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HELP!! My friend has swimmers ear and cant hear.....

Started 1277208826.403 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1277237427.07 by Hersheyzmom

This is day 2 of the ear problems. Does anyone know how to cure it?? It is driving her crazy...!!

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csv3201277208863.9876724 PostsRegistered 6/24/2007

Tell her to go to the doctor's immediately.

DrPhil1277209069.5872175 PostsRegistered 12/2/2008

Well I am a Dr...or at least I play one on TV (can't remember which)

What was the question? Oh right, your friend lost her hearing and you were hoping that one of us message board rats could fix it. Tell her to dump a pint of Vodka in her ear. If she does not regain hearing in 12 minutes, go get a manicure!

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SailingAway1277209075.6175136 PostsRegistered 12/31/2008NC/FL

Go to a doctor. It's a serious condition that needs immediate attention.

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4Blossom1277209198.363579 PostsRegistered 3/19/2010

Has she tried peroxide or alcohol? I think since she has already been suffering for 2 days, she may need to go to the doctor. For the future, there is a product I used when I was growing up called "Swimmers Ear". You use it immediately after swimming or showering and it prevents this from happening. I am not sure if it is still sold in stores, but she could ask her doctor or pharmacist.

4Blossom1277209277.197579 PostsRegistered 3/19/2010
On 6/22/2010 DrPhil said:

Well I am a Dr...or at least I play one on TV (can't remember which)

What was the question? Oh right, your friend lost her hearing and you were hoping that one of us message board rats could fix it. Tell her to dump a pint of Vodka in her ear. If she does not regain hearing in 12 minutes, go get a manicure!

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beach music1277209380.46729065 PostsRegistered 4/16/2007

equal parts of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar admin with an eyedropper for 2-3 minutes, then tilt head and drain out...tugging the earlobe will help the drops go into the ear canal.

directing warm air from a hair dryer can give some relief until your can get to the doctor.

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trickyvic1277209591.323773 PostsRegistered 5/11/2007

My 5 year old granddaughter just wentr tot he doctor yesterday for swimmer's ear.

He put her on an antibiotic and ear drops.

He said he couldn't even see her ear drum for the swelling and not sure if the drops can get to the needed spot. If she is not better in a few days he will have to send her to a ENT doc who will probably have to put a "wick" in her ear.

He also gave a script for numbing drops...which none of the pharmacies had on hand and had to order ..DD has to drive 30 miles this morning to pic it up

She now has all kinds of ear plugs for future trips to the pool.

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JustJazzmom1277209967.8427272 PostsRegistered 11/12/2007My garden, of course!!

One more time: stop soliciting medical advice on a shopping board! Google swimmer's ear and the majority of sites will say see a doctor and get antibiotic drops for the ear. The person will have to follow up with the doctor after the course of antibiotics is finished.

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Pook1277210911.5573400 PostsRegistered 5/5/2007

Try ear candles. You can get them at health food stores and herbal shops or vitamin world. Some doctors even still use this method or have started using it because it works without drugs. They look like a hollow candle sort of and you wrap a paper plate with foil and put the candle through it and hold it in kyour ear at a 90 degree angle and have someone light it. It creates a vacuum with the smoke and draws out the water and other gunk. I used them when I had such a severe ear infection that I couldn't even talk adn for weeks and weeks was give drug after drug that only made things worse and had side effects. After only doing it once, I immediately got my voice back and the infection cleared up.

Talidog1277212032.853763 PostsRegistered 8/9/2007Heart of Dixie

I'm an audiologist, please see an ENT immediately! Trickyvic was right....a wick needs to be put into the swollen ear canal to allow the medicine prescribed to get to the infected area. DO NOT even consider ear candles under any circumstance! Good luck...K

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kimd1277212567.81141 PostsRegistered 8/20/2008GA

My daughter just finished drops for swimmer's ear but hers wasn't too bad. The doctor said that in the future to help prevent swimmer's ear to wet a cotton ball with Hydrogen Peroxide and squeeze a couple of drops in each ear and place the wet cottom ball in the ear for 10 minutes or so before she goes swimming.

clemintine1277218519.66718188 PostsRegistered 11/5/2007C.C.

pedi always said hydrogen peroxide (the bubbles move the wax which in turn lets the water come out from behind it) Just a couple of drops, sometimes two or three times.

rietzel1277229689.4431753 PostsRegistered 8/17/2006

she may need to go to the drs. to get it cleaned out.

she will be fine.

Brabls1277230086.15714740 PostsRegistered 4/27/2007
On 6/22/2010 JustJazzmom said:

One more time: stop soliciting medical advice on a shopping board! Google swimmer's ear and the majority of sites will say see a doctor and get antibiotic drops for the ear. The person will have to follow up with the doctor after the course of antibiotics is finished.

ITA!

Local1277232694.3971511 PostsRegistered 5/21/2006

Unless she has some extreme pain when she pulls on her ear it can't be swimmer's ear. All you said was that she can't hear. Swimmer's Ear is very painful and needs professional help.

WSfan1277235745.8672114 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

It never ceases to amaze me how posters here attempt to get medical advice from others on these boards, when they should be using their time more wisely by making an appointment with their doctor. Most doctors will not try to make a diagnosis over the phone, so why would you take advice from people here, most of whom have no medical training? How do you know it definitely is swimmer's ear? If it actually is, I'm sure the doctor will tell you what to do, if it should happen again.

violann1277235914.2112083 PostsRegistered 12/12/2004

I almost died with "swimmer's ear". It was caused by pseudomonas. Go to a doctor NOW. No more messing around.

beach-mom1277236061.089382 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007Mid-Atlantic

Agree with all of the others. I have swimmer's ear a lot. GET TO A DOCTOR fast! Sounds like she's going to need AB. If I were you, I'd take her to the ER.

ETA: I swim every day. I use "swim ear" drops before I go in the water. I don't wear a cap, but I probably should. If I hear a rushing sound after swimming from time to time, I use Debrox. Both are available OTC. I've also used these with my children and recommend them to students. This is only after she is cleared up and if her ears block up WITHOUT PAIN after swimming or other water exposure (shower, splashing, etc.). With pain the only option is an MD.

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Hersheyzmom1277237427.0672558 PostsRegistered 8/6/2008Back home in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Get to a doctor quickly! When I was little, I had it, and it turned out that I had a massive staff infection in my ear. I remember just sitting in the doc's waiting room crying from the pain!

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