I struggle with ear infx. too and have tried different things. what I normally do is warm olive oil, the garlic is a good sugg. I have gotten some garlic ear oil from a ND once that stunk to high heavens. Also sounds weird but...we do the warm onion ear muff treatment, we cut a onion in half and micro it for 1 min or so (till it's steamy) then when it is cool enough to put on skin I place the halved over ears and wrap in a ace bandage. the steam and onion help to draw out the fluid. good luck, I have been dealing with this over the weekend too and wish it would just pop and let the fluid out, the pressure is a killer.