Can I begin to treat my ear infection?
August 29, 2011 2:31 PM Subscribe
What (if any) household items are there that can help in the early stage of an outer ear infection (not just the pain, but the infection itself)?
posted by desertface to health & fitness (20 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've heard of people using olive oil to soothe the pain. I've even heard more than one anecdote about people dripping Listerine into the ear canal to help with the pain. But is there anything that can actually help with the infection itself?
Mouth wash, skin toner, rubbing alcohol, Neosporin... could any of these help safely curb the worsening of an infection?
I know getting antibiotics/ear drops prescribed by a doctor is by far the #1 best route. But in a middle-of-the-night, painful, non-ER pinch, is there anything in my medicine cabinet that can help with what feels like a quickly worsening outer ear infection?