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Swimmers Ear, relief?! *A&N's Mama* 2 kids; Halifax, Nova Scotia 4627 posts
8th Aug '13

Does anyone know how long it takes after starting medication for someone to feel some relief from swimmers ear? DD1 has it and has taken 5 doses of the meds (started Tuesday morning) and is still in agony unless she's had Advil. It still hurts to the touch too. I've never had it... TIA

ashleeoh Due August 10 (girl); 1 child; Tucson, Arizona 2598 posts
8th Aug '13

I used to get it when I was a kid all the time and it generally started feeling better the next day for me.

mamadebs Due January 14 (boy); 19 kids; Ohio 5007 posts
8th Aug '13

Did they give her ear drops?

thisunrest India 10364 posts
8th Aug '13

Usually,the next day when I had it.



My niece recently had a very resistant ear-infection that needed stronger antibiotics.



Have you been able to hold a heating-pad over her ear? That helps the pain along with the Advil.i hope she gets better soon, poor baby:-(

mamadebs Due January 14 (boy); 19 kids; Ohio 5007 posts
8th Aug '13

If they gave just antibiotics and not ear drops you can try putting a few drops of alcohol in her ear. It will dry up the moisture in there. A heating pad held over her ear, or using a hairdryer to blow warm air (careful that it's not too close to her skin) can help relieve some of the pain. A cottonball in her ear may help as well.

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6540 posts
8th Aug '13

I would probably ask about the ear drops if they didn't give you any. If she doesn't feel better by tomorrow morning, I would probably call and talk to them about it.

*A&N's Mama* 2 kids; Halifax, Nova Scotia 4627 posts
8th Aug '13

They gave us the eardrops. With any normal ear infection & penecillin (sp) it would be feeling better by now. She can hardly pull a shirt over her ear so anything on it (heating pad) is a no go :( Im thinking of taking her back to the walk in clinic tomorrow if its still bad

*A&N's Mama* 2 kids; Halifax, Nova Scotia 4627 posts
8th Aug '13

I just dont know as I've never had it & am not sure if it normally takes so long to start feeling better with the ear drops? :/

mamadebs Due January 14 (boy); 19 kids; Ohio 5007 posts
8th Aug '13
Quoting *A&N's Mama*:" I just dont know as I've never had it & am not sure if it normally takes so long to start feeling better with the ear drops? :/"


My daughter's was feeling better with the eardrops within 24 hours. It still hurt, but she could tell a difference. Her ear was so swollen on the inside that they couldn't even visualize her eardrum when we first went to the Dr. When we started putting the ear drops in, at first it would pool up and take a minute to drain into the ear because of the swelling, but by the next day it was going in faster and by the third day the drops went right in.

*A&N's Mama* 2 kids; Halifax, Nova Scotia 4627 posts
8th Aug '13
Quoting mamadebs:" My daughter's was feeling better with the eardrops within 24 hours. It still hurt, but she could tell ... [snip!] ... into the ear because of the swelling, but by the next day it was going in faster and by the third day the drops went right in. "


Yeah the eardrops are still pooling. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day