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Re: Wet Ears: Fluid, Plugged, Swimmers: Remedies & Pain Relief
« Reply #30 on: March 04, 2007, 03:39:51 AM »
Hey Ladies,
Just want to let you know about something that has been working GREAT for us this cold season. I got Ear Drops and Throat Spray, both with GSE, from Nutribiotic. They work great together, especially since they both contain GSE.

I got mine from Herbal Healer. She had a sale on the stuff earlier in the season. She also carries a Nasal Spray, too, I believe. May get that one in the future.

Just thought I'd share.

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Re: Wet Ears: Fluid, Plugged, Swimmers: Remedies & Pain Relief
« Reply #31 on: March 04, 2007, 05:16:10 AM »
Thank you all for the help.  The pluged ear thread was very informative.  I will be trying many of them today.

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Re: Wet Ears: Fluid, Plugged, Swimmers: Remedies & Pain Relief
« Reply #32 on: March 18, 2007, 05:07:00 AM »
My hubby has been complaining of "fluid" in his right ear and says it's not uncommon.  He said he's had "issues" with his ear feeling funny like something needs to drain out for months now.  I don't think there is any pain associated with it - just bugs the dickens out of him.  Does anyone have any idea what it might be and how to help him?

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Re: Wet Ears: Fluid, Plugged, Swimmers: Remedies & Pain Relief
« Reply #33 on: March 18, 2007, 05:17:06 AM »
we always used to get this after swimming and mom would take a dropper of rubbing alchohol and put about 3 or 4 drops in our ears.  Let it sit head tilted so it can drip down into the ear for a few minutes and see if that will flush the fluid out.

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Re: Wet Ears: Fluid, Plugged, Swimmers: Remedies & Pain Relief
« Reply #34 on: March 18, 2007, 05:43:01 AM »
A friend showed us how to gently massage right behind the ear, where the jaw bone hinges, in a downward motion to help drain "full" ears.  I did a quick search on the internet, can couldn't find any better instructions, sorry.  It seemed to help our ds who seemed to always get swimmer's ear one summer.  We also used rubbing alcohol in his ears.  We looked at the stuff the sold on the store shelf, specifically for swimmer's ear, and from what we could tell, it was basically rubbing alcohol.

I hope he feels better soon.
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Re: Wet Ears: Fluid, Plugged, Swimmers: Remedies & Pain Relief
« Reply #35 on: July 06, 2007, 02:40:58 AM »
How can I help my 7 year old dd who has swimmer's ear.  I have a medical guide that says fill the ear twice a day with a solution of ½ white vinegar ½ water.  Anything else?  She REALLY hurts!  Garlic oil?  What?  Thanks for your help!
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Re: Wet Ears: Fluid, Plugged, Swimmers: Remedies & Pain Relief
« Reply #36 on: July 06, 2007, 03:21:23 AM »
 Hi Kelly,
 We have a pool therefore DS is battling swimmer's ear all summer. My best defense has been"Hyland's" Homeopathic Earache drops. Bought at a local grocrey store over-counter. I put them in at night while he is sleeping, and he also eats crushed garlic mixed with honey( about a tsp.) I've also had to teach him to immediately shake the water out of his ears( hop on one foot) method. And we put his waterfilled ear to the hot ground to help draw the water out, something I did as a kid on swim team. I've also heard a blend of alochol & vinager.
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Re: Wet Ears: Fluid, Plugged, Swimmers: Remedies & Pain Relief
« Reply #37 on: July 06, 2007, 04:13:43 AM »
I put a couple of drops of alcohol in their ears after swimming in the lake.

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« Reply #38 on: July 06, 2007, 04:23:28 AM »
I put a couple of drops of alcohol in their ears after swimming in the lake.


I agree with this!!!  My mil teaches swimming lessons and I don't know that any of her kids have ever had to deal with swimmers ear. On the other hand if he has tubes in his ears DO NOT do this. They did one time to a little boy and did not have good results???

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Re: Wet Ears: Fluid, Plugged, Swimmers: Remedies & Pain Relief
« Reply #39 on: July 06, 2007, 05:17:13 AM »
One thing I've tried (works sometimes) is a sock full of salt.  You pour the salt (about 1/2-1 cup) into the sock and tie a knot in it.  Then sqaush the salt bag in and around the ear opening and lay on it.  The salt helps to draw the moisture out of the ear without actually putting anything in the ear.
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Re: Wet Ears: Fluid, Plugged, Swimmers: Remedies & Pain Relief
« Reply #40 on: August 07, 2007, 11:07:47 AM »
My husband has a small hole in one of his ears and he gets drainage every now and then b/c of that.  Also, he has hearing issues in that ear.  Is there any way to heal this without surgery? 

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Re: Wet Ears: Fluid, Plugged, Swimmers: Remedies & Pain Relief
« Reply #41 on: August 07, 2007, 04:03:54 PM »
When I was born my dad was in the USAF and stationed at Ft. Lee Army base in VA working in the tower.  There was a lot of loud artillery on the base, and as a result I have poor hearing.

In school I got in trouble for talking after the teacher had said to be quiet, and I even failed one major exam in first grade because the teacher gave it verbally and (being that my maiden name started with "S") I was seated in the back of the class and couldn't hear her.

I also failed every hearing test in school.  One time it was so bad that I didn't raise my hand once!  I asked when the test was going to begin, and she said it was over.  I asked her to do it again, and still nothing.  Of course they notified my parents immediately and I went to a specialist.

I read lips; I always have.  My hearing is actually quite poor, and I wear noise blocking headphones to concerts, when I'm grinding grain, etc.  I frequently hear people wrong.  Like 2 weeks ago my sister was visiting and as she was seated across the room with a paper in front of her mouth, I could neither hear her nor see her, and she asked me, "Spell amount," and I said, "B-A-N-D-I-T."   :D  I could tell you these types of stories in spades.  It really does make for a funny life.

After seeing hearing specialists and ENT folks, I've just learned to deal with it.  I know I'll need an aid at some point.  I also have a bent Eustachian tube, so my ear doesn't drain properly.  I use rubbing alcohol to help, and I use hydrogen peroxide in the winter when I can tell that the stagnant water has become slightly infected.  I got ear infections until I was 22, and then I realized the symptoms when I had 2 infections back to back and I began to treat them myself.

Additionally, I have used colloidal silver with success in healing my own ear infections, and breast milk in healing an angry ear in my son.  If you do use garlic, I'd recommend not leaving it there too long and even rinsing with alcohol afterward as you could burn your drum, or do permanent irreversible damage to the malleus, incus, or stapes.  Those little bones are SO fragile. 

And I really, really do not recommend trying too much on your ears yourself.  My ENT doctor always says, "Q-tips are for the outer ear.  You must never stick anything smaller than your elbow in your ear."  It always makes me laugh.
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Re: Wet Ears: Fluid, Plugged, Swimmers: Remedies & Pain Relief
« Reply #42 on: August 13, 2007, 11:59:26 AM »
I'm curious if there are alternatives to getting tubes put in a 5 yr olds ear for fluid build up in the ear. The fluid is not from swimming (the Dr's says)

My dtr suddenly lost a good portion of her ability to hear. She doesn't have chronic ear infections, she's maybe had one in her life, she's not a sickly child and heard perfectly well until a few weeks ago when I started to notice she wouldn't come when I called her and wouldn't respond even if she was within 3 ft of me.

She's also complained (since the hearing loss) of her eyes being "foggy" in the mornings. A friend of mine that's in the medical field said it's from ear pressure. Has anyone ever heard of this?

She doesn't complain of any ear pain and the only other symptoms are a little runny nose.

Currently the Dr's say her only alternative is tubes which I'd rather not jump right in to.

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Re: Wet Ears: Fluid, Plugged, Swimmers: Remedies & Pain Relief
« Reply #43 on: August 13, 2007, 12:07:48 PM »
I had LOTS of ear infections as a kid & the Dr. always had me chew gum as part of the treatment-he even had me chew it while at school. The reason for it is because gum chewing causes you to swallow frequently. Each time you swallow the Eustachian tubes mush shut & then open. The action of closing & opening helps clear the tubes.

Another possibility is allergies. My oldest had all kinds of problems with ear infections & fluid build up when he was younger that was caused by allergies, in his case to dairy. HTH Blessings ~herbalmom

I'm curious if there are alternatives to getting tubes put in a 5 yr olds ear for fluid build up in the ear. The fluid is not from swimming (the Dr's says)

My dtr suddenly lost a good portion of her ability to hear. She doesn't have chronic ear infections, she's maybe had one in her life, she's not a sickly child and heard perfectly well until a few weeks ago when I started to notice she wouldn't come when I called her and wouldn't respond even if she was within 3 ft of me.

She's also complained (since the hearing loss) of her eyes being "foggy" in the mornings. A friend of mine that's in the medical field said it's from ear pressure. Has anyone ever heard of this?

She doesn't complain of any ear pain and the only other symptoms are a little runny nose.

Currently the Dr's say her only alternative is tubes which I'd rather not jump right in to.

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« Reply #44 on: August 13, 2007, 05:37:14 PM »
Thanks for the good idea and the link. I'll try out the gum chewing, salt in the sock, tiliting  head and rocking and hydrogen peroxide tomorrow . Hopefully one of them work.

I know she'll like the gum chewing idea best :-)

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« Reply #45 on: August 13, 2007, 05:40:17 PM »
I know she'll like the gum chewing idea best :-)

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Re: Wet Ears: Fluid, Plugged, Swimmers: Remedies & Pain Relief
« Reply #46 on: February 19, 2008, 01:54:55 PM »
 I have done a search on ear infections and found all types of remedies and cures for the infection itself,but what about fluid still behind the ear drum?
 My ped. said its not uncommon for the fluid to stay behind the ear for a while after an ear infection,but I know that if it doesn't get out it will turn into another infection and here we go again...
 Is there anything I can do to speed up the drainage from the ear? Any herbs,oils,massage,anything?
 I have a really good garlic oil,but will it help with the fluid or just infection?
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Re: Wet Ears: Fluid, Plugged, Swimmers: Remedies & Pain Relief
« Reply #47 on: February 19, 2008, 02:25:09 PM »
I have suffered from fluid behind the ear drums that have stayed for a long time. I also have a son who has had the same problem. One thing that I thought about getting, but haven't yet, is the dvd by Dr. Mary Ann Block called Treat Ear and Respiratory Infections with out antibiotics. You can find it on Marilyn Moll's website www.urbanhomemaker.com. I hadn't had the need for anything like that, until lately, and then it was too late. I needed help right then. But it looks like it would be very helpful. I just need to get around to ordering it!  HTH.

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« Reply #48 on: March 05, 2009, 04:26:17 PM »
Ok, what if you've tried most of these home remedies, and your ear is still clogged/filled/stuffy/painful....is there any OTC med that will help?  People at work are telling me to take Zirtec or Claratin, thinking that it might be an allergy to pollen.  Do any of ya'll  have any experience with these meds?
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« Reply #49 on: March 06, 2009, 03:21:07 AM »
I don't know that much about them, but we have used Zirtec around here quite alot.  I have had to give it to my kids for bee sting reactions and allergic asthma symptoms and it hasn't caused any bad side effects, not even drowsiness.  It did help relieve the symptoms I used it for.  It is taken only once every 24 hours and is a very small pill.  It might be worth it to give it a try.
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« Reply #50 on: March 06, 2009, 04:44:06 AM »
I can think of 10+ healthy adults (that I know personally) this year who have complained of ear infections or plugged ears. These people have NOT had an ear infection in many years.

From everything I have read on the Internet, it takes about 3 months for "glue ear" to clear up on its own. Antibiotics don't seem to help (according to docs) .

I think it's part of this years AdenoVirus, or cold & flu bug.......

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« Reply #51 on: March 06, 2009, 05:05:14 AM »
Thanks for the info about Zirtec.

I think what I may be suffering from is barotrauma.  This started on Sunday, when we in some higher elevation.  All our ears got stuffy & popped & all that due to the elevation.  Everyone else's ears returned to normal, except mine stayed that way & got worse, I think due to some sinus issues I was having the week before.  I had thought my sinuses were all cleared up, but apparently they weren't, and the sinus issues combined with the pressure difference made matters really worse for my left ear. 

I'm trying all these things....chewing gum, yawning, massage, blowing nose, closing mouth & nostrils & pushing air out through nose, the salt in sock thing, garlic/olive oil drops, vinegar/rubbing alcohol drops...but nothing has helped to open up the tube & relieve the pressure, fluid, & pain.  The only things I haven't tried is a heating pad (don't have one) and the saline solution up the nose thing...maybe I will try that today....scared to do it, though, never done anything like that before!

Please pray for me!  Thanks!


Also, has anyone tried (and had success with) the snorting the saline solution up your nose or SC's method with having your head hang down from the side of your bed?
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« Reply #52 on: March 06, 2009, 07:42:27 AM »
I have tried the saline solution by using a dropper and hanging my head upside down off the bed.  It worked quite well.  I think snorting it would be a little more uncomfortable and works against gravity.  Saline solution sounds a little scary, but it really is not as most of our body fluids are part salt water anyway.  Just don't make the salt solution too strong.
It is a lot like gargling with salt water for a sore throat.  It will help to kill any bugs and to naturally hydrate the membranes in the areas that are causing so much trouble.

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« Reply #53 on: March 06, 2009, 08:31:31 AM »
OK, I tried a hot water bottle, wrapped in a towel, against my ear/side of head/neck....didn't help, but the warmth felt nice.

Then I tried the SC's method with the saline solution.  The method itself wasn't bad at all.  And my nostrils are VERY clear!  But.......my ear still feels the same!  Why is nothing working for me?
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« Reply #54 on: March 06, 2009, 08:44:58 AM »
I have done the snorting salt water many times, everyone in the family has & several other people I know have done it & yes it does work. It has worked for people I know MANY times in situations like yours- tried everything else & nothing is working. That's why I posted it, because I know it helps.

Like momof6boys said, just don't make the salt solution too strong. 1/4 teas salt to 1 cup water is fine.

Drinking some cayenne in water might help as well- to get your nose running, eyes watering, etc to help thin down the goop so it can get out of your sinuses & Eustachian tubes.

OK, so I was just about to post what I had written when I saw that Khix had posted again.  

As far as your newest post, try the sniffing method- it cleans out all of the the sinuses, not just the nostrils. That's why you sniff the salt water & have to spit it out- because the water goes up the nose, through the sinuses & follows the sinuses clear through to where they drain into the back of the throat.

Also after the sinuses are washed out then try the other methods of yawning, closing mouth & nostrils & pushing air out through nose, etc. Usually what happens is that after cleaning the sinuses the other methods will work b/c the thick goop is out of the way.

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« Reply #55 on: March 09, 2009, 03:05:39 AM »
OK, I've tried everything (I think), and nothing has worked!  Why isn't anything working??  I even tried a stupid Zyrtec, but I think that my ear even more stuffy!  Today it's the worst it's ever been (it's been over a week).  Any other ideas?

Will I have to just call a doc?  But what can a doc do?  Give me a prescription decongestant?  How is that better than an OTC med?  What about having the doc puncture the ear drum & drain out the fluid?  Is that a good idea?  Have any of ya'll ever had to do that? 
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« Reply #56 on: March 09, 2009, 03:13:22 AM »
khix, you might try Trigger Point Therapy.  There is a thread (not much response yet, though) but you may find the book at the library.  I've had some success with my sinuses from the massages.  There are so many trigger points in your face that I don't know how to describe them here but the book is very detailed with pictures.  I would say it's user friendly.  There are points in your cheekbones, jaw, and just under your ear lobes that might relieve the symptoms.  At least they might make them less painful.  If you need more detailed instructions, you can PM me and I'll try to explain them.  I sure hope you get some relief soon...is it making you dizzy?  That could be the little 'rock' in your ear that tells you if you're standing up or lying down...just a thought.

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« Reply #57 on: March 09, 2009, 03:46:14 AM »
khix, you might try Trigger Point Therapy.  There is a thread (not much response yet, though) but you may find the book at the library.  I've had some success with my sinuses from the massages.  There are so many trigger points in your face that I don't know how to describe them here but the book is very detailed with pictures.  I would say it's user friendly.  There are points in your cheekbones, jaw, and just under your ear lobes that might relieve the symptoms.  At least they might make them less painful.  If you need more detailed instructions, you can PM me and I'll try to explain them.  I sure hope you get some relief soon...is it making you dizzy?  That could be the little 'rock' in your ear that tells you if you're standing up or lying down...just a thought.

Actually it's not painful and I'm not dizzy.  Even my sinuses seem/feel clear & pain-free.  It's just my left ear....very clogged & stuffy.  It sort of feels like somebody stuffed a cotton ball into my middle or inner ear area.   If you think the trigger points might help, please PM me & try to explain!  Thanks!
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« Reply #58 on: March 11, 2009, 01:22:32 AM »
khix,  Just checking to see if you got my PM...I'll remove this when I hear from you...I had trouble sending the last 2 and wanted to double check but didn't know any other way to do it.

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Oh, yes, sorry, I did get your PM.  I was working & otherwise busy yesterday, didn't have a chance to do anything on the computer.  But, I did try those trigger points, but they didn't help.  Either I got the points wrong, or they didn't work because I'm not really in any pain. 

Anyway, my ear is STILL clogged/stuffy.  I do finally have a doc appt tomorrow afternoon, so hopefully they will be able to do something for me, like drain my ear & not just prescribe a med!
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« Reply #59 on: March 12, 2009, 10:34:56 AM »
I just came back from the doctor and according to her, my left ear is infected.  It's weird, because I haven't felt any pain & haven't had a fever.  She of course gave me some antibiotics, some azithromycin.  What do ya'll know about azithromycin?  I rarely take antibiotics, so I'm guessing it'll be ok for me take some?  I do have some yogurt & some probiotics....should I take those in conjunction with the antibiotics, or wait until the 5-day course is over?  Or should I skip antibiotics altogether and try some natural antibiotics? 

Also, the doc gave me flonase nasal spray....anyone have any experience with that?  She said it would help clear up the sinuses.

And then she also gave me claratin....said it would help dry up the ear & sinuses. 

Ugh, so many meds!  I hate to take them all!  But, maybe I should, since nothing else worked?  But, then again, I didn't ever treat this as an infection....maybe if I start treating the infection on my own, then I won't have to take meds?

(oh and the doc wouldn't honor my request to poke a hole in my eardrum and drain the fluid...I guess because of the infection)
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