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Cure Middle Ear Infection

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Are there any home remedies that work to get rid of an ear infection?
    I'm 26, so I'm quite old enough for any medicine...just wondering if there were any way to cure an ear infection without going to the doc...have no insurance!

    • ANSWER:
      The majority of middle ear infections are viral. Either way, your immune system will usually resolve most middle ear infections without the need for treatment, regardless of whether they are of bacterial or viral origin. Take painkillers and if symptoms worsen or fail to improve after 2-3 days then you must see a Doctor.

      I'm sorry you live in a country where people do not have adequate access to health care.

      EDIT:
      And none of what Tony said is going to be of much therapeutic value. The plural of anecdote is not data Tony. Symptoms got better in spite of, rather than because of any of the things you listed.

      EDIT
      Tony: So now you're trying to tell us we should stay away? Newsflash: This is an open board, we give our opinions, take it or leave it. What are you worried about? Are you worried people will start to see through the scams you advocate? If you read back through my answer I clearly stated that no specific treatment (alternative or conventional) is needed for the vast majority of middle ear infections. The immune system is perfectly capable of clearing such infections. Why are you encouraging this lady to spend what little money she has on bunk?

      To say that validating alternative "medicine" is not within our interest is ignorant nonsense. 25% of conventional medicine derived from plants. This childish comment is used by the Alties because they have no other line of defence. Science and medicine does not give credence to this type of emotional childish nonsense. If it works, we will use it.
      Can I also point out that the Alternative "medicine" industry is a multi billion dollar industry. I could say that you are pushing the nonsense you sprout in your answers to sell your book.

      Science and medicine has already rejected most of the nonsense you sprout because it just doesn't work.

      The problem is, the Alties extrapolate from past uses of silver and are now making clinical claims which is frankly abhorrent. There is insufficient evidence of safety and efficacy to recommend the use of colloidal Silver for any clinical indication.

  2. QUESTION:
    What happened when people got infections before antibiotics?
    I used to get outer ear infections. I don't think they'd ever go away if I didn't have antibiotics; however, I cured one by myself once by putting alcohol in my ear. However, other infections aren't so simple. What if someone got a cut on their finger and it got infected before antibiotics? Would it ever go away, or would people die, etc?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you ever been to an "old graveyard" and noticed the ages of people when they died? They died in their 30s, 40s, the 60s was really really old. A lot of these people died with infections such as pneumonia. Many had wounds that would not heal also. However, there were many remedies that worked a little any way. Ginger root on the chest for coughing, barley in tea for infections of the skin, etc... The main problem with infection is spreading into the blood and then to other organs and cells. This is when you become septic and generally, without antibiotics, you will die. All medication comes from somewhere and a lot of healing meds that we use today come from plants. However, in the mass production of concentration in the medications, the meds of today work a whole lot better, as we can detect with the average age to live today is the middle 80s.

  3. QUESTION:
    How to cure of sudden deafness?
    Hello.

    My mother has had a eardrum-related sudden deafness, and has no problem in
    her head according to a brain CT scan. As her doctor said, the major cause of
    her deafness is that her right eardrum is pulled inside, and it is probably
    caused by middle ear infection. Her doctor, however, couldn't have provided
    any absolute solution for her ears. If anybody knows any medical specialist
    in that field in the world, please tell me; or if anyone knows any web-site that enable visitors to communicate with doctors, please let me know.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      It might be worthwhile to take her to an ear/nose/throat doc (otolaryngologist). A retracted eardrum doesn't usually cause hearing loss - it usually has the opposite effect, so there must be more than just a retracted eardrum. There is an infection that causes a retracted eardrum - the situation is called a cholesteatoma, and this is probably what's going on. Hearing remains impaired until the infection is gone and for several more weeks if the eardrum ruptures. Sudafed might help unblock the ears if this is a simple retraction without an infection, but won't do much for a cholesteatoma.

  4. QUESTION:
    How to cure an ear infection?
    I'm pretty sure I have an ear infection. The right side of my throat and my right ear hurt REALLY bad when I swallow. I had one last summer, and I finally ended up going to the doctor to get it checked out. Well... I don't really have the money to go to the doctor right now. Is there anything that could help with the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      The throat and ears have a direct relationship. The Eustachian tube, which is responsible for keeping fluid out of the middle ear, is connected to the throat. If the tube swells in part to a sore throat, this leads to blockage. This escalating pressure in the ear results in an earache.

      Read more: Sore Throat & Ear Pain | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5499267_sore-throat-ear-pain.html#ixzz1MvgZ4QVm

  5. QUESTION:
    Should my ear be leaking fluid after taking antibiotics?
    I've had an ear ache since saturday, and went to the doctor yesterday. Ta da! Ear infection. I was prescribed antibiotics and took my first tablet as soon as I got home, and another at dinner. I woke up in the middle of the night with fluid, or "pus" leaking from the infected ear. Is this my ear cleaning itself, possibly getting better?
    Please don't be lazy and just give me a link!

    • ANSWER:
      Morgan - Most ear infections are in the "middle" ear, just inside the ear drum. There, an infection can result in a build up of pus and then pain. If the pus increases, it can cause drum bulging and then a tear or rupture of the ear drum and leakage of pus fluid until the antibiotics can control and cure the infection in a couple of days. You will need to return to your doctor for a check-up. Most ear drum tears (rupture) will self-heal, but not all.

  6. QUESTION:
    Has anyone developed an allergy or abnormal immune response after an ear infection?
    -That has never gone away? My middle ears and eustation tubes are all messed up since 06.

    • ANSWER:
      A and B streptococcus infection may cause a reaction in a victims body creating another disease known as an autoimmune disease, because the bacteria change the cells at certain sites. The immune system sends in the cells to fight the perceived invaders causing a infection like response at the sites, such as your eustation tubes. These types of infections are common through society and can effect such organs as the skin and kidneys. Cures are not common, but there may be a chance that your body will eventually overcome the disease. A diet with low carbohydrates (no refined sugars), plenty of vegetables and only eating when you feel hunger could help. This would help bolster your cellular immunity.

      John A

  7. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remedie to cure ear infections?
    if so, then what is it? what do i have to put in the certain thing and stuff.

    • ANSWER:
      Put some olive oil about 1 inch deep in a saucepan and put in a few cloves of garlic heat GENTLY on the stove (no smoke or bubbles) if you have tea tree oil you can put 3-4 drops in at the end. Just heat for about 1/2 an hour and then when it is cool put a few drops in your ear. You might want to shower after coz you will smell. However if you store it in a sterilised clean ear dropper botttle you can keep it for up to 1 week.

      If it doesn't start getting better within 24-48 hours, definitely see a Dr as servere infections can cause hearing loss.

      Also, this will only help outer or middle ear infections, not inner ear infections. If it doesn't hurt more when you touch the ear or pull the earlobe down, (major sign for swimmers ear) see a dr straight away you need antibiotics.

  8. QUESTION:
    how long will it take augmentin to work on ear infections?
    so, I have two ear infections. In my left ear I have a fairly severe middle ear infection and it's all plugged and I can hear pounding and everything is all muffled. I was prescribed augmentin for the ear. I have swimmers ear in my right ear and was prescribed these drops that have a really long and complicated name. How long will it take these two medications to work? Because I have a play performance on Sat. (three days away). Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Possibly you should feel better if you are lucky in 3 days. It will take 10 days for you to be completely cured. DON'T SKIP A DOSE!!!!!

  9. QUESTION:
    Severe headache, temporary loss of vision, vomiting and extreme confusion where I forget nouns?
    I know that you cannot properly diagnose me, but when I went to the doctor today she said it was most likely just an ear infection... I have never seen an ear infection cause all of these things. I'm only 18, so it's not Alzheimer's or anything like that. I've been pretty hydrated and such. Have you or anyone you know had this, and how did they cure it? It has happened 3-4 times since the middle of April 2011. Thank you in advance.

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    I'm about to embark on a long flight with a recovering ear infection?
    It wasn't a problem with short flights but this is a 27 hour journey and im just wondering if it's going to be a problem. I had swimmers ear, if it's any help.

    • ANSWER:
      It's the ascent and descent that cause the ears to pop, so as you were alright on a short flight you should be ok on a long flight.
      Ideally, anyone with a cold, respiratory infection, ear infection, etc, should not fly. However, not many people will cancel their holiday trips for this reason. The following may help people who develop ear pain when flying.

      * Suck sweets when the plane begins to descend. Air is more likely to flow up the Eustachian tube if you swallow, yawn or chew. For babies, it is a good idea to feed them or give them a drink at the time of descent to encourage them to swallow.
      * Try doing the following. Take a breath in. Then, try to breathe out gently with your mouth closed and pinching your nose (the Valsalva manoeuvre). In this way, no air is blown out but you are gently pushing air into the Eustachian tube. If you do this you may feel your ears go 'pop' as air is pushed into the middle ear. This often cures the problem. Repeat this every few minutes until landing - whenever you feel any discomfort in the ear.
      * Do not sleep when the plane is descending to land. (Ask the air steward to wake you when the plane starts to descend.) If you are awake you can make sure that you suck and swallow to encourage air to get into the middle ear.

      There is more information on the site below.

  11. QUESTION:
    How long will my ear infection last?
    My ear hurts like a mo-fo. This has quite possibly been the most unpleasant few days ever. I went to the doctor yesterday and he gave me some antibiotic pills. How long does it usually take for an infected ear drum to stop hurting?
    :(

    • ANSWER:
      In one or two days. If it is an ear canal infection you should also be using drops to let the swelling and pain go away, if its a middle ear infection (caused by a cold blocking the Eustachian tube which lets air into your middle ear from your nasal cavity) also use decongestive nasal spray to open it up (containing something like xylometazoline, ask your pharmacist). Thats the real cure, the route through which the pus has to leave your middle ear.
      And there is no use in suffering from either external or middle ear infections. It will go away because of the antibiotics anyway so you don't need the pain as a warning signal anymore. Get good pain medication: acetaminophen(=paracetamol, max 4 x 1000mg a day, completely safe) or COMBINE this with ibuprofen 3 x 600 (stomach pain as a side effect, so get advice if your get acid burn)
      Prevention external: no ear poking, it cleans itself
      Prevention middle: saline nasal spray next time you have a cold

      All the best,
      Dr. William Shine, family doctor

  12. QUESTION:
    Are there any home remedies to cure an inner ear infection?
    Seems I have fluid behind the middle ear. I can hear but everything is muffled. It's been a week now. And i don't think antibotics will help. Any help will be most appreciated. Thank-You.

    • ANSWER:
      try a few drops of hydrogen peroxide for about 10 minutes with your head tilted in each ear. wait until the popping and fizzing stops. do this every hour for about 8 hours and if this doesn't work, go see a doc.

  13. QUESTION:
    what are the differences between an ear infection and a ruptured eardrum?
    on Dec 10 i was sitting at the table talking to my mom when all of a sudden i had a stabbing pain in my left (deaf)ear when i took ibuprofen i felt better but when the 4 hours were up it came back.it lasted 23 days till i went to the doctors and got some antibiotics but during that time i had yellow runny fluid coming out of the ear;i had 2 keep a cotton ball in it at all times.im better now but im wondering what was wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      Anytime you have an Ear Discharge, it means your Eardrum has a perforation / a hole / a rupture. Generally it should cure by itself, within a month or so. An Ear infection may or may not be because of a Ruptured Eardrum. It can be in the Outer, middle or inner ear. Generally when the hole does not get closed by itself within a reasonable period of time, and the discharge continue, it means the infection has set in. Modern Medicine / Science has only Anti-biotics and/or Steroids for this. These, if they cure within a short span of time, are good. But their prolonged use is of no use, infact its harmful. No herbal remedy is well known to cure this condition. People depend on hear say...onion water, clove etc. It will not harm, but would not cure the problem.

      We have a herbal remedy, which is home-made for generations, for Eardrum Perforation and Discharge. You may want to know more about it and visit us at :

      http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eardrum-Perforation-Ear-Discharge-Divine-Valley-Ayurveda/161520993859461

      Your Pain / Discharge will stop within 3 to 4 days and the Eardrum will get fully repaired , within 2 months, period.

      No antibiotics, streroids or surgery. just 3 drops of liquid herbal medicine , thrice a day.

      Regards

      Anil Dogra

      dinosaurteeth1@yahoo.com

  14. QUESTION:
    How do I cure my blocked ear?
    My ear was blocked so to break the wax up and let it drain out i put hydro prooxide in it. It did not work, so thn that's when i made the mistake cleaning then out with a cotton swab and then after I tried a seringe,but I still can't either get the hydro proxide out or unblock it. Please help.I need to hear to work.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.getridofthings.com/get-rid-of-ear-wax.htm

      How to Remove Ear Wax SafelyDo not under any circumstances stick cotton swabs or any other object in your ear to get rid of ear wax. There are a few things that can happen if you choose to put things in your ears. You could perforate an ear drum, causing you tons of pain and opening your middle ear up to a potential infection. You could scrape away too much wax, also leaving your ear canal open to a possible infection. You could also shove the impacted ear wax further into your ear making the removal of ear wax more difficult than it should be.Start a safe process of removing ear wax by softening the ear wax with mineral oil, baby oil, or olive oil. This is usually done over the course of about 5-7 days. What you will want to do is use an eyedropper to put a few drops of oil into the ear. Tip your head to one side, with the hand that isn't holding the eye dropper you will want to pull up on your ear while guiding the eyedropper into the entrance to of the outer ear canal with your other hand. Keep your head tilted until you can feel the oil draining into your ear. Repeat this process once in the morning and once at night for about a week.Once you feel certain the wax has loosened up a bit, you're going to remove the ear wax using plain old tap water. Go buy yourself one of those blue rubber bulb syringes they sell at drug stores. Now, you're going to fill the rubber syringe with water that is as close to body temperature as you can get. If the water is too cold, you will probably feel pain and the wax will not come out as easily. If the water is too warm, you may end up getting dizzy or feeling nausea for a short while. Getting the temperature of the water as close to 98.6 degrees as you can is a good idea.To begin removing the ear wax, tilt your head down, pull the top of your ear up, and insert the bulb syringe just into the ear canal. Then, squirt the warm water into the ear canal, making sure to get some pressure working, but not too much pressure that you cause yourself pain. Then, turn your head over toward the sink and allow the water to drain out of the ear. Look for small clumps of ear wax (usually called "plugs") in the sink to make sure you got the impacted ear wax out. If nothing comes out, repeat the process until it does come out.If and when the ear wax is finally removed, you should dry your ear(s) very well. This is done in two steps. First, you will want to wipe the outside of your ear off with a towel, or use a hair dryer to blow dry the outer ear. The second step is to put a few drops of rubbing alcohol into the ear canal. Tilt your head one way while you do this, wait a few seconds, and then tilt your head the other way to allow the rubbing alcohol to drain from your ear. This should dry your ear canal rather quickly, making the use of a cotton swab unnecessary

  15. QUESTION:
    My ear always have a noise like zzzzzz What should I do?
    My ear always have a noise like zzzzzz What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Looks like Tinnitus

      This extremely irritating and stressful condition of the ear is usually not caused by any external noise. This auditory sensation, or ringing in the ears, as it is widely known affects thousands of people. It involves a ringing noise in the ears which may or may not be accompanied by hearing loss. Although many tinnitus sufferers can hear perfectly well, some others experience such loud ringing in the ears that other sounds are virtually blocked out. This severe condition renders them helpless as they loose sleep and concentration.

      Tinnitus can be broadly classified into two types: Objective which is caused by vascular sounds in the head and neck or muscular contractions of the middle ear or the soft palate in the mouth. Your doctor can easily hear the same sounds on examination as you are yourself hearing.

      Subjective tinnitus refers to buzzing, roaring, ringing or whistling in the ear which may be continuous or intermittent and are only heard by the sufferer, i.e. a doctor is unable to hear the same sounds. Subjective tinnitus is more common than objective tinnitus. Nearly 36 million Americans suffer from this disorder. In almost all cases, only the patient can hear the noise.

      Wax buildup in the outer ear, ruptured eardrum, congested Eustachian tubes, some infection, Ménière’s disease, Side effects of certain drugs like sedatives, antidepressants (as in your case), pain killers etc., Damage caused due to overexposure to loud noise, Elevated cholesterol and triglycerides level, diabetes, head or neck injury etc. are some reasons why humans have tinnitus.

      Valium, Xanax and Klonopin are benzodiazepine drugs that many doctors prescribe for tinnitus. These are conventional medications which achieve only limited success in tinnitus relief, and usually their bothersome side effects such as dry mouth, blurred vision, and constipation often discourage use.

      They are addicting to varying degrees and cannot be used continuously for a long period of time. They are helpful in reducing tinnitus symptoms and aid in sleeping. Valium is the most addicting of these and is not used often for this reason.

      Xanax is very popular and is prescribed often for tinnitus. However, the ATA report on medications that cause tinnitus lists Xanax as causing it in 6.6% of cases.

      There is actually no cure for tinnitus with the conventional medicine. Actually, since last many years, the onus has been on the herbal industry to provide relief, if any, to tinnitus sufferers.

      Some herbal remedies exist which can be used to support all body systems involved in helping the ear to perform its tasks of clear hearing and balance, as well as the circulatory, cardiovascular, and nervous systems.

      Some of the most common herbs & biochemic tissue salts used are
      • Ginkgo Biloba is excellent for a number of cerebral and circulatory disorders. It is probably the most widely-used herb for tinnitus and many sufferers swear by this natural ingredient.
      • Rosemary dilates and strengthens blood vessels and is an excellent circulation tonic. Rosemary is particularly useful for tinnitus that is caused or worsened by high blood pressure and other circulatory conditions.
      • Avena Sativa is effective in reducing high cholesterol levels which can contribute to circulatory problems which cause tinnitus.
      • Wild Hyssop s also useful in reducing pain and inflammation.
      • Salicylic Ac. (30C) is indicated for tinnitus with loud roaring or ringing sounds, which may be accompanied by deafness or vertigo. This remedy is particularly useful in people whose symptoms began with a bout of flu, Meniere’s disease or long-term use of aspirin.
      • Ferrum phosphoricum (Ferrum phos. D6) is a homeopathic biochemic tissue salt which supports the absorption of iron in the body. The protective myelin sheath which surrounds all nerve tissue needs iron to supply this vital nutrient to the nerve cells it encases. Regular use of Ferrum phos. can help to prevent dizziness, headaches and restlessness and is of great benefit for those who tend to feel irritable, tense and tired.
      • Magnesium phosphate (Mag. phos. D6) well-known as a homeopathic painkiller, Mag. phos. is also of great benefit to the health of the nerves. It acts as a natural anti-spasmodic and a nerve and muscle relaxant and is also frequently recommended for stress headaches.

      Hope all this helps

      Good Luck!

      You may check the source link below for more details on the above

  16. QUESTION:
    What is this constant ringing in my ear?
    For a long time now I hear this constant loud ringing in my right ear. It gives me very bad headaches. I am never really around things that are too loud so that is not why. What can it be?

    • ANSWER:
      Its tinnitus. Usually, its not a headache but a thudding that a tinnitus sufferer feels in the arteries of the neck, the temples and in the rear part of the head.

      This extremely irritating and stressful condition of the ear is usually not caused by any external noise. This auditory sensation, or ringing in the ears, as it is widely known affects thousands of people. It involves a ringing noise in the ears which may or may not be accompanied by hearing loss. Although many tinnitus sufferers can hear perfectly well, some others experience such loud ringing in the ears that other sounds are virtually blocked out. This severe condition renders them helpless as they loose sleep and concentration.

      Tinnitus can be broadly classified into two types: Objective which is caused by vascular sounds in the head and neck or muscular contractions of the middle ear or the soft palate in the mouth. Your doctor can easily hear the same sounds on examination as you are yourself hearing.

      Subjective tinnitus refers to buzzing, roaring, ringing or whistling in the ear which may be continuous or intermittent and are only heard by the sufferer, i.e. a doctor is unable to hear the same sounds. Subjective tinnitus is more common than objective tinnitus. Nearly 36 million Americans suffer from this disorder. In almost all cases, only the patient can hear the noise.

      Wax buildup in the outer ear, ruptured eardrum, congested Eustachian tubes, some infection, Ménière’s disease, Side effects of certain drugs like sedatives, antidepressants (as in your case), pain killers etc., Damage caused due to overexposure to loud noise, Elevated cholesterol and triglycerides level, diabetes, head or neck injury etc. are some reasons why humans have tinnitus.

      Valium, Xanax and Klonopin are benzodiazepine drugs that many doctors prescribe for tinnitus. These are conventional medications which achieve only limited success in tinnitus relief, and usually their bothersome side effects such as dry mouth, blurred vision, and constipation often discourage use.

      They are addicting to varying degrees and cannot be used continuously for a long period of time. They are helpful in reducing tinnitus symptoms and aid in sleeping. Valium is the most addicting of these and is not used often for this reason.

      Xanax is very popular and is prescribed often for tinnitus. However, the ATA (American Tinnitus Association) report on medications that cause tinnitus lists Xanax as causing it in 6.6% of cases.

      There is actually no cure for tinnitus with the conventional medicine. Actually, since last many years, the onus has been on the herbal industry to provide relief, if any, to tinnitus sufferers.

      Tinnitus is usually due to damage to the microscopic ends of the hearing nerve in the inner ear. Perfect hearing is possible only if these nerves remain healthy and any damage to these nerves results in tinnitus or hearing impairment.

      Some herbal remedies exist which can be used to support all body systems involved in helping the ear to perform its tasks of clear hearing and balance, as well as the circulatory, cardiovascular, and nervous systems.

      Some of the most common herbs & biochemic tissue salts used are
      • Ginkgo Biloba is excellent for a number of cerebral and circulatory disorders. It is probably the most widely-used herb for tinnitus and many sufferers swear by this natural ingredient.
      • Rosemary dilates and strengthens blood vessels and is an excellent circulation tonic. Rosemary is particularly useful for tinnitus that is caused or worsened by high blood pressure and other circulatory conditions.
      • Avena Sativa is effective in reducing high cholesterol levels which can contribute to circulatory problems which cause tinnitus.
      • Wild Hyssop s also useful in reducing pain and inflammation.
      • Salicylic Ac. (30C) is indicated for tinnitus with loud roaring or ringing sounds, which may be accompanied by deafness or vertigo. This remedy is particularly useful in people whose symptoms began with a bout of flu, Meniere’s disease or long-term use of aspirin.
      • Ferrum phosphoricum (Ferrum phos. D6) is a homeopathic biochemic tissue salt which supports the absorption of iron in the body. The protective myelin sheath which surrounds all nerve tissue needs iron to supply this vital nutrient to the nerve cells it encases. Regular use of Ferrum phos. can help to prevent dizziness, headaches and restlessness and is of great benefit for those who tend to feel irritable, tense and tired.
      • Magnesium phosphate (Mag. phos. D6) well-known as a homeopathic painkiller, Mag. phos. is also of great benefit to the health of the nerves. It acts as a natural anti-spasmodic and a nerve and muscle relaxant and is also frequently recommended for stress headaches.

      Hope all this helps

      Good Luck!

      You may check the source link below for more details on the above

  17. QUESTION:
    What can be done to stop constant hissing in the ears?
    Over the past year I have developed an annoying hissing sound in my ears. The doctor has no cure. Do any of you have this and what do you do?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Tbells

      Here are some remedies for your ears.

      Cause
      Sometimes earaches are caused by infection, cold in the head, a blow to the side of the head, and many other causes.

      Herbal Aids
      1.Garlic: Earache, inflammation of the middle ear, ear disease: Pack a small clove of garlic in gauze and place into the external ear passage; or drop 4-5 drops of oil into the ear channel, cover with flannel, and keep warm.

      2.Rue: Warm and place several drops of compound oil into the ear.

      3.Mullein: Use warm mullein oil, 2-3 drops in the ear 2-3 times daily. Apple cider vinegar is also a healing agent.

      4.Hops: Apply a flannel bag of hops, and moist heat over the affected area.

      5.Treat Both Ears: The simple, old-fashioned aids are sometimes very fast in giving relief. Always treat both ears, even if only one aches.

      6.Onion: Lightly bake a large onion, cut it in half and while warm (not hot enough to irritate the area), bind one half of the onion over each ear. Bandage in place and hold bandage on with a nightcap, white skullcap, etc., and leave on all night.

      7.Camomile: Use a fomentation over both ears of three parts of camomile and one part of lobelia. Take two ounces orally (a wineglass full) each two waking hours. Leave the fomentation on the ears all night. (Cover fomentation with plastic or oiled silk, etc.).

      8.Mullein: Use three to six drops of mullein oil in both ears several times each day. Insert it upon retiring for the night, and, as before, plug the ears with cotton. Place a fomentation over the ears all night of three parts mullein and one part lobelia.

      9.Dr. Christopher's B & B Tincture: When this procedure is used as explained here, it can be an aid in assisting an improvement of poor equilibrium, failure of hearing, aiding the motor nerve, etc. With an eye dropper insert into each ear at night four to six drops of oil of garlic and four to six drops of the following herb tincture: blue cohosh, black cohosh, blue vervain, skullcap, and lobelia, plugging ears overnight with cotton, six days a week, four to six months, or as needed. On the seventh day, flush ears with a small ear syringe using warm apple cider vinegar and distilled water half and half.

      10.Flaxseed Meal and Blue Vervain: Made into a poultice with flaxseed meal, using a strong infusion of Blue Vervain instead of plain hot water, it relieves ... earache and ear abscess as well.

      Testimonials
      1.Garlic: When my little girl had an earache I put a piece of fresh garlic in her ear and it was better by morning. The previous alternative was to go to the doctor and pay a lot of money for penicillin.

      2.Dr. Christopher's Anti-Plague Formula:The anti-plague formula contains Black Walnut. When Dr. Christopher was lecturing in Snowflake Arizona, he was describing the need for people to be prepared for the coming plagues in the last days.

      Someone raised his hand and asked what should be used for the plague. Dr. Christopher, though he was a most noted herbalist, didn't have a ready answer! After a short prayer, he gave the anti-plague formula to the audience and then just forgot about it. Not long after, people began asking him for the formula again, as those at the Snowflake lecture had made it up and had, had marvelous results; they had cleared up flu, earache, eruptive diseases, car-sickness, and had even saved the life of a poisoned puppy! This anti-plague remedy is a most valuable combination.

      Best of health to you

      Cheers

  18. QUESTION:
    How to cure an ear ache?
    I have had an ear ache for the past four days it hurts so bad I can't even put my back teeth together with out cringing. I have tried the alcohol method and hot compress any other suggestions? I can't make a doc appt til after holidays.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to go to a walk-in clinic. You've left your ear infection untreated too long already... and untreated for 3 more days can lead to all sorts of complications (permanent middle ear damage, mastoiditis, meningitis, etc.). Antibiotics will clear it up in a couple days. Don't wait. Go to an ER if you have to, but it's foolish to wait.

  19. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my dogs ear?
    She is always scratching her one ear, and walking with it sideways.
    I tried cleaning it with pet ear cleaner, but it didn't help.
    Is this a sign that she may have earmites?
    If so is there something I can order over the net to help her or should I take her to the vet?
    I don't want her to be uncomfortable.

    • ANSWER:
      Take your pet to the vets!!! I am corie, you may have spoken with my sister Christina. The fact that your dog has it's head tilted, known as "head tilt" gave me the idea that there is a more serious problem. The most common cause of head tilt is a middle or inner ear infection, or an infection or inflammation of the brain. Other causes include, hypothyroidism, injury to nerves, cancer, toxic side effects of certain antibiotics, and congenital defects. Don't waste any more time-sometimes it is not treatable and your dogs head will remain that way. They can live like that and still be happy after cured but do not subject your dog to that severity (that the head tilt becomes permanent ). Let me know what the vet says!
      Corie

      p.s. You did not specifically state "head tilt" but that is what I gathered from the ear being held "sideways".

  20. QUESTION:
    Why is there a ringing in my ear all the time?
    My dad said when people here a ringing in there a for a little while one of the hairs in your ear is dying or something like that. But I don't think that is it. I still hear stuff but if the room is quiet or in complete silence I can hear it very clearly. So why do I always hear a ringing?

    • ANSWER:
      Classic symptoms of tinnitus.

      This extremely irritating and stressful condition of the ear is usually not caused by any external noise. This auditory sensation, or ringing in the ears, as it is widely known affects thousands of people. It involves a ringing noise in the ears which may or may not be accompanied by hearing loss. Although many tinnitus sufferers can hear perfectly well, some others experience such loud ringing in the ears that other sounds are virtually blocked out. This severe condition renders them helpless as they loose sleep and concentration.

      Tinnitus can be broadly classified into two types: Objective which is caused by vascular sounds in the head and neck or muscular contractions of the middle ear or the soft palate in the mouth. Your doctor can easily hear the same sounds on examination as you are yourself hearing.

      Subjective tinnitus refers to buzzing, roaring, ringing or whistling in the ear which may be continuous or intermittent and are only heard by the sufferer, i.e. a doctor is unable to hear the same sounds. Subjective tinnitus is more common than objective tinnitus. Nearly 36 million Americans suffer from this disorder. In almost all cases, only the patient can hear the noise.

      Wax buildup in the outer ear, ruptured eardrum, congested Eustachian tubes, some infection, Ménière’s disease, Side effects of certain drugs like sedatives, antidepressants (as in your case), pain killers etc., Damage caused due to overexposure to loud noise, Elevated cholesterol and triglycerides level, diabetes, head or neck injury etc. are some reasons why humans have tinnitus.

      Valium, Xanax and Klonopin are benzodiazepine drugs that many doctors prescribe for tinnitus. These are conventional medications which achieve only limited success in tinnitus relief, and usually their bothersome side effects such as dry mouth, blurred vision, and constipation often discourage use.

      They are addicting to varying degrees and cannot be used continuously for a long period of time. They are helpful in reducing tinnitus symptoms and aid in sleeping. Valium is the most addicting of these and is not used often for this reason.

      Xanax is very popular and is prescribed often for tinnitus. However, the ATA report on medications that cause tinnitus lists Xanax as causing it in 6.6% of cases.

      There is actually no cure for tinnitus with the conventional medicine. Actually, since last many years, the onus has been on the herbal industry to provide relief, if any, to tinnitus sufferers.

      Tinnitus is usually due to damage to the microscopic ends of the hearing nerve in the inner ear. Perfect hearing is possible only if these nerves remain healthy and any damage to these nerves result in tinnitus or hearing impairment.

      Some herbal remedies exist which can be used to support all body systems involved in helping the ear to perform its tasks of clear hearing and balance, as well as the circulatory, cardiovascular, and nervous systems.

      Some of the most common herbs & biochemic tissue salts used are
      • Ginkgo Biloba is excellent for a number of cerebral and circulatory disorders. It is probably the most widely-used herb for tinnitus and many sufferers swear by this natural ingredient.
      • Rosemary dilates and strengthens blood vessels and is an excellent circulation tonic. Rosemary is particularly useful for tinnitus that is caused or worsened by high blood pressure and other circulatory conditions.
      • Avena Sativa is effective in reducing high cholesterol levels which can contribute to circulatory problems which cause tinnitus.
      • Wild Hyssop s also useful in reducing pain and inflammation.
      • Salicylic Ac. (30C) is indicated for tinnitus with loud roaring or ringing sounds, which may be accompanied by deafness or vertigo. This remedy is particularly useful in people whose symptoms began with a bout of flu, Meniere’s disease or long-term use of aspirin.
      • Ferrum phosphoricum (Ferrum phos. D6) is a homeopathic biochemic tissue salt which supports the absorption of iron in the body. The protective myelin sheath which surrounds all nerve tissue needs iron to supply this vital nutrient to the nerve cells it encases. Regular use of Ferrum phos. can help to prevent dizziness, headaches and restlessness and is of great benefit for those who tend to feel irritable, tense and tired.
      • Magnesium phosphate (Mag. phos. D6) well-known as a homeopathic painkiller, Mag. phos. is also of great benefit to the health of the nerves. It acts as a natural anti-spasmodic and a nerve and muscle relaxant and is also frequently recommended for stress headaches.

      Hope all this helps

      Good Luck!

      You may check the source link below for more details on the above

  21. QUESTION:
    Why is under my ear to the base of my neck so tender?
    I'm really sore from just behind my earlobe and it extends to about the middle of my neck. It's not just sore, it's super tender behind my ear and jawbone. When I turn my head to the left so my neck is in line with my shoulder, it stretches it, but I can still feel the tenderness. Please help! Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you have an infection and the lymph nodes are infected. You need to see the doctor. If they are infected you may need antibiotics to cure it.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is there any permanent cure for my dizziness and ear hissing problems? please help.?
    would some body help me please?
    Two years ago, my ear hissing started. The Dr. told me it is a middle ear infection. Dr prescribed some medicine, After that, i started feeling dizziness , vomiting, and unbalance which lasted around one year.
    i made MRI test and discovered nick disk in L 5 and L 6.
    i had a low level of b12 vitamin which i later on took some b12 tablets and injection to have it at the normal level.
    Ear hissing never stops and i have dizziness now and then . now i have it 1 to 3 times a month.
    i make some soft neck exercises

    Is there any permanent cure for my dizziness and ear hissing problems please help?

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    All of a sudden one side of my neck is swollen?
    I just noticed one side of my neck suddenly become swollen. Its on the side of my neck not down the middle where i guess the lymph nodes are. Its on the side of my neck and its like a muscle is swollen. Its on the side of my neck and extends to the base of my skull. I'm scared. I'm a hypochondriac. Is it cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      •Tonsillitis*:

      The main symptom of tonsillitis is a sore throat. More symptoms occur in most cases. Some or all of the following may be present:
      • Fever
      • Bad breath
      • Nasal congestion and runny nose
      • Swollen lymph nodes
      • Red, swollen tonsils covered completely or in patches by pus
      • Difficulty swallowing
      • Headache, ear infections.
      • Abdominal (belly) pain
      • Raw, bleeding patches on the tonsils
      When you have sore throat plus cold symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and coughing, the cause is most likely a virus. Viral infection of the tonsils usually goes away without treatment within 2 weeks.
      TONSILS:
      Tonsils are like street dogs in Ur vicinity. They are just like security guards for Ur entire body-house.
      When a thief/stranger enters Ur locality to observe the surroundings to commit a crime/theft; the street dog[s] starts barking continuously cautioning U against the dangers ahead.
      Similarly, much before the entry of a serious virus/bacteria into Ur body, the first organs to be affected are tonsils-which are nothing but lymph glands.
      As u r aware that lymphatic system is nothing but a drainage system. If tonsils are removed surgically, it is as good as killing Ur security guards given by the God.
      It is prudent and safe to see a local homoeopath for total cure.

      •OR
      Tonsilitis— Inflammation of the tonsil-a gland at the root of the tongue—Mixture of CF 3x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, FP 12x, KM 3x, KP 3x, MP 3x, NM 3x, NP 3x, NS 3x and S 12x failing which give mixture of CS 3x, KS 3x and S 12x.
      It is often caused by taking too much of ice-solid ice and too much of iced water should be avoided by every body. If it is chronic MP 3x. If tonsils are painful NP 3x. If frothy transparent mucous NM 3x. If the discharge is golden yellow NP 3x.
      About 16 years ago, Sri Pooranchand Sood, Advocate, Agra, was going to get his son's tonsils removed surgically, when the author induced him to defer the operation. In about 3 weeks time this medicine cured the patient: since then he and his son have been recommending this medicine to a number of patients, all of whom have sent very favourable reports.
      Sri H.C. Mukerji, Advocate, Lukerganj Allahabad, gives an
      excellent report about its efficacy in several cases in his family.
      •454. Tonsilitis— (Septic)—Try both the above formulae, failing which mixture of CS 3x, KP 3x, NM 3x, NS 3x and S 12x.

      •Dosage: 2 grains t.d.s.
      •All these biochemic salts/homeo medicines available @ local Homoeo shops, are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.

      PS:If satisfied, inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      •Source: 'Health In Ur Hands' by Dr.Devendra Vora,D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P., an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  24. QUESTION:
    What would you like to ask?i have ringing problems, what is this? my ENT told me my ears are okay?
    is it possible that i have problems on my brain?i went already to ENT,he told me that my ears are okay..whats the cause of ringing in my ears?i feel like my whole head will hard up.. i experience headache sometimes..my CT scan is normal..is it advisable that i should have MRI of my brain?

    • ANSWER:
      Just answered a similar one, so copying it down as it is.

      Its called Tinnitus.

      This extremely irritating and stressful condition of the ear is usually not caused by any external noise. This auditory sensation, or ringing in the ears, as it is widely known affects thousands of people. It involves a ringing noise in the ears which may or may not be accompanied by hearing loss. Although many tinnitus sufferers can hear perfectly well, some others experience such loud ringing in the ears that other sounds are virtually blocked out. This severe condition renders them helpless as they loose sleep and concentration.

      Tinnitus can be broadly classified into two types: Objective which is caused by vascular sounds in the head and neck or muscular contractions of the middle ear or the soft palate in the mouth. Your doctor can easily hear the same sounds on examination as you are yourself hearing.

      Subjective tinnitus refers to buzzing, roaring, ringing or whistling in the ear which may be continuous or intermittent and are only heard by the sufferer, i.e. a doctor is unable to hear the same sounds. Subjective tinnitus is more common than objective tinnitus.

      Wax buildup in the outer ear, ruptured eardrum, congested Eustachian tubes, some infection, Ménière’s disease, Side effects of certain drugs like sedatives, antidepressants (as in your case), pain killers etc., Damage caused due to overexposure to loud noise, Elevated cholesterol and triglycerides level, diabetes, head or neck injury etc. are some reasons why humans have tinnitus.

      Utilize masking noise. Tinnitus is usually more bothersome when the surroundings are quiet, especially when you are in bed. A competing sound such as a ticking clock, a radio, a fan or white noise machine may help mask tinnitus. Small hearing aid like devices which generate a competitive sound may help reduce the awareness of the tinnitus. You may combine such maskers along with herbal & homeopathic remedies.

      Valium, Xanax and Klonopin are benzodiazepine drugs that many doctors prescribe for tinnitus. These are conventional medications which achieve only limited success in tinnitus relief, and usually their bothersome side effects such as dry mouth, blurred vision, and constipation often discourage use.

      They are addicting to varying degrees and cannot be used continuously for a long period of time. They are helpful in reducing tinnitus symptoms and aid in sleeping. Valium is the most addicting of these and is not used often for this reason.

      Xanax is very popular and is prescribed often for tinnitus. However, the ATA (American Tinnitus Association) report on medications that cause tinnitus lists Xanax as causing it in 6.6% of cases.

      There is actually no cure for tinnitus with the conventional medicine. Actually, since last many years, the onus has been on the herbal industry to provide relief, if any, to tinnitus sufferers.

      Tinnitus is usually due to damage to the microscopic ends of the hearing nerve in the inner ear. Perfect hearing is possible only if these nerves remain healthy and any damage to these nerves results in tinnitus or hearing impairment.

      Some herbal remedies exist which can be used to support all body systems involved in helping the ear to perform its tasks of clear hearing and balance, as well as the circulatory, cardiovascular, and nervous systems.

      Some of the most common herbs & biochemic tissue salts used are
      • Ginkgo Biloba is excellent for a number of cerebral and circulatory disorders. It is probably the most widely-used herb for tinnitus and many sufferers swear by this natural ingredient.
      • Rosemary dilates and strengthens blood vessels and is an excellent circulation tonic. Rosemary is particularly useful for tinnitus that is caused or worsened by high blood pressure and other circulatory conditions.
      • Avena Sativa is effective in reducing high cholesterol levels which can contribute to circulatory problems which cause tinnitus.
      • Wild Hyssop s also useful in reducing pain and inflammation.
      • Salicylic Ac. (30C) is indicated for tinnitus with loud roaring or ringing sounds, which may be accompanied by deafness or vertigo. This remedy is particularly useful in people whose symptoms began with a bout of flu, Meniere’s disease or long-term use of aspirin.
      • Ferrum phosphoricum (Ferrum phos. D6) is a homeopathic biochemic tissue salt which supports the absorption of iron in the body. The protective myelin sheath which surrounds all nerve tissue needs iron to supply this vital nutrient to the nerve cells it encases. Regular use of Ferrum phos. can help to prevent dizziness, headaches and restlessness and is of great benefit for those who tend to feel irritable, tense and tired.
      • Magnesium phosphate (Mag. phos. D6) well-known as a homeopathic painkiller, Mag. phos. is also of great benefit to the health of the nerves. It acts as a natural anti-spasmodic and a nerve and muscle relaxant and is also frequently recommended fo

  25. QUESTION:
    Ringing in my ears is driving me insane?
    Whenever I try to lay down to go to sleep, I hear this annoying ringing in both my ears really loud and I can't sleep. Why does it do this?

    • ANSWER:
      Its called tinnitus.

      This extremely irritating and stressful condition of the ear is usually not caused by any external noise. This auditory sensation, or ringing in the ears, as it is widely known affects thousands of people. It involves a ringing noise in the ears which may or may not be accompanied by hearing loss. Although many tinnitus sufferers can hear perfectly well, some others experience such loud ringing in the ears that other sounds are virtually blocked out. This severe condition renders them helpless as they loose sleep and concentration.

      Tinnitus can be broadly classified into two types: Objective which is caused by vascular sounds in the head and neck or muscular contractions of the middle ear or the soft palate in the mouth. Your doctor can easily hear the same sounds on examination as you are yourself hearing.

      Subjective tinnitus refers to buzzing, roaring, ringing or whistling in the ear which may be continuous or intermittent and are only heard by the sufferer, i.e. a doctor is unable to hear the same sounds. Subjective tinnitus is more common than objective tinnitus. Nearly 36 million Americans suffer from this disorder. In almost all cases, only the patient can hear the noise.

      Pulsatile tinnitus can be of both types - subjective as well as objective

      Wax buildup in the outer ear, ruptured eardrum, congested Eustachian tubes, some infection, Ménière’s disease, Side effects of certain drugs like sedatives, antidepressants , pain killers etc., Damage caused due to overexposure to loud noise, Elevated cholesterol and triglycerides level, diabetes, head or neck injury etc. are some reasons why humans have tinnitus.

      Utilize masking noise. Tinnitus is usually more bothersome when the surroundings are quiet, especially when you are in bed. A competing sound such as a ticking clock, a radio, a fan or white noise machine may help mask tinnitus. Small hearing aid like devices which generate a competitive sound may help reduce the awareness of the tinnitus. You may combine such maskers along with herbal & homeopathic remedies.

      According to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), there is no known cure of tinnitus, at least with the conventional line of medicine. For a long time though, herbs & herbal formulas have come to the rescue of these tinnitus sufferers.

      Tinnitus is usually due to damage to the microscopic ends of the hearing nerve in the inner ear. Perfect hearing is possible only if these nerves remain healthy and any damage to these nerves results in tinnitus or hearing impairment.

      Some herbal remedies exist which can be used to support all body systems involved in helping the ear to perform its tasks of clear hearing and balance, as well as the circulatory, cardiovascular, and nervous systems.

      Some of the most common herbs & biochemic tissue salts used are
      • Ginkgo Biloba is excellent for a number of cerebral and circulatory disorders. It is probably the most widely-used herb for tinnitus and many sufferers swear by this natural ingredient.
      • Rosemary dilates and strengthens blood vessels and is an excellent circulation tonic. Rosemary is particularly useful for tinnitus that is caused or worsened by high blood pressure and other circulatory conditions.
      • Avena Sativa is effective in reducing high cholesterol levels which can contribute to circulatory problems which cause tinnitus.
      • Wild Hyssop is also useful in reducing pain and inflammation.
      • Salicylic Ac. (30C) is indicated for tinnitus with loud roaring or ringing sounds, which may be accompanied by deafness or vertigo. This remedy is particularly useful in people whose symptoms began with a bout of flu, Meniere’s disease or long-term use of aspirin.
      • Ferrum phosphoricum (Ferrum phos. D6) is a homeopathic biochemic tissue salt which supports the absorption of iron in the body. The protective myelin sheath which surrounds all nerve tissue needs iron to supply this vital nutrient to the nerve cells it encases. Regular use of Ferrum phos. can help to prevent dizziness, headaches and restlessness and is of great benefit for those who tend to feel irritable, tense and tired.
      • Magnesium phosphate (Mag. phos. D6) well-known as a homeopathic painkiller, Mag. phos. is also of great benefit to the health of the nerves. It acts as a natural anti-spasmodic and a nerve and muscle relaxant and is also frequently recommended for stress headaches.

      Hope all this helps

      Good Luck!

      You may get more details on the above here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/t/tinnitus.htm

  26. QUESTION:
    Anyone know any home remedies for an unbearable earache?
    I have an unbearable earache right now and it is preventing me from sleeping!!!! It hurts sooooo bad does anyone know of any home remedies that can soothe the pain until my doctor opens? ( other that warm olive oil or warm mineral oil) any ideas will help!!!! Please let me know. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Ear Infections and Aches
      Ear troubles occur mostly due to bad cold. Sometimes the child will refuse to eat and may pull his ear. Never neglect a bad ear. Most of the cases of deafness can be due to ear infections in the early years.
      Many young children are partially deaf because of blows they have received on the side of the head. These blows can easily damage the delicate hearing mechanism. Sometimes children stuff some foreign object into the ear canal and then forget all about it. After a few days the child may complain of earache and there may be foul discharge.
      During childhood, ear infections occur after measles, chicken pox, mumps, or the common cold. Chronic tonsillitis and other infections may spread to the Eustachian tube and cause pus to accumulate in the middle ear cavity, which is known as otitis media.
      Wax normally protects the ear canal from infection and injury, but when too much wax is present it should be gently removed. Do not attempt to dig the wax out yourself. You may puncture the drum and produce a middle ear infection, which might lead to permanent loss of hearing.
      Sometimes the ear canal becomes badly swollen and infected particularly after prolonged swimming. This is known as otitis externa. There is severe pain and there may be tender lymph nodes behind the ear and in the neck.
      Older people with nerve deafness often complain of ringing in the ears. Nerve deafness may also arise from hardening of the arteries. As the condition progresses, the patient may not be able to distinguish between such common sounds as the ringing of the doorbell, the tickling of the watch, or the sound of the telephone.
      Other causes of nerve deafness arise from skull fractures following falls and traffic accidents, especially if it involved auditory, or hearing nerve, or the blood vessels leading to the inner ear.

      HOME REMEDIES FOR EAR INFECTIONS AND ACHES
      ·Take some garlic juice and pour the juice in the ear it will help to relieve the pain. Garlic is a natural antibiotic.
      ·If the pain is due to altitude change, just chew gum or yawn to relieve the pain.
      ·If pain is due to swimming, usually called, swimmer's ear, put some mineral oil in before going in the water. This should protect the condition.
      ·One drop of alcohol after bathing can prevent excessive earwax.
      ·Take two cloves of Garlic. Remove the skin. Heat them with two spoons of Mustard Oil when the garlic starts turning black (burning) then turn off the heat. Sieve the contents. When the oil becomes lukewarm, then using a cotton swab, put 2 to 4 drops in the aching ear.
      ·Make a poultice of onions and it will help to cure the earache within 10 minutes.
      ·Deep-breathing exercises are effective for earaches and other pain, because they oxygenate the body, strengthen the immune system and open blockages.
      ·Grind a few Holy basil leaves and extract some juice. Apply 2 drops inside the ear.
      ·Boil 3-4 cloves of Garlic in some water. Mash them and add a pinch of salt. Wrap this poultice in a flannel or woolen cloth and place on the aching ear
      ·Drops of tea tree oil may be effective in reducing the earache.
      ·Blow the nose, one at a time and gently.
      ·Keep your ears free of moisture after swimming or bathing because a dry ear is unlikely to become infected. After swimming or showering, shake your head to remove water from the ear canal.
      ·Feed infants in upright position to prevent milk getting into the Eustachian tubes. Do not allow infants to fall asleep with a bottle in mouth.
      ·Take a sock; fill it with salt, heat until it is warm and tolerable to body. Lay your head on it. This may drain the fluid out.
      ·Use a nasal spray if nose is congested this will help to reduce the earache.
      ·Breathe in deeply from your diaphragm, not your chest, bringing air in through your nose.
      ·Pinch your nose and push your tongue against the back part of the roof of your mouth, this will work a little air through your Eustachian tubes without damage.
      ·Press a warm water bottle or warm bag of salt against the ear. This will help to ease ear pain.
      ·Otikon, an extract made of various plants, including garlic and St. John's Wort, is an effective anesthetic in treating the pain associated with ear infections.
      ·Take some garlic oil and put 3 drops of grape seed extract in it and then put it in the ear. It will help to relieve the pain in the ear.
      ·Take a small glass of orange juice (about 4 ounces) and added a dropper full of Echinacea tincture and 3 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE). Take this 3 times a day to relieve any infection.
      ·Avoid smoking and passive smoke as much as possible.
      ·Take Vitamin C to help boost the immune system and fight infection. Zinc reduces ear infection.
      ·Put a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in the ear. It is especially recommended for the swimmers ear.

  27. QUESTION:
    What can I do to help until the vet opens?
    My 1 year old puppie all of a sudden started to look dizzy and disorented and walked a little wobbily, i layed her in a chair where she urinated without moving. she is still responsive just calm, weak, and sleepy.

    • ANSWER:
      That sounds like Canine distemerment, or Billary. Its where the chemicals in the brain of the dog are messed up.

      Here are a few symptoms :

      Symptoms grow increasingly severe as the disease progresses, they include:

      Conjunctivitis (a watery, pus-like eye discharge) and inflammation of the eye
      Fever
      Nasal discharge
      Pneumonia (Coughing and laboured breathing)
      Lethargy
      Reduced appetite
      Vomiting
      Diarrhoea
      Seizures
      Hyperesthesia (increased sensitivity to sensory stimuli, such as pain or touch)
      Muscle twitching
      Progressive deterioration of mental abilities and motor (abbility to see, or move around normally. May be walking in circles or not moving around at all) skills
      Complete or partial paralysis

      WHAT IS THE CONTROVERSAL TREATMENT?

      There is no doubt that Canine Distemper is a serious illness. According to conventional veterinarian treatment, about 50% of dogs that contract it will die. Those that survive will often be left with debilitating conditions such as permanent digestive problems, neurological problems, seizure disorders, deformities of the paw pads, etc.

      According to conventional veterinary science, Distemper 'cannot be cured' and treatment is supportive only and includes fluid therapy, intensive nursing and antibiotics to control any secondary infections.

      Vaccination programmes against Canine Distemper have made this viral illness less common in recent times. However, holistic vets point out that there are serious concerns about the wisdom of routine vaccination and its long term effect on the health of pets.

      BUT... it could also be a middle ear infection too. Although they are rare, infections of the middle ear make the head of the dog incline 90 and sometimes even more, the dog becomes dizzy, and even more so, looks like it stumbles and staggers along having no sense of direction.

      The best treatment that u can give her a the moment is lots and lots of water to help flush the bacteria away!

      Hope this helps you while u are waiting for the vet! And good luck to the poor baby... Hope she is ok! P.s. let us know if she is ok!

  28. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to cure ear drum hole by medicine?
    I was beaten on my cheek by one person . After this One sound is coming in ear and I consulted a doctor. Now Doctor told ear drum damaged. Is it possible to cure by antibiotic this hole in ear drum.
    pl answer.

    • ANSWER:
      I am Dr Prateek Nayak . I am a Consultant in ENT [Ear Nose Throat] and Head and Neck Surgery practising in Bangalore ,India.
      The ear drum is a thin membrane separating the middle ear from the outer ear canal.It can be damaged by something as simple as a slap as in your case.The majority of such[ traumatic] perforations heal spontaneously with successfully self healing approaching 90 %. Visit an ENT specialist in your locality - the ENt doctor may apply some medication on the ear drum perforation margin to help it to heal.Antibiotcs are sometimes prescribed to treat/ prevent infection - they are not the medicines healing the perforation as such.Sometimes if the perforation does not heal on its own you may require surgical correction.
      Visit my website for more ENT [Ear, Nose, Throat] and Head and Neck conditions information:http://my.opera.com/prateeknayak/blog/
      All the best

  29. QUESTION:
    What are the best methods to cure Labyrinthitis?
    I'm wondering if there are any particular methods or info I should know about Labryinthitis.
    For more info, here's a wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labyrinthitis

    To summarize, it is a balance disorder.
    The illness causes loss of balance, dizziness, etc, as well as side effects of depression.
    my father appears to be suffering from it, but I'm not sure.
    He will see a doctor soon; is there any info we should know of beforehand that may help us?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Glenn

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue. Laby is basically the same as Vertigo. Be sure he drinks up to a gallon of water a day and gets better nutrition.

      Causes
      Vertigo is caused by disturbances within the equilibratory system - ears, inner ear canals, the cranial nerves servicing the ears, the associated brain parts, and the eyes. The system is disturbed due to mild stress on the cranial nerves, middle ear infections, shingles, inflammation of the ear canals, obstruction in an ear tube, a tumor, or a nerve inflammation. All of these factors must be screened for and addressed before lasting relief from vertigo symptoms can be achieved.

      Note: Vertigo can be an indication of a variety of other health problems. Prolonged or severe attacks of vertigo require immediate medical attention.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Diet: Avoid caffeine, chocolates, salt, fried foods, nicotine, drugs, alcohol, and aspartame (NutraSweet(TM)).

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy® is useful for calming accompanying stress. Scleranthus can also be helpful.

      Herbs: Ginkgo biloba and ginger can be helpful. Take one 40 mg tablet of ginkgo or two capsules of ginger three times a day.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Gelsemium, Phosphorus, Cocculus, Aconite, Nat. mur., Sulfur, Silicea, Lycopodium, and Belladonna.

      Lifestyle: Stay still during vertigo attacks and avoid rapid body movements, especially of the head. Be sure to reduce stress, and get adequate sleep.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Recommended nutrients include Vitamin B complex, vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B6, vitamin C plus bioflavonoids and rutin, vitamin E, calcium, choline, and adrenal glandulars.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating vertigo: Acupressure, Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Bodywork, Chiropractic, Craniosacral Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Hypnotherapy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathy, Qigong, Reflexology, and Traditional Chinese Medicine

      Best of health to you both

  30. QUESTION:
    I have a constant ringing in my ears. What is it and can it be fixed?
    The ringing occurs all day long while i'm awake. It sometimes gets really loud and annoying. Sometimes it makes it hard to hear other noises or voices in the background. I've had this since high school. I wish it would go away. Can it be fixed?

    • ANSWER:
      Its called Tinnitus.

      This extremely irritating and stressful condition of the ear is usually not caused by any external noise. This auditory sensation, or ringing in the ears, as it is widely known affects thousands of people. It involves a ringing noise in the ears which may or may not be accompanied by hearing loss. Although many tinnitus sufferers can hear perfectly well, some others experience such loud ringing in the ears that other sounds are virtually blocked out. This severe condition renders them helpless as they loose sleep and concentration.

      Tinnitus can be broadly classified into two types: Objective which is caused by vascular sounds in the head and neck or muscular contractions of the middle ear or the soft palate in the mouth. Your doctor can easily hear the same sounds on examination as you are yourself hearing.

      Subjective tinnitus refers to buzzing, roaring, ringing or whistling in the ear which may be continuous or intermittent and are only heard by the sufferer, i.e. a doctor is unable to hear the same sounds. Subjective tinnitus is more common than objective tinnitus.

      Wax buildup in the outer ear, ruptured eardrum, congested Eustachian tubes, some infection, Ménière’s disease, Side effects of certain drugs like sedatives, antidepressants (as in your case), pain killers etc., Damage caused due to overexposure to loud noise, Elevated cholesterol and triglycerides level, diabetes, head or neck injury etc. are some reasons why humans have tinnitus.

      Valium, Xanax and Klonopin are benzodiazepine drugs that many doctors prescribe for tinnitus. These are conventional medications which achieve only limited success in tinnitus relief, and usually their bothersome side effects such as dry mouth, blurred vision, and constipation often discourage use.

      They are addicting to varying degrees and cannot be used continuously for a long period of time. They are helpful in reducing tinnitus symptoms and aid in sleeping. Valium is the most addicting of these and is not used often for this reason.

      Xanax is very popular and is prescribed often for tinnitus. However, the ATA (American Tinnitus Association) report on medications that cause tinnitus lists Xanax as causing it in 6.6% of cases.
      There is actually no cure for tinnitus with the conventional medicine. Actually, since last many years, the onus has been on the herbal industry to provide relief, if any, to tinnitus sufferers.

      Tinnitus is usually due to damage to the microscopic ends of the hearing nerve in the inner ear. Perfect hearing is possible only if these nerves remain healthy and any damage to these nerves result in tinnitus or hearing impairment.

      Some herbal remedies exist which can be used to support all body systems involved in helping the ear to perform its tasks of clear hearing and balance, as well as the circulatory, cardiovascular, and nervous systems.

      Some of the most common herbs & biochemic tissue salts used are
      • Ginkgo Biloba is excellent for a number of cerebral and circulatory disorders. It is probably the most widely-used herb for tinnitus and many sufferers swear by this natural ingredient.
      • Rosemary dilates and strengthens blood vessels and is an excellent circulation tonic. Rosemary is particularly useful for tinnitus that is caused or worsened by high blood pressure and other circulatory conditions.
      • Avena Sativa is effective in reducing high cholesterol levels which can contribute to circulatory problems which cause tinnitus.
      • Wild Hyssop s also useful in reducing pain and inflammation.
      • Salicylic Ac. (30C) is indicated for tinnitus with loud roaring or ringing sounds, which may be accompanied by deafness or vertigo. This remedy is particularly useful in people whose symptoms began with a bout of flu, Meniere’s disease or long-term use of aspirin.
      • Ferrum phosphoricum (Ferrum phos. D6) is a homeopathic biochemic tissue salt which supports the absorption of iron in the body. The protective myelin sheath which surrounds all nerve tissue needs iron to supply this vital nutrient to the nerve cells it encases. Regular use of Ferrum phos. can help to prevent dizziness, headaches and restlessness and is of great benefit for those who tend to feel irritable, tense and tired.
      • Magnesium phosphate (Mag. phos. D6) well-known as a homeopathic painkiller, Mag. phos. is also of great benefit to the health of the nerves. It acts as a natural anti-spasmodic and a nerve and muscle relaxant and is also frequently recommended for stress headaches.

      Hope all this helps

      Good Luck!

      You may check the source link below for more details on the above

  31. QUESTION:
    Can an ear infection include pain behind the ear and down into the neck?

    My ear inside is really sore and it's stretching to behind my ear and a little bit down my neck, kinda worried about what it might be =/
    I'm going to the doctor tomorrow. :)

    • ANSWER:
      A medical Doctor Looking in your ear with an otoscope can tell if you have an infection in the ear canal or if your ear drum shows signs of a middle ear infection. The ear doctor is called an Otologist or Otolaryngologist If you have pain behind your ear when pressing on the mastoid bone, you probably have a middle ear infection.
      My daughter had it (called mastoiditis) and after her eardrum was lanced and had treatment with penecilin during a 3 day period, which cured the problem.

  32. QUESTION:
    I get an extremely painful ear when flying, Is there anything that can prevent this?
    The pain occurs when landing. Chewing and Swallowing does not help, It gets so bad it goes past the stage of anything helping. The pain is so bad my body shakes and I find it hard to breath.

    • ANSWER:
      How can I prevent ear pain when I fly?

      Ideally, anyone with a cold, respiratory infection, ear infection, etc, should not fly. However, not many people will cancel their holiday trips for this reason. The following may help people who develop ear pain when flying.

      Suck sweets when the plane begins to descend. Air is more likely to flow up the Eustachian tube if you swallow, yawn or chew. For babies, it is a good idea to feed them or give them a drink at the time of descent to encourage them to swallow.
      Try doing the following. Take a breath in. Then, try to breathe out gently with your mouth closed and pinching your nose (the Valsalva manoeuvre). In this way, no air is blown out but you are gently pushing air into the Eustachian tube. If you do this you may feel your ears go 'pop' as air is pushed into the middle ear. This often cures the problem. Repeat this every few minutes until landing - whenever you feel any discomfort in the ear.
      Do not sleep when the plane is descending to land. (Ask the air steward to wake you when the plane starts to descend.) If you are awake you can make sure that you suck and swallow to encourage air to get into the middle ear.
      The above usually works for most people. However, if you are particularly prone to develop aeroplane ear, you may wish to also consider the following in addition to the tips above.

      Antihistamine tablets (available at pharmacies). Take the recommended dose the day before and the day of travel. This may help to limit the amount of mucus that you make.
      A decongestant nasal spray can 'dry up' the mucus in the nose. For example, one containing Xylometazolene - available at pharmacies. Spray the nose about one hour before the expected time of descent. Spray again five minutes later. Then spray every 20 minutes until landing.
      What is the treatment for aeroplane ear?

      If the measures above fail to prevent aeroplane ear, although the pain may be severe, it normally goes quickly. Take painkillers such as paracetamol until it does go. Fluid sometimes accumulates in the middle ear for a few days after the flight which may make hearing rather dull for a while. See a doctor if the pain or dulled hearing does not clear within a few days.

  33. QUESTION:
    Does blowing warm air from a blow dryer really help eliminate or alleviate fluid in the middle ear?
    I have done research and have found that there is really nothing you can do to cure a middle ear infection, antibiotics don't make a difference. Someone told me to use a blow dryer for my ears but it's fluid in the MIDDLE ear, doesn't make sense to me...has anyone tried this..if so, does it work? Any suggestions on how to treat the symptoms...I am REALLY sick to my stomach due to my equalibrum being affected.

    • ANSWER:
      I am inclined to say no, because due to your ear drum and the curvature of the canal, it may be difficult/impossible to have any air reach there. And even if it does, you'd have to be careful not to have it blow too hard as to not damage the delicate insides of your ears.

  34. QUESTION:
    I recently (four day ago) got into a fist fight. I am experencing a lot of pain in my left ear?
    Along with the pain is a feeling as if there may be something in there. It's irritant and I keep trying to pick at it with q-tips but there isn't anything there such as wax and the such. My whole ear is very sore and today I got a few short headaches when it's touched. Should I be worried? Or sleep it off?

    • ANSWER:
      Do not use hydrogen peroxide on tissues unless it's been diluted well, first - it can seriously burn tender tissues.

      First, an ear ache usually occurs with congestion that is causing edema or swelling in the middle ear canal, or more seriously, inner ear. Nothing inserted into the ear will cure an infection; however, warmth may (MAY!) relief pain, temporarily.

      Secondly, an infection in the middle or inner ear may lead to more serious infections going into the brain, or damage the auditory nerve, which will lead to a permanent hearing loss. Ear aches must be regarded as an infection, but initially until a doctor can be see the following may done for pain relief, and to boost your immune system, generally (not the ear, per se).

      Congestion can be relived by breathing in steam. Fill a pot with water, bring it to a boil, and lean over it with all hair pulled back, and breathe in the steam for at least 5 minutes (keep tissues close at hand). Greater relieve may occur by sniffing a warm normal saline solution up the nose or using the NeilMed Sinus Wash bottle with the normal saline added. The bottle is easier to use than the "NetiPot" - use it in a shower 2-3X/day.

      For severe pain, until you can get to a doctor, using plain nose drops, or nasal spray like Afrin, as directed, but no more than 3 days! Spraying the nasal passages well, holding your nose, will help shrink back the membranes and relive the pain. Nose drops/sprays may affect those membranes so they won't react normally if this product is used for more than 3-days, so do not do that. Your doctor will explain this more fully, but it is an excellent product to stop the terrible pain caused by congested membranes.

      If you have noticeable congestion, after steaming, try to help the sinuses to drain by lying across a bed on your stomach, with your head hanging down off one side of the bed. Tilt your head down, and stay in that position for about 10 minutes - keep tissues, even a container handy because the frontal sinuses may drain out a lot of fluid. Those sinuses have their only opening at the upper, inner portion of their cavity on either side of the nose - so until it's "loaded" they don't drain without postioning, or medications.

      Increase the function of your immune system by drinking a lot of water during this time, eat fruits (not juices instead), fresh vegetables, grains, bean, and fish. If you are not hungry, make a vegetable soup with fresh vegetables, tomatoes added, pieces of poultry or boath. Cook this slowly until the veggies are cooked.

      A powerful broth can be made at home and frozen into separate servings by saving all veggie scraps (freeze these until there is enough to half-fill a pot of water), or simmering a whole chicken with celery leaves and some onion for at least a full day (remove the chicken itself after 30 minutes, cool, then bone it; put the bones back in the pot of water and continue simmering slowly for at least a day). Drain, and filter the broth in a stainer after cooking it, and put into serving size portions in the freezer, ready for all meal needs later on. This is an excellent base for soups, rice, stir fry, and a quick, nutritious drink any time.

      Take care of yourself.

  35. QUESTION:
    Does blowing warm air from a blow dryer really help eliminate or alleviate fluid in the middle ear?
    I have done research and have found that there is really nothing you can do to cure a middle ear infection, antibiotics don't make a difference. Someone told me to use a blow dryer for my ears but it's fluid in the MIDDLE ear, doesn't make sense to me...has anyone tried this..if so, does it work? Any suggestions on how to treat the symptoms...I am REALLY sick to my stomach due to my equalibrum being affected.

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing I can recommend you doing is making a doctor's appointment and talking to your doctor about what you can do.

  36. QUESTION:
    Anyone knows how to cure hearing problem?
    Recently we had an Audiometry test for my Sister. The results showed that auditory nerve is 70% weak. Does anyone have any information, experience or remedies of any kind like yoga, homeopathy or any thing else..please tell me. Also if anyone knows about any doctors in India who can cure this..., kindly help me out. I would be so thankful to anyone who can provide me with any kind of help. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      There are natural herbs and supplements you can take that can greatly improve and even restore her hearing. The tiny hair follicles in her inner ear can greatly improve with increased blood flow to them.

      You may already know that free radicals have been show to cause disease. They are highly reactive molecules that disrupt the structure of normal cellular components like the ones in her inner ear.

      One of the activities of free radicals is to destroy cochlear hair cells, which transmit acoustic information to the auditory nerve. using the proper antioxidant's you can fight off these free radicals.

      If she has a bacterial infection of the middle ear, it can be treated with antibiotics. always ask your doctor for advice and read the patient information leaflet that comes with your medicine.

      If her outer or middle ears are blocked by ear wax, a nurse will be able to remove the blockage with a syringe.

      If there is no cure for her hearing loss, a hearing aid for one or both ears may help. Hearing aids can work for both conductive or sensorineural hearing loss. Many different types of hearing aid are available, and your audiologist will advise you as to which type is the best.

      Avoid vatagenic foods such as pop­corn, corn chips, beans, raw vegetables, and cold drinks.

      Try Garlic oil.
      Pour about 1 tablespoon of sesame oil into a small pan, and into it place 1 clove of garlic, well chopped. Cook till the garlic turns brown, then let it cool. While cooking, press the garlic into the oil. This helps the healing properties of the garlic ooze out and permeate the oil. The resulting mixture, which has an excellent fragrance, is called garlic oil. Place 5 to 10 drops (of body-temperature oil) into the ear. This will improve the hearing capacity of the auditory nerve.
      NOTE: Oil should be used in the ear only when there is no infection.

      Yoga Postures
      The Lion, Camel, Cobra, and Cow yoga postures may improve hearing.
      Alternate Nostril breathing may also be effective.

      Good luck

  37. QUESTION:
    12 month daughter with recurrent ear infection in both ears. Alternative treatment?
    She has been on antibiotics for almost a month now with little to no improvement. I have read about dairy being the culprit and also about ear oil helping? Has anyone had results with discontinuing dairy? Her doctore recommended ear tubes however, I am completely against that. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      The problem is how children develop. As infants the ear tubes are level, and don't drain, as we grow, they become inclined so they drain down the throat.

      It's nothing that is going in her - that is part of normal development for children.
      Evolution gave us plenty of odd things that don't quite "work", and in some people they don't "work" more than others - that is just one of many examples. (We aren't exactly built well for walking upright, either. Nature selected for childbirth, but gave us back pain for practically everyone over forty)

      I have no idea why you would be against ear tubes, they aren't much different than earrings, essentially.

      Whatever you do, make sure that her hearing and speech learning abilities are not effected.

      Good Luck

      Edit: Sorry, just realized I didn't address the "alternative" issue: there is nothing "alternative" that can address the drainage issue, that is physiological and nothing that will cure middle ear infections infection either.

      Edit II: Guys, I did read enough of your answers to actually look it up on my own: as far as the ear infections and milk I only came with the same study that Dr. J came up with....and as far as manipulation, *The Journal of Chiropractic Care* itself reports " There are currently no evidence to support or refute using SMT [Spinal Manipulation Therapy] for OM [Otitis Media]....

      Now when the journal for your own discipline says that what you do, doesn't do enough to have an effect, that's uh...pretty bad.

      Edit III: Gary is right, chiropractors don't believe germs cause infections...

  38. QUESTION:
    Can you take Amoxiclav with Azithromycin together?
    Related to a stubborn abscess high on my gum, apparently caused by a sinus infection.I don't have any cavities and have never had a mouth abscess before.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, and it should cure chlamydia as well as other anoerobic infections, middle ear and sinus infections.

  39. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of a Sore Throat and an Ear Ache?
    because my throat is really soar and it hurts & this morning i had a real bad ear ache like if someone hammered a nail in my ear, can you cure this or treat it & if you can what do you use or do. My dad was sick too the day before, i usually don't get sick from other people.(please answer)
    i'm not involved in kissing, so i can't get it from that

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      I am a doctor..
      Well, i know that the cold and sore throat is such a pain.
      Since there is a link betwen the throat and the middle ear , sore throat can easily extend and cause otitis media..(middle ear infection)

      For the time being, use salt water to gargle your throat.do it 3 times per day.give it some time, it may take about 3 days..
      if you feel slat water is not working for you, do the gargling with betadine solution..
      when you goto sleep do it as the last thing so that you wont wash you mouth after the salt water/betadine gargle.

      do some steam inahaltion.do it about 2/3 times per day.it would help.
      take some hot water into a bowl.then cover you head with a towel and inhale the steam.Do it for about 6 mintues..

      but you may have to take antibiotics if it is a bacterial infection.amoxycillin 500mg , 3 times per day for 5 days may work..but it again depends on whetheR you have penicillin allergey and on whethr the organism is penicillin resistant..
      so not take amoxycillin if you have penicillin allergy..

      the best thing is to get a throat swab culture and ABST done.
      it would determine whether this bacterial or viral.consult your doctor for this.

      if its viral there may be no need to take anitbiotics. but you just cant sometimes differentiate from examination alone.

      for the time being do the above mentioned things.
      also avoid drinking cool things and drink more and more hot water and hot beverages.
      honey may also soothe your throat..

      Do you work in a very cold environment? if so , avoid that place for the time being and goto a warmer area of your workplace..

      But if these remedial measures do not work for you in 2 days.,it is very much advisable to goto a doctor and get the necessary tests doneand then get the antibiotic treatment if necessary..

      If you want more info, feel free to write to me or visit
      www.medicguide.org
      This is a free site done by me and other doctors to answer health querries for free.

  40. QUESTION:
    Iv got a painful ear ache, how do I get rid of the pain ?
    Very painful in my right ear, I can't get to sleep, anything to do for the pain ??

    • ANSWER:
      Heat, pain medication and a nasal spray. Heat will help whatever is causing the pain to drain properly. Just apply a heating pad, hot water bottle or even the airflow from a hairdryer to wherever it hurts most. Take some aspirin, ibuprofen or whatever over the counter home pain medication you can safely take. Two good squirts of a 12 hour nasal spray into the nostril on the same side as the pain (close the other nostril and breathe in as you spray it) will help speed up the drainage. Do all three.

      You may have a middle ear infection that requires antibiotics to cure so if my advice doesn't work, PLEASE get to a doctor. The antibiotics will clear up the pain FAST.

  41. QUESTION:
    Is the a cure for Bacterial Meningitis ?
    It seem like once someone has it they die? If there no cure or treatment, why is it hard to treat?

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment

      Acute bacterial meningitis requires prompt treatment with intravenous antibiotics to ensure recovery and reduce the risk of complications. The antibiotic or combination of antibiotics that your doctor may choose depends on the type of bacteria causing the infection. Often, analyzing a sample of cerebrospinal fluid can help identify the bacteria. If you or your child has bacterial meningitis, your doctor may recommend a broad-spectrum antibiotic until he or she can determine the exact cause of the meningitis.

      If you or your child has bacterial meningitis, your doctor may recommend treatments for brain swelling, shock, convulsions or dehydration. Infected sinuses or mastoids — the bones behind the outer ear that connect to the middle ear — may need to be drained. Any fluid that has accumulated between the brain and the membranes that surround it may also need to be drained or surgically removed.

      Antibiotics can't cure most viral meningitis, but many cases improve on their own in a week or so without therapy. Treatment of mild cases of viral meningitis is usually with bed rest, plenty of fluids and over-the-counter pain medications to help reduce fever and relieve body aches. If the cause of your meningitis is the herpes virus, your doctor may also recommend an antiviral medication aimed at this virus.

  42. QUESTION:
    Any adults out there who experienced barotrauma and had tubes placed in to help?
    What were you experiencing and did this procedure help? Are you cured? Would you recommend?

    • ANSWER:
      What Are Ear tubes?

      Ear tubes are tiny cylinders placed through the ear drum (tympanic membrane) to allow air into the middle ear. They also may be called tympanostomy tubes, myringotomy tubes, ventilation tubes, or PE (pressure equalization) tubes. These tubes can be made out of plastic, metal, or Teflon and may have a coating intended to reduce the possibility of infection. There are two basic types of ear tubes: short-term and long-term. Short-term tubes are smaller and typically stay in place for six months to a year before falling out on their own. Long-term tubes are larger and have flanges that secure them in place for a longer period of time. Long term tubes may fall out on their own, but removal by an otolaryngologist is often necessary.

      Who Needs Ear Tubes?

      Ear tubes are often recommended when a person experiences repeated middle ear infection (acute otitis media) or has hearing loss caused by the persistent presence of middle ear fluid (otitis media with effusion). These conditions most commonly occur in children, but can also be present in teens and adults and can lead to speech and balance problems, hearing loss, or changes in the structure of the ear drum. Other less common conditions that may warrant the placement of ear tubes are malformation of the ear drum or Eustachian tube, Down Syndrome, cleft palate, and barotrauma (injury to the middle ear caused by a reduction of air pressure), usually seen with altitude changes such as flying and scuba diving.

      Each year, more than half a million ear tube surgeries are performed on children, making it the most common childhood surgery performed with anesthesia. The average age of ear tube insertion is one to three years old. Inserting ear tubes may:

      reduce the risk of future ear infection,
      restore hearing loss caused by middle ear fluid,
      improve speech problems and balance prob-lems, and
      improve behavior and sleep problems caused by chronic ear infections.

      How Are Ear Tubes Inserted?

      Ear tubes are inserted through an outpatient surgical procedure called a myringotomy. A myringotomy refers to an incision (a hole) in the ear drum or tympanic membrane. This is most often done under a surgical microscope with a small scalpel (tiny knife), but it can also be accomplished with a laser. If an ear tube is not inserted, the hole would heal and close within a few days. To prevent this, an ear tube is placed in the hole to keep it open and allow air to reach the middle ear space (ventilation).

      Ear Tube Surgery

      A light general anesthetic (laughing gas) is administered for young children. Some older children and adults may be able to tolerate the procedure without anesthetic. A myringotomy is performed and the fluid behind the ear drum (in the middle ear space) is suctioned out. The ear tube is then placed in the hole. Ear drops may be administered after the ear tube is placed and may be necessary for a few days. The procedure usually lasts less than 15 minutes and patients awaken quickly. Sometimes the otolaryngologist will recommend removal of the adenoid tissue (lymph tissue located in the upper airway behind the nose) when ear tubes are placed. This is often considered when a repeat tube insertion is necessary. Current research indicates that removing adenoid tissue concurrent with placement of ear tubes can reduce the risk of recurrent ear infection and the need for repeat surgery.

      What To Expect After Surgery

      After surgery, the patient is monitored in the recovery room and will usually go home within an hour if no complications are present. Patients usually experience little or no postoperative pain but grogginess, irritability, and/or nausea from the anesthesia can occur temporarily. Hearing loss caused by the presence of middle ear fluid is immediately resolved by surgery. Sometimes children can hear so much better that they complain that normal sounds seem too loud. The otolaryngologist will provide specific postoperative instructions for each patient including when to seek immediate attention and follow-up appointments. He or she may also prescribe antibiotic ear drops for a few days.

      To avoid the possibility of bacteria entering the middle ear through the ventilation tube, physicians may recommend keeping ears dry by using ear plugs or other water-tight devices during bathing, swimming, and water activities. However, recent research suggests that protecting the ear may not be necessary, except when diving or engaging in water activities in unclean water such as lakes and rivers. Parents should consult with the treating physician about ear protection after surgery.

      Possible Complications

      Myringotomy with insertion of ear tubes is an extremely common and safe procedure with minimal complications. When complications do occur, they may include:

      Perforation – This can happen when a tube comes out or a long-term tube is removed and the hole in the tympanic membrane (ear drum) does not close. The hole can be patched through a minor surgical procedure called a tympanoplasty or myringoplasty.
      Scarring – Any irritation of the ear drum (recurrent ear infections), including repeated in-sertion of ear tubes, can cause scarring called tympanosclerosis or myringosclerosis. In most cases, this causes no problems with hearing.
      Infection – Ear infections can still occur in the middle ear or around the ear tube. How-ever, these infections are usually less frequent, result in less hearing loss, and are easier to treat – often only with ear drops. Sometimes an oral antibiotic is still needed.
      Ear Tubes Come Out Too Early Or Stay In Too Long – If an ear tube expels from the ear drum too soon (which is unpredictable), fluid may return and repeat surgery may be needed. Ear tubes that remain too long may result in perforation or may require removal by the otolaryngologist.
      Consultation with an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat surgeon) may be warranted if you or your child has experienced repeated or severe ear infections, ear infections that are not resolved with antibiotics, hearing loss due to fluid in the middle ear, barotrauma, or have an anatomic abnormality that inhibits drainage of the middle ear.

      If you want further information I would contact your ear, nose and throat doctor and ask him specific questions. It sounds like it should take care of your symptoms.

  43. QUESTION:
    what is the best cure to slight feeling of hearing loss due to a blocked eustachian tube?
    My left ear has felt blocked for over 3 months now and i havent had any pain, but it just came and went. I finally got tired of it and i have been looking for a cure i dont want to go to the doctor yet. Anyways the left side of my nose is always stopped up and i tried blowing my nose really hard and i felt alot of stuff deep inside of my nose so i think its my eustachian tube that is blocked. When i yawn i feel pressure in my ear and it feel like the pressure tries to go out my ear and it hurts sometimes.If i go to the doctor will I have to have surgery and if left untreated will it lead to more serious problems? Any answers will help greatly, THANK YA'LL

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I'm an Audiologist.

      For immediate relief, try the ValSalva maneuver: holding your nose and mouth closed and GENTLY blowing to force air through the Eustachian tube into the middle ear space. Many people also get relief by applying heat, like a hot water bottle, to the ear. Be careful when blowing your nose - also blow GENTLY then, because you could force too much pressure and even mucous, up into the middle ear, which could then breed infection. Steam/vapor to moisten and loosen up the mucous might also help it drain.

      You could also try antihistamines and/or decongestants to open up and dry out the sinuses. Of course this depends on your health and medical history, and should be supervised by a physician. Start with your primary doctor, who may also prescribe antibiotics, as there may be infection since it's been 3 months. If it persists following that treatment, ask for a referral to consult an otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat - ENT). They will probably check your hearing and middle ear pressure to verify the diagnosis, and may want to get a CT scan of your sinuses, if that problem has persisted, too.

      Typically, if medication is not able to clear the pressure and congestion in the middle ear, the surgical treatment is to cut an incision in the eardrum (myringotomy) to relieve the pressure, and suction out any fluid that might be in the middle ear space. If the fluid remains untreated, it can erode the middle ear bones (ossicles) and if infected, the infection can spread to other areas around the ear. In the case of chronic/recurrent ear infections, a tiny rubbery grommet "tube" is placed in the incision to hold if open and prevent the pressure and fluid from building up again.

      Most adults can have this procedure done in the otolaryngologist's office with a local anesthetic. In children it's performed under general anesthesia because it is so important for them to be totally still when working with such small structures. This is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in the U.S. (second only to circumcision, last I heard); and the tube falls out on it's own while the eardrum heals itself. In a few patients, there can be scarring of the eardrum, but typically that only becomes problematic if the patient has several surgeries.

      If you have pain, fever, sudden significant hearing loss, or spinning dizziness (vertigo) - these could be symptoms of more serious complications and you should see a doctor promptly. I hope this helps, and that you feel better soon!

  44. QUESTION:
    what is the best cure to slight feeling of hearing loss due to a blocked eustachian tube?
    My left ear has felt blocked for over 3 months now and i havent had any pain, but it just came and went. I finally got tired of it and i have been looking for a cure i dont want to go to the doctor yet. Anyways the left side of my nose is always stopped up and i tried blowing my nose really hard and i felt alot of stuff deep inside of my nose so i think its my eustachian tube that is blocked. When i yawn i feel pressure in my ear and it feel like the pressure tries to go out my ear and it hurts sometimes.If i go to the doctor will I have to have surgery and if left untreated will it lead to more serious problems? Any answers will help greatly, THANK YA'LL

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I'm an Audiologist.

      For immediate relief, try the ValSalva maneuver: holding your nose and mouth closed and GENTLY blowing to force air through the Eustachian tube into the middle ear space. Many people also get relief by applying heat, like a hot water bottle, to the ear. Be careful when blowing your nose - also blow GENTLY then, because you could force too much pressure and even mucous, up into the middle ear, which could then breed infection. Steam/vapor to moisten and loosen up the mucous might also help it drain.

      You could also try antihistamines and/or decongestants to open up and dry out the sinuses. Of course this depends on your health and medical history, and should be supervised by a physician. Start with your primary doctor, who may also prescribe antibiotics, as there may be infection since it's been 3 months. If it persists following that treatment, ask for a referral to consult an otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat - ENT). They will probably check your hearing and middle ear pressure to verify the diagnosis, and may want to get a CT scan of your sinuses, if that problem has persisted, too.

      Typically, if medication is not able to clear the pressure and congestion in the middle ear, the surgical treatment is to cut an incision in the eardrum (myringotomy) to relieve the pressure, and suction out any fluid that might be in the middle ear space. If the fluid remains untreated, it can erode the middle ear bones (ossicles) and if infected, the infection can spread to other areas around the ear. In the case of chronic/recurrent ear infections, a tiny rubbery grommet "tube" is placed in the incision to hold if open and prevent the pressure and fluid from building up again.

      Most adults can have this procedure done in the otolaryngologist's office with a local anesthetic. In children it's performed under general anesthesia because it is so important for them to be totally still when working with such small structures. This is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in the U.S. (second only to circumcision, last I heard); and the tube falls out on it's own while the eardrum heals itself. In a few patients, there can be scarring of the eardrum, but typically that only becomes problematic if the patient has several surgeries.

      If you have pain, fever, sudden significant hearing loss, or spinning dizziness (vertigo) - these could be symptoms of more serious complications and you should see a doctor promptly. I hope this helps, and that you feel better soon!

  45. QUESTION:
    What is Melpausy and is there a cure?
    My mother-inlaw's neighbour has melpausy, she says he looks as if he had a stroke because of the nerves are dead in his face and is kind of droopy.

    My boyfriend had it when he was 16, he thinks it has a connection with him starting smoking, but he doesn't smoke anymore and he is 24.
    But the neighbour gave up smoking 2 years ago and went back smoking recently.

    Would this have a connection?

    • ANSWER:
      Bells Palsy
      Bell's palsy is a form of temporary facial paralysis resulting from damage or trauma to one of the two facial nerves. The facial nerve-also called the 7th cranial nerve-is a paired structure that travels through a narrow, bony canal (called the Fallopian canal) in the skull, beneath the ear, to the muscles on each side of the face. For most of its journey, the nerve is encased in this bony shell.

      Each facial nerve directs the muscles on one side of the face, including those that control eye blinking and closing, and facial expressions such as smiling and frowning. Additionally, the facial nerve carries nerve impulses to the lacrimal or tear glands, the saliva glands, and the muscles of a small bone in the middle of the ear called the stapes. The facial nerve also transmits taste sensations from the tongue.

      When Bell's palsy occurs, the function of the facial nerve is disrupted, causing an interruption in the messages the brain sends to the facial muscles. This interruption results in facial weakness or paralysis.

      Bell's palsy is named for Sir Charles Bell, a 19th century Scottish surgeon who was the first to describe the condition. The disorder, which is not related to stroke, is the most common cause of facial paralysis. Generally, Bell's palsy affects only one of the paired facial nerves and one side of the face, however, in rare cases, it can affect both sides.

      What Causes Bell's Palsy?

      Bell's palsy occurs when the nerve that controls the facial muscles is swollen, inflamed, or compressed, resulting in facial weakness or paralysis. Exactly what causes this damage, however, is unknown.

      Most scientists believe that a viral infection such as viral meningitis or the common cold sore virus - herpes simplex - causes the disorder. They believe that the facial nerve swells and becomes inflamed in reaction to the infection, causing pressure within the Fallopian canal and leading to an infarction (the death of nerve cells due to insufficient blood and oxygen supply). In some mild cases (where recovery is rapid), there is damage only to the myelin sheath of the nerve. The myelin sheath is the fatty covering-which acts as an insulator-on nerve fibers in the brain.

      The disorder has also been associated with influenza or a flu-like illness, headaches, chronic middle ear infection, high blood pressure, diabetes, sarcoidosis, tumors, Lyme disease, and trauma such as skull fracture or facial injury.

      More information is at the link below.

  46. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a bunny that has or had wry neck?
    If you do / did what was the treatment and results? How long did your bunny have to suffer? My lop is suffering from it right now and we went to the vet, he gave him meds and told me to call him back in one week. However the bunny seems to be getting worse, and it is breaking my heart, thanks for any help.

    • ANSWER:
      It takes long-term antibiotics, usually over a period of several months, but take heart - it CAN be cured. The reason I know a bit about it, is because we suspected our first rabbit of having it, so I researched it. Because this is such a common condition, it is fortunately well-recognised and well-understood, and so can readily be treated. As long as your bunn is eating and drinking - eating and drinking are the key signs of wellbeing in a rabbit - she's not suffering as much as you are with your seeing her this way.

      I've personally known several people whose bunns had wry neck, and they are each better now. One of them had such severe head tilt that her head was sideways and her eye was literally touching the ground, and she couldn't stand up at all without falling over - she needed intensive nursing for a couple of months, during which her humans kept her in her hutch/cage surrounded by towels so that she wouldn't fall over as easily ... and now she's cured, and since then has been healthy enough to become a mother bunn.

      I'll quote to you from one of my favoured rabbit health books, "Rabbitlopaedia: A Complete Guide to Rabbit Care" by Meg Brown and Virginia Richardson:

      "HEAD TILT or WRY NECK

      "The sudden onset of a head tilt is a quite common occurrence in rabbits.

      "Signs: The rabbit suddenly develops a tilt of its head to one side. The twist may be so dramatic that the eye on the downward side might touch the ground. The rabbit will lose its sense of balance and may twist and spin if picked up.

      "Cause: There are various causes, but infections of the middle and inner ear are most common. Head trauma from a fight or fall can also cause a head tilt. Bacteria or a parasite "Encephalitozoon cuniculi" can migrate from the inner ear to the brain and cause various neurological symptoms.

      "Treatment: Whatever the cause, treatment is symptomatic. This usually involves a long course of antibiotics if infection is suspected, and corticosteroids if swelling of the brain is suspected. Recovery is slow, but if the rabbit is able to eat and drink, it should be given plenty of time to recover with long-term antibiotics. The rabbit should be kept in a confined and comfortable area and handled as little as possible, because as soon as it is picked up and its feet leave the floor, it will lose its balance and start spinning. The down-side eye may need special care, bathing and eye cream, if it is touching the ground."

      The good news is that, because this is such a common condition, it is well-recognised and well-understood, and so can readily be treated. Very very best of luck to you and your bunn, and don't hesitate to email me if you want to talk more.

  47. QUESTION:
    Can amoxicillin cure my middle of the ear infection?
    my dr gave me these pills but the last time i had them i got really sick but i have a lot of amoxicillin from the dermatologist. can I just take that?

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    Ear hurts when I give put pressure on it?
    Possible ear infection or what?

    • ANSWER:
      If the outer ear hurts when you put pressure on it and you haven't bumped it, you may have an infection on the pinna or the ear canal. If pain occurs when you press the bone behind the ear, you may have a middle ear infection (mastoiditis).

      Some common symptoms and signs of mastoiditis include pain, tenderness, and swelling in the mastoid region. There may be ear pain (otalgia), and the ear or mastoid region may be red (erythematous). Fever or headaches may also be present. Infants usually show nonspecific symptoms, including anorexia, diarrhea, or irritability. Drainage from the ear occurs in more serious cases.[

      In general, mastoiditis is rather simple to prevent. If the patient with an ear infection seeks treatment promptly and receives complete treatment, the antibiotics will usually cure the infection and prevent its spread. For this reason, mastoiditis is rare in developed countries.[4]

      In the United States the primary treatment for mastoiditis is administration of intravenous antibiotics.

  49. QUESTION:
    I hear some buzzing noise in my left ear. I can hear it even when I close my left year. Its so disturbing?
    I am hearing this noise since one month. I don't know whats the problem with me. To which doctor I must go to. Cant I listen from my left ear in future?

    • ANSWER:
      It is tinnitus, but still you should first go to an ENT specialist and get yourself checked.

      This extremely irritating and stressful condition of the ear is usually not caused by any external noise. This auditory sensation, or ringing in the ears, as it is widely known affects thousands of people. It involves a ringing noise in the ears which may or may not be accompanied by hearing loss. Although many tinnitus sufferers can hear perfectly well, some others experience such loud ringing in the ears that other sounds are virtually blocked out. This severe condition renders them helpless as they loose sleep and concentration.

      Tinnitus can be broadly classified into two types: Objective which is caused by vascular sounds in the head and neck or muscular contractions of the middle ear or the soft palate in the mouth. Your doctor can easily hear the same sounds on examination as you are yourself hearing.

      Subjective tinnitus refers to buzzing, roaring, ringing or whistling in the ear which may be continuous or intermittent and are only heard by the sufferer, i.e. a doctor is unable to hear the same sounds. Subjective tinnitus is more common than objective tinnitus. Nearly 36 million Americans suffer from this disorder. In almost all cases, only the patient can hear the noise.

      Wax buildup in the outer ear, ruptured eardrum, congested Eustachian tubes, some infection, Ménière’s disease, Side effects of certain drugs like sedatives, antidepressants (as in your case), pain killers etc., Damage caused due to overexposure to loud noise, Elevated cholesterol and triglycerides level, diabetes, head or neck injury etc. are some reasons why humans have tinnitus.

      Valium, Xanax and Klonopin are benzodiazepine drugs that many doctors prescribe for tinnitus. These are conventional medications which achieve only limited success in tinnitus relief, and usually their bothersome side effects such as dry mouth, blurred vision, and constipation often discourage use.

      They are addicting to varying degrees and cannot be used continuously for a long period of time. They are helpful in reducing tinnitus symptoms and aid in sleeping. Valium is the most addicting of these and is not used often for this reason.

      Xanax is very popular and is prescribed often for tinnitus. However, the ATA report on medications that cause tinnitus lists Xanax as causing it in 6.6% of cases.

      There is actually no cure for tinnitus with the conventional medicine. Actually, since last many years, the onus has been on the herbal industry to provide relief, if any, to tinnitus sufferers.

      Some herbal remedies exist which can be used to support all body systems involved in helping the ear to perform its tasks of clear hearing and balance, as well as the circulatory, cardiovascular, and nervous systems.

      Some of the most common herbs & biochemic tissue salts used are
      • Ginkgo Biloba is excellent for a number of cerebral and circulatory disorders. It is probably the most widely-used herb for tinnitus and many sufferers swear by this natural ingredient.
      • Rosemary dilates and strengthens blood vessels and is an excellent circulation tonic. Rosemary is particularly useful for tinnitus that is caused or worsened by high blood pressure and other circulatory conditions.
      • Avena Sativa is effective in reducing high cholesterol levels which can contribute to circulatory problems which cause tinnitus.
      • Wild Hyssop s also useful in reducing pain and inflammation.
      • Salicylic Ac. (30C) is indicated for tinnitus with loud roaring or ringing sounds, which may be accompanied by deafness or vertigo. This remedy is particularly useful in people whose symptoms began with a bout of flu, Meniere’s disease or long-term use of aspirin.
      • Ferrum phosphoricum (Ferrum phos. D6) is a homeopathic biochemic tissue salt which supports the absorption of iron in the body. The protective myelin sheath which surrounds all nerve tissue needs iron to supply this vital nutrient to the nerve cells it encases. Regular use of Ferrum phos. can help to prevent dizziness, headaches and restlessness and is of great benefit for those who tend to feel irritable, tense and tired.
      • Magnesium phosphate (Mag. phos. D6) well-known as a homeopathic painkiller, Mag. phos. is also of great benefit to the health of the nerves. It acts as a natural anti-spasmodic and a nerve and muscle relaxant and is also frequently recommended for stress headaches.

      Hope all this helps

      Good Luck!

      You may check the source link below for more details on the above

  50. QUESTION:
    I think I have a balance problem that is related to my ears. I tend to stumble when I'm talking?
    What can I do? I used to have wax buildup in my ears, and I think sometimes there are still problems.
    Myst Moon, thank you, what is the name of the dizzy pills?

    • ANSWER:
      EDIT: Go to a doctor, and have your ears checked. When I kept falling down, it turned out that I had severe inflammation, and I had to be on an anti-inflammatory medication. Several years ago, I had stroke symptoms and was taken to the Emergency Room via an ambulance. That time, I had an abscess in the middle ear (my left); antibiotics and bedrest took care of it.

      However, due to my chronic illnesses, dizziness, vertigo, etc., have become a way of life. Sometimes, it can't be cured completely, and you have to adjust. Fred Astaire, in his final years, had great difficulty walking due to labyrinthitis.

      My mother's doctor prescribed medicine because she is in her late 70s, and a fall is far more dangerous for her. Since she often does lawnwork and gardening, it would be dreadful if she fell outdoors, as she has before.

      Actually, I might talk to my doctor to see if I can take the same medication or it it will be at-odds with my other prescriptions. Far too many things interact, so I have many untreated symptoms.

      Maybe you won't even need medication. Perhaps you do have a problem with wax buildup again. Good luck!
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      I haven't heard it called vertigo before. But, I have labyrinthitis, as does my mother, and vertigo is one of the symptoms. She takes "dizzy pills", as she calls them, when it gets especially bad. I once had such a bad flareup that I kept falling down: One moment, I would be standing there; the next, I'd be on the ground/floor, wondering what the heck happened! I wasn't even aware of when I actually fell.

      By the way: MY speech is affected because of the dizzying effects. That doesn't mean that you have the same connection. I'm dizzy all of the time, and the disorientation is much worse when I'm trying to speak as I walk. Labyrinthitis can have some wide-ranging effects because of the mixed messages the brain can be receiving. I also have severe tinnitus and periods when the hearing in my left ear shuts down for up to 1-3 minutes.
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      There are a number of sites with information, but this one is quite straightforward:

      Labyrinthitis means an inflammation of the inner ear structure called the labyrinth. Sometimes the term labyrinthitis refers to other causes of inner ear problems that have no inflammation because those problems produce similar symptoms.

      You have a labyrinth in each of your inner ears, encased in thick bone near the base of your skull. As the name implies, the labyrinth is a maze of interconnected fluid-filled channels and canals. Half of the labyrinth, the cochlea, is shaped like a snail’s shell. It sends information about sounds to the brain. The other half looks something like a gyroscope with 3 semicircular canals connected to an open cavern or vestibule. The vestibule portion of the labyrinth sends information to the brain regarding the position and movement of your head. Any disturbance of the vestibule can lead to faulty information going to your brain.

      Your eyes also send positioning information to your brain. When information from the labyrinth and the eyes don’t match, the brain has trouble interpreting what is happening. This misinterpreting often leads to a sensation that you are spinning (vertigo) or a feeling that you are moving when in fact you are remaining still. Feelings of motion sickness (nausea and vomiting) often follow. Sometimes you will experience hearing loss or abnormal sounds such as a high- or low-pitched ringing (tinnitus).

      Labyrinthitis Causes
      Many times, you cannot determine the cause of labyrinthitis. Often, the condition follows a viral illness such as a cold or the flu. Viruses, or your body’s immune response to them, may cause inflammation that results in labyrinthitis.

      Other potential causes are these:
      Trauma or injury to your head or ear

      Bacterial infections: If found in nearby structures such as your middle ear, such infections may cause the following:
      Fluid to collect in the labyrinth (serous labyrinthitis)
      Fluid to directly invade the labyrinth, causing pus-producing (suppurative) labyrinthitis

      Allergies

      Alcohol abuse

      A benign tumor of the middle ear

      Certain medications taken in high doses
      Furosemide (Lasix)
      Aspirin
      Some IV antibiotics
      Phenytoin (Dilantin) at toxic levels

      Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo: With this condition, small stones, or calcified particles, break off within the vestibule and bounce around. The particles trigger nerve impulses that the brain interprets as movement.


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