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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
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User :   Hey, I was wondering what the symptoms of an ear infection are. I have had pressure off and on in my ears for the past week, and mild pain. I have also had a bit of a headache today and a sore nose.
Doctor :   Hello
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please
Doctor :   i am Dr here
User :   yes, I am a 22 year old female
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   let me tell you all you need to know
User :   thank u!
Doctor :   well to begin with what you have described to me are the typical signs
User :   ohh ok
Doctor :   have you been swimming ?
User :   no
User :   and i havent really had a fever
Doctor :   any ear discharge ?
User :   i was warm tonight when I went for my job interview, but that is not necessarily from that. It might have been nerves
User :   no ear discharge
Doctor :   any hearing loss ?
User :   no
User :   just fullness
User :   and it is in both ears off and on
Doctor :   ok well it does looks like a mild infection
Doctor :   i will tell you few things you can do
User :   ok
Doctor :   1) Take vitamin C to boost your immune system, it will help you to combat infection
User :   ok, I will do that!
Doctor :   2) You can use a hot water bottle for the hot compress, or else heat a clean, soft hand towel on a griddle for a few minutes, and then fold it and press it against your ear
Doctor :   3) A gentle circular massage with the fingertips of the area of the face where it joins the ear will also ease ear-ache considerably
Doctor :   and increase circulation
Doctor :   usually the mild infection will go in a 3- 4 days BUT if its not then you do need to get it examined by ENT
User :   ok sounds great
User :   THANK U
Doctor :   Take a teaspoon of sesame oil and add half clove of garlic to it. Heat it till it warms. Put few drops in one ear
Doctor :   After ten minutes , put it in other ear
Doctor :   this will give you immediate relief
User :   oh great
Doctor :   But like i told you before that if the pain is increasing you need a physical examination
Doctor :   otherwise from what you have told me its a mild infection
Doctor :   and just a small course of antibiotics drops will cure it completely
Doctor :   Hope you understood everything i have told you
User :   yes i did
User :   thank u
User :   i will try all of this
Doctor :   Your welcome
User :   and if it does not work i will make an appt. to see a dr
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you with ?
Doctor :   take cre
Doctor :   Bye
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