Ear Infections: Real Stories
Top Real Stories
1. Dry coughing to ear pain
I had a terrible throat infection and whilst I was trying to recover from the dry coughing, my ears started to ache. It was okay at first, but after an hour I felt as if my ears were throbbing with pain. My sister got me a hot flannel and the warmth did lessen the pain for the night. However, the pain returned in the morning and I could feel as if there was some liquid that was draining down my ear. I took some ibuprofen to get some relief from the pain, which actually worked! The next day, the pain in my ears had gone down tremendously and my ear became crusty from inside. I could no longer feel the liquid secretions in my ears. I kept using the hot flannel throughout the day, which soothed the pain in my ears. Remarkable!
2. My ill-fated encounter
I had a terrible ear ache and was sure that it was an ear infection. The GP diagnosed it as an excess build up of ear wax and he performed several ear flushes on me. He also gave me some antibiotics to take for a week. However, two days later, I felt that my ear had swollen and it was completely shut. I couldn’t hear anything through the infected ear! I immediately went to the emergency clinic and the doctor told me that I had a bacterial infection and so he gave me antibacterial ear drops. A couple of days later, the pain reached an unbearable degree which made me feel nauseous. My friend took me to an ENT specialist who diagnosed it as a fungal infection that had spread all the way to my eardrum and was blocking it. He told me that my situation had worsened because of the ear flushes, which are the worst thing to do. Even the antibiotics that I was taking were incorrect, as they help the fungus to thrive. The antibiotics did kill the bacteria, but activated the fungus. He aspirated my ear and took out a massive piece of fungus. He told me to take precautions when going out in the cold or taking a shower by simply plugging them with some cotton wool. Thank goodness for the ENT specialist, otherwise I might ended up with complete hearing loss!
3. My wisdom teeth caused my ear ache
I’ve had an ear infection for a very long time, perhaps for a year at least. I did consult the doctor, who told me that I had Swimmer’s Ear and that the pain was triggered by contact of the ears with water. I took all the precautions necessary. I kept my ears plugged when taking a shower and even resisted going for a swim, but still the pain kept recurring every few weeks. The pain kept worsening to the point that I almost had a hearing loss and was having trouble in hearing people from a close range. The doctor found nothing wrong with my ears, however, he suspected that it might be related to the irregular wisdom teeth. He fixed an appointment with the orthodontist who told me that two of my wisdom teeth were completely out of alignment and were exerting pressure on the other teeth. He was sure that they were the reason behind the continuous ear aches I was having. I got my wisdom teeth extracted surgically and since then I have never had that terrible ear ache again!
4. Olive oil did wonders for me
I had a week-long bout of ear infection, which was triggered by my allergic condition. Usually, I used to end up with a stuffy and runny nose and a slight headache due to the seasonal changes, but this time it was accompanied by a severe ear ache. I tried some pain killers to make the pain go away, but it did not work. It was quite bad and whenever I yawned or sneezed I could hear a loud popping sound in my ear along with a terrible pain. My grandmother then told me to put a few drops of warm olive oil in my ear for curing the pain. At first, I rubbished the idea and didn’t give it a thought. However, after going through a website, I understood the healing properties of certain oils. I went for it and did as grandma suggested. Surprisingly, after two days of oil treatment, I managed to get rid of the pain completely
5. Take precautions
I went swimming after a very long time, and the very next day I developed a terrible pain in my ear. I went to the chemist and bought some OTC ear drops, but it didn’t alleviate the pain. Within a few hours, I started to feel secretions down my throat along with an excruciating pain in my tonsils. Eventually, my ear started swelling and was completely shut with the pain. I immediately went to the doctor who diagnosed it as a middle ear infection. He prescribed Amoxillin as well as antibiotic ear drops, as the infection was quite bad. Apparently, the cause for the ear infection was the pool water, which was perhaps was not clean. After a few days into the medication, the pain became more bearable and eventually disappeared after one week. Now I make sure I use ear plugs before I enter the pool.