natural herbs/vitamins that will help lower his BP without buying 50 different bottles of supplements? Any help or suggestions on this matter would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      If I where him I would take this one herb, it has very many positive testomonials, it's cheap and it works! Check it out right here. You have to be a member to view the entire article, but I'm sure you can google the name and you'll find it somewhere where you can view all of the info.

      it is not, and I repeat not, a good idea to take hb pressure medication, it can literaly kill you, and you're hooked for life, once your hooked, theres no getting off. If you don't believe me, google it.

      Note: This is an alternative solution to perscription drugs, but should not be the only treatment to rely on. A combination of good diet (less carbs and fat), more excercise and less stress all play an important role on getting rid of high blood pressure.

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      Vote as best answer :)

  3. QUESTION:
    Any natural remedies to reduce high blood pressure?
    i am taking meds to reduce my high bp but its not very effective. I dont know if it will bring a permanent change. i have to be totally dependent on it..i also want to start with some natural remedies that will help control blood pressure on a long term basis. Do you have any suggestions ?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm really sorry to hear about your BP issue....however, BP is not a matter for you and I to try home remedies on. Anything that works on the blood may have other side effects (other than BP) on the heart itself.
      For a direct answer.....monitor your eating habits. Salt etc will certainly raise your BP, as will other foods. Try the Mediterranean diet as it will bring down inflammation, BP, and stop any p[possible obstructions..Please try to do some cardio (walking, jogging, etc) at least 3 times a week....it will help tremendously starting in a few weeks after you begin.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the best marijuana for controlling high blood pressure?
    I don't need a lesson in smoking marijuana, I'm experienced there! I've tried lots of strains over the couple years I've smoked. My step mother suffers from stroke level high blood pressure on a daily basis and hates the medication they give her. It's very harsh and has a lot of adverse side effects. As such, I've been reading up on the effects marijuana can have on blood pressure and the research seems positive. However, I know that different strains can give you different highs. My step mother's goal would not be to get high. She just wants a more natural remedy and I'm trying to help her find one. Can anyone direct me here?
    Thanks for the help.
    I can't say I agree with the opinion of the first response. I've been doing a lot of reading and everyone agrees marijuana lowers BP. There may be an initial spike, but it subsides and lowers it up to 20 points sometimes. Most doctors I've read either recommend it or at the least don't recommend against it.
    Some suggest eating it as the ideal form of ingestion, because inhaling the smoke seems to be what initially raises the BP. However, the THC effect lowers it, which is why eating would by pass the initial negative side effect.

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing has shown that cannabis lowers your BP. The medications she takes are designed to do that. If they are causing serious adverse effects, she needs to consult her doctor to try a different one.

      If you are absolutely opposed to pharms, there are more natural methods such as always eating healthy, lower your sodium (salt) intake, be physically active, keep alcohol to a minimum, managing stress, and obviously not smoking.

      The way THC interacts with the body is that it will increase heart rate and blood pressure, so it will not help to manage hypertension.

  5. QUESTION:
    How to lower blood pressure naturally?
    I hate to use prescription meds. I just don't trust them not to cause other problems.
    What food or natural remedies can I use to lower my moderately high blood pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      Besides a reduced salt intake and plenty of exercise other natural remedies include fish oil, garlic oil, Hawthorn, Coenzyme Q10 and others that you can find in a web search for "high blood pressure" + "natural remedies". Each remedy helps a bit and you may have to take several.

  6. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of any natural remedies for high blood pressure?
    I have been walking everyday for over a year and follow a healthy diet. Have lost 70 lbs. I know I look better and feel better, but my blood pressure is very high. It just won't come down. I really would like to try a natural remedy. If anyone can help, I appreciate it. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You ask the question , Anyone know of any natural remedies for high blood pressure are you taking any think now from the Doctor ?
      and my answer is yes

  7. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of any natural remedies for high blood pressure?
    I have been walking everyday for over a year and follow a healthy diet. Have lost 70 lbs. I know I look better and feel better, but my blood pressure is very high. It just won't come down. I really would like to try a natural remedy. If anyone can help, I appreciate it. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't eat salt. Talk a children's aspirin daily.

      There are very effective pills for this, so why do you want to use a "natural" remedy? High blood pressure is very serious and is called the "silent killer" because you will suddenly have a stroke without warning. Do not mess with this. Go get a real prescription. You will feel a lot better.

  8. QUESTION:
    What's the best method to lower high blood pressure naturally ?
    Aside from the obvious methods of eating right, exercises and lowering salt intake. Are there any natural herbs or remedies that can lower really high blood pressure quickly ? I'm talking really high as in 180 over 110.. Heart attack stroke kinda blood pressure. Thanks for your replies.. God bless you !

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty acids lower blood pressure better than anything I've ever seen or heard about.

      Salmon oil capsules have the most amount of fatty acids per gram of all fish.{WARNING- Watch the amounts of total daily Vitamin A levels from all supplements and don't exceed 25,000 IUs per day. IUs are international units and is a measure of volume and Mgs are a measure of wight.} I would alternate with Flax Seed Oil,Evening Primrose Oil,Borage Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Garlic can lower pressure as well,but keep in mind it thins blood so don't take with blood thinners.

  9. QUESTION:
    Is there natural ways to heal a damaged liver?
    My father is 56 years old. He has suffered with chronic asthma, diabetes, and high blood pressure his entire life. He takes lots of medications. Despite this, he weighs only 169 pounds so he is a thin man that exercises regular. His liver is damaged now, but he is not on dialysis yet.
    What are natural remedies, teas, herbs for him to treat and repair his liver? I don’t want him to die young. It hurts.

    • ANSWER:
      If he has a disease causing his liver damage, then no, there are no natural remedies for him. You may not be talking about the liver at all since nothing you say would cause liver damage and there is no dialysis (long term) for people with liver failure. The dialysis you might be talking about could be for his kidneys since diabetes can cause kidney failure. This type of dialysis can go on for many many years. There is liver dialysis but it's very short term (a few months at most) and it's in it's infancy stage plus most places do not even have it. They only use this type of dialysis for those who are waiting on a transplant and trying to keep them alive till a donated liver becomes available and like I said, it's only a few months at best. Very short term.

      For the liver, there is Milk Thistle which does help the liver, but it's not going to do anything for serious disease problems such as liver failure from cirrhosis. I have a feeling you are talking about kidney failure and not liver failure.

  10. QUESTION:
    How to lower blood pressure naturally?
    I was blessed to have high blood pressure, genetically. Both of my parents have it. I really don't want to have take drugs to lower it. Does anyone know natural remedies for lowering blood pressure. I'm not talking about the obvious things like diet, excersise, reducing stress etc. I'm looking for specific foods or vitamins or sleeping positions. Weird stuff that possibly works. I'll try it if it's not harmful! Thanks for your input!

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know if this would qualify as weird or not. Here is a device,FDA approved, you might want to try...http://www.resperate.com/us/welcome/index.aspx

  11. QUESTION:
    What are your natural cures that actually work for pain and high blood pressure?
    The ones you find to be tried and true:

    Such as potassium in bananas for high blood pressure for example or steamed broccoli for the calcium. One resource I read claimed that it may not be just high sodium intake but also a mineral deficiency such as potassium and calcium causing or something that can help lower it.
    Here's another resource. http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com/remedy/High-Blood-Pressure.html

    Any other successful natural pain and hypertension reducers that you know of?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Treatment for High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) :-

      Head remedy; with nervousness (during pregnancy use with care) Rauwolfia S.Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly

      With depression; suicidal tendency; cardiac symptoms Aurum Met 200X or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      With arteriosclerosis and senile paresis Aurum Iod 30X, 6 hourly

      With senility and senile behavioural changes Baryta Carb 200X or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      Systolic pressure high and diastolic pressure very low Baryta Mur 3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      With constriction in heart region and anginal pain Cactus G.Q(Mother Tincture) or 30X, 3 hourly

      For fat and flabby patient; sweat on head, palms and soles, craving for eggs; chilly patient Calcarea Carb 200X or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      In old age;old bachelors and old maids Conium Mac 200X or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      Palpitations in slight exertion; dyspnoea, insomnia and gastric complaints Crataegus Ox.Q(Mother Tincture) or 30X 4 hourly

      Due to shock (broken love affair etc) emotional disturbances Ignatia 200X or 1M 4 hourly(3 Doses)

      Due to congestion in brain; severe headache, lassitude and dizziness Glonoine 3X or 6X, 1/2 hourly

      Due to syphilitic origin; lancinating pain in head and bones Kali Iod.30X or 200X 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Due to gastric origin; flatulence; craving for sweets and warm food; worse 4 - 8 P.M. Lycopodium 30X or 200X, 4 hourly

      Due to shock or grief; hyperthyroidism, goitre, addision's disease, diabetes ,etc. Desire for salt preparations Natrum Mur 200X or 1M 10 min (3 Doses)

      In syphilitic cases; angina pectoris; vertigo, dyspnoea and endocarditis Natrum Iod.30X or 200X 10 min (3 Doses)

      In tall, intelligent, hypertensive people; craves for icy cold things; fear of dark and stroms, etc. Phosphorus 30X or 200X 10 min (3 Doses)

      With sclerotic degeneration specially of spinal cord Plumbum Iod 30X or 200X, 6 hourly

      Due to grief; apprehension, dullness, loss of thirst etc. Gelsemium 30X or 200X, 3 hourly

      During menopausal stage; worse after sleep; great loquacity Lachesis 30X or 200X, 4 hourly

      Bursting pain in head; better by cold application, pressure, vertigo; palpitation of heart; worse when alone; sleeplessness with heaviness in head; oedematous swelling on face and legs Boerhaavia Diffusa Q (Mother Tincture) or 6X , 4 hourly

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      Take Care and God Bless !

  12. QUESTION:
    What is a good natural remedy for treating high blood pressure?
    I was diagonosed with high blood pressure five years ago.Took diovan for until recently. I have no insurance now, and cannot afford doctors and prescriptions.

    • ANSWER:
      Remember hon that high blood pressure can and does cause heart attacks and strokes. Go to or call your local health department and find out where there is a free or low cost clinic you can go to, and go there with Walmart's list of .00 medications. I know they have blood pressure medicine on that list. Don't delay dear, you're risking everything.

  13. QUESTION:
    Has any of you had experience with herbal remedies for high blood pressure?
    A dear friend has uncontrolled high blood pressure. He's 28, and we don't want to lose him! He's taking traditional meds, exercizing and dieting, but nothing works. I've heard that curry tea lowers blood pressure. Do you know of a natural remedy we can give him to help his medications work better?

    • ANSWER:
      yes there are herbal remedies that can help and i would be glad to help you with them. i need you to contact me direct for more information about them. i need more medical information before i will suggest anything. i have been studying and using herbs for 18-20 years and i know that i can benefit you and your loved ones with this knowledge. and by the way any info that you get from me is free, i just tell you what you need and you get it from your local herb shop. CONTACT: widowmaker54@yahoo.com

  14. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies for terrible low Blood pressure?
    I have repeatedly terribly low blood pressure and I need some home or natural remedies for this. It is usually anywhere from 110/ 75 to 90 over 60 well I had some pretty scary readings this morning. Close to the point where I would be going into shock. SO I need your natural remedies for low blood pressure. Meaning I need to bring my Blood pressure up.
    I'm completely uneducated in this regard. So in advance thanks for educating me.

    • ANSWER:
      The numbers themselves are one thing, the more important question is what do you FEEL like? If you aren't dizzy or light headed or passing out with those low BP readings, there probably is nothing to worry about

      There are some endocrine disorders that can cause low BP, but you would need to have blood tests through your physician to rule those out (TSH and cortisol levels at least)

      Since people with high BP are adviced to cut back on salt...it is actually very reasonable for those with symptomatic low BP to make sure they are getting salt in their diet.

  15. QUESTION:
    what are some home remedies to get rid off high blood pressure?
    i want to know what are some home remedies to get rid of high blood pressure FAST!

    • ANSWER:
      Besides a low salt diet and getting plenty of exercise natural remedies include fish oil, garlic oil and many other natural remedies that you can find in a web search for "high blood pressure" + "natural remedies".

      Each natural remedy helps a bit and you may have to take several.

  16. QUESTION:
    Diabetes causing possible high blood pressure?
    I am an 18 year old girl, and I attend college four days out of the week. I am not stressed in college, I actually love college. I do have quite a stressful time at home due to family related issues but it doesn't seem to put any weight on my shoulders. I don't work, but I am looking for work. I have had type one diabetes for around 14 years now (Diagnosed just before my 4th birthday.)

    I'd say for the past 2 or 3 times I have been to the doctors (my diabetic nurses and so on) I have been told that my blood pressure seems to be a bit high. They don't see worried, and they haven't put me on medication yet or told me to change my lifestyle yet either. My diabetic nurse mentioned it to me last time I went (22nd November 2012) and said next time I go I will have it checked again and talk to me about it (even though he won't be the one to talk to me about it anymore as I am now in adolescent clinic.)

    Okay I'm not going to lie. I don't exactly eat as healthily as I could. I do enjoy a can or two of fizzy pop whilst in college (This is always diet, due to the diabetes.) and I do need to eat sugary products as a result of low blood sugars and so on. But I feel I make up for this with the 3 or 4 mile walk home from college, and I don't walk slowly. It's near to power walking. I basically walk everywhere. I'd say I walk around 4 to 5 miles every day, or at least every other day.
    I do stuff to relax myself. Listening to music, and so on. I do this a lot, and I am completely relaxed within college and out with friends. Just tends not to be at home. I don't exactly have the calmest of tempers, I do flip off the handle at random intervals. But I try my best not to do this. I am just one of them people where if I'm not laughing or enjoying myself, I'm in a bad mood. I am a joker, constantly making jokes.

    I was just wondering why haven't my doctors done anything about it yet if they think I have possible high blood pressure? I'm not worried because I am right in the middle of the healthy weight range, and my dietitian said I am getting all my vitamins and etc that I need. I am going to become more active to see if that helps. Also, if there is any natural remedies to help with high blood pressure I am more than happy to know. Thank you :)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes diabetes and high blood pressure alot of times go hand in hand. You may really want to cut back on Sodium and eat healthier because you can end up with a weakened heart muscle, which could lead to heart failure and death. especially because you also have high blood pressure. It makes the heart have to work harder. REally try to change that around.

  17. QUESTION:
    Long lasting headache switching from left to right side?
    My mom had a headache in November that lasted a month, so she was put on high blood pressure meds which seemed to get rid of the pain. But she got one again a few days ago and she says it feels the same as the other one-long lasting, pain switches from one side of head to the other. Her period just started today so that may be the cause but what are other possibilities and natural remedies. (She has had an MRI and they found nothing.) Thank you!

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies for high blood pressure?
    Are there remedies, like teas or vitamin pills that will keep blood pressure from getting too high?

    • ANSWER:
      Cayenne Pepper is probably the fastest way to lower high blood pressure. Either mix one teaspoon of cayenne pepper with half a cup of luke-warm water and stir, or better still, mix two tablespoons of honey with two teaspoons of cayenne pepper and boil them with a glass of water and drink when it is warm. Not only will this bring great relief to your high blood pressure, but it also tastes good!

      Hawthorn berries have rightly been called "food for the heart". They lower blood pressure as well as protecting arterial walls and preventing and treating hypertension and angina.

      Two Evening Primrose oil pills a day can drop blood pressure about 10 points off of both the bottom and top numbers.

      Cutting out all caffeine can lower blood pressure by 10-15 points off the top and 8-10 points off the bottom.

      Eat lots of garlic, preferably raw minced garlic. Studies have proven that garlic significantly lowers both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

      Likewise cinnamon can help lower blood pressure, as well as lower circulating blood glucose, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and overall cholesterol.

      Mix 1/2 onion juice and 1/2 honey. Take two tablespoons once a day for one to two weeks.

      Eat one Papaya on an empty stomach daily for a month. Do not eat anything after for about two hours.

      A healthy diet with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, and quality fish oils and other good omega 3 fats will also help.

  19. QUESTION:
    what natural herbs or supplements will help lower high blood pressure?
    I have high blood pressure and need an alternative way to help lower it (I am excercising). I lost my job and medical insurance, so any suggestions are welcome.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedies for High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) :-

      Head remedy; with nervousness (during pregnancy use with care) Rauwolfia S.Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly

      With depression; suicidal tendency; cardiac symptoms Aurum Met 200X or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      With arteriosclerosis and senile paresis Aurum Iod 30X, 6 hourly

      With senility and senile behavioural changes Baryta Carb 200X or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      Systolic pressure high and diastolic pressure very low Baryta Mur 3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      With constriction in heart region and anginal pain Cactus G.Q(Mother Tincture) or 30X, 3 hourly

      For fat and flabby patient; sweat on head, palms and soles, craving for eggs; chilly patient Calcarea Carb 200X or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      In old age;old bachelors and old maids Conium Mac 200X or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      Palpitations in slight exertion; dyspnoea, insomnia and gastric complaints Crataegus Ox.Q(Mother Tincture) or 30X 4 hourly

      Due to shock (broken love affair etc) emotional disturbances Ignatia 200X or 1M 4 hourly(3 Doses)

      Due to congestion in brain; severe headache, lassitude and dizziness Glonoine 3X or 6X, 1/2 hourly

      Due to syphilitic origin; lancinating pain in head and bones Kali Iod.30X or 200X 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Due to gastric origin; flatulence; craving for sweets and warm food; worse 4 - 8 P.M. Lycopodium 30X or 200X, 4 hourly

      Due to shock or grief; hyperthyroidism, goitre, addision's disease, diabetes ,etc. Desire for salt preparations Natrum Mur 200X or 1M 10 min (3 Doses)

      In syphilitic cases; angina pectoris; vertigo, dyspnoea and endocarditis Natrum Iod.30X or 200X 10 min (3 Doses)

      In tall, intelligent, hypertensive people; craves for icy cold things; fear of dark and storms, etc. Phosphorus 30X or 200X 10 min (3 Doses)

      With sclerotic degeneration specially of spinal cord Plumbum Iod 30X or 200X, 6 hourly

      Due to grief; apprehension, dullness, loss of thirst etc. Gelsemium 30X or 200X, 3 hourly

      During menopausal stage; worse after sleep; great loquacity Lachesis 30X or 200X, 4 hourly

      Bursting pain in head; better by cold application, pressure, vertigo; palpitation of heart; worse when alone; sleeplessness with heaviness in head; oedematous swelling on face and legs Boerhaavia Diffusa Q (Mother Tincture) or 6X , 4 hourly

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge. Curing without any side effects or Complications; thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      Take Care and God Bless you..

      Please check this article too if you have Hypertension :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/hypertens...

  20. QUESTION:
    How can I reduce my high blood pressure while avoiding prescription medication?
    I have recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure. I suspect it is a blend of stress and genetics. I would like to steer away from taking long term prescription meds. Any suggestions or links to medical trials done on this subject recently? Personal experiences are welcome.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you overweight? If so, losing weight will lower your blood pressure. If you are not overweight then exercise in general will help to reduce it. When you are in good condition your blood pressure will be lower.

      The risk to these two options is that you should take the medication until you loose the weight or are in better shape, then under a doctors guidance, stop the medication.

      For a natural remedy, marijuana has proven to reduce blood pressure as has owning a cat, yoga, meditation, a healthy diet, and sex.

      High blood pressure is dangerous to ignore. Please make good choices.

  21. QUESTION:
    How are high blood pressure and anxiety related?
    Are high blood pressure and anxiety related, and if so what sort of risk is there.

    • ANSWER:
      During periods of anxiety blood pressure rises. This is a normal reaction and once the anxiety lessens the blood pressure lowers again. However, if anxiety is a constant state then problems can occur.

      Think about it. When people are worried or anxious they tend to use props to help them cope - normally these are unhealthy choices like 'comfort' food, drinking more alcohol and smoking more. All things that can increase a persons risk of high blood pressure.

      Also having periods of high blood pressure caused by anxiety that are prolonged or happen with regular occurence can damage blood vessels, the kidneys and heart. Not good.

      If you're worried about the effect anxiety is having on your blood pressure then you need to take steps to reduce it.

      I found these suggestions from here: http://natural-blood-pressure-reduction.com/blog/2007/05/24/handling-high-blood-pressure-and-anxiety/

      1. Focus your attention on one project at a time – Instead of trying to multitask, focus all your attention on completing one task at a time. When your mind is fully absorbed on one task, you put all your mental and emotional efforts into the job at hand, which stops your mind from wondering and becoming overwhelmed with other thoughts, priorities and demands. The more overwhelmed a person feels, the less productive they are, and the more their anxiety grows.

      2. Learn to say “No” – If you go out of your way to try and please everyone, you’ll stretch yourself too thin and be living in a constant state of high blood pressure and anxiety. Over-committing yourself stretches you beyond your physical and emotional limits, causing you to become fatigued, stressed, overworked and rundown – all factors that lead to anxiety. You need to learn to say “No” to others who are asking more of your time than you can handle or are willing to give.

      3. Limit your alcohol and caffeine intake – Both alcohol and caffeine can worsen anxiety. Therefore, when you are feeling anxious, refrain from ingesting caffeinated products including chocolate, coffee, tea, and soda. In regards to high blood pressure and anxiety and alcohol, one may think that since consuming alcohol reduces feelings of anxiety, this would be an ideal method. The truth is, while alcohol may suppress feelings of anxiety, it increases the risk of high blood pressure and depression. Thus, it is imperative to your health that you never use alcohol as a remedy for relieving anxiety as this can become a bad and deadly habit.

      4. Breathe Deep – Deep breathing exercises are an excellent way to focus the mind and calm anxiety episodes. Here is one type of deep breathing exercise you can try:
      - Take a deep breath by inhaling through your nose and slowly count to four while you inhale.
      - Hold your breath for a count of three
      - Exhale slowly through your mouth and count down from four while you exhale.
      - Repeat four times

      5. Engage in regular exercise - Exercise is an excellent stress reliever. It helps to clear your mind and improve your mental outlook on life. Exercise helps improve your sleep and increases your physical stamina. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins; chemicals that make your body feel good. Studies have found that people who engage in long term exercise programs (I.E. 30 minutes of daily exercise) increase their ability to cope with stress.

      Moreover, don’t forget that exercise also helps maintain healthy weight levels, as being overweight increases a person’s risk of hypertension. However, you should first speak to your doctor before engaging in any exercise regimen.

      Should you have difficulty controlling your anxiety on your own, you may want to speak with your doctor about seeking help from a qualified therapist, because the bottom line is you need to get your high blood pressure and anxiety under control.

  22. QUESTION:
    How to clear chest congestion? Can a person have a high blood pressure through this?
    Suffering from chest congestion & cold. Nose block most of the time. Having high blood pressure lately are these inter related. And kindly suggest some HOME REmedy or advice to clear the congestion

    • ANSWER:
      your blood pressure will go up because your heart has to work harder to get oxygen through out your body,taking up the work of your lungs
      Vicks Vapor Rub (Dollar Tree & Family Dollar versions work just as well) is a good old fashion remedy they used until they came out with inhalers
      use can use it several ways
      1) 1 tablespoon in 4 cups of boiling water...put a towel over your head (like a tent) then put your face about 10" above the bowl of Vicks & water... breath in slowly.you will probably cough at first,because
      it is opening up your sinuses & lungs.Stop if you need to catch your breath & make sure you have some tissues ready..
      2) saline nasal sprays can help to loosen up congestion in your sinuses..they sell it at most drugstores & chain stores.. Dollar Tree sells it for .00... it works as well as the others do
      3) take a hot moist washcloth..put some Vicks on it and lay it on your chest,it will help open your lungs up
      4) rub some Vicks on your chest & take a warm shower.
      NEVER put the Vicks on your face or in your nose or mouth..it will make you sick & can burn your sensitive areas in your nose & even eyes
      These are the treatments they did to me growing up,sometimes I go back to them when I need quick relief ...now I take Benadryl (25mgs) on top of it
      NEVER take anything with a decongestant in it if your blood pressure is high..it will cause it to go higher & give you a racing heart
      I grew up since I was 2 weeks old with severe allergies...now 51...I swear by the old time remedies more than I do with the inhalers ect they try to get everyone to use these days
      My son has severe allergies too... I use these remedies on him too..sometimes he asks for them over the nose sprays his dr rxs...which can cause some nasty side effects
      I stay away from the natural herbs,because I found out we were allergic to so many of them.

      hope these help

  23. QUESTION:
    Natural Remedies for High Blood Pressure?
    Are there any truly natural remedies to lower blood pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, yes.

      The first and most obvious remedies are to get enough sleep, not get stressed about so much, eat right, exercise to be healthy, and pray/meditate every day. The best thing I can recommend is to start a 'gratitude journal'- every day, write down something you noticed that you're grateful for. That goes a longer way towards being happy than anything else I know. (See a cute song about this from VeggieTales- sung by ... somebody... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y5_obQsN6g)

      Other than that, there are a number of herbs that can make a difference. The following is from http://www.herballegacy.com/Blood_Pressure.html :
      "High Blood Pressure: With high blood pressure, cholesterol and mucus form a sludge within the body. Avoid the mucus-forming foods and take herbs that act as a solvent by liquefying impurities such as cayenne, garlic or sassafras. Take cayenne, working up to a teaspoon three times a day. This increases the power of the heart and corrects the circulation problems. Garlic in copious amounts will bring down high blood pressure. Pure tomato juice is very good as a nutritional and a medicinal herb. Wheat germ oil is excellent for feeding the heart and helps cut the cholesterol and smoothens its removal from the area. Avoid the use of liquor and tobacco, do not keep late hours, and avoid over-tiredness and worry. There is an intricate inter-relationship between ones living habits and his body condition."

  24. QUESTION:
    Home Remedies for High Blood Pressure?
    What are the home remedies for high blood pressure or how to get rid of high blood pressure issue? Natural treatment and cure at home.

    • ANSWER:
      FISH OIL is great for high blood pressure.

      My cardilogist's nurse told me that it is OK to take up to 4,000mg of fish oil a day. Choose a reputable, yet easily found brand, for example Carlson. My Integrative MD said that 3,000mg would be enough.

      Also: WORK OUT. Use the elliptical and also: lifting weights is GREAT to lower blood pressure.

      Also: see take you blood pressure daily at home, to see where you are going, and work with a doctor that you trust to adjust your lifestyle as needed. It might not be easy to find the right doctor. Unfortunately, most of of them today tend to solve problems with a pill and nothing else. But for long-term results, you need to work on your lifestyle.

  25. QUESTION:
    Traditional remedies and cures that work?
    What natural/traditional remedies do you know and use that work?
    me- ginger for colds
    basil and garlic for high blood pressure
    dock leaves for skin irritations
    cloves for mouth ulcers and toothache
    rooibos and buchu for flu.
    Any others....?
    What is Congee?

    • ANSWER:
      Mint leaves or mint tea for heartburn and upset tummy. Aloe juice for sunburn and small scratches. Milk from from fig trees to get rid of warts or moles.

  26. QUESTION:
    what is a natural remedy to make high blood pressure go down?
    My wife is having a hard time with her blood pressure. One minute it's up, next, it's down. She is on 3 meds but is getting off two, one of them (clonodine) is making it go high, getting off of it. What can I give her to make it go down quickly?

    • ANSWER:
      Some herbs have an effect on normalizing high blood pressure. Some that I have seen used or have used myself are Noni juice (my herbalist friend used it with her son when UCLA could not control his BP), Ganoderma lucidum (mild), and Salvia miltiorrhiza (usually comes with notoginseng in tablets.)
      High blood pressure can also be reduced by acupuncture. There is a place in the fold of the elbow that is effective. Have your acupuncture doctor show it to you.

  27. QUESTION:
    Do you know if there is a medicine that cures high blood pressure? Natural or ChemicalNecesito saber si hay?
    I need to know if there is a Natural o Commercial Medicine that helps to cure High Blood Pressure?

    Necesito saber si hay algun medicamento que cure la presión arterial alta.

    • ANSWER:
      I have heard that Policosinol (a natural remedy) works, and bananas because they have potassium in them. Moderate daily exercise and good nutrition. If your blood pressure is really high, see a doctor because high blood pressure is dangerous.

  28. QUESTION:
    Any tips on reducing your blood pressure?
    I have already lost 2 and a half stone, throught healthy eating and exercise but still have high blood pressure. I am reluctant to take tablets for it as it means i will be on it for life. Any herbal remedies or advice would be appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think that high blood pressure has anything to do with your weight. I have had it for apx. 7 years and I am not overweight. I was very active when I developed it and when the doctor first said "your blood pressure is high" she also said "it is probably high because you are anxious today" and guess what it was high the next time I visited her.

      I have a friend who is stick thin who has had it since she was in her 20s. It probably has more to do with heredity.

      I was taking a medication that lowered it sometimes but since I have changed my medication, it has been consistently normal. I get it checked every three months.

      I think that the most important thing to do is to get it under control even if you have to take medication. By not doing anything about it, you are damaging your organs. That is why they call it the "silent killer". Your doctor might tell you the same thing.

      If you are still interested in going the natural route, you might want to get this guidebook that I have come across.

      http://pinurl.com/17i

  29. QUESTION:
    My mom has high blood pressure and thyroid her neck is going dark.?
    My mom has high blood pressure and thyroid her neck is going dark. She does not have diabetes. Doctor said its skin condition that the blood does not circulate because of high blood pressure. Any thing out there lighten skin home remedies or anything.

    • ANSWER:
      Tonique 10X Gel www.toniqueskincare.com it is natural, safe, but most importantly IT WORKS.

  30. QUESTION:
    natural ways to lower blood pressure?
    What are some natural ways to lower systolic High Blood Pressure besides meditation. Herbal remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Can't promise that these suggestions will work but they can.

      1. Cut back on the salt. It's terribly hard to go cold turkey on salt but lower the amount you use gradually and the change will be much easier to deal with. Watch for hidden sodium - read labels. A diet soda has more sodium in it than a small bag of potato chips!

      2. Drink more water. Plain, old water.

      3. Exercise. A 1/2 hour walk a day will help. Not only helps you relax but will help with #4.

      4. Lose weight if you need to. The extra weight makes it harder for the blood to circulate and adds a number of other risk factors. Even a modest 15-20 lb weight loss might be enough to get your numbers where they should be. Just make better food choices. Eat more fresh fruit, veggies and whole grains.

      5. Consider taking supplements and a good strong multi-vitamin. Supplements to take are potassium, magnesium and calcium. These three have the biggest influence on blood pressure.

  31. QUESTION:
    do you know of any natural remedies for controlling blood pressure?
    Besides aspirin, do you know of any herbs or anything else I can use to keep my blood pressure lower? I don't have a high blood pressure problem, but when I'm nervous my heart starts pounding to a ridiculous extent. So I'd appreciate any recommendations :)

    Thank you for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      decrease intake of salt (lots of hidden salt is in packaged & canned foods and fast food)

      increase intake of foods with potassium

  32. QUESTION:
    What are the best things to do and to give for a 64years old with high blood pressure to make her happy?
    My mom will be home soon from working abroad and shes already 64 years old with high blood pressure...and im really looking forward to make her happy and make sure that she will always be in good health...

    • ANSWER:
      Many meds work, but an effective natural remedy is high dose vitamin C, Lysine, and proline. Typically around 3 to 6 grams of C, 2 or 3 grams Lysine, and around 750mg of proline. I am speaking of personal experience and have reversed major ischemic heart disease. Also makes you feel better overall and lots more energy.

  33. QUESTION:
    I have high blood pressure. Does anyone know of a herbal remedy that really works?
    I was diagnosed with high blood pressure about 4 years ago. I was treated with medication that worked. That was when I had insurance. Now I am in a waiting period for insurance,don't want to see a doctor because of that pre-existing condition thing, and don't have any medication left. Is there any herbal medicine or anything else that will bring my blood pressure down without meds? I can't drink wine before I go to work, although I wish I could. HA! Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      What is the origin of your high blood pressure?
      Maybe some other diseases coexist?
      If we don't know that and what kind of therapy you have taken, if you are pre or post menopausal, if your parents had high BP, we can't talk about natural remedies.
      As I use to say, in health one size does not fit all.
      According my opinion it is dangerous to try substitute your medicines with herbal remedies of any kind without your doctor's opinion.

      Consider also the following things
      - usually, herbal remedies are used along with the medicine
      - the form in which you will take the herbal remedy: if you will use garlic, as has been mentioned, what will be the amount that you have to take?
      Is garlic proper for your type of hypertension?
      If you will drink an infusion(a tea of the herb),what will be the amount of the active substance that will be found in diluition in this infusion? How many cups you have to drink daily?

      Try to adopt a healthy life-style that I'm sure you have already adopted, to loose weight, practice some "light" sport like aerobic, walk for 1/2 - 1 hour daily and try to control your stress ; at this point, a herbal infusion containing relaxing herbs is mostly helpful. Take care also if you take any antiinflammatory medicins, as they can slightly increase your BP.

      Katerina

  34. QUESTION:
    Does Hibiscus Tea/Supplements Really Lower Blood Pressure?
    Has anyone tried one of these or any other natural remedy for high blood pressure? If so how much did it/they decrease your systolic/diastolic pressure and how long before you saw results? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I never heard of that one. The best thing to lower your blood pressure is to eat less salt. I wrote a thing about 9 pages long that I hope will interest you. Email me at max.integrity@yahoo.com and I'll send you a copy.

  35. QUESTION:
    Does Hibiscus Tea/Supplements Really Lower Blood Pressure?
    Has anyone tried one of these or any other natural remedy for high blood pressure? If so how much did it/they decrease your systolic/diastolic pressure and how long before you saw results? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Tea is your best bet.

      The problem with supplements is there's no way of telling how much is active ingredient and how much is filler.

      Cinnamon is also very good for lowering blood pressure, btw.

  36. QUESTION:
    How do you lower your blood pressure?
    I'm on meds for bipolar, but one of the side effects is a raise in blood pressure. Along with the meds, I've been really stressed out with family issues, and stress causes high blood pressure. So my blood pressure is really high, causing my head to hurt and I've been having some chest pains. I'm only 16, I shouldn't have to worry about my blood pressure!

    • ANSWER:
      Besides plenty of exercise and a low salt diet there are other natural remedies such as garlic oil, fish oil, apple cider vinegar and stacks of others that you can find in a web search for "high blood pressure" + "natural remedies".

  37. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies to lower blood pressure?
    I recently was dx'ed with high bp after 40 years of great blood pressure, and the water pill I'm on isn't enough to control it. I also get headaches from it.

    • ANSWER:
      A low salt diet combined with plenty of exercise often helps a bit but not necessarily enough.

      The same applies to natural supplements such as Coenzyme Q10, Hawthorn berry and others so often you still have to take prescription BP tablets.

  38. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for hypertension?
    I know that there are medications to treat hypertension but are there other natural home remedies that can aid in lowering blood pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      Avoid salt, pork, and stress. Other than that, you need to see a doctor if you have high blood pressure, rather than trying to treat it yourself. Hypertension is a silent killer.

  39. QUESTION:
    What natural remedies are there for high blood pressure?
    My systolic blood presure currently is 160 and plus when i have to exert myself pjysically in any way. I would like to bring this reading closer to 120 as possible. my diastolic reading is usually 87 - 104. I am a 58 year old female. I'm 5' 6" tall, I weigh 255 lbs. and I know i need to eat healthier.

    • ANSWER:
      First you need to lose some weight. Second, you need to modify your diet. Mainly you must limit the intake of sodium. If you smoke, quit. If you drink, limit your intake. These simple modifications can make a huge difference in your blood pressure. Also, you can try stress management techniques such as yoga, excersice, aromatherapy, and meditation. Stress hormones play havoc on heart rate and cardiac output, so keeping them down is a good way to lower your blood pressure. If none of these work, then talk with your doctor about possible medical treatments like diuretics, beta blockers, and ACE inhibitors. Drugs should always be a last resort.

  40. QUESTION:
    High Blood Pressure - my nan is a stroke waiting to happen, does anyone have natural remedies or suggestions!!
    The Dr's have been trying to get her medication right, but they can't seem to. I was wondering if anyone could please suggest any natural remedies or found partculars things worked for them. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am so scared I am going to lose her...

    • ANSWER:
      Eliminate ALL salt from her diet, and drink LOTS of water everyday.

  41. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to lower my high blood pressure naturally?
    I am 34 years old and only had hypertension after I gave birth to my son Benn. I am on medication now but there are times when my blood pressure shoots up. Maybe you guys have any idea how to lower it naturally and fast!

    • ANSWER:
      There are a number of herbal and homeopathic remedies that are well known for their ability to control high blood pressure with great success. Unlike conventional medicines, which do not always address the root cause, natural remedies can do this without the risk of side effects or addiction.

      In keeping with a holistic approach to health, Naturopaths recognize that high blood pressure may be a sign or symptom of imbalance in the body and thus recommend a combination of lifestyle changes and natural remedies to remove the causes of the high blood pressure, rather than simply just treating the symptoms.

      Remember to always source your natural remedies from a reputable company in order to ensure safety, efficacy, and correct therapeutic dosage.

      Do not make changes to your prescription medication without first consulting your doctor.

      You may get more details on the above here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/h/highbloodpressure.htm

  42. QUESTION:
    Are there any natural remedies for High blood pressure?
    I was wondering if there were any remedies besides medication. I eat well and exercise but is there anything else I can do? Are there any natural supplements/vitamins?

    • ANSWER:
      There are herbal tinctures that you can get from a qualified naturopathic physician.

      However, there are also things that you can do for yourself at home. Firstly, you must stop smoking if you are a smoker and avoid overweight and lower your salt intake.

      There are a number of supplements that are used when treating hypertension:
      Garlic
      potassium [not if you are taking meds for BP, though]
      calcium/magnesium
      Co-enzyme Q-10
      Vitamin E [start w/100 IU, raise 100 IU every 2 weeks until 400/800 IU]
      Lecithin
      Vitamin C
      B-complex vitamin

  43. QUESTION:
    After 5 years of taking tenoretic for high blood pressure, is there an alternative natural remedy?
    I would like to stop taking the chemical medicine and seek a natural holistic approach to controlling blood pressure. I have been on these pills (tenoretic) since October 2002. The side effects is a high price to pay for controlling blood pressure. I have heard that one will never be able to safely stop taking blood pressure medications. I do not want another substitute chemical as an alternative.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Treatment for High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) :-

      Head remedy; with nervousness (during pregnancy use with care) Rauwolfia S.Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly

      With depression; suicidal tendency; cardiac symptoms Aurum Met 200X or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      With arteriosclerosis and senile paresis Aurum Iod 30X, 6 hourly

      With senility and senile behavioural changes Baryta Carb 200X or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      Systolic pressure high and diastolic pressure very low Baryta Mur 3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      With constriction in heart region and anginal pain Cactus G.Q(Mother Tincture) or 30X, 3 hourly

      For fat and flabby patient; sweat on head, palms and soles, craving for eggs; chilly patient Calcarea Carb 200X or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      In old age;old bachelors and old maids Conium Mac 200X or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      Palpitations in slight exertion; dyspnoea, insomnia and gastric complaints Crataegus Ox.Q(Mother Tincture) or 30X 4 hourly

      Due to shock (broken love affair etc) emotional disturbances Ignatia 200X or 1M 4 hourly(3 Doses)

      Due to congestion in brain; severe headache, lassitude and dizziness Glonoine 3X or 6X, 1/2 hourly

      Due to syphilitic origin; lancinating pain in head and bones Kali Iod.30X or 200X 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Due to gastric origin; flatulence; craving for sweets and warm food; worse 4 - 8 P.M. Lycopodium 30X or 200X, 4 hourly

      Due to shock or grief; hyperthyroidism, goitre, addision's disease, diabetes ,etc. Desire for salt preparations Natrum Mur 200X or 1M 10 min (3 Doses)

      In syphilitic cases; angina pectoris; vertigo, dyspnoea and endocarditis Natrum Iod.30X or 200X 10 min (3 Doses)

      In tall, intelligent, hypertensive people; craves for icy cold things; fear of dark and stroms, etc. Phosphorus 30X or 200X 10 min (3 Doses)

      With sclerotic degeneration specially of spinal cord Plumbum Iod 30X or 200X, 6 hourly

      Due to grief; apprehension, dullness, loss of thirst etc. Gelsemium 30X or 200X, 3 hourly

      During menopausal stage; worse after sleep; great loquacity Lachesis 30X or 200X, 4 hourly

      Bursting pain in head; better by cold application, pressure, vertigo; palpitation of heart; worse when alone; sleeplessness with heaviness in head; oedematous swelling on face and legs Boerhaavia Diffusa Q (Mother Tincture) or 6X , 4 hourly

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      Take Care and God Bless !

  44. QUESTION:
    How to lower blood pressure?
    My husband has had hypertension since he was 21 and in the military. He's now 27 and still has really high blood pressure. He sees a veteran doctor regularly for meds, is a head track and field coach and is pretty active, and eats pretty healthy (can eat a bit healthier, but does not intake a lot of sodium).

    What are we doing wrong to ensure he's healthy as far a lowering his blood pressure? Only experienced people answer, please.

    • ANSWER:
      Avoid table salt (sodium, sodium chloride, NaCl).
      Eat a moderate, lean diet and avoid stimulants.
      Try taking some natural remedies.
      Take B vitamins.
      Stop smoking.
      Lose weight.
      Avoid drugs and alcohol
      Relax.
      Exercise
      Simply observing and slowing the respiration rate produces a significant reduction in blood pressure.

  45. QUESTION:
    What is causing me to get light-headed and dizzy?
    I have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, high chloresterol and type 2 diabetes that requires insulin. I've been light-headed and dizzy ever since, especially when I lay down.

    Serious answers only. I am scared and would like to hear something encouraging. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Something encouraging, huh?

      Here's a little different take on the subject of diabetes--

      There are many things you can do to overcome type II diabetes, and improve life as a Type I diabetic. I've been researching alternative medicine, and the amount of help that's available to diabetics is amazing.

      Natural remedies are quite effective, and include:

      Cinnamon
      Bitter Melon
      Gymnema Sylvestre
      Nopal cactus
      American Ginseng
      Fenugreek
      Chromium picolinate

      If you are serious about learning how to use these herbs and not falling victim to diabetes needlessly, I suggest getting a copy of--

      "One Son's Quest for the Cause and Cure of Diabetes", ISBN 7890766313

      The author, a doctor, lost his mother to diabetes and spent the next 20 years finding a way to overcome it. My brother was dying of diabetes, and I was just starting to need insulin when we came across this definitive work which was first availale in February 2005. We both lead mostly normal lives now. It's a life saver, and the best money you'll ever spend on the subject.
      You might want to check Abe Books, Alibri's, or Amazon.com for a good used copy cheap. I bought mine new, and I think it was about . I don't get any money from anybody for telling you this--just want to help, and the techniques in this book is what made the difference for me and mine. Best of luck.

  46. QUESTION:
    What's a good natural remedy to help lower blood pressure?
    I think I've heard garlic and a few other things can help lower blood pressure. Anybody know the other ones?

    • ANSWER:
      Omega 3 fish oil. You can buy it in the health food store! An acquaintance who owns a health food store told me that is the #1 recommended natural herbal remedy for high blood pressure. Just be sure to lower your salt and fat intake as well, otherwise nothing will work.
      Good luck.

  47. QUESTION:
    Is there a natural method to keep blood pressure in a normal range?
    I'm male, 78, in good health, not overweight. My MD has me on 3 pills to control blood pressure. I'm hoping there is a natural method to do this...I really don't like taking pills! My cholesterol numbers are good, I don't eat fatty food, lots of veggies and I exercise daily. Haven't a clue as to why my pressure is high.

    • ANSWER:
      Reducing your salt intake helps and also plenty of exercise.

      There are lots of natural remedies such as fish oil, garlic, apple cider vinegar and numerous others that you can find in a search for "high blood pressure" + "natural remedies".

  48. QUESTION:
    Is it common to have high blood pressure but not cholesterol?
    I went to the doctor today and the first BP taken was 140/80. The second was 127/82. The doctor insisted that my blood pressure was too high, but then said that my cholesterol is near perfect. Is it common to have high BP but normal cholesterol? Is 140 considered extremely high?

    • ANSWER:
      For most people, the cause remains unknown, making primary blood pressure the more prevalent of the two.

      While it is not entirely known why primary high blood pressure occurs, research is ongoing and a number of factors have been implicated. Since high blood pressure often runs in families, a strong genetic component has been indicated.

      Other risk factors for high blood pressure include smoking, alcoholism, and high salt intake, being overweight, lack of exercise, and high levels of stress.

      Some conditions known to cause secondary hypertension are:

      * Diabetic nephropathy
      * Kidney disease
      * Cushing's syndrome
      * Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism
      * Arteriosclerosis (a thickening, hardening and narrowing of the walls of the arteries)
      * Underlying heart conditions
      * Sleep apnea
      * Obesity
      * Pregnancy, especially in cases of Pre-eclampsia
      * Side-effects of certain medications or supplements

      While high blood pressure can be a potentially life-threatening condition, it can be successfully managed through the correct medical treatment and positive life-style changes. Treatment often includes prescription medication, natural remedies, or a combination of both.

      Whatever you decide, it is important to adopt a holistic approach to your health and include life-style changes into your treatment program.

      There are a number of herbal and homeopathic remedies that are well known for their ability to control high blood pressure with great success. Unlike conventional medicines, which do not always address the root cause, natural remedies can do this without the risk of side effects or addiction.

  49. QUESTION:
    Is there anything to lower blood pressure other than prescriptions?
    My blood pressure has been higher than normal lately and the Dr. says its from stress. I hate taking medicine so is there any home remedies that I can try? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some all-natural supplements that are very helpful.

      GLA Complex: reduces work demand on heart; increases HDL; improves liver metabolism of fats; increase flow rate in small blood vessels

      CoQ Heart: regulates circulatory system

      Garlic Complex: dilates small blood vessels; prevents clotting; dissolves fatty deposits

      Optiflora: anti-stress; detoxifies neurotoxins for a healthier nervous system; helps normalize blood lipids

      Calcium/Magnesium: a deficiency in calcium has been linked to high blood pressure

      Alfalfa Complex: strengthens the kidneys which make a hormone that regulates blood pressure; natural diuretic

      Hope this is helpful and for the website feel free to contact me.

  50. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of daily headaches that last all day long?
    I have been told on numerous occasions I have high blood pressure. Anxiety problems run in my family also and going through stressful times right now too. I don't know if any one of these would be the culprit or all of the above. I just wonder what would be some things to help keep the headaches under control?

    • ANSWER:
      Perhaps you can find some useful tips in a web search for "natural headache remedies".


high blood pressure natural remedies

Home Remedies Ear Aches Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is a good way to heal an ear infection?
    I put a hot water bottle under my head and that didn't work and i tried drinking tea with honey, that helped a little bit and i am about to go to the doctor to get antibiotics but until then i need some ways to help with my ear infection, i also have been puking and have had stomach ache im not sure if that has anything to do with it but it might be part of a flu of some sort. Can you please help?? i need some home remedies.

    • ANSWER:
      There are treatments that can help clear your infeection and dry up your ear. Treatment can also heal the hole in your eardrum. But without the right treatment, you risk having your hearing damageed by the infectionn. Unfortunately, this kind of long-term ear infectionn is not always simple to treat.

      If you have an ear infectionn with discharge, you'll probably first have your ear cleaned by a specialist doctor or a nurse. Cleaning your ears helps clear out the pus.

      You're likely to be treated with ear drops. Ear drops containing a type of antibiotics called quinolones seem to work best. Taking antibiotics as tablets is unlikely to help.

      Sometimes the hole in your eardrum might not heal up, even with antibiotics. If this happens, you can have an operation to fix your eardrum.

      We look closely at the research and usually rank treatments into categories according to whether they work. But there's not much research on treating ear infectionn with discharge. All these treatments need further study.

      Ear cleaning

      Before you start treatment with ear drops, you'll probably have your ear cleaned out by a specialist doctor or nurse. The cleaning gets rid of the bits of skin and pus that are blocking your ear so that the ear drops cann get throough to thhe infectiion. But we don't know for certain whether ear cleaning is helpful. There's not much good-quality research.

      There are different ways to have your ear cleaned. A doctor might:

      Clean your ear canal with cotton buds
      Put a string made of gauze (a type of thin material) into your ear canal
      Flush your ear out with sterile (germ-free) salt water
      Use a machine to gently suck out the bits of skin and pus from your ear.
      Some doctors have looked at whether just having your ears cleaned, without having ear drops, caan clear uup the inffection. WWe found ttwo studiees that loooked at cchildren wwith this infectionn who had their ears cleaned.1 2 The studies didn't show that ear cleaning helped. But the studies were not very good-quality, so it's hard to say for certain whether ear cleaning can help or not.

      We couldn't find any studies on ear cleaning for adults.

      The studies don't tell us if ear cleaning can be harmful. But ear cleaning should always be done by a specialist doctor or nurse. You shouldn't put anything into your ear canal yourself, even to clean it. You could damage your ear.

      Antibiotic ear drops

      Ear drops that contain a type of antibiotic called quinolones can dry up your ear and stop it leaking pus. Your doctor might prescribe a quinolone called ciprofloxacin (brand name Ciproxin). Antibiotics kill the bacteria that causse infectiion. But we don't know how well antibiotics work in the long term.

      We found a summary of the research (called a systematic review) that included 14 studies.3 But the studies were not very good quality. The summary showed that:

      Quinolone antibiotic ear drops are better at drying your ear than antiseptic ear drops
      Quinolone antibiotic ear drops work better than taking antibiotic tablets.
      You'll probably have your ear cleaned out before you start treatment with ear drops. This is to be certain that the ear drops get through to the infected part of your ear.

      You might find you get some side effects from the ear drops. These are usually mild and go away when you stop taking the drops. The studies found that if you take antibiotic ear drops, you might get:

      Dizziness
      Itching in your ear
      Stinging in your ear
      Earache
      Yeast infections like thrush.
      There is some evidence that other types of antibiotic ear drops might damage your ear, although it's not certain.4 5 6 But doctors usually use quinolone ear drops to be on the safe side.

      Quinolone ear drops can dry out your ear infectionn in the short term. But we don't know whether treatment with antibiotic ear drops helps in the long term. There's not enough research to show whether using antibiotic ear drops willl make yoour infecttion go away for good, stop you getting complications, heal the hole in your eardrum or improve your hearing.

      Also, the studies all looked at adults, so we don't know how well these ear drops work for children.

      Antibiotic ear drops plus steroid ear drops

      Using antibiotic ear drops together with steroid ear drops can dry up your ear discharge.

      It is important to remember that the steroids used to treat ear infections are not the anabolic steroids used by athletes and bodybuilders. The steroids in ear drops are similar to chemicals produced naturally by our bodies to deal with inflammation.

      One example of combined drops is the antibiotic gentamicin with the steroid hydrocortisone (a brand name is Gentisone).

      We don't know if this treatment works better than antibiotic ear drops alone. We found two studies that looked at adults who were treated with both antibiotic ear drops and steroid ear drops for four to six weeks.7 8

      The first study found that half of the people who had antibiotic ear drops and steroid ear drops got better while about a quarter of the people who took a dummy treatment (a placebo) got better.7
      The second study showed that antibiotic ear drops and steroid ear drops worked better than steroid ear drops on their own.7 8
      But the studies were quite small. Also, they all looked at adults, so there's no evidence about how well this treatment works for children.

      We don't know if this treatment has side effects. The studies didn't look at whether it could be harmful.

      Antiseptic ear drops

      Antiseptic ear drops don't work as well as other treatments to dry up a discharging ear. So they're not used much any more.

      There are several types of antiseptic treatment. These include aluminium acetate, borax, hydrogen peroxide and iodine powder.

      We found one summary of the research (a systematic review). It shows that antiseptic drops don't work as well as quinolone ear drops (a type of antibiotic ear drop).3

      Studies show that antiseptic eardrops can make you feel dizzy and give you earache. But there's no evidence that they can damage your hearing.

      Antibiotic tablets or injections

      Taking antibiotic tablets or having an antibiotic injection doesn't work as well as using quinolone (a type of antibiotic) ear drops.

      We found a summary of the research (known as a systematic review).3 It included nine studies that were mostly poor-quality. The summary found that:

      Taking antibiotic tablets or having an injection doesn't work as well as using quinolone antibiotic ear drops
      Taking antibiotic tablets as well as antibiotic ear drops is unlikely to help clear up your ear infectionn.
      You can get mild side effects from taking antibiotics. These include:9

      Headache
      Nausea
      Stomach upset
      Allergic reactions
      Yeast infections (like thrush).
      There's not much evidence to show whether antibiotic tablets, antibiotics that come as a liquid or antibiotic injections work in children. But we found one small study (a randomised controlled trial).10 It showedd that chiildren whoo had the injectionn were lesss likely to have aa dischargge from thheir ears six monthhs after tthe infecttion. But the study was too small to say for certain.

      Surgery

      You can have an operation to repair the hole (perforation) in your eardrum. This may improve your hearing. But we don't know how well surgery works for children in the long term.

      The operation involves covering the hole in your eardrum with a patch of tissue. The operation is called a myringoplasty or a tympanoplasty.

      When you have this operation you'll usually have a general anaesthetic, so you'll be asleep during the operation. An ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist doctor puts a small patch of tissue onto your eardrum to cover the hole.11

      You can usually leave hospital the same day as the operation. You should avoid getting water in your ear for a few weeks afterwards.11

      We didn't find any good-quality studies (randomised controlled trials) that compare people having surgery with people not having surgery.

      But there is quite a lot of evidence about what happens to people who do have surgery. Studies show there is a good chance that it will seal up the hole in your eardrum and maybe improve your hearing. The evidence shows that:

      The hole in the eardrum is sealed up for more than 9 in 10 people who have the operation12
      Between half and three-quarters of people who have the operation find that their hearing improves afterwards.13 14
      But we don't know if a repaired eardrum is likely to last in young children. Young children are more at risk of getting another ear infectionn. This might dislodge the patch, so the eardrum would become perforated again.

      One study found that 3 in 5 children who had surgery didn't get another hole in the eardrums, and had normal hearing, more than six years after the operation.15

      Surgery is more likely to work if your surgeon is skilled in this kind of operation. So it's important to ask if he or she has done this operation a lot.16 17 Surgery is also likely to work better if your eardrum isn't very badly damaged to start with.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remedy for ear infection, besides waiting for it to go away?
    I have an ear infection.
    I need some advice on how to treat it at home.

    • ANSWER:
      Ear infections are horrible. I had so many as a child and as an adult.

      How many have you had? Have you ever had tubes? If you get them a lot you want to find a good Ear Nose and Throat specialist. Please, Please, Please take my advice. I suffer from ear aches alll the time.

      Heat helps, Alieve, I know for me when I am laying down it hurts worse when I lay on the ear that hurts I guess because it causes pressure. Def. don't get any water in it. But, you probably already know that. It stinks but antibiotics and letting it pass are really all you can do. If you keep getting them you need to stay on top of it because that indicates a more serious problem that needs immediate attention.

      I myself have had so many sets of tubes and both ear drums re-built out of cartilage, getting ready to have a tube put back in the left because it is getting that bad again. I know how bad they hurt.

      I hope you feel better real soon!! Take Care!

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the best solution for a migraine headache?

    I'm trying really hard to help a person that i care about. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      This is not meant as a substitute for seeing a Doctor which I recommend. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the Dr.’s appointment date.

      Headaches/Migraines can be caused either (1) internally (e.g. injury to the head) or (2) externally (e.g.STRESS). What your DDS, ER and MD may not tell you are that most headaches are stress related. Even from your write up you sound stressed. They can be further broken down into the following categories and the treatment depends on the type of headache you have.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.
      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.
      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 2 hrs.
      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.
      TEMPORAL Arthritis headaches usually in the over age 50 crowd and are characterized by one side of temple area, pain in jaw, burning, aching, throbbing, sensitive scalp, fever and tender arteries. If you experience visual symptoms go to ER.
      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - Pain in upper neck and back of head or pain when moving the head with reduced movement in neck area is brought on by stress, head movement and head alignment. It may be confused as it can mimic a migraine headache including nausea. If it is a head and neck related alignment you can have temporal headaches or headaches that arc from behind the ear forward. They are characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.
      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.
      SUBARACHNOID Hemorrhage headaches are abrupt onset, constant stiff neck, feels like someone hit you in the head, Caused by high blood pressure, stress or aneurysm can be life threatening.
      BRAIN Tumor headaches are characterized by; onset in morning and evening, varies from mild to severe, may throb, wakes you up at night, symptoms getting worse, neck stiffness worse than ever.
      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. It is a slow bleed in the brain. People can and do die from this.

      Here is what you do for them besides making a Doctor’s appt.
      Migraines, muscular tension, cervicogenic, and some sinus and cluster headaches may be helped by a chiropractor. If it is sinus, you need to ask the chiropractor if they have a sinus/cranial treatment.
      For Hypertension, cluster, temporal arteritis and brain tumor-see a Dr.
      For Temporal arteritis with visual impairment, subarachnoid hemorrhage and subdural hematoma, go to the ER now.

      In addition to SEEING a Doctor you may consider counseling. While you are waiting for the Dr.’s and or counselor’s appt. you might try the following and end up cancelling the appts. as it may work!

      There are FIVE home remedies that may work for you as they do/did for me; (1) First drink 16 to 24 ounces of water not soda as dehydration may cause headaches. The second home remedy for all headaches that has worked for me and even my most skeptical friends is (2) eating a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines. Bananas are loaded with Potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach can also aggravate a headache.
      (3) Third after drinking water, eating a banana and taking your chosen OTC meds take a SHOWER. Other than that OTC meds are your only alternative. (4) Then go take a nap. (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, turning off the TV, turning off the computer, and don’t watch the news!

      Time to do everything to DE-STRESS!!!

      Hope this helps!

  4. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of a really bad headache?
    I have really bad head ache i cant seem to swlow the pill i guess i get scared and spit it out what can i do

    • ANSWER:
      It’s probably stress related.

      Plagued with headaches from childhood to middle age I have had many different types: Migraines, Cluster, Allergic, Visual and mild. The following has helped me and others, I AM NOT A DOCTOR and I recommend that you make an appointment to see one and possibly consider counseling if these headaches are persistent.

      This is not a substitute for seeing a Doctor or any health-care provider. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the appointment date(s).

      What your DDS, ER, MD, chiropractor, therapist or health-care provider may not tell you are; that most if not all headaches are STRESS related and they can be and usually are triggered by conditioning. If you can identify the conditioned triggers of your headaches you can break the cycle of stress aggravating a headache and the headache aggravating the stress. This fuels a very disabling negative feedback cycle. Break the cycle by:

      Reducing headache symptoms such as, nausea, vomiting and vertigo.
      Try inducing relaxation.
      Teach your body to be more tolerant towards headache triggers.
      Try improving blood-circulation to your brain.
      Start a routine that controls or rids you of headaches (see my routine below).

      Here are a few common types of headaches:

      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. If you have suffered a HEAD INJURY please stop reading this and go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room NOW.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.

      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.

      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 12 hrs.

      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.

      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.

      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.

      Rounding it out are Temporal, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Brain Tumor headaches.

      With the exception of the last three types of headache and SUBDURAL Hematoma trauma headaches there are SIX home remedies that I use and that may work for you as they do/did for me. This is a routine;

      (1) Drink 16 to 24 ounces of water as dehydration may cause headaches. Dehydration is stress. If you are fasting this can fill an empty stomach and allows you to continue your fast.

      (2) Eat a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines and gives some relief of the other 60%! Bananas are loaded with potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach is stress.

      (3) Take your chosen OTC meds, if any.

      (4) Take a pleasant shower.

      (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, TV, the computer, the clock and don’t watch the news!

      (6) Lay down for a nap. To unplug the brain you are only going to think about what else you can do to de-stress.

      This is my routine I use to break the headache cycle. You could do the same or add other stress reducers, such as: cold compresses, ear plugs, sleep visors, herbal teas, etc. It’s important to have a routine so that you can get CONTROL of the headaches and not vice-a-versa.

      Knowledge is power. Learn more about headaches and get more control and empowerment over them. Start at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headache Also try: http://www.headache-treatment-options.com/

      Hope this helps!

  5. QUESTION:
    Why do i keep getting these weird headaches?
    I've never really eaten a lot, i mean some days i can pig out on loads and some i will eat just a sandwich because i do not feel hungry at all! But recently i've been getting really bad headaches and they dont stop with tablets or my glasses or anything only with food sometimes. It's been like it for like 2 weeks now and the problem is when i have a head ache i feel too sick too eaT! What is this and what am i supposed to do? I'm not underweight or overweight and i', only 17

    • ANSWER:
      The headache is probably stress related.

      Plagued with headaches from childhood to middle age I have had many different types: Migraines, Cluster, Allergic, Visual and mild. The following has helped me and others, I AM NOT A DOCTOR and I recommend that you make an appointment to see one and possibly consider counseling.

      This is not a substitute for seeing a Doctor or any health-care provider. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the appointment date(s).

      What your DDS, ER, MD, chiropractor, therapist or health-care provider may not tell you are; that most headaches are STRESS related and they can be and usually are triggered by conditioning. If you can identify the conditioned triggers of your headaches you can break the cycle of stress aggravating a headache and the headache aggravating the stress. This fuels a very disabling negative feedback cycle. Break the cycle by:

      Reduce headache symptoms such as, nausea, vomiting and vertigo.
      Try inducing relaxation.
      Teach your body to be more tolerant towards headache triggers.
      Try improving blood-circulation to your brain.
      Get into a set routine that controls or rids yourself of headaches.

      Here are a few common types of headaches:

      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. If you have suffered a HEAD INJURY please stop reading this and go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room NOW.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.

      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.

      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 12 hrs.

      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.

      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.

      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.

      Rounding it out are Temporal, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Brain Tumor headaches.

      With the exception of the last three types of headache and SUBDURAL Hematoma trauma headaches there are SIX home remedies that I use and that may work for you as they do/did for me. This is a routine;

      (1) Drink 16 to 24 ounces of water as dehydration may cause headaches. Dehydration is stress. If you are fasting this can fill an empty stomach and allows you to continue your fast.

      (2) Eat a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines and gives some relief of the other 60%! Bananas are loaded with potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach is stress.

      (3) Take your chosen OTC meds, if any.

      (4) Take a pleasant shower.

      (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, TV, the computer, the clock and don’t watch the news!

      (6) Lay down for a nap. To unplug the brain you are only going to think about what else you can do to de-stress.

      This is a routine I use to break the headache cycle. You could do the same or add other stress reducers, such as: cold compresses, ear plugs, sleep visors herbal teas, etc. It’s important to have a routine so that you can get CONTROL of the headaches and not vice-a-versa.

      Knowledge is power. Learn more about headaches and get more control and empowerment over them. Start at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headache Also try: http://www.headache-treatment-options.com/

      Hope this helps!

  6. QUESTION:
    Severe headache going into neck, feeling feverish but low body temperature- what could this be?
    I've been suffering from a cough and cold since Monday/Tuesday now and it's been going from good to bad with how I'm feeling.

    I went out last night as I felt better but today I feel terrible I wasn't hungover but I had a few.

    I have had this headache for about 12 hours now. It's been on and off constantly but just this evening it's got worse. The pain is behind my eye into the back of my neck on the right side. I feel feverish but my body temp is 35c and earlier I had the shakes.

    I'm sensitive to light and sound and if I cough my whole head explodes.

    What could this be?

    • ANSWER:
      Plagued with headaches from childhood to middle age I have had many different types of headaches. Also I know of many others who have headaches which the following has helped. I AM NOT A DOCTOR but someone who is trying to help people get rid of … well, a headache.

      Headaches/Migraines can be caused either (1) internally (e.g. injury to the head) or (2) externally (e.g.STRESS). What your DDS, ER and MD may not tell you are that most headaches are stress related. Even from your write up you sound stressed. They can be further broken down into the following categories and the treatment depends on the type of headache you have.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.
      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.
      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 2 hrs.
      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.
      TEMPORAL Arthritis headaches usually in the over age 50 crowd and are characterized by one side of temple area, pain in jaw, burning, aching, throbbing, sensitive scalp, fever and tender arteries. If you experience visual symptoms go to ER.
      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - Pain in upper neck and back of head or pain when moving the head with reduced movement in neck area is brought on by stress, head movement and head alignment. It may be confused as it can mimic a migraine headache including nausea. If it is a head and neck related alignment you can have temporal headaches or headaches that arc from behind the ear forward. They are characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.
      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.
      SUBARACHNOID Hemorrhage headaches are abrupt onset, constant stiff neck, feels like someone hit you in the head, Caused by high blood pressure, stress or aneurysm can be life threatening.
      BRAIN Tumor headaches are characterized by; onset in morning and evening, varies from mild to severe, may throb, wakes you up at night, symptoms getting worse, neck stiffness worse than ever.
      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. It is a slow bleed in the brain. People can and do die from this.

      Here is what you do for them besides making a Doctor’s appt.
      Migraines, muscular tension, cervicogenic, and some sinus and cluster headaches may be helped by a chiropractor. If it is sinus, you need to ask the chiropractor if they have a sinus/cranial treatment.
      For Hypertension, cluster, temporal arteritis and brain tumor-see a Dr.
      For Temporal arteritis with visual impairment, subarachnoid hemorrhage and subdural hematoma, go to the ER now.

      In addition to SEEING a Doctor you may consider counseling. While you are waiting for the Dr.’s and or counselor’s appt. you might try the following and end up cancelling the appts. as it may work!

      There are FIVE home remedies that may work for you as they do/did for me; (1) First drink 16 to 24 ounces of water not soda as dehydration may cause headaches. The second home remedy for all headaches that has worked for me and even my most skeptical friends is (2) eating a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines. Bananas are loaded with Potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach can also aggravate a headache.
      (3) Third after drinking water, eating a banana and taking your chosen OTC meds take a SHOWER. Other than that OTC meds are your only alternative. (4) Then go take a nap. (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, turning off the TV, turning off the computer, and don’t watch the news!

      Time to do everything to DE-STRESS!!!

      Hope this helps!
      P.S. the same thing is happening to me now!

  7. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my right ear?
    For years it seems like I have had a sharp pain inside of my right ear. It lasts maybe a few seconds but the pain is bad that it makes me wince when it happens. I had them every so often a while ago and now the pain is coming back. I don't think its an infection because I don't have the pain all that often. Can you help me? The pain doesn't go anywhere else, just a sharp pain in my right ear.

    • ANSWER:
      Earache or Otalgia is a medical condition often characterized by pain in either one or both the ears. This pain can be dull or burning, or can be constant or temporary. Otalgia is most often divided into two categories - 'primary otalgia' and 'referred otalgia'. Primary otalgia is basically the pain originating within the ear, for instance pain in the ear canal, while referred otalgia is pain originating outside the ear, i.e. pain in earlobe for instance.

      Causes

      Though otalgia is not associated with any ear disease in particular, there do exist a few causes of pain in the ear - some of which are not directly related to the ear itself. Ear pain in children is most often caused by fluid build up, which blocks the Eustachian tube and results in stuffiness, pain, and ear infection. Other than this, it can also be attributed to ear canal irritation, cold, and water/soap residue after bathing. Although ear infections - and resultant pain - are common in childhood, the same in adults, though rare, cannot be ruled out.

      There are high chances that what the individual perceives as ear pain is actually 'referred' pain, originating from some other part, such as the teeth or a throat infection. A person may also experience sharp pain in ear when swallowing. This is actually the referred pain triggered by the irritation of the nerves connected to the ear, which are actively involved when swallowing. Overall, the causes of ear pain (otalgia) include impacted teeth, jaw arthritis, ear infections, sore throat, sinus infection, tooth infection, or even the sensory aura that precedes a migraine.

      Diagnosis

      The cause of ear pain can be established after taking into consideration the medical history of the patient. In case of sharp ear pain, the foremost thing to be done is to eliminate the chances of cancer, especially in adults who indulge in alcohol and drug abuse. Diagnosis includes medical examination of ear, nose, mastoid, and throat. At times the medical practitioner is keen on observing the symptoms, and hence may delay administering any antibiotics for ear infection to rule out misdiagnoses. Pain in the ear due to infection can be treated easily, but considering the fact that it can be a symptom of some other complication, one can't afford to turn blind eye to the same.

      Relief

      Otalgia can be cured by treating the underlying conditions which cause this sharp pain. In fact, this is the ideal method in case of referred otalgia. The person may have to take prescribed or over-the-counter medication to get relief from pain. In case of severe pain, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics, after taking the persons medical history into consideration. Over-the-counter medication, such as aspirin, can be taken in the initial stages, when the pain is mild. If they don't show the desired effects, one should consult a doctor, who will prescribe the necessary medications.

      Other than these, there are several home remedies for ear ache. Of these remedies, putting a few drops of lukewarm oil or juice of basil leaves in the affected ear are perhaps the most popular. Hydrogen peroxide and peppermint leaves juice can also be used to treat ear pain. Eating chewing gum contracts the muscles and opens the Eustachian tube, thus providing relief from the sharp pain in ear.

      Age-old idiom 'prevention is better than cure' is apt when it comes to sharp ear pain or otalgia. Though there are several ways to treat otalgia and the underlying conditions, it's better to prevent it in the very first place. Simple measures like cleaning the ears of any residue after bathing, especially in case of children, are of great help when it comes to prevention of ear pain. Avoiding smoking, which is a prominent cause of this ear problem, controlling allergies etc., are the other measures that can be taken to prevent ear pain.

      Pain in ear, irrespective of whether it is sharp or mild, can be pretty discomforting. At the same time, one can't ignore the fact that it can be a symptom of some underlying condition which can worsen with time if necessary steps to deal with it are not taken at the earliest. Taking into consideration the seriousness of this issue, one should not take ear pain lightly, but should instead consult a doctor and opt for a diagnosis of the condition before things get out of hand.

      Hope this helps :)

  8. QUESTION:
    Headache after waking up in the morning?
    Just woke up and noticed i got a headache, it was very bad when i got out of bed, now its been almost half an hour and im feeling quite better but it is still aching in my head and i quite feel dizzy. I dont know what has caused this, i dont do drugs or drink.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s probably stress related.

      Plagued with headaches from childhood to middle age I have had many different types: Migraines, Cluster, Allergic, Visual and mild. The following has helped me and others, I AM NOT A DOCTOR and I recommend that you make an appointment to see one and possibly consider counseling if these headaches are persistent.

      This is not a substitute for seeing a Doctor or any health-care provider. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the appointment date(s).

      What your DDS, ER, MD, chiropractor, therapist or health-care provider may not tell you are; that most if not all headaches are STRESS related and they can be and usually are triggered by conditioning. If you can identify the conditioned triggers of your headaches you can break the cycle of stress aggravating a headache and the headache aggravating the stress. This fuels a very disabling negative feedback cycle. Break the cycle by:

      Reducing headache symptoms such as, nausea, vomiting and vertigo.
      Try inducing relaxation.
      Teach your body to be more tolerant towards headache triggers.
      Try improving blood-circulation to your brain.
      Start a routine that controls or rids you of headaches (see my routine below).

      Here are a few common types of headaches:

      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. If you have suffered a HEAD INJURY please stop reading this and go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room NOW.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.

      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.

      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 12 hrs.

      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.

      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.

      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.

      Rounding it out are Temporal, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Brain Tumor headaches.

      With the exception of the last three types of headache and SUBDURAL Hematoma trauma headaches there are SIX home remedies that I use and that may work for you as they do/did for me. This is a routine;

      (1) Drink 16 to 24 ounces of water as dehydration may cause headaches. Dehydration is stress. If you are fasting this can fill an empty stomach and allows you to continue your fast.

      (2) Eat a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines and gives some relief of the other 60%! Bananas are loaded with potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach is stress.

      (3) Take your chosen OTC meds, if any.

      (4) Take a pleasant shower.

      (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, TV, the computer, the clock and don’t watch the news!

      (6) Lay down for a nap. To unplug the brain you are only going to think about what else you can do to de-stress.

      This is my routine I use to break the headache cycle. You could do the same or add other stress reducers, such as: cold compresses, ear plugs, sleep visors, herbal teas, etc. It’s important to have a routine so that you can get CONTROL of the headaches and not vice-a-versa.

      Knowledge is power. Learn more about headaches and get more control and empowerment over them. Start at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headache Also try: http://www.headache-treatment-options.com/

      Hope this helps!

  9. QUESTION:
    how to get rid of this ear infection/ear ache?
    it hurts so bad. i woke up in the middle of the night last night and it was throbbing. im 21 yrs old and was almost crying. i used to get them all the time when i was younger but i dont remember them hurting this bad. i dont want to go to the doctor, so any tips would be great.

    i spilled beer in it this weekend, could that have caused it?

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Ear infections are extremely painful. They can occur in a person of any age, but are more common among children. Parents will want to do their part to treat the ear infection as soon as possible. This may include a visit to the doctor's office. Take pain management steps at home. This can offer some immediate comfort to the child until an appointment with the doctor can be set up.

      Pain Relievers
      The first step in treating an ear infection is to take care of the pain. Parents have two main choices. First, they can give their child an ibuprofen product every six to eight hours. Some ibuprofen products include Advil and Motrin. Second, they can administer acetaminophen once every four hours. Acetaminophen is the ingredient found in Tylenol. The particular dosage can be found on the product label or by calling your pediatrician. It is determined by the age and weight of the child.

      Adults suffering from an ear infection can take two acetaminophen tablets every four hours, or one ibuprofen tablet every six to eight hours.

      Treatment at Home
      Parents can use some herbal remedies to treat any ear infection that has occurred within their home. First, they can take a small baby food jar and clean it out. Then place 1 tbsp. of warm olive oil in the jar. Add eight drops of tea tree oil and mix together. Place two drops of this mixture into any infected ears twice per day. Do this for at least 10 days. Tree tea oil naturally fights bacteria, viruses, and even fungus. So whatever the cause of your infection, it has the ability to get rid of it. Second, you can purchase Colloidal Silver in liquid form and use it as ear drops. Just place one drop of Colloidal Silver in the infected ear twice each day. Do this for 10 days. Colloidal Silver works as a natural antibiotic to kill the infection.

      Treatment by a Physician
      It is recommended that you see a doctor to determine the extent of the ear infection. It is best not to take a chance at suffering permanent hearing loss. Most likely, your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic. Antibiotics work to kill any present bacteria and dry up any excess fluid. The antibiotic needs to be taken until it is gone. If it is stopped too early, the infection will return and you will have to start treatment all over again. If you or your child suffer from chronic ear infections, your doctor will set you up for surgery to place tubes in your ears. The tubes allow the fluid to drain out while equalizing the pressure inside of and outside of the ear. The surgery is done as an outpatient and only takes about 20 minutes. The tubes will fall out on their own between six months to three years after they have been placed.

  10. QUESTION:
    Have a mild head ache, small urge to puke. (more details inside) how do i cope with this for a school day.?
    I have this, fever or over heated? Probably all the heat. I have classes that does not allow me to be absent for class or my grade will deducted drastically . How can I get through the day with this until the weekends. Im worried I may puke in class tomorrow.

    • ANSWER:
      Plagued with headaches from childhood to middle age I have had many different types: Migraines, Cluster, Allergic, Visual and mild. The following has helped me and others, I AM NOT A DOCTOR and I recommend that you make an appointment to see one and possibly consider counseling if these headaches are persistent.

      This is not a substitute for seeing a Doctor or any health-care provider. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the appointment date(s).

      What your DDS, ER, MD, chiropractor, therapist or health-care provider may not tell you are; that most if not all headaches are STRESS related and they can be and usually are triggered by conditioning. If you can identify the conditioned triggers of your headaches you can break the cycle of stress aggravating a headache and the headache aggravating the stress. This fuels a very disabling negative feedback cycle. Break the cycle by:

      Reducing headache symptoms such as, nausea, vomiting and vertigo.
      Try inducing relaxation.
      Teach your body to be more tolerant towards headache triggers.
      Try improving blood-circulation to your brain.
      Start a routine that controls or rids you of headaches (see my routine below).

      Here are a few common types of headaches:

      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. If you have suffered a HEAD INJURY please stop reading this and go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room NOW.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.

      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.

      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 12 hrs.

      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.

      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.

      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.

      Rounding it out are Temporal, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Brain Tumor headaches.

      With the exception of the last three types of headache and SUBDURAL Hematoma trauma headaches there are SIX home remedies that I use and that may work for you as they do/did for me. This is a routine;

      (1) Drink 16 to 24 ounces of water as dehydration may cause headaches. Dehydration is stress. If you are fasting this can fill an empty stomach and allows you to continue your fast.

      (2) Eat a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines and gives some relief of the other 60%! Bananas are loaded with potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach is stress.

      (3) Take your chosen OTC meds, if any.

      (4) Take a pleasant shower.

      (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, TV, the computer, the clock and don’t watch the news!

      (6) Lay down for a nap. To unplug the brain you are only going to think about what else you can do to de-stress.

      This is my routine I use to break the headache cycle. You could do the same or add other stress reducers, such as: cold compresses, ear plugs, sleep visors, herbal teas, etc. It’s important to have a routine so that you can get CONTROL of the headaches and not vice-a-versa.

      Knowledge is power. Learn more about headaches and get more control and empowerment over them. Start at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headache Also try: http://www.headache-treatment-options.com/

      Hope this helps!

  11. QUESTION:
    Can adults get earaches/ear infections?
    I used to get ear aches all the time as a kid, but it's been a looong time and I think I may have one now. I don't have medical insurance, what kind of home remedy or over the counter products will help? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    how to get rid of migraines FAST?
    my mom has a horrible head ache and i hate to see her this way. she can barely move. i made her Theraflu tea, so hopefully she will feel better. she took a hot bath, now she cant even get out of bed, it hurts that bad. what can i bring or do for her that will make her feel better? no im not gonna go to the dr with her we need like some quick stuff. anything with be greatly appreciated. thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s probably stress related.

      Plagued with headaches from childhood to middle age I have had many different types: Migraines, Cluster, Allergic, Visual and mild. The following has helped me and others, I AM NOT A DOCTOR and I recommend that you make an appointment to see one and possibly consider counseling.

      This is not a substitute for seeing a Doctor or a counselor. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the appointment date(s).

      What your DDS, ER, MD or chiropractor may not tell you are that most headaches are STRESS related and they can be and usually are triggered by conditioning. If you can identify the conditioned triggers of your headaches you can break the cycle of stress aggravating a headache and the headache causing more stress, fueling a very disabling negative feedback cycle. Break the cycle by:

      Reduce headache symptoms such as, nausea, vomiting and vertigo.
      Try inducing relaxation.
      Teach your body to be more tolerant towards headache triggers.
      Try improving blood-circulation to your brain.

      Here are a few common types of headaches:

      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. If you have suffered a HEAD INJURY please stop reading this and go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room NOW.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.

      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.

      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 12 hrs.

      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.

      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.

      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.

      Rounding it out are Temporal, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Brain Tumor headaches.

      With the exception of the last three types of headache and SUBDURAL Hematoma trauma headaches there are SIX home remedies that I use and that may work for you as they do/did for me. This is a routine;

      (1) Drink 16 to 24 ounces of water as dehydration may cause headaches. Dehydration is stress.

      (2) Eat a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines and gives some relief of the other 60%! Bananas are loaded with potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach is stress.

      (3) Take your chosen OTC meds, if any.

      (4) Take a pleasant shower.

      (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, TV, the computer, the clock and don’t watch the news!

      (6) Lay down for a nap. To unplug the brain you are only going to think only about what else you can do to de-stress.

      This is a routine I use to break the headache cycle. You could do the same or add other stress reducers, such as: cold compresses, ear plugs, sleep visors herbal teas, etc. It’s important to have a routine so that you can get CONTROL of the headaches and not vice-a-versa.

      Knowledge is power. Learn more about headaches and get more control and empowerment over them. Start at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headache Also try: http://www.headache-treatment-options.com/

      Hope this helps!

  13. QUESTION:
    home remedy for adult ear ache?
    my husband has reoccurring ear aches about twice a year where his cheek swells and his ear is not able to drain properly. Does anyone have a home remedy to help drain the ear?

    • ANSWER:
      Why not try ear candles you can get them on Amazon.

  14. QUESTION:
    Home remedy for earache?
    My right ear has been aching for about 2 weeks - but not badly...just more annoying/in the background rather than a full on earache which makes you completely miserable. Hence so far I've not done anything about it or seen the doctor etc. I think it might have been bought on by a cold weather spell when we suddenly had snow etc.

    Anyway...does anyone have any home remedies which might work?

    • ANSWER:
      1. The greatest pain reliever is warm, moist heat around the ear
      2. An adult with a cold or fever who develops ear pain can take aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol)
      3. Sudafed or other decongestants can shrink your eustachian tube and bring ear pain down to size.

  15. QUESTION:
    MyPeriod is late. And I have a headache my body has been aching all day ?
    Could I be pregnant ?

    • ANSWER:
      Dunno about pregnancy. For the headache read this:

      It’s probably stress related.

      Plagued with headaches from childhood to middle age I have had many different types: Migraines, Cluster, Allergic, Visual and mild. The following has helped me and others, I AM NOT A DOCTOR and I recommend that you make an appointment to see one and possibly consider counseling if these headaches are persistent.

      This is not a substitute for seeing a Doctor or any health-care provider. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the appointment date(s).

      What your DDS, ER, MD, chiropractor, therapist or health-care provider may not tell you are; that most if not all headaches are STRESS related and they can be and usually are triggered by conditioning. If you can identify the conditioned triggers of your headaches you can break the cycle of stress aggravating a headache and the headache aggravating the stress. This fuels a very disabling negative feedback cycle. Break the cycle by:

      Reducing headache symptoms such as, nausea, vomiting and vertigo.
      Try inducing relaxation.
      Teach your body to be more tolerant towards headache triggers.
      Try improving blood-circulation to your brain.
      Start a routine that controls or rids you of headaches (see my routine below).

      Here are a few common types of headaches:

      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. If you have suffered a HEAD INJURY please stop reading this and go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room NOW.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.

      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.

      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 12 hrs.

      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.

      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.

      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.

      Rounding it out are Temporal, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Brain Tumor headaches.

      With the exception of the last three types of headache and SUBDURAL Hematoma trauma headaches there are SIX home remedies that I use and that may work for you as they do/did for me. This is a routine;

      (1) Drink 16 to 24 ounces of water as dehydration may cause headaches. Dehydration is stress. If you are fasting this can fill an empty stomach and allows you to continue your fast.

      (2) Eat a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines and gives some relief of the other 60%! Bananas are loaded with potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach is stress.

      (3) Take your chosen OTC meds, if any.

      (4) Take a pleasant shower.

      (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, TV, the computer, the clock and don’t watch the news!

      (6) Lay down for a nap. To unplug the brain you are only going to think about what else you can do to de-stress.

      This is my routine I use to break the headache cycle. You could do the same or add other stress reducers, such as: cold compresses, ear plugs, sleep visors, herbal teas, etc. It’s important to have a routine so that you can get CONTROL of the headaches and not vice-a-versa.

      Knowledge is power. Learn more about headaches and get more control and empowerment over them. Start at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headache Also try: http://www.headache-treatment-options.com/

      Hope this helps!

  16. QUESTION:
    Why do i always have a headache after a nap?
    And my shoulders and back gets sore too after naps

    • ANSWER:
      This is not meant as a substitute for seeing a Doctor which I recommend. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the Dr.’s appointment date.

      Headaches/Migraines can be caused either (1) internally (e.g. injury to the head) or (2) externally (e.g.STRESS). What your DDS, ER and MD may not tell you are that most headaches are stress related. Even from your write up you sound stressed. They can be further broken down into the following categories and the treatment depends on the type of headache you have.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.
      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.
      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 2 hrs.
      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.
      TEMPORAL Arthritis headaches usually in the over age 50 crowd and are characterized by one side of temple area, pain in jaw, burning, aching, throbbing, sensitive scalp, fever and tender arteries. If you experience visual symptoms go to ER.
      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - Pain in upper neck and back of head or pain when moving the head with reduced movement in neck area is brought on by stress, head movement and head alignment. It may be confused as it can mimic a migraine headache including nausea. If it is a head and neck related alignment you can have temporal headaches or headaches that arc from behind the ear forward. They are characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.
      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.
      SUBARACHNOID Hemorrhage headaches are abrupt onset, constant stiff neck, feels like someone hit you in the head, Caused by high blood pressure, stress or aneurysm can be life threatening.
      BRAIN Tumor headaches are characterized by; onset in morning and evening, varies from mild to severe, may throb, wakes you up at night, symptoms getting worse, neck stiffness worse than ever.
      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. It is a slow bleed in the brain. People can and do die from this.

      Here is what you do for them besides making a Doctor’s appt.
      Migraines, muscular tension, cervicogenic, and some sinus and cluster headaches may be helped by a chiropractor. If it is sinus, you need to ask the chiropractor if they have a sinus/cranial treatment.
      For Hypertension, cluster, temporal arteritis and brain tumor-see a Dr.
      For Temporal arteritis with visual impairment, subarachnoid hemorrhage and subdural hematoma, go to the ER now.

      In addition to SEEING a Doctor you may consider counseling. While you are waiting for the Dr.’s and or counselor’s appt. you might try the following and end up cancelling the appts. as it may work!

      There are FIVE home remedies that may work for you as they do/did for me; (1) First drink 16 to 24 ounces of water not soda as dehydration may cause headaches. The second home remedy for all headaches that has worked for me and even my most skeptical friends is (2) eating a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines. Bananas are loaded with Potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach can also aggravate a headache.
      (3) Third after drinking water, eating a banana and taking your chosen OTC meds take a SHOWER. Other than that OTC meds are your only alternative. (4) Then go take a nap. (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, turning off the TV, turning off the computer, and don’t watch the news!

      Time to do everything to DE-STRESS!!!

      Hope this helps!

  17. QUESTION:
    i always get head aches towards the end/after school?
    around last the 2nd last period of the day, usually after lunch iget head aches. every day. it's so annoying. i wake up at 5:50 and go to bed at 10:30-11:00the latest. i don't eat breakfast but i do eat a good lunch. why do i have head aches? and what could i do to stop them?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s probably stress related.

      Plagued with headaches from childhood to middle age I have had many different types: Migraines, Cluster, Allergic, Visual and mild. The following has helped me and others, I AM NOT A DOCTOR and I recommend that you make an appointment to see one and possibly consider counseling if these headaches are persistent.

      This is not a substitute for seeing a Doctor or any health-care provider. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the appointment date(s).

      What your DDS, ER, MD, chiropractor, therapist or health-care provider may not tell you are; that most if not all headaches are STRESS related and they can be and usually are triggered by conditioning. If you can identify the conditioned triggers of your headaches you can break the cycle of stress aggravating a headache and the headache aggravating the stress. This fuels a very disabling negative feedback cycle. Break the cycle by:

      Reducing headache symptoms such as, nausea, vomiting and vertigo.
      Try inducing relaxation.
      Teach your body to be more tolerant towards headache triggers.
      Try improving blood-circulation to your brain.
      Start a routine that controls or rids you of headaches (see my routine below).

      Here are a few common types of headaches:

      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. If you have suffered a HEAD INJURY please stop reading this and go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room NOW.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.

      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.

      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 12 hrs.

      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.

      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.

      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.

      Rounding it out are Temporal, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Brain Tumor headaches.

      With the exception of the last three types of headache and SUBDURAL Hematoma trauma headaches there are SIX home remedies that I use and that may work for you as they do/did for me. This is a routine;

      (1) Drink 16 to 24 ounces of water as dehydration may cause headaches. Dehydration is stress. If you are fasting this can fill an empty stomach and allows you to continue your fast.

      (2) Eat a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines and gives some relief of the other 60%! Bananas are loaded with potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach is stress.

      (3) Take your chosen OTC meds, if any.

      (4) Take a pleasant shower.

      (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, TV, the computer, the clock and don’t watch the news!

      (6) Lay down for a nap. To unplug the brain you are only going to think about what else you can do to de-stress.

      This is my routine I use to break the headache cycle. You could do the same or add other stress reducers, such as: cold compresses, ear plugs, sleep visors, herbal teas, etc. It’s important to have a routine so that you can get CONTROL of the headaches and not vice-a-versa.

      Knowledge is power. Learn more about headaches and get more control and empowerment over them. Start at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headache Also try: http://www.headache-treatment-options.com/

      Hope this helps!

  18. QUESTION:
    natural remedies to get rid of a headache?!?!?
    Hi, i like always have a headache and I am now trying to avoid taking headache medication as it can't be to good for you when taken so regularly. I get at LEAST 3 headaches a week. I have been to the doctors a few times about it and they didn't really say much so does anyone maybe know the cause. I am a generally healthy person. AND DOES ANYONE KNOW SOME HOME REMEDIES AND NATURAL REMEDIES TO AVOID TAKING PAIN KILLERS?

    thankyou :)

    • ANSWER:
      Plagued with headaches from childhood to middle age I have had many different types of headaches. Also I know of many others who have headaches which the following has helped. I AM NOT A DOCTOR but someone who is trying to help people get rid of … well, a headache.

      This is not meant as a substitute for seeing a Doctor which I recommend. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the Dr.’s appointment date.

      Headaches/Migraines can be caused either (1) internally (e.g. injury to the head) or (2) externally (e.g.STRESS). What your DDS, ER and MD may not tell you are that most headaches are stress related. Even from your write up you sound stressed. They can be further broken down into the following categories and the treatment depends on the type of headache you have.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.
      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.
      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 2 hrs.
      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.
      TEMPORAL Arthritis headaches usually in the over age 50 crowd and are characterized by one side of temple area, pain in jaw, burning, aching, throbbing, sensitive scalp, fever and tender arteries. If you experience visual symptoms go to ER.
      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - Pain in upper neck and back of head or pain when moving the head with reduced movement in neck area is brought on by stress, head movement and head alignment. It may be confused as it can mimic a migraine headache including nausea. If it is a head and neck related alignment you can have temporal headaches or headaches that arc from behind the ear forward. They are characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.
      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.
      SUBARACHNOID Hemorrhage headaches are abrupt onset, constant stiff neck, feels like someone hit you in the head, Caused by high blood pressure, stress or aneurysm can be life threatening.
      BRAIN Tumor headaches are characterized by; onset in morning and evening, varies from mild to severe, may throb, wakes you up at night, symptoms getting worse, neck stiffness worse than ever.
      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. It is a slow bleed in the brain. People can and do die from this.

      Here is what you do for them besides making a Doctor’s appt.
      Migraines, muscular tension, cervicogenic, and some sinus and cluster headaches may be helped by a chiropractor. If it is sinus, you need to ask the chiropractor if they have a sinus/cranial treatment.
      For Hypertension, cluster, temporal arteritis and brain tumor-see a Dr.
      For Temporal arteritis with visual impairment, subarachnoid hemorrhage and subdural hematoma, go to the ER now.

      In addition to SEEING a Doctor you may consider counseling. While you are waiting for the Dr.’s and or counselor’s appt. you might try the following and end up cancelling the appts. as it may work!

      There are FIVE home remedies that may work for you as they do/did for me; (1) First drink 16 to 24 ounces of water not soda as dehydration may cause headaches. The second home remedy for all headaches that has worked for me and even my most skeptical friends is (2) eating a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines. Bananas are loaded with Potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach can also aggravate a headache.
      (3) Third after drinking water, eating a banana and taking your chosen OTC meds take a SHOWER. Other than that OTC meds are your only alternative. (4) Then go take a nap. (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, turning off the TV, turning off the computer, and don’t watch the news!

      Time to do everything to DE-STRESS!!!

      Hope this helps!

  19. QUESTION:
    As A Child I Remember Using Sweet Oil For Earaches...Is It Effective To Use?
    as an adult for an earache and plugged up ear? I just wonder how effective it will be instead of going to the doctors for antibiotics.

    • ANSWER:
      sweet oil is still a valid home remedy for ear aches. I still use it and i'm an old guy. I usually heat it (like a babies formula) with hot water so its warm(not hot).

  20. QUESTION:
    Whats a quick fix to an ear ache? Not medicine.?
    I have this ear ache thats bugging me, got any ideas to fix it. I will try it then choose the one that worked.

    • ANSWER:
      Earache is one of those painful conditions that often first occurs when we are babies, continues on and off throughout childhood and even on occasions occur as adults.

      Usually occurring when there is a cold or flu or sinus problems, earaches are often the result of the tube between the throat and the middle ear being infected and becoming blocked.
      Stopping it from occurring in the first place is earache best home remedies. Avoid poking around in the ear and placing foreign objects in it. The ear is a delicate and important organ and should be looked after and cared for, accordingly.

      Because of its antibacterial and antiviral properties, garlic is a great home remedy ingredient that helps in a variety of conditions, aches and pains. Not surprising then that it has its place and uses as one of the home remedies for earache. The simplest way is to eat a couple of cloves of raw garlic per day as this will help to kill off the bacteria in the ear canal. Garlic can also be used as an ear drop. However, using concentrated garlic in this way should be avoided because it will irritate the inner ear. Mix it with mullein oil, instead.

      Mixing up oil of lavender, tea tree and chamomile and then massaging the outer ear with it has been known to offer earaches relief. It can also be applied to the ear itself by dipping a piece of cotton into the oil and then placing it in the ear.

      The use of warm olive oil dropped into the ear has been used as a good home remedy for earache. All that is required is for the oil to be warmed slightly and then put a few drops, right into the ear. This keeps its lubricated and helps with any irritation .

      Take care

  21. QUESTION:
    Why do I get intense headaches? ?
    Like I drink lots of water but I have had this problem for a few years, some times it can last up 1 week before it subsides? Help me mabey?

    • ANSWER:
      This is not meant as a substitute for seeing a Doctor which I recommend. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the Dr.’s appointment date.

      Headaches/Migraines can be caused either (1) internally (e.g. injury to the head) or (2) externally (e.g.STRESS). What your DDS, ER and MD may not tell you are that most headaches are stress related. Even from your write up you sound stressed. They can be further broken down into the following categories and the treatment depends on the type of headache you have.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.
      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.
      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 2 hrs.
      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.
      TEMPORAL Arthritis headaches usually in the over age 50 crowd and are characterized by one side of temple area, pain in jaw, burning, aching, throbbing, sensitive scalp, fever and tender arteries. If you experience visual symptoms go to ER.
      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - Pain in upper neck and back of head or pain when moving the head with reduced movement in neck area is brought on by stress, head movement and head alignment. It may be confused as it can mimic a migraine headache including nausea. If it is a head and neck related alignment you can have temporal headaches or headaches that arc from behind the ear forward. They are characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.
      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.
      SUBARACHNOID Hemorrhage headaches are abrupt onset, constant stiff neck, feels like someone hit you in the head, Caused by high blood pressure, stress or aneurysm can be life threatening.
      BRAIN Tumor headaches are characterized by; onset in morning and evening, varies from mild to severe, may throb, wakes you up at night, symptoms getting worse, neck stiffness worse than ever.
      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. It is a slow bleed in the brain. People can and do die from this.

      Here is what you do for them besides making a Doctor’s appt.
      Migraines, muscular tension, cervicogenic, and some sinus and cluster headaches may be helped by a chiropractor. If it is sinus, you need to ask the chiropractor if they have a sinus/cranial treatment.
      For Hypertension, cluster, temporal arteritis and brain tumor-see a Dr.
      For Temporal arteritis with visual impairment, subarachnoid hemorrhage and subdural hematoma, go to the ER now.

      In addition to SEEING a Doctor you may consider counseling. While you are waiting for the Dr.’s and or counselor’s appt. you might try the following and end up cancelling the appts. as it may work!

      There are FIVE home remedies that may work for you as they do/did for me; (1) First drink 16 to 24 ounces of water not soda as dehydration may cause headaches. The second home remedy for all headaches that has worked for me and even my most skeptical friends is (2) eating a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines. Bananas are loaded with Potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach can also aggravate a headache.
      (3) Third after drinking water, eating a banana and taking your chosen OTC meds take a SHOWER. Other than that OTC meds are your only alternative. (4) Then go take a nap. (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, turning off the TV, turning off the computer, and don’t watch the news!

      Time to do everything to DE-STRESS!!!

      Hope this helps!

  22. QUESTION:
    is this a migraine or something else?
    Hello. I'm a 14 year old girl and I have a history with migraines, but they've never felt like this? I have a throbbing pain in the back of my head near the top, and it happened VERY suddenly. It's been going on for about 3 hours now, and it didn't stop after I took my medication (fioricet). Are these symptoms of migraines, and if it is why did my migraines change from how they used to be?

    • ANSWER:
      This is not meant as a substitute for seeing a Doctor which I recommend. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the Dr.’s appointment date.

      Headaches/Migraines can be caused either (1) internally (e.g. injury to the head) or (2) externally (e.g.STRESS). What your DDS, ER and MD may not tell you are that most headaches are stress related. Even from your write up you sound stressed. They can be further broken down into the following categories and the treatment depends on the type of headache you have.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.
      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.
      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 2 hrs.
      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.
      TEMPORAL Arthritis headaches usually in the over age 50 crowd and are characterized by one side of temple area, pain in jaw, burning, aching, throbbing, sensitive scalp, fever and tender arteries. If you experience visual symptoms go to ER.
      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - Pain in upper neck and back of head or pain when moving the head with reduced movement in neck area is brought on by stress, head movement and head alignment. It may be confused as it can mimic a migraine headache including nausea. If it is a head and neck related alignment you can have temporal headaches or headaches that arc from behind the ear forward. They are characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.
      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.
      SUBARACHNOID Hemorrhage headaches are abrupt onset, constant stiff neck, feels like someone hit you in the head, Caused by high blood pressure, stress or aneurysm can be life threatening.
      BRAIN Tumor headaches are characterized by; onset in morning and evening, varies from mild to severe, may throb, wakes you up at night, symptoms getting worse, neck stiffness worse than ever.
      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. It is a slow bleed in the brain. People can and do die from this.

      Here is what you do for them besides making a Doctor’s appt.
      Migraines, muscular tension, cervicogenic, and some sinus and cluster headaches may be helped by a chiropractor. If it is sinus, you need to ask the chiropractor if they have a sinus/cranial treatment.
      For Hypertension, cluster, temporal arteritis and brain tumor-see a Dr.
      For Temporal arteritis with visual impairment, subarachnoid hemorrhage and subdural hematoma, go to the ER now.

      In addition to SEEING a Doctor you may consider counseling. While you are waiting for the Dr.’s and or counselor’s appt. you might try the following and end up cancelling the appts. as it may work!

      There are FIVE home remedies that may work for you as they do/did for me; (1) First drink 16 to 24 ounces of water not soda as dehydration may cause headaches. The second home remedy for all headaches that has worked for me and even my most skeptical friends is (2) eating a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines. Bananas are loaded with Potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach can also aggravate a headache.
      (3) Third after drinking water, eating a banana and taking your chosen OTC meds take a SHOWER. Other than that OTC meds are your only alternative. (4) Then go take a nap. (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, turning off the TV, turning off the computer, and don’t watch the news!

      Time to do everything to DE-STRESS!!!

      Hope this helps!

  23. QUESTION:
    getting rid of a cold?
    okayy i got a cold and ive had it for about 2 days now.
    and im leaving for florida in 5 DAYS.
    and i seriously dont wanna be sick.
    soone please help me out.
    ill take any kind of advice.
    much love-michelle.

    • ANSWER:
      The three most frequent symptoms of a cold are:

      Runny nose
      Nasal congestion
      Sneezing
      Adults and older children with colds generally have minimal or no fever. Young children, however, often run a fever around 100-102°F.

      Once you have "caught" a cold, the symptoms usually begin in 2 or 3 days, though it may take a week. Typically, an irritated nose or scratchy throat is the first sign, followed within hours by sneezing and a watery nasal discharge.

      Within one to three days, the nasal secretions usually become thicker and perhaps yellow or green. This is a normal part of the common cold and not a reason for antibiotics.

      Depending on which virus is the culprit, the virus might also produce:

      Sore throat
      Cough
      Muscle aches
      Headache
      Postnasal drip
      Decreased appetite
      Still, if it is indeed a cold, the main symptoms will be in the nose.

      For children with asthma, colds are the most common trigger of asthma symptoms.

      Colds are a common precursor of ear infections. However, children's eardrums are usually congested during a cold, and it's possible to have fluid buildup without a true bacterial infection.

      The entire cold is usually over all by itself in about 7 days, with perhaps a few lingering symptoms (such as cough) for another week. If it lasts longer, see your doctor to rule out another problem such as a sinus infection or allergies.
      Get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids. Over-the-counter cold remedies may help ease your symptoms. These won't actually shorten the length of a cold, but can help you feel better.

      NOTE: Medical experts have recommended against using cough and cold drugs in children under age 6. Talk to your doctor before your child takes any type of over-the-counter cough medicine , even if it is labeled for children. These medicines likely will not work for children , and they may have serious side effects.

      Antibiotics should not be used to treat a common cold. They will not help and may make the situation worse. Thick yellow or green nasal discharge is not a reason for antibiotics, unless it doesn't get better within 10 to 14 days. (In this case, it may be sinusitis.)

      New antiviral drugs could make runny noses completely clear up a day sooner than usual (and begin to ease the symptoms within a day). It’s unclear whether the benefits of these drugs outweigh the risks.

      Chicken soup has been used for treating common colds at least since the 12th century. It may really help. The heat, fluid, and salt may help you fight the infection.

      Outlook (Prognosis)
      The symptoms usually go away in 7 to 10 days.

      Possible Complications
      Bronchitis
      Pneumonia
      Ear infection
      Sinusitis
      Worsening of asthma

      When to Contact a Medical Professional
      Try home care measures first. Call your health care provider if:

      The symptoms worsen or do not improve after 7 to 10 days
      Breathing difficulty develops
      Specific symptoms deserve a call (for example, see the article on fever )

      Prevention
      It might seem overwhelming to try to prevent colds, but you can do it. Children average three to eight colds per year. It is certainly better to get three than eight!

      Here are five proven ways to reduce exposure to germs:

      Switch day care: Using a day care where there are six or fewer children dramatically reduces germ contact.
      Wash hands: Children and adults should wash hands at key moments -- after nose-wiping, after diapering or toileting, before eating, and before preparing food.
      Use instant hand sanitizers: A little dab will kill 99.99% of germs without any water or towels. The products use alcohol to destroy germs. They are an antiseptic , not an antibiotic, so resistance can't develop.
      Disinfect: Clean commonly touched surfaces (sink handles, sleeping mats) with an EPA-approved disinfectant .
      Use paper towels instead of shared cloth towels.
      Here are seven ways to support the immune system:

      Avoid unnecessary antibiotics: The more people use antibiotics, the more likely they are to get sick with longer, more stubborn infections caused by more resistant organisms in the future.
      Breastfeed: Breast milk is known to protect against respiratory tract infections, even years after breastfeeding is done. Kids who don't breastfeed average five times more ear infections.
      Avoid second-hand smoke: Keep as far away from it as possible! It is responsible for many health problems, including millions of colds.
      Get enough sleep: Late bedtimes and poor sleep leave people vulnerable.
      Drink water: Your body needs fluids for the immune system to function properly.
      Eat yogurt: The beneficial bacteria in some active yogurt cultures help prevent colds.

  24. QUESTION:
    Headache travelling around my head?
    My head feels very tight onto my skull and the headache feels as though its a ball travelling to each part i move, for instance i was washing my hair and it really ached loads and felt as tho it was pushing on my forehead and backhead, i am now laying down as i cant do anything because it hurts so much, it feels best when i shut my eyes, curl up into a ball and hope it will go away? Any idea how to make it go away?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s probably stress related.

      Plagued with headaches from childhood to middle age I have had many different types: Migraines, Cluster, Allergic, Visual and mild. The following has helped me and others, I AM NOT A DOCTOR and I recommend that you make an appointment to see one and possibly consider counseling.

      This is not a substitute for seeing a Doctor or a counselor. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the appointment date(s).

      What your DDS, ER, MD or chiropractor may not tell you are that most headaches are STRESS related and they can be and usually are triggered by conditioning. If you can identify the conditioned triggers of your headaches you can break the cycle of stress aggravating a headache and the headache causing more stress, fueling a very disabling negative feedback cycle. Break the cycle by:

      Reduce headache symptoms such as, nausea, vomiting and vertigo.
      Try inducing relaxation.
      Teach your body to be more tolerant towards headache triggers.
      Try improving blood-circulation to your brain.

      Here are a few common types of headaches:

      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. If you have suffered a HEAD INJURY please stop reading this and go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room NOW.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.

      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.

      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 12 hrs.

      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.

      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.

      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.

      Rounding it out are Temporal, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Brain Tumor headaches.

      With the exception of the last three types of headache and SUBDURAL Hematoma trauma headaches there are SIX home remedies that I use and that may work for you as they do/did for me. This is a routine;

      (1) Drink 16 to 24 ounces of water as dehydration may cause headaches. Dehydration is stress.

      (2) Eat a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines and gives some relief of the other 60%! Bananas are loaded with potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach is stress.

      (3) Take your chosen OTC meds, if any.

      (4) Take a pleasant shower.

      (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, TV, the computer, the clock and don’t watch the news!

      (6) Lay down for a nap. To unplug the brain you are only going to think only about what else you can do to de-stress.

      This is a routine I use to break the headache cycle. You could do the same or add other stress reducers, such as: cold compresses, ear plugs, sleep visors herbal teas, etc. It’s important to have a routine so that you can get CONTROL of the headaches and not vice-a-versa.

      Knowledge is power. Learn more about headaches and get more control and empowerment over them. Start at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headache Also try: http://www.headache-treatment-options.com/

      Hope this helps!

  25. QUESTION:
    what is this?
    anybody know wut these are signs of? or wut this is called? i puked yesterday night and woke up with a huge stomach ache and a fever, i am also dizzy everytime i stand up and my head hurts with every step i take! my neck and back are also really sore. so i have to stay laying down or sitting. is it the flu? plz help! and also, what home remedies, tips, advice, and medicines are good for this! i feel really terrible and im also very weak.

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms of Flu
      Symptoms of flu include:

      fever (usually high)
      headache
      extreme tiredness
      dry cough
      sore throat
      runny or stuffy nose
      muscle aches
      Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur but are more common in children than adults
      Complications of Flu
      Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.

      How Flu Spreads
      Flu viruses spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 days after becoming sick. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.

  26. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for an ear infection ?
    Anyone know anything that will cure it without having to go to the doctor ??

    • ANSWER:
      I had chronic ear aches when I lived at home.. I was very small..
      as I became a teen.. I had what they called swimmers ear.... I swam all
      summer long w/ my friends at a near by pool.. I went to a ear, eyes, and
      throat doctor.. I had busted my ear drum from jumping off the diving board
      so much.. and it hurt bad.. I got meds
      as a young adult.. I continued to have a ear ache only in cold weather.. at
      that time my hubby smoked.. and his grand mother.. told him to take a
      deep drag on the cig.. and blow the smoke down into my ear..
      HOT DOGS!!!!!

      .. IT took about 20 mins.. and I could tell a difference.. while I
      was married to him.. he was my dr of smoke.. ha ha ha.. it worked for me

      I have slept many nights w/ a heating pad on my ear.. not comfortable
      either..

      so if u no anyone who smokes.. U might try it several times.. be sure it
      is the smoke getting down into the ear canal.. and not them blowing into
      your ear.. ha ha..

      also.. grannie.. used sweet oil.. I had never hear of it.. or olive oil.. it comes
      in a little bitty.. bottle.. heat in a spoon.... for just a sec.. or u burn ur ear..
      take a eye dropper.. and put about 4-5 drops into you ear.. and lay on that
      side for about an hour.. then flip.. and lay on a heating pad.. U will feel the
      oil shoveling around.. and ur ear will crackle.. but it will easy ur pain..

      these were from my grannie who has passed away.. so I am suggesting u
      ck w/ dr.. they don't like ole med.. but It worked for me..
      U need a 2nd person to do the doctoring.. hard for one person to do this..

      there are home recipes for health care.. but this is tried and true w/
      me.. good luck, my friend..
      I know how bad it hurts... I continue to stay inside away from cold...weather.
      it will bring on a ear ache quick..
      good luck

  27. QUESTION:
    What are home remedies for migrains? Terri Jo Lorz?
    Terri Jo Lorz

    • ANSWER:
      OK It really depends on the type of headache you have. So I will give you the major types of headaches and the symptoms.

      Migraine- One sided, more common in females, Sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing, brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle.
      Can also have an aura and have a funny taste.

      Hypertension- At the top and back of your head. Throbbing. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 hours it subsides. Usually caused by High Blood pressure. Need medicines to reduce blood pressure.

      Cluster Headache, adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye, wakes you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, Worse in spring or fall, lasts 15min- 2hrs. relief for a little bit and then comes right back.

      Muscular tension- A band-like distribution around head (like wearing a very tight head band). Brought on by stress, tension, fatigue, work.

      Temporal Arteritis- Only over age 50. One sided over temple area, pain in jaw, burning, aching throbbing, sensitive scalp, fever. tender arteries. If visual symptoms- go to ER with this one.

      Cervicogenic(neck caused)- Pain in upper neck and back of head. Pain when moving the head. daily, reduced movement in neck area. Brought on by stress, head movement and head alignment. Can mimic a migraine including nausea. If it is a head and neck related alignment you can have temporal headaches or headaches that arc from behind the ear forward. Possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain. Can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Very little or only short term relief when taking headache medications.

      Sinus- Localized, certain positions are worse, steady throb, worse in the morning.

      Subarachnoid Hemorrhage- abrupt onset, constant stiff neck, feels like someone hit you in the head, Caused by high blood pressure, stress or aneurysm. Life threatening.

      Brain Tumor- Onset morning and evening, varies from mild to severe, may throb, wakes you up at night, symptoms getting worse, neck stiffness worse than ever.

      Subdural Hematoma- caused by trauma. It is a slow bleed in the brain. Natasha Richardson died from something like this.

      OK now that I have told you the types of headaches. Here is what you do for them.

      Migraines, muscular tension, cervicogenic, and some sinus and cluster headaches can be helped by a chiropractor. If it is sinus, you need to ask the chiropractor if they have a sinus/cranial treatment (not all do).

      For Hypertension, cluster, temporal arteritis (unless it has visual component) and brain tumor- go see your doctor

      For Temporal arteritis with visual impairment, subarachnoid hemorrhage and subdural hematoma, go to the Emergency Room right away.

      I hope this helps.

      I wish you the best.

  28. QUESTION:
    I have a constant head ache?
    My uncle keeps hitting me on the head. And now I've had a headache for about 3 hours... Why won't it go away I've had a paracetamol and it won't go away. Why? How can I make it go away?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s probably stress related.

      Plagued with headaches from childhood to middle age I have had many different types: Migraines, Cluster, Allergic, Visual and mild. The following has helped me and others, I AM NOT A DOCTOR and I recommend that you make an appointment to see one and possibly consider counseling if these headaches are persistent.

      This is not a substitute for seeing a Doctor or any health-care provider. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the appointment date(s).

      What your DDS, ER, MD, chiropractor, therapist or health-care provider may not tell you are; that most if not all headaches are STRESS related and they can be and usually are triggered by conditioning. If you can identify the conditioned triggers of your headaches you can break the cycle of stress aggravating a headache and the headache aggravating the stress. This fuels a very disabling negative feedback cycle. Break the cycle by:

      Reducing headache symptoms such as, nausea, vomiting and vertigo.
      Try inducing relaxation.
      Teach your body to be more tolerant towards headache triggers.
      Try improving blood-circulation to your brain.
      Start a routine that controls or rids you of headaches (see my routine below).

      Here are a few common types of headaches:

      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. If you have suffered a HEAD INJURY please stop reading this and go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room NOW.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.

      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.

      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 12 hrs.

      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.

      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.

      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.

      Rounding it out are Temporal, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Brain Tumor headaches.

      With the exception of the last three types of headache and SUBDURAL Hematoma trauma headaches there are SIX home remedies that I use and that may work for you as they do/did for me. This is a routine;

      (1) Drink 16 to 24 ounces of water as dehydration may cause headaches. Dehydration is stress. If you are fasting this can fill an empty stomach and allows you to continue your fast.

      (2) Eat a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines and gives some relief of the other 60%! Bananas are loaded with potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach is stress.

      (3) Take your chosen OTC meds, if any.

      (4) Take a pleasant shower.

      (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, TV, the computer, the clock and don’t watch the news!

      (6) Lay down for a nap. To unplug the brain you are only going to think about what else you can do to de-stress.

      This is my routine I use to break the headache cycle. You could do the same or add other stress reducers, such as: cold compresses, ear plugs, sleep visors, herbal teas, etc. It’s important to have a routine so that you can get CONTROL of the headaches and not vice-a-versa.

      Knowledge is power. Learn more about headaches and get more control and empowerment over them. Start at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headache Also try: http://www.headache-treatment-options.com/

      Hope this helps!

  29. QUESTION:
    I have an ear ache. HELP!?
    I can feel fluid in my ear jaw area... it's starting to hurt. I need a home remedy

    • ANSWER:
      If you’re an adult and you happen to have an earache, try applying a warm washcloth or a heating pad next to your ear. You can also try the cold therapy method by applying a cold compress or ice bag next to your ear for 20 minutes. Be sure to take a pain reliever, such as an acetaminophen, aspirin, or Motrin (ibuprofen) to help with the pain and reduce inflammation. If nothing works, seek medical attention.

      To help open your Eustachian tubes and keep them drained, try the following:

      · Sleep with your head propped up

      · Try yawning to contract the muscles that open your Eustachian tubes.

      · Gently blow through your nose while holding both nostrils closed until you hear a pop. This helps promote ear drainage and can be done several times a day.

      · Take a decongestant when you get a cold and continue taking it until the cold is gone. Check with your doctor to see if it is ok for you to take a decongestant.

      · Take a hot shower – the steam will help to break up and soften earwax buildup.

      It might be a good idea t get an antibiotic though for speed and efficacy.

  30. QUESTION:
    Bad headaches.. ear ache?
    Alright, so a few weeks ago I had really bad head/ear aches but then it went away. Just yesterday it came back, both aches, and I wonder.. "can it be a brain aneurysm?" For one, I have anxiety and do take meds for it but it's just really bad. Erh the headaches and ear pain is only on my right side of my head. I feel a bit queasy but that may just be from what I ate today.. Uh. I don't recall anyone in my family having brain issues.. only issues have been high blood pressure.. Erh, yeah that's it I guess. If someone can give me a serious answer, that'd be great. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      This is not meant as a substitute for seeing a Doctor which I recommend. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the Dr.’s appointment date.

      Headaches/Migraines can be caused either (1) internally (e.g. injury to the head) or (2) externally (e.g.STRESS). What your DDS, ER and MD may not tell you are that most headaches are stress related. Even from your write up you sound stressed. They can be further broken down into the following categories and the treatment depends on the type of headache you have.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.
      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.
      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 2 hrs.
      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.
      TEMPORAL Arthritis headaches usually in the over age 50 crowd and are characterized by one side of temple area, pain in jaw, burning, aching, throbbing, sensitive scalp, fever and tender arteries. If you experience visual symptoms go to ER.
      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - Pain in upper neck and back of head or pain when moving the head with reduced movement in neck area is brought on by stress, head movement and head alignment. It may be confused as it can mimic a migraine headache including nausea. If it is a head and neck related alignment you can have temporal headaches or headaches that arc from behind the ear forward. They are characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.
      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.
      SUBARACHNOID Hemorrhage headaches are abrupt onset, constant stiff neck, feels like someone hit you in the head, Caused by high blood pressure, stress or aneurysm can be life threatening.
      BRAIN Tumor headaches are characterized by; onset in morning and evening, varies from mild to severe, may throb, wakes you up at night, symptoms getting worse, neck stiffness worse than ever.
      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. It is a slow bleed in the brain. People can and do die from this.

      Here is what you do for them besides making a Doctor’s appt.
      Migraines, muscular tension, cervicogenic, and some sinus and cluster headaches may be helped by a chiropractor. If it is sinus, you need to ask the chiropractor if they have a sinus/cranial treatment.
      For Hypertension, cluster, temporal arteritis and brain tumor-see a Dr.
      For Temporal arteritis with visual impairment, subarachnoid hemorrhage and subdural hematoma, go to the ER now.

      In addition to SEEING a Doctor you may consider counseling. While you are waiting for the Dr.’s and or counselor’s appt. you might try the following and end up cancelling the appts. as it may work!

      There are FIVE home remedies that may work for you as they do/did for me; (1) First drink 16 to 24 ounces of water not soda as dehydration may cause headaches. The second home remedy for all headaches that has worked for me and even my most skeptical friends is (2) eating a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines. Bananas are loaded with Potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach can also aggravate a headache.
      (3) Third after drinking water, eating a banana and taking your chosen OTC meds take a SHOWER. Other than that OTC meds are your only alternative. (4) Then go take a nap. (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, turning off the TV, turning off the computer, and don’t watch the news!

      Time to do everything to DE-STRESS!!!

      Hope this helps!

  31. QUESTION:
    Ear ache and swollen tonsils/glands.?
    Two nights ago I had an itchy ear in my left ear. Put in some "ear wax removal drops" and went to bed. Woke up in the middle of the night with a fever and a major sore throat, which hurt to swallow. In the morning I took 600mg of Ibuprofen and that took the pain away for a little bit. Then it came back and I started crying and I took a Klonopin and that relaxed me to get the pain level down. So I fell asleep most of the day and when I woke up my Mom took me to the doctors. I had a fever of 102.4 and they said it was just my allergies. So, they told me to keep taking what I've been taking. But it hurts to eat or drink anything with this sore throat, I'm about to go do some salt water treatment, lets hope it helps. If you have any home remedies or medication you've used that is over the counter or anything like that... Please let me know. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The most visible thing about sinus is swelling. The following works for simple cold, running nose, sore throat and strep throat, when the throat is hurting.

      The easiest way to control swelling is to give up water and all other liquids for 24 hours. In 24 hours there will be no significant dehydration to cause organ failure. But to be double sure one can stay indoors for 24 hours.

      Now if you decided to try it the next problem is that one who is used to drinking water or other liquids feel thirsty quite often. They find it very difficult to manage without water for more than 6 hours. For that follow one of the following routines. The option 1 is better then 2 and 2 is better then 3.

      1). Start drinking 1 glass of water 1 hour before each meal. So in all there will be 3 glasses of water in 24 hours. Give up all other liquids. After 3-4 days this will help u to stay without water for 24 hours or more.

      2). Start drinking 2 glasses of water with 1/2 spoon of salt 1 hour before each meal. (Those with very high blood pressure - may do so at their own risks. But others who do not suffer from very high blood pressure may do so by taking their blood pressure every day). After 4-5 days you can stay without water for 24 hours or more without water and other liquids.

      3). First thing in the morning drink tea (on empty stomach). It should be normal tea not too strong nor too light. One should not take anything with tea. No water or anything before or after tea for atleast 2 hour. Tea on empty stomach leaves a bitter taste in mouth. Resist drinking water or any other liquid for next 3-4 hours. After this the bitter taste will be gone. AFter this there will be no thirst signals. For the next 48 hours there will be enough fluid in your mouth and food pipe. You can eat your normal meals minus any liquids for next 24 hours. This will resolve all health issues including poor digestion.

      In 24 hours the reduction in the fluids will be about 3 litres or about 5% of the total body weight of a normal adult.

      Never the swelling due to sinus or cold and cough is more than 5% of the body volume.

      During this period of 24 hours the lose of water from the body does not reduce even by 1% to offset reduced water intake.

      The reduction in loss of body water thru urine or sweating starts after 48 hours in most of people. But to be on safe side giving up water and liquids for 24 hours will do the trick.

      The reduced swelling will give immediate relief from pain. It will make is much more easier to eliminate the cough thru nose without any pain.

      That will also improve the blood acid levels by about 10%. This makes changes at the cell level as well. Blood acid levels are the first line of defense against the infections.

      So swelling gone, pain gone, cough moving out, infections taken care of. Now what remains in the body for the next change of season time. Obviously nothing.

      So it has already given u long term relief from sinus. But in some cases one may get sinus during next change of season and may have to do this again. The reason is during change of season the body must adjust the water that is stored in the body. Due to some cell level changes the ability of the body to bring those changes is lost. But after 2-3 seasons that ability of the body will be restored and there will be complete relief from sinus.

      You may refer to Kole on yahoo answers. He posted that he got lot of relief. You may check his comment on my best answers of 14.8.2011

      To decide whether the above is right or not, you may comment whether u are in the habit of regularly drinking water and other liquids or out of work or other reasons u remain without water and other liquids for long periods of time. Those who are very regular in drinking water and other liquids are more prone to sinus and related complications. People who are extremely dehydrated are also very likely to face sinus and related complications. Those who are on and off with water are not likely to face this sinus thing.

  32. QUESTION:
    how can i get rid of headaches :l?
    so here i am with the biggest headache feeling horrible any ideas on how to get rid of it , yes i took pain killers and stuff and its been aching since i woke up wich was around 11am ANNNNYWAYS any ideas ?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s probably stress.

      Plagued with headaches from childhood to middle age I have had many different types: Migraines, Cluster, Allergic, Visual and mild. The following has helped me and others, I AM NOT A DOCTOR and I recommend that you make an appointment to see one and possibly consider counseling.

      This is not a substitute for seeing a Doctor or a counselor. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the appointment date(s).

      What your DDS, ER, MD or chiropractor may not tell you are that most headaches are STRESS related and they can be and usually are triggered by conditioning. If you can identify the conditioned triggers of your headaches you can break the cycle of stress aggravating a headache and the headache causing more stress, fueling a very disabling negative feedback cycle. Break the cycle by:

      Reduce headache symptoms such as, nausea, vomiting and vertigo.
      Try inducing relaxation.
      Teach your body to be more tolerant towards headache triggers.
      Try improving blood-circulation to your brain.

      Here are a few common types of headaches:

      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. If you have suffered a HEAD INJURY please stop reading this and go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room NOW.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.

      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.

      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 12 hrs.

      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.

      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.

      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.

      Rounding it out are Temporal, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Brain Tumor headaches.

      With the exception of the last three types of headache and SUBDURAL Hematoma trauma headaches there are SIX home remedies that I use and that may work for you as they do/did for me. This is a routine;

      (1) First drink 16 to 24 ounces of water as dehydration may cause headaches. Dehydration is stress.

      (2) Eat a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines and gives some relief of the other 60%! Bananas are loaded with Potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach is stress.

      (3) Take your chosen OTC meds, if any

      (4) Take a pleasant shower.

      (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, TV, the computer, the clock and don’t watch the news!

      (6) Lay down for a nap. To unplug the brain you are only going to think about what else you can do to de-stress.

      This is a routine I use to break the headache cycle. You could do the same or add other stress reducers, such as: cold compresses, ear plugs, sleep visors herbal teas, etc. It’s important to have a routine so that you can get CONTROL of the headaches and not vice-a-versa.

      Knowledge is power. Learn more about headaches and get more control and empowerment over them. Start at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headache Also try: http://www.headache-treatment-options.com/

      Hope this helps!

  33. QUESTION:
    Stomache aches and headaches please help :)!!?
    So my stomach has been upset since tuesday. I eat and then feel the need to use the bathroom. I also get headaches if I dont use the bathroom. I feel gassy and tired. Just bad... I think this started as a stomach ache and is progressing because now I have heavy sinus pressure and headaches along with gassy feeling and like a urge to use the bathroom. What could be wrong and what can help please thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s probably stress related.

      Plagued with headaches from childhood to middle age I have had many different types: Migraines, Cluster, Allergic, Visual and mild. The following has helped me and others, I AM NOT A DOCTOR and I recommend that you make an appointment to see one and possibly consider counseling if these headaches are persistent.

      This is not a substitute for seeing a Doctor or any health-care provider. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the appointment date(s).

      What your DDS, ER, MD, chiropractor, therapist or health-care provider may not tell you are; that most if not all headaches are STRESS related and they can be and usually are triggered by conditioning. If you can identify the conditioned triggers of your headaches you can break the cycle of stress aggravating a headache and the headache aggravating the stress. This fuels a very disabling negative feedback cycle. Break the cycle by:

      Reducing headache symptoms such as, nausea, vomiting and vertigo.
      Try inducing relaxation.
      Teach your body to be more tolerant towards headache triggers.
      Try improving blood-circulation to your brain.
      Start a routine that controls or rids you of headaches (see my routine below).

      Here are a few common types of headaches:

      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. If you have suffered a HEAD INJURY please stop reading this and go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room NOW.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.

      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.

      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 12 hrs.

      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.

      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.

      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.

      Rounding it out are Temporal, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Brain Tumor headaches.

      With the exception of the last three types of headache and SUBDURAL Hematoma trauma headaches there are SIX home remedies that I use and that may work for you as they do/did for me. This is a routine;

      (1) Drink 16 to 24 ounces of water as dehydration may cause headaches. Dehydration is stress. If you are fasting this can fill an empty stomach and allows you to continue your fast.

      (2) Eat a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines and gives some relief of the other 60%! Bananas are loaded with potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach is stress.

      (3) Take your chosen OTC meds, if any.

      (4) Take a pleasant shower.

      (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, TV, the computer, the clock and don’t watch the news!

      (6) Lay down for a nap. To unplug the brain you are only going to think about what else you can do to de-stress.

      This is my routine I use to break the headache cycle. You could do the same or add other stress reducers, such as: cold compresses, ear plugs, sleep visors, herbal teas, etc. It’s important to have a routine so that you can get CONTROL of the headaches and not vice-a-versa.

      Knowledge is power. Learn more about headaches and get more control and empowerment over them. Start at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headache Also try: http://www.headache-treatment-options.com/

      Hope this helps!

  34. QUESTION:
    Stomach aches and headaches please help :)!!?
    So my stomach has been upset since tuesday. I eat and then feel the need to use the bathroom. I also get headaches if I dont use the bathroom. I feel gassy and tired. Just bad... I think this started as a stomach ache and is progressing because now I have heavy sinus pressure and headaches along with gassy feeling and like a urge to use the bathroom. What could be wrong and what can help please thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s probably stress related.

      Plagued with headaches from childhood to middle age I have had many different types: Migraines, Cluster, Allergic, Visual and mild. The following has helped me and others, I AM NOT A DOCTOR and I recommend that you make an appointment to see one and possibly consider counseling if these headaches are persistent.

      This is not a substitute for seeing a Doctor or any health-care provider. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the appointment date(s).

      What your DDS, ER, MD, chiropractor, therapist or health-care provider may not tell you are; that most if not all headaches are STRESS related and they can be and usually are triggered by conditioning. If you can identify the conditioned triggers of your headaches you can break the cycle of stress aggravating a headache and the headache aggravating the stress. This fuels a very disabling negative feedback cycle. Break the cycle by:

      Reducing headache symptoms such as, nausea, vomiting and vertigo.
      Try inducing relaxation.
      Teach your body to be more tolerant towards headache triggers.
      Try improving blood-circulation to your brain.
      Start a routine that controls or rids you of headaches (see my routine below).

      Here are a few common types of headaches:

      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. If you have suffered a HEAD INJURY please stop reading this and go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room NOW.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.

      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.

      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 12 hrs.

      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.

      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.

      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.

      Rounding it out are Temporal, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Brain Tumor headaches.

      With the exception of the last three types of headache and SUBDURAL Hematoma trauma headaches there are SIX home remedies that I use and that may work for you as they do/did for me. This is a routine;

      (1) Drink 16 to 24 ounces of water as dehydration may cause headaches. Dehydration is stress. If you are fasting this can fill an empty stomach and allows you to continue your fast.

      (2) Eat a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines and gives some relief of the other 60%! Bananas are loaded with potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach is stress.

      (3) Take your chosen OTC meds, if any.

      (4) Take a pleasant shower.

      (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, TV, the computer, the clock and don’t watch the news!

      (6) Lay down for a nap. To unplug the brain you are only going to think about what else you can do to de-stress.

      This is my routine I use to break the headache cycle. You could do the same or add other stress reducers, such as: cold compresses, ear plugs, sleep visors, herbal teas, etc. It’s important to have a routine so that you can get CONTROL of the headaches and not vice-a-versa.

      Knowledge is power. Learn more about headaches and get more control and empowerment over them. Start at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headache Also try: http://www.headache-treatment-options.com/

      Hope this helps!

  35. QUESTION:
    I have a dog with an ear infection. I can't afford the vet. Is there a home remedy I can use? please help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Vets probably don't have a lot of experience with natural antibiotics. With a natural antibiotic like garlic, it doesn't matter what kind of infection it is. You can treat this at home just like you would yourself. God made the ingredients, so it is safe.

      GARLIC-natural antibiotic

      Scientists have discovered 1 basic component of Penicillin and that is Penicillin. Garlic has at least 35 components that scientists have not figured out yet. Garlic is one of nature's strongest antibiotics. Bacteria can not figure out out its complex structure, therefore they can not build a resistance to it. GARLIC CAN EVEN TREAT THE STREP AND STAPH INFECTIONS!

      There are a lot of natural antibiotics: Acacia, Aloe, Echinacea, Eucalyptus, Garlic, Ginger, Goldenseal, Honey, Juniper, many more. These are in a list of the top 15.

      We do everything that we can do naturally to treat illnesses. We've never had a dog with an ear infection, but if we had this is what we would do. If it's good enough for our babies (3 yrs and 15 months), it's good enough for our dog.
      The following instructions are for human use, but you can figure it out for a canine.

      Prepare a simple garlic oil to keep on hand for future use.
      Garlic Infused Olive Oil
      1 bottle olive oil
      3-4 cloves garlic, peeled and quartered
      Drop garlic slices into olive oil and close tightly. Let bottle sit in a dark place for 2-3 days. Strain out all of the garlic and store the bottle at room temperature. You can refrigerate it, but it will solidify. Just set it on the counter and it will begin to return to its liquid state.
      USES for Garlic Oil:
      EAR INFECTION:Warm some oil to a comfortable temperature (at least room temperature) and put a couple of drops into an infected ear. Also massage some oil into the skin around the ear and on the neck. This allows the oil to absorb into the lymph nodes. If you use cold oil it will cause more pain. Do this as often as desired.
      EAR ACHE: Same as above OR you can peel a clove of garlic and stick it into the opening of the ear-just like you would a hearing aid. (This is more feasible for adults than children.) The pain should deminish within the hour (or soon thereafter). (personal testimony of a friend who tried this)

      THRUSH: Dip finger in garlic oil and swab baby's mouth with it, or use a dropper to put a drop on baby's tongue. Do not rinse immediately. Baby may not like the taste, but this will work. Do this as often as desired. (I have two girls under 3-this works!)

      COUGH WITH CHEST CONGESTION: Warm some garlic oil to a comfortable temperature. Lie the child on her back and massage the oil into the lymph nodes on her back, chest, and under her arms, paying close attention to the area around her rib cage. Then turn child on her stomach and rub her back with it. Do this as often as desired during the day, but especially before bedtime. (I have only had to do this 2 nights in a row to get results).

      STAPH INFECTION: That's right- staph infection-namely nasal impetigo. Use a cotton swab to apply garlic oil to the inside of infected nare(s). Do this all day long whenever you think about it. This may take a few weeks (longer if you only treat once or twice a day). After some time, you will notice that your nostrils are not as sore to the touch as they were before you applied the oil. Impetigo on other parts of the body-legs, arms, etc.? Similarly apply garlic oil to sores. (personal experience)

      SORE THROAT: Put a couple of drops of garlic oil onto the back of the throat. Then massage oil onto the outside of throat area. It may take a while (20-40 minutes) to feel results, but it beats taking medication. You can even teach a child to do this.

      My rule of thumb with garlic oil is: If it is an infection, try garlic oil.
      My midwife even told me to put some on my lower eyelid when I had an infection. It did burn a little, but it healed the infection.
      Garlic oil can be irritating to the skin, so you might want to add a little more olive oil to it before applying it directly to the skin.

      *NOTE: There is a risk of botulism when dealing with homemade garlic oils (IF the garlic remains in the oil). Here is a reference:
      "When raw garlic is stored in oil, Clostridium botulinum (botulism) bacteria can grow. These mixtures must be refrigerated to slow bacterial growth. After 2 weeks of refrigeration, the increased number of bacteria will become a food safety hazard. Therefore, these mixtures should not be refrigerated longer than 2 weeks.

      When garlic is immediately removed after flavoring oil, the bacteria will not have a "food source" for growth. The flavored oil can be stored safely at room temperature."
      http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/harvest/msg0113540213258.html

      Don't give that vet a penny.....:)

  36. QUESTION:
    I've had a headache for a week?
    on aug 24th I had a bad tummy ache and headache. I was up until like 3 am pooping. and having a bit of a panic attack. the tummy ache continued for 2-3 days, but the headache is still here. I've also had a runny nose. what could this be? I don't have a cold or fever or anything. my mom won't take me to the doctor.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s probably stress related.

      Plagued with headaches from childhood to middle age I have had many different types: Migraines, Cluster, Allergic, Visual and mild. The following has helped me and others, I AM NOT A DOCTOR and I recommend that you make an appointment to see one and possibly consider counseling if these headaches are persistent.

      This is not a substitute for seeing a Doctor or any health-care provider. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the appointment date(s).

      What your DDS, ER, MD, chiropractor, therapist or health-care provider may not tell you are; that most if not all headaches are STRESS related and they can be and usually are triggered by conditioning. If you can identify the conditioned triggers of your headaches you can break the cycle of stress aggravating a headache and the headache aggravating the stress. This fuels a very disabling negative feedback cycle. Break the cycle by:

      Reducing headache symptoms such as, nausea, vomiting and vertigo.
      Try inducing relaxation.
      Teach your body to be more tolerant towards headache triggers.
      Try improving blood-circulation to your brain.
      Start a routine that controls or rids you of headaches (see my routine below).

      Here are a few common types of headaches:

      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. If you have suffered a HEAD INJURY please stop reading this and go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room NOW.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.

      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.

      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 12 hrs.

      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.

      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.

      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.

      Rounding it out are Temporal, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Brain Tumor headaches.

      With the exception of the last three types of headache and SUBDURAL Hematoma trauma headaches there are SIX home remedies that I use and that may work for you as they do/did for me. This is a routine;

      (1) Drink 16 to 24 ounces of water as dehydration may cause headaches. Dehydration is stress. If you are fasting this can fill an empty stomach and allows you to continue your fast.

      (2) Eat a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines and gives some relief of the other 60%! Bananas are loaded with potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach is stress.

      (3) Take your chosen OTC meds, if any.

      (4) Take a pleasant shower.

      (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, TV, the computer, the clock and don’t watch the news!

      (6) Lay down for a nap. To unplug the brain you are only going to think about what else you can do to de-stress.

      This is my routine I use to break the headache cycle. You could do the same or add other stress reducers, such as: cold compresses, ear plugs, sleep visors, herbal teas, etc. It’s important to have a routine so that you can get CONTROL of the headaches and not vice-a-versa.

      Knowledge is power. Learn more about headaches and get more control and empowerment over them. Start at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headache Also try: http://www.headache-treatment-options.com/

      Hope this helps!

  37. QUESTION:
    Swimmers Ear/Drying You Ears?
    When I shower I allow water into my ears and it seems to drain normally. I never have any problems with infection or anything.

    But is seems whenever I actually swim in a pond or rivers or in a swimming pool I get an ear infection. My assumption is this is because being fully submerged as long as I am more water gets deeper into my ear and it is harder to get out.

    I am curious if anyone who has gotten Swimmers Ear and such get it under the same set of circumstances as I do. Does the home remedy of 50/50 Alchahol and White Vinegar really work that well after a swim? Also anyone have any suggestions on earplugs, something that blocks the water well but will allow me to hear those around me well, most of the earplugs I find work for the water but of course block way to much sound.

    Thanks, I appreciate the help.

    • ANSWER:
      i have had it a few times and yes the cause is dirty ponds and or rivers, but what can you do?"Swimmer's Ear" Otitis Externa, swimmer’s Ear (ear ache) is an infection of the ear and/or outer ear canal. It can cause the ear to itch or become red and inflamed so that head movement or touching of the ear is very painful. There may also be pus that drains from the ear. Swimmer’s Ear is often caused by infection with a germ called Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This germ is common in the environment (soil, water) and is microscopic so that it can’t be seen with the naked eye. Although all age groups are affected by Swimmer’s Ear, it is more common in children and young adults and can be extremely painful.
      Having contaminated water get in the ear can give people Swimmer’s Ear. Swimmer’s Ear usually occurs within a few days of getting contaminated water or placing contaminated objects in the ear. Is there a difference between a childhood middle ear infection and Swimmer’s Ear?
      Yes. Swimmer’s Ear is not the same as the common childhood middle ear infection. If you can wiggle the outer ear without pain or discomfort then your ear infection is probably not Swimmer’s Ear. Can Swimmer’s Ear be prevented?
      Yes. Here are four Healthy Swimming tips for protection against Swimmer’s Ear: Dry your ears after swimming. If it is difficult to get water out of your ear, apply a few drops of an alcohol-based ear product into the ear. Ask a pharmacist at your local drug store for this product. Ask your pool manager about the chlorine and pH testing program at your pool. Pools and hot tubs with good chlorine and pH control are unlikely to spread Swimmer’s Ear. Pay attention to signage and avoid swimming in locations that have been closed because of pollution. Avoid putting objects in the ear (e.g. fingers, cotton swabs) that may scratch the ear canal and provide a site for infection. If you think you have Swimmer’s Ear, consult your healthcare provider. Swimmer’s Ear can be treated with antibiotic ear drops.

      a few home remidies are,
      remedies to ease ear pain
      Here is a compilation of trusted home remedies that can ease the pain in the ear:

      - Mild swimmer’s ear can also be treated with a few drops of white vinegar placed in both ears. Put a few drops of vinegar in one ear and leave it in the ear canal for about five minutes before turning the ear down in order to drain the solution. It is advisable to repeat this twice a day for three days. It is most effective against any fungal or bacterial infection as the acetic acid inhibits the growth of bacteria.

      - When water clogs the ears, put three or four drops apple cider vinegar, diluted in equal parts with water or alcohol, after showering or swimming. This helps prevent future infection.

      - Take some baby oil, heat it and as it warms pour into the ears with the help of a ear dropper and place a cotton ball to avoid draining the oil.

      - Use the hair dryer to evaporate the water molecules in the ear. Set it to warm and sway it across the ear as it blow dries your ear. The warm air will enable evaporation of any trapped water.

      - Mix equal parts water, peroxide, and white vinegar. Use an eye dropper to put a few drops in ear. Let it stay in the ear for a minute. Tip head to let the solution drain. Put a piece of cotton in ear. It is advisable to do this before bedtime.

      Suggestions for Swimmers Ear
      Basic suggestions to avoid relapse of swimmers ear
      There are some basic steps one can take to avoid the relapse of swimmers ears.
      Here are some such suggestions:

      - Apply some oil before getting in the pool to avoid water flushing out the protective oils in the ear.

      - After a swim turn the head and gently pull the ear in different directions to drain water out of the ear. Try drying the opening of the ear very carefully with the help of a towel.

      - Avoid swimming in dirty or polluted waters and even if you unknowingly do so, be safe and wear earplugs when you swim.

      - Avoid poking the ear with fingers or sharp objects

      i don't know if any of these will work but...

  38. QUESTION:
    Are these tension headaches?
    Hi,

    For the past 3 months both sides of my head have been feeling tight, and I have this dull aching pain around my temples. This pain is making the nerves in my teeth hurt, too. This is a almost constant feeling in my head and teeth and I have no idea how to get rid of it. I mean, I can make the dull pain go away by rubbing the sides of my head, but as I stop doing that the pain comes right back..

    Are these tension headaches? And how can I get rid of them?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      It’s probably stress related.

      Plagued with headaches from childhood to middle age I have had many different types: Migraines, Cluster, Allergic, Visual and mild. The following has helped me and others, I AM NOT A DOCTOR and I recommend that you make an appointment to see one and possibly consider counseling.

      This is not a substitute for seeing a Doctor or a counselor. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the appointment date(s).

      What your DDS, ER, MD or chiropractor may not tell you are that most headaches are STRESS related and they can be and usually are triggered by conditioning. If you can identify the conditioned triggers of your headaches you can break the cycle of stress aggravating a headache and the headache causing more stress, fueling a very disabling negative feedback cycle. Break the cycle by:

      Reduce headache symptoms such as, nausea, vomiting and vertigo.
      Try inducing relaxation.
      Teach your body to be more tolerant towards headache triggers.
      Try improving blood-circulation to your brain.

      Here are a few common types of headaches:

      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. If you have suffered a HEAD INJURY please stop reading this and go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room NOW.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.

      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.

      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 12 hrs.

      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.

      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.

      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.

      Rounding it out are Temporal, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Brain Tumor headaches.

      With the exception of the last three types of headache and SUBDURAL Hematoma trauma headaches there are SIX home remedies that I use and that may work for you as they do/did for me. This is a routine;

      (1) Drink 16 to 24 ounces of water as dehydration may cause headaches. Dehydration is stress.

      (2) Eat a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines and gives some relief of the other 60%! Bananas are loaded with potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach is stress.

      (3) Take your chosen OTC meds, if any.

      (4) Take a pleasant shower.

      (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, TV, the computer, the clock and don’t watch the news!

      (6) Lay down for a nap. To unplug the brain you are only going to think only about what else you can do to de-stress.

      This is a routine I use to break the headache cycle. You could do the same or add other stress reducers, such as: cold compresses, ear plugs, sleep visors herbal teas, etc. It’s important to have a routine so that you can get CONTROL of the headaches and not vice-a-versa.

      Knowledge is power. Learn more about headaches and get more control and empowerment over them. Start at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headache Also try: http://www.headache-treatment-options.com/

      Hope this helps!

  39. QUESTION:
    Are these tension headaches?
    Hi,

    For the past 3 months both sides of my head have been feeling tight, and I have this dull aching pain around my temples. This pain is making the nerves in my teeth hurt, too. This is a almost constant feeling in my head and teeth and I have no idea how to get rid of it. I mean, I can make the dull pain go away by rubbing the sides of my head, but as I stop doing that the pain comes right back..

    Are these tension headaches? And how can I get rid of them?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      It’s probably stress related.

      Plagued with headaches from childhood to middle age I have had many different types: Migraines, Cluster, Allergic, Visual and mild. The following has helped me and others, I AM NOT A DOCTOR and I recommend that you make an appointment to see one and possibly consider counseling.

      This is not a substitute for seeing a Doctor or a counselor. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the appointment date(s).

      What your DDS, ER, MD or chiropractor may not tell you are that most headaches are STRESS related and they can be and usually are triggered by conditioning. If you can identify the conditioned triggers of your headaches you can break the cycle of stress aggravating a headache and the headache causing more stress, fueling a very disabling negative feedback cycle. Break the cycle by:

      Reduce headache symptoms such as, nausea, vomiting and vertigo.
      Try inducing relaxation.
      Teach your body to be more tolerant towards headache triggers.
      Try improving blood-circulation to your brain.

      Here are a few common types of headaches:

      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. If you have suffered a HEAD INJURY please stop reading this and go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room NOW.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.

      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.

      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 12 hrs.

      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.

      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.

      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.

      Rounding it out are Temporal, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Brain Tumor headaches.

      With the exception of the last three types of headache and SUBDURAL Hematoma trauma headaches there are SIX home remedies that I use and that may work for you as they do/did for me. This is a routine;

      (1) Drink 16 to 24 ounces of water as dehydration may cause headaches. Dehydration is stress.

      (2) Eat a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines and gives some relief of the other 60%! Bananas are loaded with potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach is stress.

      (3) Take your chosen OTC meds, if any.

      (4) Take a pleasant shower.

      (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, TV, the computer, the clock and don’t watch the news!

      (6) Lay down for a nap. To unplug the brain you are only going to think only about what else you can do to de-stress.

      This is a routine I use to break the headache cycle. You could do the same or add other stress reducers, such as: cold compresses, ear plugs, sleep visors herbal teas, etc. It’s important to have a routine so that you can get CONTROL of the headaches and not vice-a-versa.

      Knowledge is power. Learn more about headaches and get more control and empowerment over them. Start at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headache Also try: http://www.headache-treatment-options.com/

      Hope this helps!

  40. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for ear aches?

    • ANSWER:
      There is further info on the web link, but here is the basics :-)

      If you've been spending a lot of time with a box of tissues and a bag of throat lozenges and now you're lying awake with an aching ear, you already know two things about earaches: They often accompany bad colds and sore throats, and they're always nastier at night.

      A typical earache begins when a congested eustachian tube-which runs from the back of the throat to the eardrum-can't regulate pressure or fluids in the ear. Pain starts when mucus or pus builds up behind the eardrum. The more the fluid builds, the greater the pressure and pain.

      While antibiotic treatment can resolve the infection that's causing the pain, there are some things you can do for yourself to get temporary relief.

      Warm up to relief. "The greatest pain reliever is warm, moist heat around the ear," says Stephen P. Cass, M.D., assistant professor of otolaryngology at the Eye and Ear Institute of Pittsburgh. A warm compress-such as a towel rung out in hot water and pressed against the ear-brings the most immediate relief, he says. Resoak the towel as it cools and use it as often as you need to, even while you are being treated for an underlying infection, he suggests.

      Try a liquid pillow. A hot water bottle wrapped in a towel also makes a comforting pillow for an aching ear, says Dr. Cass. If you get a lot of earaches and need something more portable, you can invest in a mini hot water bottle that's made to fit directly over the ear, he says.

      Press on a gel pack. Another ear-warming alternative: Use a dual-purpose first-aid gel pack that you can warm up in hot water or the microwave, suggests Anthony J. Yonkers, M.D., chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. "Make sure the gel pack is not too hot, then press it right on your ear and it will make you feel better," he says.

      Put your ear to the plate. Some people swear by old-time heat treatments like this: Warm up an oven-safe plate, wrap it in a towel, and rest your aching ear right on it. The plate should be warm and comforting, not hot, cautions Dr. Cass.

      Find relief in your medicine cabinet. An adult with a cold or fever who develops ear pain can take aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol) or another nonprescription painkiller, says Jerome C. Goldstein, M.D., executive vice president of the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery in Alexandria, Virginia. Children with earaches should never be given aspirin, and other pain relievers should get a doctor's go-ahead. Your doctor may recommend Children's Tylenol.

      Get the drop on pain. A couple of drops of warm mineral oil may soothe a sore ear, says Clough Shelton, M.D., an otolaryngologist with the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles. Warm the oil by putting it in hot water. Test it on your wrist as you would a baby's bottle. It should feel barely warm. Use an eyedropper to drip the oil in, and gently pull the outside of the ear to make sure it goes down, he says. One caution: You can't use this method if the doctor says you have a perforated eardrum.

  41. QUESTION:
    Sinus head ache? I think.. ?
    Ever since it started raining, my head has been hurting. It hurts on the right side of my head behind my ear & the right side of my neck & shoulder. Is this a sinus headache? & if it is what can I do to make it less painful?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s probably stress related.

      Plagued with headaches from childhood to middle age I have had many different types: Migraines, Cluster, Allergic, Visual and mild. The following has helped me and others, I AM NOT A DOCTOR and I recommend that you make an appointment to see one and possibly consider counseling.

      This is not a substitute for seeing a Doctor or a counselor. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the appointment date(s).

      What your DDS, ER, MD or chiropractor may not tell you are that most headaches are STRESS related and they can be and usually are triggered by conditioning. If you can identify the conditioned triggers of your headaches you can break the cycle of stress aggravating a headache and the headache causing more stress, fueling a very disabling negative feedback cycle. Break the cycle by:

      Reduce headache symptoms such as, nausea, vomiting and vertigo.
      Try inducing relaxation.
      Teach your body to be more tolerant towards headache triggers.
      Try improving blood-circulation to your brain.

      Here are a few common types of headaches:

      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. If you have suffered a HEAD INJURY please stop reading this and go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room NOW.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.

      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.

      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 12 hrs.

      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.

      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.

      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.

      Rounding it out are Temporal, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Brain Tumor headaches.

      With the exception of the last three types of headache and SUBDURAL Hematoma trauma headaches there are SIX home remedies that I use and that may work for you as they do/did for me. This is a routine;

      (1) Drink 16 to 24 ounces of water as dehydration may cause headaches. Dehydration is stress.

      (2) Eat a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines and gives some relief of the other 60%! Bananas are loaded with potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach is stress.

      (3) Take your chosen OTC meds, if any.

      (4) Take a pleasant shower.

      (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, TV, the computer, the clock and don’t watch the news!

      (6) Lay down for a nap. To unplug the brain you are only going to think only about what else you can do to de-stress.

      This is a routine I use to break the headache cycle. You could do the same or add other stress reducers, such as: cold compresses, ear plugs, sleep visors herbal teas, etc. It’s important to have a routine so that you can get CONTROL of the headaches and not vice-a-versa.

      Knowledge is power. Learn more about headaches and get more control and empowerment over them. Start at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headache Also try: http://www.headache-treatment-options.com/

      Hope this helps!

  42. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for bad headaches?

    • ANSWER:
      Plagued with headaches from childhood to middle age I have had many different types of headaches. Also I know of many others who have headaches which the following has helped. I AM NOT A DOCTOR but someone who is trying to help people get rid of … well, a headache.

      This is not meant as a substitute for seeing a Doctor which I recommend. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the Dr.’s appointment date.

      Headaches/Migraines can be caused either (1) internally (e.g. injury to the head) or (2) externally (e.g.STRESS). What your DDS, ER and MD may not tell you are that most headaches are stress related. Even from your write up you sound stressed. They can be further broken down into the following categories and the treatment depends on the type of headache you have.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.
      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.
      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 2 hrs.
      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.
      TEMPORAL Arthritis headaches usually in the over age 50 crowd and are characterized by one side of temple area, pain in jaw, burning, aching, throbbing, sensitive scalp, fever and tender arteries. If you experience visual symptoms go to ER.
      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - Pain in upper neck and back of head or pain when moving the head with reduced movement in neck area is brought on by stress, head movement and head alignment. It may be confused as it can mimic a migraine headache including nausea. If it is a head and neck related alignment you can have temporal headaches or headaches that arc from behind the ear forward. They are characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.
      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.
      SUBARACHNOID Hemorrhage headaches are abrupt onset, constant stiff neck, feels like someone hit you in the head, Caused by high blood pressure, stress or aneurysm can be life threatening.
      BRAIN Tumor headaches are characterized by; onset in morning and evening, varies from mild to severe, may throb, wakes you up at night, symptoms getting worse, neck stiffness worse than ever.
      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. It is a slow bleed in the brain. People can and do die from this.

      Here is what you do for them besides making a Doctor’s appt.
      Migraines, muscular tension, cervicogenic, and some sinus and cluster headaches may be helped by a chiropractor. If it is sinus, you need to ask the chiropractor if they have a sinus/cranial treatment.
      For Hypertension, cluster, temporal arteritis and brain tumor-see a Dr.
      For Temporal arteritis with visual impairment, subarachnoid hemorrhage and subdural hematoma, go to the ER now.

      In addition to SEEING a Doctor you may consider counseling. While you are waiting for the Dr.’s and or counselor’s appt. you might try the following and end up cancelling the appts. as it may work!

      There are FIVE home remedies that may work for you as they do/did for me; (1) First drink 16 to 24 ounces of water not soda as dehydration may cause headaches. The second home remedy for all headaches that has worked for me and even my most skeptical friends is (2) eating a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines. Bananas are loaded with Potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach can also aggravate a headache.
      (3) Third after drinking water, eating a banana and taking your chosen OTC meds take a SHOWER. Other than that OTC meds are your only alternative. (4) Then go take a nap. (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, turning off the TV, turning off the computer, and don’t watch the news!

      Time to do everything to DE-STRESS!!!

  43. QUESTION:
    Garlic oil for a earache?
    i've heard that garlic oil is good for a earache, i have a bottle of 100% organic garlic "perles" at home if i open them up and put that in my ear will that have the same effect?
    "perles" arent hard they are equivalent to gel caps i guess its nothing but liquid garlic in them

    • ANSWER:
      Yes tythegemini, it is very efficient treatment, but only if it's 100 % natural Garlic oil. Garlic oil exhibits antibacterial, antifungal, amebicidal and insecticidal qualities.

      Organic garlic "perles" - it is mix garlic with safflower oil, gelatin, glycerin, water and must be used as a dietary supplement for adults, not needed to use this product for relief a earache.

      You may do garlic oil at home. Combine 3 ounces of minced garlic cloves with 1 ounce of mineral oil, neem oil, or jojoba oil. Let soak for 48 hours or longer. Garlic oil may be stored in the refrigerator for no longer than three weeks.

      You need know, that Garlic oil is rich in Sulfur compounds, amino acids and trace minerals.

      You can use garlic oil when you are suffering from the red and itchy skin, also patches characteristic of psoriasis -you need apply the oil liberally to the affected area.

      You can use garlic oil on the area losing hair and cover overnight.

      You can also try other some of these home remedies for earache: please look article:http://www.askedweb.com/askedweb/Home_Remedies_For_Ear_Aches/
      Jason Homan

  44. QUESTION:
    Help! Information about tonsillitis very important.?
    Hello. I was told I have tonsillitis on Tuesday and I was put onto Penicillin and was told to take 2 pills 4 times a day for 10 days. It is now Saturday (5th Day) and I don'f feel any better. I have gotten even more symptoms. I know Im not allergic to the anti-biotic either. I have had tonsillitis before but never this bad. Also, I have been told that I dont need to get them removed. I will list all my current symptoms.

    - Occasional Ear Ache (Solved with Pain Killers)
    - Occasional Head Ache (Solved with Pain Killers)
    - Small amount of pain when swallowing but not a lot
    - Chesty Cough - I would cough about every 2-3 minutes and each time it would last around 10-20 seconds
    - Coughing up Phlegm - This is hard to cough up but when I do it is a very very light green/yellow
    - Chest pain when ever I take a deep breath in
    - Pain in sides and stomach when ever I cough
    - Not being able to sleep due to coughing
    - Randomly getting a fever/chills
    - Feeling very tired and weak
    - Vomiting due to coughing (Once)

    At the moment I am drinking a lot of water and nothing else, although my eating habits have changed due to not being able to swallow well although I am still eating healthy foods.

    I was just wondering whether this is normal or not... As I have had this before but never usually this bad.

    Also, I was wondering whether after my 10 day course it would be better?

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Tonsils filter out germs that invade your body. If your tonsils become overwhelmed by viruses or bacteria, they'll become inflamed. Depending on the severity of the tonsillitis, treatment can consist of home remedies, prescriptions or surgery.

      Difficulty: Moderate
      Instructions

      things you'll need:
      Acetaminophen
      Throat Lozenges
      Thermometers
      Drinking Straws
      Fruit Juices
      Aspirins
      Mouthwash
      Teas
      Honey
      1
      Gargle every 2 to 3 hours with mint mouthwash. Be sure to get the mouthwash onto the back of your throat. See "How to Gargle."

      2
      Take aspirin if you are an adult, acetaminophen if you are a child. Suck on throat lozenges, especially those containing phenol, which help to numb the throat.

      3
      Stay hydrated. Drink iced beverages or suck on flavored ice.. Frozen liquids help numb the throat. Try hot teas with honey, and clear soups. For some people, warm beverages help relieve the pain of tonsillitis better than cold ones do.

      4
      Get plenty of rest.

      5
      Avoid cigarette smoke and other irritants.

      6
      Check your temperature at least twice a day. If you have a continuous fever, even a low-grade one of 99 degrees F, lasting more than two days, see your doctor. Tonsillitis or acute sore throat pain that lasts more than 48 hours, especially if accompanied by a fever, may be symptomatic of a strep infection, which requires treatment.

      7
      Let your doctor take a throat culture to identify the germs in your throat.

      8
      Ask about antibiotics, if your tonsillitis is caused by bacteria. Penicillin G is frequently prescribed.

      9
      Consider a tonsillectomy for persistent tonsillitis and sore throats.

  45. QUESTION:
    Is this a headache, or brain tumor, or ect.?
    im 16 and a few days ago i was laying down and i turn my head to the left and an incredible pain i felt on the left side of my brain like elefctricity, could it have been a nerve that broke, then days later, the back of my head started to hurt and to the left side to, only the back, its not the first time it happened, but im scared what could it be.

    • ANSWER:
      This is not meant as a substitute for seeing a Doctor which I recommend. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the Dr.’s appointment date.

      Headaches/Migraines can be caused either (1) internally (e.g. injury to the head) or (2) externally (e.g.STRESS). What your DDS, ER and MD may not tell you are that most headaches are stress related. Even from your write up you sound stressed. They can be further broken down into the following categories and the treatment depends on the type of headache you have.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.
      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.
      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 2 hrs.
      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.
      TEMPORAL Arthritis headaches usually in the over age 50 crowd and are characterized by one side of temple area, pain in jaw, burning, aching, throbbing, sensitive scalp, fever and tender arteries. If you experience visual symptoms go to ER.
      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - Pain in upper neck and back of head or pain when moving the head with reduced movement in neck area is brought on by stress, head movement and head alignment. It may be confused as it can mimic a migraine headache including nausea. If it is a head and neck related alignment you can have temporal headaches or headaches that arc from behind the ear forward. They are characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.
      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.
      SUBARACHNOID Hemorrhage headaches are abrupt onset, constant stiff neck, feels like someone hit you in the head, Caused by high blood pressure, stress or aneurysm can be life threatening.
      BRAIN Tumor headaches are characterized by; onset in morning and evening, varies from mild to severe, may throb, wakes you up at night, symptoms getting worse, neck stiffness worse than ever.
      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. It is a slow bleed in the brain. People can and do die from this.

      Here is what you do for them besides making a Doctor’s appt.
      Migraines, muscular tension, cervicogenic, and some sinus and cluster headaches may be helped by a chiropractor. If it is sinus, you need to ask the chiropractor if they have a sinus/cranial treatment.
      For Hypertension, cluster, temporal arteritis and brain tumor-see a Dr.
      For Temporal arteritis with visual impairment, subarachnoid hemorrhage and subdural hematoma, go to the ER now.

      In addition to SEEING a Doctor you may consider counseling. While you are waiting for the Dr.’s and or counselor’s appt. you might try the following and end up cancelling the appts. as it may work!

      There are FIVE home remedies that may work for you as they do/did for me; (1) First drink 16 to 24 ounces of water not soda as dehydration may cause headaches. The second home remedy for all headaches that has worked for me and even my most skeptical friends is (2) eating a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines. Bananas are loaded with Potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach can also aggravate a headache.
      (3) Third after drinking water, eating a banana and taking your chosen OTC meds take a SHOWER. Other than that OTC meds are your only alternative. (4) Then go take a nap. (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, turning off the TV, turning off the computer, and don’t watch the news!

      Time to do everything to DE-STRESS!!!

      Hope this helps!

  46. QUESTION:
    Head aches! Please help me!!?
    I have been getting really bad head aches in my temples for the last 2 months and also stomach pains lower down (similar to period pain). I have been to the doctor many times and have been tested for a urine infection, gluten free, low in iron, and the next thing they said was endometriosis which i have been on the pill noriday for a month now but there is no change! I am sick of taking panadol 24/7 and know it is bad for me. Plesae help me what is wrong and how can i fix it!!

    • ANSWER:
      The headache is probably stress related.

      Plagued with headaches from childhood to middle age I have had many different types: Migraines, Cluster, Allergic, Visual and mild. The following has helped me and others, I AM NOT A DOCTOR and I recommend that you make an appointment to see one and possibly consider counseling.

      This is not a substitute for seeing a Doctor or any health-care provider. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the appointment date(s).

      What your DDS, ER, MD, chiropractor, therapist or health-care provider may not tell you are; that most headaches are STRESS related and they can be and usually are triggered by conditioning. If you can identify the conditioned triggers of your headaches you can break the cycle of stress aggravating a headache and the headache aggravating the stress. This fuels a very disabling negative feedback cycle. Break the cycle by:

      Reduce headache symptoms such as, nausea, vomiting and vertigo.
      Try inducing relaxation.
      Teach your body to be more tolerant towards headache triggers.
      Try improving blood-circulation to your brain.
      Get into a set routine that controls or rids yourself of headaches.

      Here are a few common types of headaches:

      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. If you have suffered a HEAD INJURY please stop reading this and go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room NOW.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.

      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.

      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 12 hrs.

      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.

      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.

      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.

      Rounding it out are Temporal, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Brain Tumor headaches.

      With the exception of the last three types of headache and SUBDURAL Hematoma trauma headaches there are SIX home remedies that I use and that may work for you as they do/did for me. This is a routine;

      (1) Drink 16 to 24 ounces of water as dehydration may cause headaches. Dehydration is stress. If you are fasting this can fill an empty stomach and allows you to continue your fast.

      (2) Eat a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines and gives some relief of the other 60%! Bananas are loaded with potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach is stress.

      (3) Take your chosen OTC meds, if any.

      (4) Take a pleasant shower.

      (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, TV, the computer, the clock and don’t watch the news!

      (6) Lay down for a nap. To unplug the brain you are only going to think about what else you can do to de-stress.

      This is a routine I use to break the headache cycle. You could do the same or add other stress reducers, such as: cold compresses, ear plugs, sleep visors herbal teas, etc. It’s important to have a routine so that you can get CONTROL of the headaches and not vice-a-versa.

      Knowledge is power. Learn more about headaches and get more control and empowerment over them. Start at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headache Also try: http://www.headache-treatment-options.com/

      Hope this helps!

  47. QUESTION:
    Why is my asthma giving me trouble? Is it even my asthma?
    I have had asthma for about fifteen years now, but lately it's been really acting up. I'm currently on Singular, as well as of course have my Albuterol "rescue" inhaler, which I take multiple times a day. However, today, after being out in the cold, I was perfectly fine for hours after. That was until I laid down for bed. When laying down, I feel extremely phlegmy, like that of a post-nasal drip, and am of course thinking it is my asthma that is bothering me also. Does this seem like the start of a cold? Sinus infection? Asthma problems? My nose is also now being stuffed up and I feel a tad feverish, but I'm not quite sure what it can be. Any advice from other asmatics on what to do or what this can be? I'm looking for home remedies more than anything else.

    Thank you so much!

    • ANSWER:
      ent md sounds like the right answer to the symptoms. as for home remedies there is little, however some various things that may help: 1. honey, camomille tea, and lemon mixture (to your taste) can help you sleep and sooth the throat. 2. this is an old one; rub your chest back and front with vicks vapor rub then put on a couple layers of clothing the outer one a sweat shirt. follow with the #1concoction but also add an ounce of whiskey to it. go to bed. this is the "sweat it out of you approach". many a mom and meemaw did this in the early part of the 1900's b/c they couldnt afford docs. my mom did this to me many times and actually it often worked. if your real bad you may need to do it twice. 3. mix your use of aspirin (325mg, adult dose) and advil /motrin (anything with 200mg ibuprofen) together. for myself i usually do one or two aspirin (325mg, and one advil (200mg) three times a day for a couple days. this helps reduce fever, ameliorates the body aches, and provides a general comfort feeling. as for the phlegm go to the pharmacy. the pharmacist can provide over the counter (OTC) guafenisin or something legally similar to help with the congestion. thats about it for me.

      one thing to keep in mind but not worry yourself to death over: ibuprofen can cause stomach upset, the literature will talk about stomach ulcers and internal bleed but in quantities much greater than i am suggesting, and for longer periods of time. the aspirin can cause ear ringing (tinnitus) and acts as a blood thinner, actually good for the heart. also some people say aspirin upsets their stomach. i just use generic aspirin but if you have stomach sensitivity get a brand name well buffered and coated aspirin. and in general taking all these medications can cause a feeling of jitteriness in some people. again minor issue. and lastly some will try to tell you that aspirin and ibuprofen are a dangerous combination acting synergistically when taken together. again in the small dose and short interval not likely and all these symptoms and adverse responses are transient . doctors typically prescribe 600/800mg of ibruprofen three times a day for many an arthritis sufferer. to know more google info and read the literature. oh, one last thing, asthmatics sometimes have wheezing with the taking of aspirin. this is a very inconclusive response unproven in the majority of asthamtics but a reality none the less. so if youve taken aspirin and had problems with it, then dont. if youve take aspirin and not had problems then go ahead and try it again.

      do the things that you feel safe with.

  48. QUESTION:
    horrrrroble headache that wont go away! what should i do??? :'(?
    I took 2 ibuprofen (the bottle DOES NOT say "if pain persists take another, it just says take 2) so THATS out. ive had this headache for like 4 hours and its a bad one, i usually dont even take advil ata ll or anything unless its bad. I even feel a little dizzy, it hurts behind and between my eyes and all over. are there any home remedies or techniques i can do?
    i tried to lay down/was gonna nap but it wasnt really helping, i dont want to fall asleep cause I WOKE up w/ this headache so i might just wake up again feeling the same or worse

    • ANSWER:
      Plagued with headaches from childhood to middle age I have had many different types of headaches. Also I know of many others who have headaches which the following has helped. I AM NOT A DOCTOR but someone who is trying to help people get rid of … well, a headache.

      This is not meant as a substitute for seeing a Doctor which I recommend. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the Dr.’s appointment date.

      Headaches/Migraines can be caused either (1) internally (e.g. injury to the head) or (2) externally (e.g.STRESS). What your DDS, ER and MD may not tell you are that most headaches are stress related. Even from your write up you sound stressed. They can be further broken down into the following categories and the treatment depends on the type of headache you have.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.
      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.
      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 2 hrs.
      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.
      TEMPORAL Arthritis headaches usually in the over age 50 crowd and are characterized by one side of temple area, pain in jaw, burning, aching, throbbing, sensitive scalp, fever and tender arteries. If you experience visual symptoms go to ER.
      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - Pain in upper neck and back of head or pain when moving the head with reduced movement in neck area is brought on by stress, head movement and head alignment. It may be confused as it can mimic a migraine headache including nausea. If it is a head and neck related alignment you can have temporal headaches or headaches that arc from behind the ear forward. They are characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.
      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.
      SUBARACHNOID Hemorrhage headaches are abrupt onset, constant stiff neck, feels like someone hit you in the head, Caused by high blood pressure, stress or aneurysm can be life threatening.
      BRAIN Tumor headaches are characterized by; onset in morning and evening, varies from mild to severe, may throb, wakes you up at night, symptoms getting worse, neck stiffness worse than ever.
      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. It is a slow bleed in the brain. People can and do die from this.

      Here is what you do for them besides making a Doctor’s appt.
      Migraines, muscular tension, cervicogenic, and some sinus and cluster headaches may be helped by a chiropractor. If it is sinus, you need to ask the chiropractor if they have a sinus/cranial treatment.
      For Hypertension, cluster, temporal arteritis and brain tumor-see a Dr.
      For Temporal arteritis with visual impairment, subarachnoid hemorrhage and subdural hematoma, go to the ER now.

      In addition to SEEING a Doctor you may consider counseling. While you are waiting for the Dr.’s and or counselor’s appt. you might try the following and end up cancelling the appts. as it may work!

      There are FIVE home remedies that may work for you as they do/did for me; (1) First drink 16 to 24 ounces of water not soda as dehydration may cause headaches. The second home remedy for all headaches that has worked for me and even my most skeptical friends is (2) eating a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines. Bananas are loaded with Potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach can also aggravate a headache.
      (3) Third after drinking water, eating a banana and taking your chosen OTC meds take a SHOWER. Other than that OTC meds are your only alternative. (4) Then go take a nap. (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, turning off the TV, turning off the computer, and don’t watch the news!

      Time to do everything to DE-STRESS!!!

      Hope this helps!

  49. QUESTION:
    Why do my head aches come and go?
    I had a head ache on Saturday evening. Then it was still there Sunday Morning then it went away by noon. Then it came back in the afternoon like 3ish. Then it went away when I woke up Monday. Than it came and went a lot of times.
    Also my neck muscles are really sore on the back of my neck. Bye my head. And my head ache mainly hurts on the left side on my head. I've been sitting with my head on the back of the head board for hours on my computer.

    How can I get rid of the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s probably stress related.

      Plagued with headaches from childhood to middle age I have had many different types: Migraines, Cluster, Allergic, Visual and mild. The following has helped me and others, I AM NOT A DOCTOR and I recommend that you make an appointment to see one and possibly consider counseling if these headaches are persistent.

      This is not a substitute for seeing a Doctor or any health-care provider. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the appointment date(s).

      What your DDS, ER, MD, chiropractor, therapist or health-care provider may not tell you are; that most if not all headaches are STRESS related and they can be and usually are triggered by conditioning. If you can identify the conditioned triggers of your headaches you can break the cycle of stress aggravating a headache and the headache aggravating the stress. This fuels a very disabling negative feedback cycle. Break the cycle by:

      Reducing headache symptoms such as, nausea, vomiting and vertigo.
      Try inducing relaxation.
      Teach your body to be more tolerant towards headache triggers.
      Try improving blood-circulation to your brain.
      Start a routine that controls or rids you of headaches (see my routine below).

      Here are a few common types of headaches:

      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. If you have suffered a HEAD INJURY please stop reading this and go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room NOW.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.

      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.

      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 12 hrs.

      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.

      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.

      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.

      Rounding it out are Temporal, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Brain Tumor headaches.

      With the exception of the last three types of headache and SUBDURAL Hematoma trauma headaches there are SIX home remedies that I use and that may work for you as they do/did for me. This is a routine;

      (1) Drink 16 to 24 ounces of water as dehydration may cause headaches. Dehydration is stress. If you are fasting this can fill an empty stomach and allows you to continue your fast.

      (2) Eat a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines and gives some relief of the other 60%! Bananas are loaded with potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach is stress.

      (3) Take your chosen OTC meds, if any.

      (4) Take a pleasant shower.

      (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, TV, the computer, the clock and don’t watch the news!

      (6) Lay down for a nap. To unplug the brain you are only going to think about what else you can do to de-stress.

      This is my routine I use to break the headache cycle. You could do the same or add other stress reducers, such as: cold compresses, ear plugs, sleep visors, herbal teas, etc. It’s important to have a routine so that you can get CONTROL of the headaches and not vice-a-versa.

      Knowledge is power. Learn more about headaches and get more control and empowerment over them. Start at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headache Also try: http://www.headache-treatment-options.com/

      Hope this helps!

  50. QUESTION:
    headache, neck ache, nausea ...?
    wonder what's the matter with me. i've got a headache for the last 3 days (and i rarely get headaches), a neck ache, my top blood pressure number has been about 157 with pulse about 108, and my glands have been swollen. and i missed last month's menstruation (and no, there is no possibility of being pregnant). i'm gonna see my doctor this week but was just putting this out there to see if anyone may know what's wrong with me. thanks a bunches :)
    ha ha squirtle, thanks dude or dudette :) no doubt.

    • ANSWER:
      Plagued with headaches from childhood to middle age I have had many different types: Migraines, Cluster, Allergic, Visual and mild. The following has helped me and others, I AM NOT A DOCTOR and I recommend that you do see one and possibly consider counseling.

      This is not a substitute for seeing a Doctor or a counselor. However, if you read this and follow the recommendations at the END you may be headache free before the appointment date(s).

      What your DDS, ER and MD may not tell you are that most headaches are STRESS related and they can be and usually are triggered by conditioning. If you can identify the conditioned triggers of your headaches you can break the cycle of stress causing a headache and the headache causing more stress, fueling a very disabling negative feedback cycle. Break the cycle by:

      Reduce headache symptoms such as, nausea, vomiting and vertigo.
      Try inducing relaxation.
      Teach your body to be more tolerant towards headache triggers.
      Try improving blood-circulation to your brain.

      Here are a few common types of headaches:

      SUBDURAL Hematoma headaches are caused by trauma. If you have suffered a HEAD INJURY please stop reading this and go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room NOW.

      MIGRAINE headaches are usually one sided, more common in females and characterized by at least one of the following; sensitivity to light, pain behind one eye, throbbing brought on by bright lights, chocolate, cheese, red wine or menstrual cycle. You can also have a visual aura around lights and things may taste odd.

      HYPERTENSION headaches are at the top and back of your head and throb. You usually wake up with this headache and after about 3 to 4 hours it subsides and may be caused by high blood pressure. You may need medicines to reduce your high blood pressure.

      CLUSTER headaches can be seen in an adolescent to adult, more common in males, one sided, usually over temple or eye area, may have a blood shot eye(s), and may wake you up at night, runny nose, sweating, tearing of the eyes, usually worse in Spring or Fall (allergy season) and lasts 15 min. to 12 hrs.

      MUSCULAR TENSION headaches feels: band-like distribution around head - like wearing a very tight head band and is brought on by stress, tension, fatigue and work.

      CERVICOGENIC (neck caused) headaches - characterized by possible sharp pain behind your ear at the base of the skull along with correlated shoulder pain which can last for days and weeks at a time until misalignment is corrected. Medications provide only short term relief when taken.

      SINUS headaches are localized in nature; certain positions are worse like the nose area, steady throb, and worse in the morning and may be seasonal.

      Rounding it out are Temporal, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Brain Tumor headaches. With the exception of the last three types of headache and SUBDURAL Hematoma trauma headaches; there are SIX home remedies that I use and that may work for you as they do/did for me. This is a routine;

      (1) First drink 16 to 24 ounces of water as dehydration may cause headaches. Dehydration is stress.

      (2) Eat a banana! My MOST skeptical of friends was SO DESPERATE he eventually tried it and claims that it cures 40% of his headaches/migraines and gives some relief of the other 60%! Bananas are loaded with Potassium which helps alleviate all headaches. In addition it is very filling and an empty stomach is stress.

      (3) Take your chosen OTC meds, if any

      (4) Take a pleasant shower.

      (5) De-stress by; turning off the phone, TV, the computer, the clock and don’t watch the news!

      (6) Lay down for a nap. To unplug the brain you are only going to think about what else you can do to de-stress.

      This is a routine I use to break the headache cycle. You could do the same or add other stress reducers, such as: cold compresses, ear plugs, sleep visors herbal teas, etc. It’s important to have a routine so that you can get CONTROL of the headaches and not vice-a-versa.

      Knowledge is power. Learn more about headaches and get more control and empowerment over them. Start at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headache

      Hope this helps!


home remedies ear aches adults

What To Do About Ear Aches

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for ear aches when wearing the elastics for braces?
    It's been a week since I got elastic rubber bands for my braces. The dull pain that I was experiencing has almost gone away but now I am going through pretty bad jaw pain and ear aches. I understand why I would get jaw pains for the rubber bands are moving my jaw, but why ear aches? It almost feels like I have an ear infection.. this pain is only in my right ear.. Any ideas on why this is happening? Anyone know when the pain should stop? Help?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not really sure about ear aches. I never had that problem. Maybe wait to see what happens and on your next appointment with the orthodontist, ask them if its normal to have ear aches.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get ear aches from being stressed out?
    For about the past year I have been getting ear aches in my left ear.They come and go and the pain normally only lasts for about 30 seconds to a minute.I normally get one every 2 days.If I push on the underside of my ear or on the flap over the ear canal then it will make it hurt worse(I try to remember not to do that.)But I just started noticing that when I'm getting really stressed out,that I seem to get them more.Or maybe I am just noticing them easier.Has anybody ever had this type of problem or know anything that might help?

    • ANSWER:
      It very well could be. Maybe you are doing something when you are stressed that you don't realize that's causing the problem. I know my jaw and ears used to start hurting real bad and then I realized when I was tense I would grip my jaw real tight. Try to pay attention to anything you may be doing while you are stressed that could be causing this. You may just have an ear problem that a doctor could help you with though.

  3. QUESTION:
    What are some good home remedies for an ear ache?
    I have an ear ache. Which is weird cause I used to get a lot of ear aches/ear infections as a child and I haven't had an ear ache for a long time. Our county fair is in town this week and it was a little chilly and windy yesterday and we went to a outdoor concert last night so I was out in the cold/windy air. Could the wind have caused the ear ache? When I swallow then my ear hurts, when I touch it then it feels bruised, and its also giving me a headache. I tried Murine Ear drops but that didn't help. Are there any home remedies I could try? I would like to at least try to get rid of my ear ache myself without going to the doctor.

    • ANSWER:
      Prop up your head slightly while you sleep.

      Try a hair dryer... hold a dryer 18 to 20 inches from the ear and aim that warm air into your ear (make sure the dryer is in a low WARM not HOT setting).

      Place a bottle of baby oil or mineral oil in a pan of hot (not boiling) water. Let the oil sit in the water until it becomes hot. Place a drop or two of oil in the ear. It will help lessen the pain.

      Chew a wad of gum. I'm sure you've heard of people telling you to do so to help with pressure in the ears on plane flights.

      Mullein is an herbal folklore remedy for earaches.

      Wiggle your outer ear. Does it hurt? If it does, you definitely have an infection. If not, you may still have an infection. All of the above can give you relief, but not a cure. Infections should never be ignored.

  4. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of a ear ache?
    I have really bad ear ache it's been hurting for a couple of days I 've everything thought of. If there's any1 that can help. I would dearly appericate it.

    Thank You!

    • ANSWER:
      When I was little and got a ear ache, my mom would fill a hot water bottle with hot tap water, wrap the bottle with a towel and have me lay with my sore ear on the bottle. It worked every time.
      You should have a doctor check your ear, better safe than sorry, your hearing is not something you want to lose.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the most effective way to soothe pain from an ear ache?
    I have a HORRIBLE ear ache and I'm really close to having my husband take me to the ER. I just sent him to the the drug store to look for something and read that ambasol (for toothaches) was good for numbing it. I need to suggestions on what I can do here at home until I'm able to get to the dr in the morning. Also keep in mind that I'm 19 weeks pg, so that may limit my choices.

    Thanks!!
    I'm pretty sure it's pressure built up, as it's plugged and I have been battling a cold for over a week, which I'm certain has turned into a sinus infection.
    And it hurts all the way around the ear and my jaw, as well.

    • ANSWER:
      I just got over a really bad ear ache. I know how you feel and there is not too much you can do to help until you get to the doctors, but you might want to take a washcloth and put warm water on it and try to put it up to your ear, it helped me a little bit until I could make it to the doctors.
      Hope you get better soon.

  6. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to treat an ear ache before I run to the doctor?
    It's a minor ear ache. Not too bad. I doubt is dental since I've already experienced a root canal that caused an ear ache that is much more intense. Any suggestions or products I can buy at the pharmacy? Maybe I just need to rinse it out with something.

    • ANSWER:
      Try an ear cone from the natural health store. It is an old time remedy for ear aches. You lay on your side and someone puts the cone in your ear (it does not go in deep at all). Then is is lit and the smoke from it clears out your ear. I have done these and had a # of friends and family members use them as well. It can't hurt you and may be worth a try before something more heavy duty! Good luck.

  7. QUESTION:
    How is possible to get an ear ache?
    I don't think I've eer gotten an ear ache edits so I don't know how it's possible. How do people get ear aches and what is the main cause for them? Are they severe?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,Earache is cited as the most common reason for a parent to call a doctor out of hours for their child. It will often be the result of an ear infection.
      Adults are less likely to experience earache and ear infections than children.
      Earache can be a sharp, dull or burning ear pain that comes and goes or is constant. One or both ears may be affected.
      Regards.

  8. QUESTION:
    How do get rid of bad ear aches?
    I was wondering how to get rid of really bad ear aches. I have had ear aches for years and advil usually helps but tonight it isn't. It is so bad that i cant sleep and a get twitches from the pain. Thanks so much for your answers!

    • ANSWER:
      If you have had them for years, the best thing to do is see a doctor because that isn't normal and could be something that needs attention.

  9. QUESTION:
    Whats the difference between and ear ache and a ear infection?
    Reason i ask is becasue my son has been pulling on his ear crying as well...but it doesnt seem to bother him during the day...he just got over a cold...so i am thinking it could be an ear ache...how can i tell the difference? hes 20 months and went to the Dr yesterday...she found nothing in his ears...he has no fever either...
    thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I would think maybe allergies or just drainage. Sometimes it makes them get fluid in the ear and then it sounds like they are in a barrell or under water. Once it drains its okay. Most of the time it wil drain on its own. So if hes had a runny nose it could just be the fluid build up and yes sometimes tugging on the earlobe will make it pop and restore the hearing...lol...Ear aches hurt and will shoot pains and trust me a sudden scream or cry would definatly get your attention and of course make you think the worse. I would think that since his ears were clear yesterday, and just getting over a cold probably a little drainage left over causing a little fluid. As long as its draining and not a big build up he should be fine. If it were an ear infection you would most likely see a little (or big) fever and the tugging or rubbing of the ears. But I think now with so many children building up immunities to antibotic they are letting nature take care of it and just giving tylenol for the discomfort. So I guess to answer your question...an earache would be the shooting pains that come and go and the screams that lets you know it hurts. An ear infection would be a lot of discomfort, fever, tugging, and over all you will sense something is just not right. Not sure which is the lesser of the two evils. The ear infection last longer and most earaches are only for a few hours then gone. But its scarry because you feel so helpless and of course all kinds of things goes through a Mothers mind when the child just screams then cries out...Hope this helps

  10. QUESTION:
    How to fix an ear ache without going to doctor?
    I have what I can only imagine, is an ear ache. Everything sounds very muffled from that ear. I bought some ear drops and have used them like three times in the passed two days and nothing has happened. I can also hear a ringing noise from that ear. What should i do? I hate going to the doc, so i would rather get this taken care of myself, if at all possible!
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      My mother's grandmother hated going to doctors also, she died at age 40 due to her gallbladder pain. The body has pain for a reason. It is trying to let you know that something is not right. I would go to an ear, nose, throat specialist if the pain continues and you can't stand it any longer. I had to when I was a kid and got repeated ear infections that woke me up in the night due to the pain. It felt like the wind was whipping through my ears. It was very unpleasant and I can still recall if I think of it. I had to go to a doctor to stop that and it made all the difference in the world for my relief in this.

  11. QUESTION:
    I have a sore throat and my ear aches when I swallow, also my teeth hurt, Is this a bacteria or virus?
    For the past week my throat has been sore and everytime i swallow my ear aches. Also my teeth are very sesitive and hurt. I have had sinus infections before but I dont want to waste my time going to the doctors if they tell me its a virus and to go home and get plenty of rest. Should I go anyway?

    • ANSWER:
      Probally another sinus infection, but could also be mono or ear infection, or bad tooth, etc. And only a Dr. would be able to take a blood sample to see if this infection is being caused by a virus or if it is bacterial. If this has been going on for a whole week, I would recommend you get it checked out.

  12. QUESTION:
    What position should i sleep in with an ear ache?
    I have an ear ache and i don't know how to sleep on my ear that hurts or on the other or just straight up?

    • ANSWER:
      You can be having pain in your ear if your neck muscles are tight for they would press onto the nerves going to it to cause the pain. Your neck muscles go to the top of your head passing right inside of where your ears are so the muscles pressing into the nerves would be fairly simple. To get rid of the pain you have to free up your neck muscles and here's how to do that:
      Neck
      Put your hands alongside your head so your thumbs are on the front of the muscle under your ear and your fingers are on the back of the muscle behind your neck. Squeeze your thumb and fingers together and hold. Relax your body. When your fingers and thumb touch, about two minutes, slowly lower your head as far as you can, release the pressure but hold your neck lowered for another 30 seconds.
      For best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed.

  13. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of an ear ache?
    I have a slight ear ache and my ears have been popping a lot lately cause of this cold I have but my ear only hurts when I swallow and it's annoying. Is there anything I can do to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      If you're trying to get rid of an earache, the first thing you should try is plain old Tylenol. When I say plain old Tylenol, I mean Acetaminophen. You don't want to be taking Ibuprofen or Aspirin when you've got an earache because these medicines may, in very rare circumstances, cause more pain or ringing in the ears—what the medical community calls tinnitus. Also, you don't want to give Aspirin to a child because of the potential risk for inducing something called Reyes syndrome, an inflammation of tissue in the brain, especially if they're suffering from a fever.

      If basic pain medication like Acetaminophen isn't getting rid of your ear ache, you can try Auralgan. Auralgan is a local anesthetic that can be applied directly to the ear canal that is causing you pain. It's a relatively innocuous drug, and you can find it at any reputable drug store or pharmacy--probably even online. This solution is good for people who don't tolerate oral painkillers well, like people who suffer from ulcers or acid reflux.

      Mineral oil is the home remedy when it comes to getting rid of an ear ache. It's only effective if you're suffering from an external ear infection, however, or what we like to call “swimmers ear,” which is usually caused by a build up of bacteria due to an excess of moisture in the ear. What you don't want to do is apply mineral oil if you have a perforation in your ear drum or if you have drainage plugs implanted in your ear drums. Otherwise, mineral oil will usually do the trick for minor ear aches, swimmers ear, or otitis externa. It will help shed water from the ear and protect the sensitive lining of your ear canal. It's also good at loosening up ear wax.

      While you're waiting for the mineral oil to take care of your ear ache, you may want to try a decongestant as well. Decongestants are good because they help promote drainage. This is particularly helpful if you're suffering from a middle ear infection, or if the ear ache seems to be caused more by pressure or a fullness in your ear. If you're diagnosed with either an external ear infection or a middle ear infection, chances are your doctor will prescribe or suggest a decongestant as a treatment complimentary to antibiotics.

      Finally, if you're still not getting much relief from your ear ache, you may want to try a warm compress over your ear. Really, anything soft and warm that you can lay over your ear will help relieve pain and pressure, but most often this is either accomplished with a typical hot/cold pad purchased at a drug store, or it's done by soaking a small towel in boiling water and applying it to the ear once it's been allowed to cool to a reasonably comfortable temperature.

  14. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to relieve an ear ache?
    I have an ear ache. What are some things I can do to make it go away fast? I tried Tylenol and that didn't really do anything. I think we have some sweet oil, will that work?

    Also, is it okay to get the ear wet?

    • ANSWER:
      hydrogen peroxide dump a little in your ears and let it sit for a minute works miracles.

  15. QUESTION:
    How to help an ear ache and swimmers ear?
    My friend has an ear ache, and swimmers ear. This is the third day she has had it and she is in pain. She has tried ear drops, heating pad, pain killers, hydrogen paroxide, mineral oil but nothing will work. She's also been waking up during the night and cannot hear out of it. How can she get rid of it, or at least make it feel better?

    • ANSWER:
      The only way I know of to get rid of swimmers ear is to contact your doctor. She really needs antibiotic ear drops and you can only get those with a prescription.

      Good luck

  16. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of a ear ache?
    I have this ear ache in my right ear every time I try to swallow something, and the right side of the back of my throat hurts - even when I cough, which also makes my ear hurt worse. I got it overnight (I had a little time in a downpour of rain yesterday for about 15 min while walking home from school), and I don't want to go to the doctor. Any home remedies to get rid of the ear ache? I know how to get rid of the soar throat.

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't suggest the pee idea, as it is a waste product. I know that breast milk will cure eye infections beause of the antebodies. But unless you are lactating you are out of luck. Just go to a DR. you don't want to mess with your hearing. if you get some medicine make sure that you use it all so your body dosn't get tresistant to the meds. Nobody wants a super bug! Good luck!

  17. QUESTION:
    What are some remedies to relieve an ear ache?
    Hi. I have a pretty bad ear ache, and I just wanted to know if there are any home remedies I can use to relieve my ear ache before I go to the Dr. It's my left ear. Thank you for your answers in advance :)
    I don't have a cold or allergies, or anything, just an ear ache.

    • ANSWER:
      You can use warm Sweet Oil in it, or use Earache Relief by Similasan. These two remedies work pretty well. You need to tell whether you are having allergies, a cold, or even a sinus infection before anyone can recommend anything further.

  18. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of an ear ache before it starts?
    I really hate getting ear aches and want to know how I can cut the chances of getting 1!?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have long hair make sure you blow dry it every time you get it wet. Don't go swimming without swimming earplugs and use Q-tips often.

      Uh...Sodalicious I think he is asking how to prevent it, he just asked in a different way.

  19. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to get rid of an ear ache?
    I've had a horrible ear ache all day, and I think it's making the top row of my teeth hurt as well. I've had a cold for about a week and everytime I cough I feel a lot of pressure in the side of my head. I don't have any Sweet Oil, anything else I can use to help the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Sure, try some nasal spray. Take some Nyquil or the like, should help. Good luck.

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the best thing to buy to get rid of my ear ache!!!! and any home remedy's?
    I have a real bad ear ache in my left ear because of the cold wind outside. What do you think is the best thing to buy to make the pain go away? Also any home remedy's?

    • ANSWER:
      When I was a kid (an still today) a few drops of "Sweet oil" in the ear and then keep the head down and angled to keep drops in for a few minutes....

      Soothing and if the issue is at all wax related....it softens it so it will flush out in the shower

  21. QUESTION:
    Are there any home remedies for ear aches?
    I am getting an ear ache and i wanted to know if there are any home remedies instead of going to the doctor right away.

    • ANSWER:
      Willow and garlic oil.

  22. QUESTION:
    How can I prevent ear ache while jogging ?
    I get really bad ear-ache while jogging or exercising, specially in cold weather. Is this common ?

    Is there any way I can prevent this myself, or do I need to see a doctor ?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it is common, cotton balls in your ears works great, or you can listen to music with ear buds in,,, provided you dont have an infection to start with,,Hope this helps

  23. QUESTION:
    How can you treat an ear ache?
    I have a ear ache and I need to know of things that work. ( anything from home remedies to store bought things)

    • ANSWER:
      warm olive oil. i keep an old visine bottle and fill it olive oil. just run it under warm water to warm it up. then put it in the ear with cotton.. helps with my girls

  24. QUESTION:
    How long should I wait until going back to the doctor for an ear ache?
    I was at the doctor Monday for an ear ache, I was given an anti biotic prescription. I took it for 5 days mon-fri, My ear is somewhat better but still feels sore and my ears keep crackling. It was/is an inner ear ache I was told. Thinking about going back or should I wait a couple days?

    • ANSWER:
      If you took your full cycle of antibiotics as prescribed and are still experiencing symptoms, a visit to the doctor is in order.

  25. QUESTION:
    Does any one know any harmless home remedies for an ear ache?
    I am fighting a battle with ear aches and head aches. The meds that Drs. give me just make things worse for I have a sensitive stomache. I am also allergic to alot of meds. I am hoping that maybe some one can give me some suggestions to try.

    • ANSWER:
      For your headaches you can try 'pressure pointing' yourself. The spot I use is a little dent that is located along your eyebrow near the bridge of your nose. You'll need to press in the indented spot for 20 seconds and release for 1 minute. Repeat a couple of times.

      It hurts a little, but that's the point. The 'pain' from that takes your mind off the pain of your headache. It really does work.

      For your earaches you can try reading this site: http://www.ehow.com/how_4479668_treat-earache-using-home-remedies.html it gives several suggestions on relieving earaches.

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the best remedy for an ear ache?
    I have a horrible ear ache that comes & goes, I been to the doctor before & they gave me some stuff to take & I never finished them, I should have, but I did't. Anyways, it's in my left ear & it come back every once in a while, & when it does, I can hardly even move, the slightest movement sends a horrible pain to my entire left side of my face. I am currently using sweet oil & an ear plug. Is there anything else that might take the pain away?

    • ANSWER:
      Go with Jombojoly but also take a decongestant pronto. The ear canal is connected with nose and throat. You need to clear the passages in order to remove the pressure. When liquid stays in the ear for a while, you develop infections and need antibiotics. Do what you can for now but you do need to see a doctor.

  27. QUESTION:
    How long does an ear ache generally last?
    My ear has been bothering me since Thursday, and I want to know how long does it last? I took the liberty of buying some white vinegar and that aids me in my relief. However, my ear still aches quite a bit, so again I ask how long does an ear ache last?

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    What are some common causes of ear aches and ear infections?
    I wash my ears every time i shower and i been having ear aches lately

    • ANSWER:
      Stop washing your ears :)

      When you clean inside the ear you are setting yourself up for infection. This is a common mistake. The ear canal does not need to be cleaned. The wax (cerumen) is not dirt, it is part of the ear's natural cleaning system. The skin of the ear canal is extremely delicate and you can actually damage it with a Q tip. Once it is damaged, it gets infected very easily. Q tips actually cause wax to accumulate by pushing it too far down the canal for it to fall out in tiny pieces naturally.

  29. QUESTION:
    What can I do to get rid of my ear ache?
    At the moment I have a really bad ear ache, probably caused by an infection.

    It feels like I can't hear in one ear...kind of like it's blocked up and it's really painful.

    Is there anything I can do to help the pain?

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    Is it justifiable to call in sick with ear ache?
    Normally in any other job i would soldier on, but today i went to the doctors to have my ear syringed and left with a nice clean ear, but also an unfortunate ear ache that i was advised would be gone by tomorrow. It's now gone, which is great, but i called in sick at work because of it.

    I work in a call centre, so would you say that having a ear ache is a good enough reason to call in sick for someone who works in a call centre?

    • ANSWER:
      Of course, you would have been ineffective if you were in severe enough pain. Additionally, ear aches can be caused by contagious viruses. So, even though your ear ache went away, you couldn't have known that at the time. You did the right thing by not coming to work. You could have gotten your co-workers sick.

  31. QUESTION:
    What would cause a sudden ear ache and how to get rid of it?
    I was watching videos on my ipod (volume was on 13/30)and out of nowhere my ear started ringing. now i have a constant pain in my ear but every few minutes a sharp pain will shoot through the side of head. i can hear but things are muffled. i tried putting a warm rag over my ear and that relieved the pain but only while the rag is held there. it feels like the room is spinning, i dont know if thats from no sleep or the ear ache.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be an ear infection. Sometimes you get extra fluid in your ear and don't really feel pain but when you do its just random and sharp. Could just be fluids, or an ear infection. I would go get it checked just to be safe! It may even just be allergies, sometimes the sinus pressure cause sudden sharp pain in the ears. Learned from experience, dealt with all kinds of ear problems

  32. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of ear aches?
    I had an ear ache for about 3 weeks, and then it went away. I went swimming and it came back, and that was like 2 months ago, I still have it. How do you get rid of it?! I'm in sooo much pain, every time I lay down on it, it starts hurting again, but worse. I really want it to go away, I'm not sleeping well at night anymore. Please help me.....

    • ANSWER:
      Get some antibiotics! You can rupture your eardrum if you leave it untreated.

  33. QUESTION:
    Why does my ear ache only happen at night?
    About 2 weeks ago, I went to my doctor for a severe ear ache. The ear canal was swelled shut, ear was tender to the touch and extremely painful. It was diagnosed as an outer ear infection and I was given drops to use. It has nearly gone away except that I continue to experience a tightening and pulsating pain inside my ear BUT only at NIGHT!
    Is there a different type of pressure or variance between day air and night air that would explain this?
    Another explanation?
    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      It could be the drop in temperature. I dont think the ear infection is completely cleared up. You need to go on some antibiotics for that.

  34. QUESTION:
    My mom has one stuffy nose and a bad ear ache. What should she take to ease the pain?
    She had this ear ache since the weekend and it's wednesday morning.

    • ANSWER:
      Ibuprofen should help with the pain, but the pain is not going to go away totally until she gets checked by a doctor and possibly started on an antibiotic. Also, they may sell ear numbing drops at the pharmacy.

  35. QUESTION:
    How can you get rid of ear ache?
    Hello, today I was outside and it was very windy and I now have a terrible ear ache :( What can I do to ease the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Well you can try pouring a cap full of (warm) peroxide down it, let it set, and drain out. Or may have to go to your local dr and get antibotics or even some pain prescription.

  36. QUESTION:
    I keep getting ear aches in my right ear, but never have an ear infection?
    I keep getting ear aches in my right ear but every time i go to the doctor for it they tell me I don't have an ear infection. It's a throbbing pain in my right ear that comes and goes. I have LPR, which is a type of acid reflux where stomach acid comes up into the throat. Could that be causing these painful ear aches

    • ANSWER:
      Acid reflux has nothing to do with your ear ache , I would get a second opinion on your symptoms it isn't normal to have a pain as you describe it may be a lymph node gland . Get second opinion and relax as well take care your stomach by eating the right foods and do not eat night with this acid reflux . Good luck and take care .

  37. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a home remedy for an ear ache?
    I have a terrible ear ache all day. I wore ear plugs last night and now my right ear is very sore but not the left one. I don't believe it is an ear infection but who knows. Any suggestions would be apprecaited to get rid of this thing without having to see a doctor for now.

    • ANSWER:
      Sock full of beans or rice, heat for 2 minutes in microwave or pan on stove over low heat and put it on your ear. the heat should give you some comfort. I have suffered with ear infections all my life this works. I have to use ear drops and had to have a tube put in. Heat works my friend, hot as you can stand it but not too hot to burn.

  38. QUESTION:
    What's good to take for an ear ache/blocked ear?
    I've already taken Panadol, which did seem to alleviate the pain slightly, but is there anything else I could take? (has to be available in Australia)

    Just as a basis, this is at the tail end of a bad cold. My nose still is a bit gross lol and still have a slight cough, but that's mostly gone away (after a week!). The ear ache only really started today with it being blocked to start with. I cannot hear properly out of it.

    • ANSWER:
      Your blocked ear could be due to wax in the ear, in which case the simplest home remedy is olive oil (2 or 3 drops in the ear), though the chemist will be able to offer you slightly more effective ear drops. On the other hand, it is more likely in relation to a cold that the pain and blocked sensation is actually caused by a blocked Eustachian tube. Try steam inhalations, with or without something nice in the water, such as eucalyptus. That would help with the sinuses as well.

      I live in the UK, but I planted a eucalyptus tree in the garden. Now all I want is a koala bear.

  39. QUESTION:
    Why do I get ear ache after I go for a bike ride?
    Ive tried my new bike twice and are put of because I get ear ache and well really dizzy after woulds,could It be that because I haven't biked in years thus has happened? P.S i'm 14.

    • ANSWER:
      Your ear maybe sensitive to cold, while you ride, the cold wind gets into your ear and causes pain. Wear a hat or put little cotton in the ear. Each time I drive with the car window opened a little, I get earache or headache on the left side.

  40. QUESTION:
    Why do I get ear ache when I masturbate?
    When I masturbate I get real bad ear ache in my left ear and its really painful, why is this?

    • ANSWER:
      you probably have penisitis

  41. QUESTION:
    How to cure a ear ache?
    I have a ear ache and possibly from a clogged ear im unsure, i just know i can not hear out of my right ear and its painful. Any home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      see my answer/s here

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AnrVatWqyGziyj7kR8lvDW_ty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20120720215646AAvrJ8I

  42. QUESTION:
    How do you make ear ache go away?
    I had ear. Ache for three days and it won't go a way and I don't want to go to the doctor help?

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    I can tell you how to relieve minor ear aches?
    Sometimes I get an ear ache from too much wax or whatever.
    I just put ice on the tip of my pinkie finger until it gets cold, then stick my finger in my ear as far as I can. Works every time.

    • ANSWER:
      Also warm olive oil will soothe an earache and help with that pesky wax buildup

  44. QUESTION:
    why do your ears ache when you are in an aeroplane?
    whenever am in an aircraft and its about to land or take off my ears ache. why is that

    • ANSWER:
      Pressure diffrence between your inner and outer ears.

  45. QUESTION:
    how do you know when your baby has an ear ache?
    My 8 month old son keeps tugging at his ear and when he went to the doctor a month ago they said he didnt have one. What are the signs of an ear ache?

    • ANSWER:
      My son was doing the same thing. We went to the doctor, he said he had some fluid in his ear (from teething). No redness or infection. Babies also grab at their ear due to pain from teething, the nerve along the jaw line radiates to the ear. This could be the problem, but with any doubt you can take your baby back to the doctor. When my son had his ear infection he wouldn't just grab his ear, he would pull it and would be terribly fussy. It takes some time to be able to distinguish between ear infections/aches or teething. I still get very confused. Good luck.

  46. QUESTION:
    11 weeks pregnant with an ear ache from a cold? What to take?
    I am almost 12 weeks prego. I am just getting over a cold (already went through the sore throat, runny and stuffy nose phase) and now I have an ear ache in one ear. What would be good to take...I heard that benedryl and tylenol are both safe, is one better than the other to help ease the pain of my ear ache?

    • ANSWER:
      Benadryl is stronger

  47. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of an ear ache?
    I have this really bad ear ache in my left ear. I dont know what its from. But its definitely not from water. Can you tell me what it could be? And how I can get rid of it? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Live with it it will go soon gets worse or doesn't go in a week doctor straight away

  48. QUESTION:
    what are good remedies for ear aches?
    I always get swimmers ear or I get ear aches out of the clear blue. What are good over the counter dugs or herbes.

    • ANSWER:
      My husband was a swimmer and he introduced me to this idea:

      Get a 1 mL syringe and fill it with plain rubbing alcohol. Tilt your head towards your shoulder and squeeze the alcohol into your ear. Let it sit for a few seconds. Then turn your head to the opposite shoulder and hop on the opposite foot. It sounds so silly but it really works!

      You can also take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain as needed. There are also over the counter otic pain relievers. You can try them, too.

      Good luck!

  49. QUESTION:
    should i see a doctor about sore throat and ear ache?
    i am wondering if my sore throat and ear ache is due to allergies. i also have sinus pain and i am sneezing a lot. i do suffer from seasonal allergies.

    i have had the sore throat for a couple days and its only on one side, the same side as the ear ache. there are some small bumps on my throat on that side.i am also fatigued . could this all be from allergies? should i bother to see a doc or just wait it out? thanks for your opinion!

    • ANSWER:
      it could be the start of the allergy seasons ,if you suffer from this then it may be . but there is still colds and that going about as i have had one for three weeks and the sore throat keeps coming and going . but my doctor would not give me anything and i could not even sleep for coughing . so more than likely they would say the same . but regarding the earache maybe you should get that looked at as earache is a pain full thing and you have to keep in mind that you do not want your hearing to be affected . the tiredness is probably just all down to this viral in your body . whatever you decide just look after yourself .

  50. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have home remedy for an ear ache?
    I have had an ear ache for the past two days. There is a high pitch continuace ringing in my ear. It is messing up my equalibrium. Any good suggestions. Please don't tell me to go to the Dr. I won't have medical insurance for about 15 more days and I can't wait that long. Help!

    • ANSWER:
      Warm a teaspoon of olive/vegetable oil over the stove flame and pour/dribble into the ear.
      PLEASE test the heat of the oil and spoon before you do this, make sure it is not hot.
      Once the oil is in the ear, lie on your side for about five minutes so it can do it's thing. You can repeat this as often as needed. Worked a treat for me when I was a kid and I still use it when needed.

      Good luck.


what to do about ear aches

Children And Ear Infections

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are some signs your child has an ear infection?
    I took my son to the doctor today; he has had a fever since yesterday. I thought he might have an ear infection, and sure enough, I was right. I just thought, I bet that is what it is. But, he had never tugged on his ears or anything - just the fever. What I'm wondering is, how can you tell if your child has an ear infection? Any other signs I should be watching for besides ear tugging and fever?

    • ANSWER:
      Ear tugging and fever are the most common, but other symptoms include: ear redness, drooling excessively, crankiness, and refusing to sleep or lay head on that particular side when they normally would. My son had ear infections constantly as an infant, and usually got them in both ears at the same time. It's hard and frustrating, but you learn to catch the signs of one before it gets too bad. Good luck to you and I hope your little one gets to feeling better soon.

  2. QUESTION:
    Why do children get reoccurring ear infections?
    I am a daycare provider, and lately a few of the children I care for have been getting reoccurring ear infections. I sterilize the play toys, have the children wash their hands and am constantly cleaning EVERYTHING. I get a little discouraged and hope it is not due to my facility.

    • ANSWER:
      young children get recurrent ear infections because their eustation tubes that drain the inner ear of excess fluid are poorly developed and don't drain properly. You've heard of kids having tubes put in their ears? the tubes are put thru the ear drum so excess fluids can drain and they don't get ear infections. It has little to do with where they are or what they do or who they are with... so never fear, you aren't causing their problem.

  3. QUESTION:
    My 19 month old son constantly has ear infections, before I go to an ENT I would like to hear from other?
    parents of children who have ear infections often and what they did. Are there options besides putting in tubes? Are there pros and cons to tubes?

    • ANSWER:
      If it's constant, then it's time to see the ENT specialist for proper diagnosis.

      My son had constant ear infections from about about 7-10 months. The first one cleared up completely on antibiotics. After that though, the infections did not get better, or got better and came back immediately after stopping, with antibiotics. My son was also starting to show some odd developmental delays (he was pulling himself up, but wouldn't sit unassisted). The pediatrician and ENT agreed that there was little benefit to waiting and we decided to get tubes. My son will be 3 in September and hasn't had a single ear infection (although he did have a particularly bad cold/sinusitis a few months ago that resulted in yellowish discharge from his ears as his sinuses backed up into his eustatian tubes) since getting the tubes put in. He also started sitting within a week or two of having the tubes put in. Yes, there are always risks. But no one would put tubes in a kid's ears if there weren't also benefits and those benefits outweighed the risks.

  4. QUESTION:
    How do you prevent your child from getting ear infections?
    My 5 m/o just got over an ear infection 2 weeks ago. Now he has it again. I followed the doctors instructions. I gave my son all of his doses on time until it was gone.

    • ANSWER:
      Well some ways to prevent ear infections are, not to let cold air in the ear. Another is don't let them take a bottle or pacifier laying down because that could cause fluid to go into the inner ear. Also, if they are getting them frequently, ask about tubes. They are the best thing for a child who has ear infections alot.

  5. QUESTION:
    Can an iron supplement decrease amount of ear infections in a child?
    Someone just told me that they started their child (a child that was previously susceptible to ear infections) on an iron supplement and their child has never got an ear infection since. Anyone have any experience with this? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Iron can be toxic to children in very small amounts so I would NOT give any child an iron supplement.

  6. QUESTION:
    What would cause a child to get ear infection constantly?
    My daughters never had a ear infection. But a friend of mine her daughter isn't even 1 years old and has had 4 already. What would cause this to happen constantly?

    • ANSWER:
      Several things:

      - The way the inner ear is shaped
      - Bottle propping/allowing a child to drink a bottle his/her back.
      - More upper respiratory infections - upper respiratory infections create a breeding ground for the type of bacteria that frequently causes an ear infection. Ear infections usually do not occur as an isolated illness, they usually come after another illness.
      - Strength of your child's immune system

  7. QUESTION:
    How can vets charge less for medications that a Pharmacy?
    My cat is on oral antibiotics. The medication is the exact same we used to get for our children for ear infections - same manufacturer, bottle, label, and instructions. Same two flavors too; Banana and Strawberry.

    It cost us 1/3 less from the vets office than it did from the Drug Store. Mind you, I'm not complaining about the savings; just curious about the difference in pricing.

    • ANSWER:
      In my own experience I have found that simple medication prescriptions for cats from the regular human pharmacy cost a lot less than those from the vet. Other people I know have mentioned the same. So perhaps it is only in my area that medications cost more from vet's clinic pharmacies.

      I had even thought that the high mark-up on drugs like inexpensive antibiotics, flagyl, etc were a way for veterinarians to make a bit of money due to that they cannot charge the same as much as a human physician for standard tests such as those mentioned by someone else. Thought it was to compensate!

      A bit off topic but I have discussed this issue, lab work, x-rays and so on with vets. Seems that what someone else said is exactly it. Because most humans are using some sort of insurance they can be billed much more for identical work. And some tests are identical in cats and humans such as CBC, urinalysis (one vet who has an on-site lab told me she does her own bloodwork and stuff). That leads us to the rising cost of medical care (human) and raises interesting questions.

      In the case of your vet and your cat's medication I think you have a vet who is trying hard not to stick it to you and is probably making very little profit off medications.

  8. QUESTION:
    How have your children's ear infections been managed?
    My son( Age 2, almost 3) has ear infections. GP sent us to a specialist who said they were just seasonal. They have now come in three seasons. It is a painful and costly process. How would you proceed?

    • ANSWER:
      Start with children's Tylenol or Advil for the inflammation and pain.

      A doctor will prescribe antibiotics, if necessary. We don't want the patient to become immune too early, however. I mean, they can get accustomed to anti-b's and the effects wear off.

      Also with antibiotics, there is the chance of an allergic reaction, and at the worst, a super-infection, because they kill good bacteria, which are needed in our systems to fight disease and infection.

      Lastly, doctors insert tubes in the ears, as drainage from the eustachian tube, for chronic and serious problems. This always must be taken seriously due to hearing issues and the proximity to the brain.

  9. QUESTION:
    How can I prevent ear infections in my infant?
    My child is 6 months old and in day care. It seems like once a month he comes home with an ear infection. I dont know how to battle this, aside from taking him out of day care, so I am looking for other options or herbal remedies for Ottis Media.

    • ANSWER:
      Smoking can cause ear infections. Do you or anyone smoke around your child? What does the doctor say about it? My oldest always had ear infections. My two younger ones hardly ever had them. Their dad stopped smoking before they were born.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do you know when your child has an ear infection?
    My daughter is 2 and luckily has not had an ear infection as of yet atleast that I was aware of. I thought it was pretty common for babies to get ear infections so I'm kind of worried that maybe she has had one and I missed it. Am I worrying over nothing and should just be happy shes never had one?

    • ANSWER:
      Some common signs are fever, red ears, tugging at the ear and crankiness. I have to tell you though, sometimes they won't show any signs at all.

      Once time I took my, then, 4 year old to the doctor because he said his ear hurt. The doctor looked in his ear and of course, he had an ear infection. By chance, my 5 year old asked the doctor to look in his brother's ear (18mo at the time), just for fun. The doctor about fell over. My 18mo old had a double ear infection that was really really bad. Not once did he show any sign.

      She could have had one and you just didn't know. It's very possible it went away on it's own. My doctor doesn't like to prescribe medicine unless it's absolutely necessary.

  11. QUESTION:
    What is the best natural remedy for ear infections in children?
    My 3 year old son has his second ear infection, we went to the gp and he took amoxycillin. It seemed to clear up, only to return again but much worse this time. His ear is oozing and is a little red. He has no temperature now and seems to be recovering but the ear is still bad.

    • ANSWER:
      This may sound strange to some, but if you have access to breast milk, it is one of the best remedies for ear aches and infections. I have used it many times on many different people and it works quickly and very well. I know a little boy who was on antibiotics, had a similar experience as you describe. His mom put breastmilk in his a ear, and after a few times, it was completely fine.
      It also works for conjunctivitis, and skin infections.
      If you don't have access to any, you could research an herb called Spilanthes. It is a super immune booster, an anti-viral, anti-fungal, and good for reoccuring ear infections.
      Also, I use garlic mullein oil, warmed, with a few drops in the ear. I am an herbalist and make my own, but one can buy it in most natural food stores.
      Also, you may want to give your son pro-biotics since he has been taking anti-biotics. This will promote healthy growth of intestinal flora, and prevent digestive and other health problems associated with anti-biotic use.

  12. QUESTION:
    What are some ways to prevent ear infections in small children?
    My son just turned a year and he has an ear infection in both ears. what are some ways i can prevent this from happening again? I know wearing a hat when its cold, not letting water sit in his ears in the bath tub may help prevent them but what are some other ways?

    • ANSWER:
      You can reduce your child's risk of ear infections with a few simple steps.

      * Keep your child away from sick children. If you can, limit the time your child spends in group child care. A child care setting with fewer children may help.
      * Protect your child from secondhand smoke. Make sure that no one smokes in your home. Away from home, stay in smoke-free environments.
      * Breast-feed your baby for at least six months. Breast milk contains antibodies that offer protection from ear infections.
      * If you bottle-feed, hold your baby in an upright position. Avoid propping a bottle in your baby's mouth while he or she is lying down.
      * Ask your child's doctor about the pneumococcal vaccine (Prevnar). Prevnar is intended to prevent serious, life-threatening infections, such as pneumonia and meningitis. Prevnar might reduce the risk of ear infections as well.
      * For adults, try over-the-counter decongestants or allergy medications. If your sinuses are congested because of allergies or colds, talk to your doctor about using allergy medications or over-the-counter decongestants to reduce your risk of future ear infections.

  13. QUESTION:
    How do you prevent ear infections for toddlers with tubes?
    My 12.5 month son has had frequent ear infections since he was 3 months old. At 8 months, after having 6 ear infections, it was decided he needed tubes. For a little over a month, this worked, but now we are back to ear infections every 2 weeks, as though we never had the tubes inserted. The drs say the tubes are working fine. I am concerned about hearing and speech development. We have tried all of the typical stuff: avoiding allergens, feeding him and sleeping upright, avoiding all secondhand smoke, reducing daycare visits. I feel like I am paying the doctor's kids' college tuition, and I would rather save it for my own child. Anyone have any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      k, ear infections are common,but some can be prevented..I raised 4 children and thanks to grandma's remedies my children were exempt from ear infections...
      Not many people listen to weather, the weather is the best gossiper for bad news coming up ahead...lol

      Before you walk out the door, put a piece of cotton ball (a big enough size) in the ears, that you can easily remove manually) or just by covering the ears , everytime its windy outside, or even if theres just a breeze. This air pockets that go inside the babies ears causing infections and terrible ear aches....When bathing the babies cover their ears so that water won't find it's way in there.. My husband as a child began with ear infections due to getting wet outside in the rain. He took long to get in the shower and bath with warm water to bring the body back to normal temps, which led to 33% on one ear and 45 on the other. of hearing ability.Ear infections can be prevented in some cases ..I hope this can be of some help for you....GOD bless !

  14. QUESTION:
    What are the pros and cons of having tubes put in your childs ears and adnoid removal?
    Today my son had to see an ENT regarding his chronic ear infections. The Doctor recommended to have tubes put in his ears and have his adnoids removed. My family is totally against him having the procedure, he is 18 months old and has horrible night coughs. So my question is what are the pros and cons? Are there any risks. If your child has encountered this procedure, did you notice a significant change afterwards? Please help!! I am so torn!!

    • ANSWER:
      I had my Tonsil and adenoids removed when I was 6yrs old. I had bad ear infections! I had the tubes. The doctors told my mom that they would dissolve after awhile over the years. I was in my second grade class and a little piece of tube fell out my ears. It was really small. Anyway, It all depends on how bad his infections are, it might be severe why the doctors want to do surgery now at his age !The younger the better, faster and easier recovery, they can operate through his mouth when he is younger to take out his tonsils, rather than cut his skin when he is older ! Do what best for your baby and his health! I lost my voice for a couple of days and could only drink fluids, there also might be weight gain in the future. Other than that I was fine.

  15. QUESTION:
    what is your experience with kids having ear tubes and after they fall out, they get ear infections again?
    My almost 6 year old son had ear tubes for the past 3 years and they just recently fell out. Now he already has an ear infection and is on antibiotics. Just wondering what other people's experience has been in this same situation. Did your child need tubes again? I was hopeful that he was old enough to grow out of this problem, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

    • ANSWER:
      It is common to get ear infections again but usually, they are not as frequent. Chronic head congestion often causes the ear infections so you might work on finding methods to prevent the head/sinus congestion which will decrease the number of ear infections he might have. And, as he gets older, this should gradually go away. Most of the time, they do not put the tubes back in once they reach your son's age but your doctor should be your best resource for this information.

  16. QUESTION:
    How helpful are the tubes put in your ears to help ear infections?
    I have the option to get the small tubes put in my ears to help with my ear infections but I have heard that sometimes they fall out within a short time of being put in. I was just wondering if someone could help me out and talk about how their experience was or if I should not get them. Also I'm not a small child, I'm 19 years old...I'm not sure if this may make a difference. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      When i was little, i got tubes put in my ears, but it honestly did not help me much because i went swimming so much.

  17. QUESTION:
    How many ear infections before tubes are put in?
    My 10 month old has had 4 ear infections within the last 6 weeks or so and has yet another one. I was just wondering how many ear infections usually before tubes are put in and how painful is it for a baby to have the procedure done?

    • ANSWER:
      My little man is 8.5 months old and we're getting them put in. He has had ear infections back and forth now since November. He has been on antiobiotics 4 different times and his pedi said that they typically think about tubes if they see 5-6 within a year. Last time (which was last week) she said that he has too many so we're going ahead. She explained the procedure to me and said the only reason they do the anesthesia is because a little one moves so much, where as if it were a regular adult they could just slide them in. She also said they don't go deep with the anesthesia and keep it light. We have been asking around to people who have had their children put them in have said nothing but great things about them. Good luck!!

  18. QUESTION:
    How to get through the night with an ear infection?
    I've had a lot of ear infections in my life. I had so many when I was a small child, and I haven't had any since a few months ago. I just got one (or so I think). My ear hurts very bad and I cannot sleep. Any suggestions as to deal with the pain? I'm going to go to the doctor in the morning.
    I can't take Advil. I have Crohn's Disease. But I think maybe Tylenol PM?

    • ANSWER:
      ibuprofen or paracetamol would be fine :)x
      and yeah, go to the docs, that's probs the best thing :)x
      GL, and get well soon! :D

  19. QUESTION:
    If a young child is put on medication for an ear infection, is it normal for the ear to drain mucus?
    The child (one years old ) was placed on antibiotic two days ago for ear infection. Father noticed mucus draining from his ear and wonders if this is normal.

    • ANSWER:
      You should call the doc if he did not tell you to expect it. He will probably say it's no cause for concern, but it's his call.

      What happens is pressure builds in the ear from the infection, bursting the ear drum. This allow the drainage you see, which is in some ways a good thing - the pain usually goes away almost immediately. There is really no good way to relieve the pressure. The ear drum generally heals with no permanent damage. Since the antibiotic was only started two days ago, it would almost have been a race to see whether the infection was controlled before the pressure built up. This does not mean the infection is gone !! Keep giving the antibiotics as instructed.

      Because it could be something else, though, call the doc. If it is after hours where you live it is the kind of thing that can wait until morning, assuming there are no other problems like pain, fever, bleeding, etc. If it is office hours call and ask them to get back to you before they leave - you'll rest better.

  20. QUESTION:
    How can an infection in the throat or nose lead to a middle ear infection?
    How can an infection in the throat or nose lead to a middle ear infection? Like, are they connected some way? I know there's a tube that connects the throat and ear, is that how? What can a middle ear infection do? Is there a way to prevent something from happening to your middle ear if it is infected?
    We were reading about this in biology class, but the teacher and book didn't really explain it well.

    • ANSWER:
      A tube named eustachian tube connects the middle ear with the nasal passages and the throat. It helps balance air pressure in the middle ear with that in the environment. In older children and adults, the tube is relatively vertical, wide, and rigid, and secretions that pass into it from the nasal passages drain easily. In infants and younger children, the eustachian tube is more horizontal, narrower, less rigid, and shorter. Thus, the tube is more likely to become blocked by secretions and to collapse, trapping the secretions in or close to the middle ear and preventing ventilation of the middle ear (that is, blocking air from reaching it). Also, the secretions may contain viruses or bacteria, which multiply and cause infection. Or viruses and bacteria can move back up the short eustachian tube of infants, causing middle ear infections.

      At about the age of 6 months, infants become more susceptible to infection because they lose protection from their mother's antibodies, which they received through the placenta before birth. Breastfeeding appears to partially protect children from ear infections because breast milk contains the mother's antibodies.

  21. QUESTION:
    Are my girls ear infections from swimming in an unclean swimming pool?
    I've just been to Greece and my two children and our friend's son all managed to pick up an ear infection. There were a number of children walking around our hotel grounds and pool area with cotton wool in their ears ie they also had ear infections.

    Did my kids pick up an infection from being in the pool? Was it directly from unclean water or did water get lodged in their ears and this caused the infection? Could the fact that other children had ear infections and were in the water that my children caught it this way?

    • ANSWER:
      The more likely reason is just simply that they got water trapped in their ears. A child's ear isn't quite like an adults in shape so water traps easier not to say adults cannot have this problem too. I have an idea the cotton you saw was a preventative not a remedy. Ear plugs are an excellent way to prevent this problem.

  22. QUESTION:
    How old was your baby when he/she got their first ear infection?
    My daughter just got her first ear infection at only 10 weeks old. This seems really young to me. It was only 2 weeks after starting daycare. Is this normal or is this a sign that she is going to be prone to ear infections?

    • ANSWER:
      My daughter was 3 -- she'd just started preschool.

      Babies/children of any age do tend to get a lot of infections when they start school -- they're exposed to dozens of other germy kids. Whether she's at inherantly high risk -- no way to know. There are some things that are known to increase the risk of ear infections (genetic tendency, exposure to second-hand smoke, not being breastfed) -- but she may just have been exposed to a particiularly opportunistic germ.

  23. QUESTION:
    When does a fever start to go away after starting antibiotics for an ear infection?
    My 3 ½ month old daughter had RSV last week and this week was diagnosed with an ear infection. She has been on amoxicillin for 24 hours but still has a fever, the highest it has gotten is 100.9. How long after bring on antibiotics does the fever typically go away? I know antibiotics won’t control her fever but am wondering if once they kick in if the fever will go away. As you can probably tell, this is my first child!

    • ANSWER:
      It may take 2 to 3 days for the fever to subside after starting treatment. Before that if the child's condition worsens you should take the child again to the doctor. If the child is otherwise okay you can wait.

  24. QUESTION:
    How old was your baby when he/she got their first ear infection?
    My daughter just got her first ear infection at only 10 weeks old. This seems really young to me. It was only 2 weeks after starting daycare. Is this normal or is this a sign that she is going to be prone to ear infections?

    • ANSWER:
      If she caught a cold or got a runny nose, it could of brought on the infection. So it really has nothing to do with her young age.
      As i'm sure your Dr. explained they are caused from fluid sitting in the canal. A babies ear canal does not have much of a slant for the fluid to drain easier, that changes with age. She may need tubes in her ears if she keeps getting infections. It is a very common thing. My girls never had to have them, tho. The Dr. told me that they are a candidate for tubes if they end up with infections once a month or so. Try not to fret to much, if she needs tubes later, it is a really quick procedure (surgical). But it may not totally end ear infections either, just make them less frequent.
      my oldest daughter got her 1st ear infection with her first tooth, and all 3 of my girls got an ear infection every time they were teething.

      Just a note, not every child can be breastfeed. 2 of my girls were tongue tied & could not. Only 1 could be. Yes breastfeeding is wonderful, but remember as a parent you have to do what is best for both of you. And even my daughter that was breastfeed got ear infections.

  25. QUESTION:
    How old was your baby when he/she got their first ear infection?
    My daughter just got her first ear infection at only 10 weeks old. This seems really young to me. It was only 2 weeks after starting daycare. Is this normal or is this a sign that she is going to be prone to ear infections?

    • ANSWER:
      If she caught a cold or got a runny nose, it could of brought on the infection. So it really has nothing to do with her young age.
      As i'm sure your Dr. explained they are caused from fluid sitting in the canal. A babies ear canal does not have much of a slant for the fluid to drain easier, that changes with age. She may need tubes in her ears if she keeps getting infections. It is a very common thing. My girls never had to have them, tho. The Dr. told me that they are a candidate for tubes if they end up with infections once a month or so. Try not to fret to much, if she needs tubes later, it is a really quick procedure (surgical). But it may not totally end ear infections either, just make them less frequent.
      my oldest daughter got her 1st ear infection with her first tooth, and all 3 of my girls got an ear infection every time they were teething.

      Just a note, not every child can be breastfeed. 2 of my girls were tongue tied & could not. Only 1 could be. Yes breastfeeding is wonderful, but remember as a parent you have to do what is best for both of you. And even my daughter that was breastfeed got ear infections.

  26. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have 10 ear infections after ear tube surgery?
    Im a little upset and sad because my 10 month old just cries because of the repetitive ear infections he gets. He has had ear tube surgery and they just keep on coming! Someone please tell me what to do. Do you think I need to get a second opinion?

    • ANSWER:
      I would definitely go to another doctor if you don't like what this one is telling you.

      In the meantime there is a fool proof way to prevent ear infections from now until he outgrows this issue (6 or 7 years old) that I have used since my child also got ear infections after the tube surgery. Ironically tomorrow he is having ear tube removal surgery (he is now 7) but that is another story.

      Use the silicon (swimming) ear plugs. They run you about -7 per pack and make sure they are securely in his ears whenver he is swimming, bathing etc. Keep the inner ear dry and he there will be no chance of infections. His ears need time to heal - you can't keep getting infection after infection or you risk scarring and potential partial hearing loss. Its a pain in the buitt to put these things in and remmebr them all the time but it works. NOTE: only use each pair 3-4 times as they lsoe their adherence and may leak. Also buy 3 packs at a time. One for the bath area, one for youir purse when you go out, and one spare to replace eitehr of them.

  27. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for an ear infection to cause permanent hearing loss in my 6 month old?
    It has been over a month that my 6 month old baby has had an ear infection. The doctor gave her antibotics for 5 days which did not work. She was then given Moxifloxacin and it did not help. My baby picks, and pulls at her ears and does not sleep like she used to before the infection. How long does it take for an ear infection to cause permanent hearing loss? Thank you for anyone that can help. I am worried about her losing her hearing.

    • ANSWER:
      It is common for children to have ear infection. Usually 2-3 ear infections before the age of five is usual. Ear infections in childhood does not cause any permanent ear problems in most cases. In most cases it resolves and the damage to the tympanic membrane is healed with a minor scar sometimes which does not cause any problem. But change the ENT surgeon if the one treating you is not solving the problem. Keep the child under observation of the ENT till he says it is OK. Recheck after 1 month to make sure the tympanic membrane is fine. But don't worry about hearing loss at present. Even in worse cases only a partial hearing loss will occur.

  28. QUESTION:
    How long is acceptable to keep my child out of school with an ear infection and broncitis?
    Hi my daughter is 15 and has a bad ear infection and broncitis. She is coughing which is a dry cough and has chest pain and she has a hard time taking a deep breath. She went to the doctors today and this is what the diagnosed her with. She is on 3 medicines at the currebt moment. She is complaining a lot. The reason I am so concerned about school time is because school started last week and it is her first year in this school (11th grade). Thank you ahead of time :)

    • ANSWER:
      I would keep her until she's been on the medicationns for at least three days, it can take that long for them to have any real affect. If she still feels bad, then keep her until the medicines are complete.
      A bronchitis cough can last for ages though, so don't just keep her until that goes away, she'll miss heaps of school then.
      If you want to know for sure how long is recommended, ring your doctor and ask them.

      In the meantime, go to her school and explain the situation. They can get her teachers to put aside the classwork that is being done, as well as her homework and you can pick it up and give it to her. This way she won't be behind when she does get back to school.
      God bless.

  29. QUESTION:
    How do they usually treat ear infections on a 7 month old baby?
    Also can u tell me signs of a ear infection?

    My baby has been, well hard to describe, but it has been the hardest day in my life! So there u go...

    • ANSWER:
      Dr. Sears has a pretty good page on ear infections: http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/T081600.asp You can scroll down to see symptoms.

      When my youngest had ear infections, he had cold symptoms: cough and runny nose, mainly. He's never had a fever with them. My oldest, on the other hand, ran a high fever for a couple days and complained of ear pain when he had one (he just had it this past week, and he's almost 4, so he can tell me if his ear hurts, which is a plus). Different children respond differently, so you have to watch for different symptoms. Sometimes, they're almost asymptomatic (without symptoms).

      Antibiotics are sometimes recommended for ear infections, but many will clear up on their own without treatment. Most of the time, if the symptoms aren't improving after about 5 days, it's probably a good idea to start antibiotics. Many ear infections will clear up on their own, though, so antibiotics aren't always necessary. Many ear infections are viral, which means that antibiotics won't do anything. Some studies show that antibiotics are no better than a placebo for ear infections, since so many are viral and the bacterial ones are often resistant to common antibiotics. You'll want to discuss treatment with your doctor or pediatrician.

      Chiropractic adjustments can also help prevent recurring ear infections. Basically, regular adjustments of the cervical spine can reduce the build of fluid in the Eustachian tubes. Here's more info on it: http://www.acatoday.org/content_css.cfm?CID=69 Dr. Sears recommends it, too: http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/t081600.asp I would check into it, if I were you. I just took my 19 month old for a visit to our chiropractor to see if it helps his recurrent ear infections. Just make sure you find a chiro that is experienced in adjusting children. There are many out there.

      This link discusses some alternatives to antibiotics and ear tubes (for frequent ear infections). It might be worth taking a look at: http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/ea…

      ETA: FYI, pulling at the ears in an infant is pretty common, and that *alone* isn't a likely symptom of an ear infection. Infants start finding their body parts - ears, hands, feet, hair, etc, around that age, so if there aren't any other symptoms, pulling at the ears is far more likely to be a developmental thing as opposed to a sure fire sign of an ear infection.

      I'm just stating this for those swearing that ear tugging is a common sign of an ear infection. In an older child, maybe, but not in a 7 month old, necessarily. Again, if they're tugging at their ears *and* if they have a fever, cough, runny nose, and/or cold symptoms, then it's more likely that they have an EI, but if it's *just* the ear tugging, probably not.

  30. QUESTION:
    How can i help my 4 year old not get an ear infection?
    She has a runny nose (yellowish and slightly thick) and she has gotten ear infections while having a snotty nose. I don't want for her to have to end up using an antibiotic for an ear infection. Thanks for any advice!

    • ANSWER:
      Chiropractic Care Can Help With Ear Infections

      The above headline comes from the January 2005 issue of the magazine Up & Coming. This article tells the story of a 13 year old girl named May Beth, who had suffered from ear infections most of her life. Her father, was the author of the article. He started off by describing May Beth's history and explained that by the time his daughter was 13 months old, she'd had 11 ear infections. He explained that each time she was given an antibiotic which caused the ear infection to go away after about a week, but it would soon return.

      After a while May Beth was even give antibiotics as a preventative. However this did not work and her father began to get concerned about the effects all these antibiotics would have on his daughter. As matters got worse May Beth's father grew more concerned. He stated, "I became desperate for an end to her misery. I was concerned about how these chronic ear infections might be affecting her developing speech and how the antibiotics might be affecting her natural immunity. As a result, I arranged for her to have a myringectomy, a type of surgery in which tiny tubes are placed in the child's ear to prevent fluid buildup. While I believed the operation was May Beth's best option, I felt terrible about having her undergo a general anesthetic and surgery at such a young age. There are no words to describe the feeling I had watching my smiling baby girl dressed in a tiny hospital gown wave back at me as she was being wheeled in a little red wagon into the operating room."

      Unfortunately, even after the surgery May Beth's ear infections didn't stop. Less than two months later, she was once again taking antibiotics. Soon after it was suggested that she have a second surgery. Her father noted, "I just couldn't bear it. I was at my wit's end."

      Then coincidentally, May Beth's father had just started chiropractic school and had heard that chiropractic care had helped many children with chronic ear infections. He then took May Beth to a family chiropractor who began adjusting May Beth. The results were wonderful. May Beth's father described the events by saying, "Since that time, she's had one ear infection that lasted less than two days with no medication. Her overall health has been excellent - and she can talk up a storm!"

      He summed up his comments in this article by explaining, "Chiropractic adjustment may resolve the ear infections without the need for surgery. Our bodies - young and old - are wonderfully made to take care of many of the problems we encounter. A correct alignment of the spine maximizes the body's potential to take care of itself."

  31. QUESTION:
    How many ear infections does an infant need to have before i should get a referral to an ENT?
    My son is 10 months old and has had 8 ear infections. When should I request a referral to a Pediatric Ear-Nose-Throat?

    • ANSWER:
      There cannot be such parameters for consulting any specialist in the medical field. This is more so in the case of infants and children, where even a case of a pain in the ear also may have to be seen by an ENT specialist only.

  32. QUESTION:
    How common is it to have permanent damage from ear infections?
    I've read some stuff about ear infections and it seems that they can result in permanent damage/effects. I have an ear infection and I'm scared that I might have some of those permanent problems.

    • ANSWER:
      Not unless you are an infant or a child under 5 years old.

  33. QUESTION:
    what natural treatment can I use for an ear infection on a child who has tubes?
    My son is 9 years old and has suffered from ear infections for ever. He has a permanent set of ear tubes now but he is still getting the infections what can I use that is natural. I hate to give him antibiotics because he has issues with yeast overgrowth.

    • ANSWER:
      U should take him back to the doctor. Permanent tubes doesn't mean for the rest of his life. And if u put anything in his ears u stand the chance for the liquid to go into the tube causing terrible pain. Play it safe and take him to the doctor.

  34. QUESTION:
    What are some alternatives to antibiotics for an ear infection for my 1 year old child?
    He has only had an ear infection twice, but he HATES the medicine!! I have tried everything to get him to take it. Any suggestions on getting him to take it, or is there an alternative to the antibiotics to get rid of an ear infection?

    • ANSWER:
      I use Colloidal Silver on my kids (you can give it by mouth or pour it right in the ear - if the child will keep it in there for 6 minutes it kills the infection) and keep their head elevated when they sleep. I am also a big fan of the steam bath for kids when they get sick (I sit with them on the edge of the tub while running the shower hot with a rag that has eucalyptus or tea tree oil on it in the water for 15 mins) and now these new Xylitol candies (which you can probably crush a bit to make it safer for such a young one - my 3yr old loves the lemon ones) which help to fight ear infections and even cavities with a low glycemic index.

      Here are the links I use:

      http://www.mynsp.com/carole/products/guide.aspx?stockNum=4074
      http://www.mynsp.com/carole/products/guide.aspx?stockNum=1777
      http://www.mynsp.com/carole/products/guide.aspx?stockNum=5415

      Peace!

      PS - to the guy who warns against natural remedies: My kids are 3 and 7 and they have only ever been treated with herbal remedies their whole life. Your thinking is outmoded.

  35. QUESTION:
    Are there any home remedies for ear infections in babies?
    My nine month old son has an ear infection in both ears. He has done two treatments of antibiotics and they haven't phased it. We were supposed to have a follow up appointment on Tuesday but our insurance coverage ( we have insurance through the state) ended on Friday. We are waiting for an appointment to get our insurance back, but I don't want my son to have to suffer until then. I found several home remedies for adults but I couldn't find any for babies or children. Please any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, and i know that i will get some thumbs down for this but i don't care. Breastmilk.
      http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/454888/things_to_do_with_your_extra_breastmilk.html

      Make the appointment. Insurance will go back and should cover over the last 30 days. Also make sure baby isn't eating laying down or taking a bottle to bed.

  36. QUESTION:
    What can i do to help my baby with his ear infections ?
    My 10mth old has two ear infections, we have been given drops and antibiotics but he still seems to be in so much pain. We are giving him paracetamol every 4 hrs, is there anything else we can do to help ease the pain? Its heartbreaking...not to mention tiring as he isnt sleeping any longer than about an hr at a time.

    • ANSWER:
      If the infection is viral then antibiotics won't do anything. I can sympathise as I had ear infections all the time as a child. I found that cold air made it A LOT worse so my mum would gently insert a small piece of cotton wool into the ear canal- never pushed right in but in enough to stop the cold getting to it. Worth a try.

      Also remember you can give children's ibuprofen in addition to paracetamol, so if he needs pain relief more frequently than every 4 hours this is an option for you.

      Keep him cool if he has a fever, and offer frequent drinks to keep him hydrated.

      You have my full sympathy, both as a mummy and someone who had at least an ear infection a month when I was little.

  37. QUESTION:
    What are some ways to treat a ear infection with out medicine?
    I have a double ear infection, But I am on a lot of medicines now. I just had a baby last month and had a c section. I am wanting to know if there are some home remedies for ear infection?

    • ANSWER:
      The goals for treating ear infections include relieving pain, curing the infection, preventing complications, and preventing recurrent ear infections. Most ear infections will safely clear up on their own without antibiotics. Often, treating the pain and allowing the body time to heal itself is all that is needed:

      Apply a warm cloth or warm water bottle.
      Use over-the-counter pain relief drops for ears.
      Take over-the counter medications for pain or fever, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. DO NOT give aspirin to children.
      Use prescription ear drops to relieve pain.

  38. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to let my child play outside with an ear infection?
    My 2 year old daughter has an ear infection, the doctor prescribed her amoxicillan (sp?) but she's been inside suffering with a fever for 3 days now, she really wants to go play outside, is it okay to let her be a kid and play with her toys outside, even tho she's still a bit fevered?

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't unless its really warm

  39. QUESTION:
    Can a child with tubes still get an ear infection?
    My 2 year old had bilateral tubes inserted in December and now he has a bad cough and is congested. I'm wondering if there is still a chance he could get an ear infection even though he has tubes.

    • ANSWER:
      My son had tubes three times in his first three and a half years and STILL got almost continuous ear infections. The only benefit I noticed was that the ear infections seemed to be less painful. The infection would drain from his ears so there was less pressure on his ear drums. His second set of tubes were "super tubes" that were supposed to be better than regular ones. He also had his adenoids taken out when he received that set. Most kids respond well to tubes but a FEW won't get better. My son was one of the unlucky few.

  40. QUESTION:
    Why would pain not be experienced in an ear infection associated with febrile seizure?
    The child would certainly tell me if there were any pain in the ear.
    No ear infection history
    Rarely sick
    Sudden febrile seizure
    Unconscious for 45 minutes after seizure
    No symptoms after antibiotics
    Thanks you people
    The fever was only about 101. There was not a recent illness.

    • ANSWER:
      Usually by the time a child gets sick enough to suffer a febrile convulsion they're beyond feeling pain. Usually a seizure is caused by a high temperature rather than the infection itself. This child's temp must have been off the charts, especially as it is not often that a febrile convulsion causes unconsciousness. A child this sick would have been very lethargic, listless and non-responsive. The pain is there, but the child is beyond sensing it.

  41. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for teens to get ear infections?
    Is it normal for teenagers to get ear infections?

    I am 15 years old and I have had 2 Ear infections in the last 8 months and I have a little hearing loss from them. Is it normal for teens to get ear infections like this and would I potentially need tubes?

    • ANSWER:
      Ear infection (otitis media) is an inflammation or infection of the middle ear.
      There are two types of otitis media:
      - Acute otitis media is an infection of the middle ear. In the infection is pain (sometimes severe). Sometimes fever is present
      - Otitis media with effusion is the accumulation of secretions in the middle ear without infection. The child may have no symptoms of disease, but secretion can cause loss of hearing or feeling "clogged ear".
      Healthcare professionals can diagnose and can treat otitis media (ear infection) is:
      - pediatrician
      - GP
      - Health care
      - Physician
      - ENT
      - Pediatric otolaryngologist.

      Children who have frequent ear infections needs to be examined by the following specialists:
      - ENT
      - Pediatric otolaryngologist
      - audiometristul
      - Speech therapist.

  42. QUESTION:
    Would you keep your baby away from a cousin with an ear infection?
    I know ear infections aren't contagious. But the colds that cause the ear infections are. If i have a neice who has chronic ear infections, should I try & keep my baby's exposure to her to a minimal?
    It MAY be all in my head, but I swear when my baby is exposed to her my baby ends up with a cold !!! Is this coincidence you think? My niece CONSTANTLY has a runny nose & ear infections :(

    • ANSWER:
      Ear infections are serious business. I lost most of the hearing in my right ear due to an ear infection when I was a child. I would not expose your baby to anyone who has an ear infection, or any other active contagious illness.

  43. QUESTION:
    why do ear infections only affect babies and children?
    why don't ear infections only affect teens and adults? Why do they only affect babies, infants, toddlers, and children? does it have to do with their age, aging of their ear, or the shape of their ear? If so, what causes an ear infection? And is there other things that can hurt the ear? If there is what causes them and how do you cure them? And how do you cure an ear infection and does it spread? If there are other things that can hurt the ear do they spread?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a tube in children's ears (eustachian tube) that lies a certain way that easily allows bacteria to fall and get trapped inside of the ear. As children grow, the tube begins to grow in a different direction, which makes it much harder for bacteria to become trapped in the ear.

  44. QUESTION:
    I am interested in an effective alternative to using antibiotics?
    In the case of a child's ear infection. 4 years old. I would also appreciate any background information, and links to websites that I can visit myself and research.
    Thank you very much for all your answers!
    This would be a recurring affliction. Amoxicillin Trihydrate has been used in every instance. I am just looking for some other ideas...
    I have also heard the alcohol remedy, and was wondering about that one in particular...
    No smokers in my house. At all.

    • ANSWER:
      My doctor told me that he tells people without insurance to treat an ear infection with drops of rubbing alcohol and vinegar. The vinegar kills bacteria and the alcohol dries up fluid. I used this before and it works really well. I mix 1tsp.alcohol and 1tsp.vinegar.Use a medicine dropper and put 2-3 drops in each ear up to 3 times a day. Hope this works for you!

  45. QUESTION:
    Are antibiotics the only way to treat a mild ear infection in a 1 year old?
    I have a one year old baby. She has been herself, for the most part, aside for being more fussy and not sleeping well. When we took her to get a check up the doctor said she had a mild ear infection and suggested antibiotics. But I'm not entirely comfortable with antibiotics right off the bat. I would like to try something less disruptive first. Are there any sort of drops for ears or any other measures that can be taken before taking antibiotics are necessary?

    • ANSWER:
      Never put anything in your ear - or your child's ear. Take your doctor's advice.

      -------
      EDIT: Ignore Mr E, chiropractic cannot successfully treat an infected ear. 25% of Chiros in the UK are currently under investigation for making such bogus health claims.

  46. QUESTION:
    What homeopathic remedies would you use for a baby with an ear infection?
    He's a 3 month old who has a suspected ear infection. I have a homeopathic first aid kit containing - pulsatilla, belladonna, aconite, chamomile and arnica. I would imagine pulsatilla and belladonna would both help, but what about the others? Should I dissolve the pillules in water together to give him?
    I don't want to disturb the local homeopath at night to ask, so I thought I'd check here first.

    • ANSWER:
      Typically, any sort of first aid kits will have general adult doses of pills. Before giving an adult dose to an infant, you'll want to ask your homeopath... it'll be worth the wait of a few hours to give your child the right thing.
      In the mean time, some aromatic or liquid chamomile should help to calm him down and help him sleep. Good luck!

  47. QUESTION:
    My Child has an ear infection. Is it okay for him to lay down in the bath tub?
    He also has a problem with wax build up. His doctor said to let him lay down in the bath tub and it would loosen the wax. But with him having an ear infection I wasn't so sure.

    • ANSWER:
      im gonna say call the dr.... i mean thats what everyone always says and he should be who you get your first opionion from.... did he diagnose the ear infection? if so you should have asked then

  48. QUESTION:
    Have or do you have a baby with reoccurring ear infections?
    I am interested in parents who have dealt with a baby with allergies which caused the ear infections. What were your findings? What was the final out come?

    FYI: I am dealing with a doctor at the present time. I am curious of other's situations with this problem. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      My third child had many allergies and an almost constant ear infection from age two months on. We were originally told that we were not propping his head up enough during feedings but at 11 months he was diagnosed correctly and we started with allergy meds. Nothing helped and his eardrum perforated when he was 15 months.
      Ear tubes were inserted in both ears at 18 months after I researched the procedure for four months.
      This was the cure. He never had another infection and he started talking and walked with much more balance.
      Today, as an adult, the only problem he still has is pressure and pain with elevation changes (airplane descent or driving down a mountain).

  49. QUESTION:
    Can a throat infection become an ear infection?
    My childs doctor has diagnosed him several times with a throat infection and half a week later we will return and it became an ear infection. Is this a common occurence or a bad doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it can occur among kids.
      It is due to the Anatomy of the ear. The middle ear(based on the anatomical term, we have external ear, middle ear and inner ear) opens into the pharynx(throat) through a tiny tube. This basically maintains the pressure balance within the middle ear when altitude changes.(hope, you might have experienced a dump feeling while travelling in the mountain ranges and it pops out when you attempt to swallow air or drink).
      Due to this connection, an infection within the throat can gain into the middle ear and causes problem.
      Hope, this helps.

  50. QUESTION:
    how do you know the difference between a ear infection and a tooth coming in?
    My daughter has been in pain the last couple days, acting a lot more fussier the usual, also has been constantly pulling at her ear, and hasn't been getting that much sleep. is it a ear infection or a tooth ache? also i am calling the doctor tomorrow i just want to have an idea of what it is before my daughter has to go to the clinic.
    thanks stephie :)

    • ANSWER:
      If she is pulling on her ear it's a VERY good indicator of an ear infection. Most doctors will tell you that's the biggest indicator in children this young for ear infections.
      Also, check her gums. Rub your finger over them. Do they feel hard or sharp anywhere? Any whiteness? Fever can be associated with both ear infections and teething.
      A suggestion for tonight...Try a warm washcloth tonight on Peenie's ear. Usually helped with the girls(who had 14 ear infections between the 2 of them 2 winters ago).


children and ear infections

Home Remedie For Ear Aches

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what are some home remedies for ear aches that don't require pouring things in your ear?
    i dont want to pour peroxide in my ear. i want a safe remedie for ears.

    • ANSWER:
      First and foremost recommended is Cayenne tea. Get a bottle of Cayenne capsules, break one open into a mug, add a teaspoon of honey and a small amount of lemon juice and drink every 4 hours. It's gnarly stuff but it should clear up your ear infection in 18 to 24 hours.

      Secondly is to keep Astragalus capsules on hand if you have chronic ear infections. They work wonderfully and aren't too expensive. Follow the directions for dosage on the bottle.

      The third to cone your ears. coningworks.com. This lady knows her stuff and makes the only ear cones that I trust to use. Normally what you find in health food stores is Wally's brand and I cannot say enough about how bad they are. They will make the infection worse and you just don't need that.

      Hope you feel better soon.

  2. QUESTION:
    What home remedie can I use to get rid of sore throat, ear ache, and headache?
    I feel horrible! This just came out of nowhere. I took theraflu, but it's seems like it has gotten worse! Please Help

    • ANSWER:
      For your sore throat drink plenty of water. most headaches are caused by stress, muscle tension, dilated blood vessels in the head, or a combination of these. I can give you a method to get rid of your headache:

      1. warm the bathroom to between 70° and 80°F.
      2. undress and take a hot footbath. it is best to sit on the edge of the bathtub and fill the tub with hot water over your ankles. start with water at 105° and increase as tolerated to not more than 115°F.
      3. Keep yourself warm by wrapping in a sheet.
      4. have a pan of ice water handy. dip a washcloth in the ice water, wring it out well and place it over your forehead and eyes. change the washcloth every 2 or 3 minutes.
      5. rub the back of your neck to relax the muscles. slowly rotate your head in a circle once or twice, relaxing the muscles as much as possible, and then apply a cold cloth to the back of the neck.
      6. when your feet have become nice and pink, fill the tub with water at 80° to 95°F. then get in the tub. place a folded towel behind your head, lean back, and soak for 15 to 20 minutes. keep the cool cloth over your forehead and eyes.
      7. dry thoroughly. blot the skin. to not rub.
      8. as soon as you are dry get into a warm bed. have the room darkened with no noises to disturb you. close your eyes, relax, and try to remove all irritating, stressful, and unpleasant thoughts from your mind.

      taking drugs is always bad for the body, so avoid them as much as you can. natural remedies are always really good, and water is the best treatment for anything. give this a go and i'm sure you'll get positive results :)

  3. QUESTION:
    Any good home remedie's for a bad sinus headache?
    I'm nearly 20 and have allergies which give me acute sinusitis usually everyday.
    I do take antihistamine's but they only help some of the symptom's and i have to make sure i take it before my symptom's come otherwise the antihistamine's won't effect my sinus's, but i usually wake up with it.

    So has anyone got any home remedie's that help them? Apart from all the medication?

    Thanks. x

    • ANSWER:
      HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT(s) FOR SINUSITIS / HEADACHES :-

      SINUSITIS :-

      Right sided frontal sinusitis; discharge thick, yellowish; worse by cold,damp and exertion Penicillinum 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Sinusitis after mastoid operation Helka lava 3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      In acute or chronic sinusitis; catarrh with stringy discharge Kali Bich 30 4 hourly

      Tearing pain in head; from root of nose, extending to forehead with nausea; dryness of mucous passages Natrum Mur 30, 4 hourly

      Pain begins at the back of head and settles over the eyes; worse under a fan Silicea 1M, weekly (6 Doses)

      Chronic cold with loss of smell and yellow green phlegm; better in cool, open air Pulsatilla 30 or 200 4 hourly

      Intercurrent remedy Bacillinum 200 or 1M fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints worse early morning; aversion to take bath Sulphur 200 weekly (3 Doses)

      HEADACHE :-

      With constant nausea; clean tongue Ipecac 30, 3 hourly

      With severe throbbing and rush of blood towards head Belladonna 30, 3 hourly

      Due to over eating; stomach disorders; tongue thickly whitish coated; worse bathing specially after river bathing Antim Crud 30 or 200 4 hourly(3 Doses)

      Due to exposure to dry, cold wind; sudden with anxiety Aconite Nap.30 or 200, 1/2 hourly (3 Doses)

      With watering of eyes and sensitiveness to bright light Euphrasia 30, 3 hourly

      Headache; better by bending backwards; due to nerve injury Hypericum 30, 3 hourly

      Headache with humming in ears; due to nervous weakness Kali Phos.6X or 30, 3 hourly

      Hammering headache; worse during menstrual cycle going in sun; school girls head ache, Natrum Mur.30Xor 200, 4 hourly

      Headache starts from nape of neck and shift over to the head; patient desires to lie down quietly; better passing urine Gelsemium 30 or 200, 3 hourly

      Violent headache due to working under gas light; sunstroke Glonoine 6 or 30, 2 hourly

      Bursting headache; worse by stooping and movements; excessive thirst and constipation Bryonia 30 or 200, 3 hourly (6 Doses)

      Nervous headache; after grief, disappointment; worse inhaling smoke Ignatia 200 or 1M, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Headache; due to sinusitis, pressure and pain at the root of nose Kali Bich 30, 4 hourly

      Due to eating rich fatty food, loss of thirst, better in open cold air Pulsatilla 30, 4 hourly

      Due to eye strain; disturbances of accomodation of eye sight Ruta Grav 30, 4 hourly

      After taking alcoholic drinks; sedentary habits; chilly patient Nux Vomica 30, 4 hourly

      Sun haedcahe; aggravation from sun rise to sunset; from cardiac origin Kalmia Lat.30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Of school children; crushing headache, pressure on top of head Acid Phos 30, 4 hourly

      Headache localised; at the nape of neck; worse by walking and noise Pneumococcin 200, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Frontal headache; neuralgic pain above and behind the right eye; heaviness of head. Better by rest, lying down and eating Penicillinum 30 or 200, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Headache worse early morning; empty gone sensation at 10 -11 A.M. Sulphur 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge. Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine.
      Homeopathic remedies are available over the counter at most Health & Herb stores all over USA and EU.

      Take care and God Bless you.

  4. QUESTION:
    home remedie for ear ache, and stuffy nose! anyone?

    • ANSWER:
      Tea tree oil will work for both. First, the ear ache, mix 10 drops of mineral oil and 5 drops Tea tree oil, put into ear canal, keep head tilted to allow oil to reach the inner ear. It will feel a little warm for about 30 seconds. But the ear ache should be gone rather quickly. For the stuffy nose, heat up a cup of hot water, add 10 drops of tea tree oil, form a tent with a towel over your head and the hot water/tea tree oil. Breath in the vapors both with your mouth and your nose. Do this until the water is not steaming anymore (about 10 minutes) You'll need to blow your nose by then anyway. KEEP YOUR EYES SHUT while breathing the vapors, because your eyes will sting from the heat/oil. Also, you can dab some tea tree oil around the nostrils to keep from getting stuffy. You may have to do this a few times through out the day but it works. Sometimes a stuffy nose leads to a sore throat (its gotta drain somewhere) if you get a sore throat, gargle with a glass of water with 3 to 5 drops of tea tree oil...it taste terrible but will kill bacteria in the throat and lessen the pain and duration of a sore throat. If you ever get cold sores, or fever blisters because of colds, use the tea tree oil as a topical to clear them up faster. And since summer oughta be here any time now (I'm up North, we're expecting frost tonite) tea tree oil can be used to stop mosquito bites from itching. It has a bunch of uses, so if you buy a bottle (sold in 1 oz bottles for about .00) you'll have it for what ever comes up. Its a first aid kit in a bottle and I always keep it stocked at my house. Can't live without it.

  5. QUESTION:
    My Wife as a Ear Ache Any Suggestions?
    I have herd that White Vinager and Water (50/50) mixture works wonders!

    My wife suffers from agoraphobia a MMassivePanic Disorder that prevents her from leaving the house..

    We have all been sick in our house. Just so happens that she got it worse then me and her cousin.

    We are looking for a home remedie that will prevent the stress and panic of the thought of leaving the house to go to the ER we dont have much money so the ER is our only option

    Anything at this point to try will be apretiated..

    For te Wite Vinager and Water Mixter im wondering if distilled white vinager will work..

    Thanks For Reading

    Not Like The Olden Days Where the doctors come to the house

    • ANSWER:
      Try peroxide, it should bubble almost coming out of the ear. It has worked for me, continue with that until the bubbling stops, may take several times. Good luck.
      I am more concerned about the agoraphobia. I had it for many years Klorazepam was what got me on the way of recovery I am now a very active person and only have occasional anxiety attacks.


home remedie for ear aches