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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have tinnitus and i notice when i get stressed it gets worse. However this year i have had 4 ear infections at least i think that is what it is. My right ear feels full, very painful and part of that side of face is numb.... what is the possible cause of this? I am 36 year old female...
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   i am Dr XXX here
User :   hello
Doctor :   give me a min please
Doctor :   let me read your query
Doctor :   since when you have had this problem ?
User :   i have had tinnitus for 2 years, i think brought on by a cold, sorry i don't go to doctors much. but the ear pain started yesterday
Doctor :   any discharge ?
User :   no
Doctor :   any fever ?>
User :   my temp is about 37 although i feel tired even a bit nauseous (been like that for a week)
Doctor :   ok i think you have had some serious ear infection
Doctor :   anyway dont worry i will tell you few things you can do to help you speed up the recovery
Doctor :   and also after 3 days if the symptoms don't subside
Doctor :   you would have to go a ENT physician
User :   ok
Doctor :   Put few drops of garlic juice into the infected ear
Doctor :   Hold a warm compress to the ear. Inhaling steam also can help.
Doctor :   Gargle with warm salt water to soothe a sore throat and help open blocked ears.
Doctor :   Use pillows to raise the head when lying down. This helps drain the middle ear.
Doctor :   Over the counter drugs like aspirin ibuprofen, or acetaminophen can help with pain.
User :   ok i will do that and i have taken ibuprofen... it seems to help but i get a sharp pain almost every half hour shooting through the ear,, i assume that is normal
Doctor :   usually ear infections are treated successfully by a simple course of antibiotics
Doctor :   the pain you are having is from how many days ?
User :   in the ear going on 2 days
Doctor :   ok well we usually advice if the pain is more than 2 days then you should see an ENT physian
User :   i should say i have been highly stressed of late, hence why i feel this may have happened as i am very rarely sick, therefore if not gone withing 3 days i should see a physician
Doctor :   yes you should
User :   ok thank you, i will try your advice first... this has been helpful thank you
Doctor :   as i said Pour a few garlic juice in the paining ear; its antibiotic properties will help to relieve the pain
Doctor :   Apply some heat to your aching ear with a heating pad or a warm cloth. Put few drops of hydrogen peroxide in the painful ear.
Doctor :   you will surely find relief
Doctor :   also
User :   thank you so much
Doctor :   Take Vitamin C to enhance your immune system. It is a natural antibiotic and antihistamine that helps to decrease inflammation and fever. Include zinc in your diet since it reduces ear infection.
Doctor :   Certain foods, more normally dairy products like milk, butter, cheese etc tend to aggravate ear infections, so it is better to avoid them during an ear infection.
User :   i will do, i rarely eat dairy so that should be no problem thank you
Doctor :   put 2 drops of Crisco Oil into the sore ear and it will releive within minutes
Doctor :   your welcome
Doctor :   take care
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