Originally Posted by love_homebirthing
Well I went to the doctor & she said it was an outer ear infection and that it wasn't that bad. I'm totally confused about that b/c it sure felt bad (although since sleeping upright it has gone done to a more tolerable level of pain). Anyway, she wouldn't prescribe me anything since she's not an ob/gyn (and I don't see an ob/gyn this pg and would really rather not deal with them - long story) and I'm allergic to what she would have prescribed (penicillin & sulfa drugs). So I bought some garlic/mullein drops but I have a question about that. The bottle says to use 2-4 drops before bedtime and to warm the oil first. How? And do people think that that's all I should use (just once a day)? I'll be sleeping upright until this gets better so I don't know if the drops are gonna stay in place. Ugh - this sucks. Thanks for the advice!
If it's outer, they wouldn't prescribe you penicillin anyway! That's so dumb! The first line of treatment is that they have topical eardrops with neomycin (same thing that's in neosporin) and a topical steroid (like in itch creams) which helps with the swelling immediately, and so the antibiotics can get in there. I get these all the time, and I often don't heal without those drops. You should pursue the drops if this continues for another day. I've had to use them once during this pregnancy.
Otherwise, also, warm diluted vinegar drops are very good for if you're just becoming infected, and as a preventative- the vinegar sets up an acidic environment and the bacteria don't do well in it. (they even have prescription eardrops that are nothing than diluted vinegar, and they even have the diluted vinegar eardrops that have the steroid in it- but no antibiotics). You use them four times a day, making the water you use warm (boil it in the microwave first to sterilize it) will help with the pain.
I"ve had great success with the vinegar as a preventative and heading off really mild cases.. but once it gets to the screaming pain, those neomycin drops are the only thing that work, personally, for me.
Good luck! I can't believe the doc was going to prescribe you oral antibiotics for an outer ear infection. Good lord. They don't even work that well for it. Perhaps you can call back and get a script for the eardrops, which are really no big deal.