Ear ache question

  1. OK, I'm appealing to all the nurses and mommies out there.

    I have had an ear ache for two weeks. It was just a mild rumbling so I didn't go to the doctor, assuming it was just allergies.

    Today it really started hurting so I went to the doc who said my ear was terrible and put me on Zithromax which he said would take about 2 days to kick in.

    Here's my problem - my ear is killing me now and I need some relief from the pain till the meds kick in. Any suggestions?
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  2. 20 Comments

  3. by   Disablednurse
    I know this sounds weird, but it will relieve the pain because it decreases the heat in the ear. Try a few drops of cold water in the affected ear. Someone told my Mom about this when I was about 5 or 6 years old and the thought scared me to death, but when she tried it, the relief was wonderful. Have used it ever since.
  4. by   plumrn
    I've gotten relief laying my head down on a heating pad. There are some ear drops called Auralgan (sp?), that I believe are to help with the pain. Hope this helps!
  5. by   SingingNurse2
    I'll try anything at this point, thanks! My friend said to put peroxide in my ear, but I wasn't sure about that.

    It just feels like a balloon has been inflated in my ear pushing everything up against the wall.
  6. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Hey! Where'd my post go? I swear I posted here.

    Anyhoo.... I take Motrin, and alternate heat and cold therapy. Cold to reduce swelling, heat to encourage blood flow to the area. Plus I just think the heat feels good.

    But, the best advice would have been to go to the doc 2 weeks ago! As a chronic ear ache sufferer, I don't mess around with them!

    Heather
  7. by   SingingNurse2
    Heather,

    Don't I know it! The doc was dumbfounded that I would wait so long and I'll know better next time - I promise!

    It was just that my whole family has gone through the flu bug and I've been so busy nursing them, that I had no energy to take care of me - same old mommy story. :imbar
  8. by   Disablednurse
    Hope you get to feeling better soon. I know from experience that ear aches are the pits.
  9. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Ear aches and tooth aches. UGH!

    I'd rather give birth than have either one of them.
  10. by   BusyMom
    Sorry to hear about your ear ache. I recently saw some OTC eardrops. I am not sure of the name, but maybe you could cruise the aisles or ask the pharmacist. It's hard to be Mommy when your not feeling well!
  11. by   Sarah, RNBScN
    Peroxide would work to help soften the cerumen (WAX). I don't know about analgesia....Try motrin, hot water bottle, as per the other threads, they sound good.
  12. by   fab4fan
    Auralgan gtts usually work fast; also warm sweet oil gtts may help.

    Doc should have addressed the pain when you were there; not too nice to send you out hurting with a whopping otitis.
  13. by   ShandyLynnRN
    you also might try a decongestant. If you are having ANY sinus pressure at all, it will definitely make it hurt worse!

    I agree with the heating pad and motrin. That's what I usually do, along with the ABX and decongestants.

    I have also heard that sweet oil helps.

    I have never seen the OTC drops. I will have to check into those!

    The best thing I ever had for ear pain was some type of numbing drops my pediatrician gave me when I was a child. They were great!
  14. by   hapeewendy
    seriously get auraglan or however you spell it
    i had the worst earache ever a couple years ago and that was the only thing that gave me any relief whatsosever!
    hope you feel better soon!

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