Okay, this one is a bit weird, but it has worked for me. In my case, my station tubes have never dropped, those are the tubes that let your ears drain. I'm twenty three now and when I was little, the surgery. To drop your station tubes was still in early stages so my mother decided not to do it. The side effect is that I get chronic ear infections. A good way to manage it is simply wearing ear plugs in the shower. If I don't, I make sure to dry my ears very carefully. Same with swimming. My friends thought it was weird, but it worked. After a shower, take a qtip with a drop of baby oil on it and run it carefully in your ear. Do not do this if you are currently suffering from an ear infection since the ear drum will be swollen and poking it hurts like hell. If you have an ear infection, rub it on the outer part of your ear canal. This helps to clean the ear and prevents dirt from getting in. For me, I've had ear infections for a long time, so i know what the signs are and get a home treatment until i can see a doctor. I am a physicians kid, so I know the system, but I also know how to work things at home since my mother taught my brother and I that the hospital is for emergencies! In the sink, let the water get as hot as you can stand it and soak a washcloth. Two drops of tea tree oil in the middle and then fold it up and place on your ear. Lay down and let it soak. A lot of this is distraction really from the pain. In the morning when you go to the clinic and they tell you to put the drops straight into your ear, you can, but most people like me, find the sensation really uncomfortable for the first few days since its putting a counter pressure on your ear drum. Take a cotton ball and rip it in half. Gently place the medicine on your half cotton ball and then place in your ear. This has the benefit of letting the solution come into contact with the infected area without that weird dizzy sensation from a sudden pressure on your ear drum. It will feel a bit uncomfortable at first, but as the medicine soaks into the area, it has a small analgesic to numb it. If you are on the antibiotic, whatever you do, take it like it says. If it means getting up in the middle of the night, take it. Do not skip a dose, do not stop in the middle. Generally, I take one in the morning, one at lunch, one at dinner, and one just before bed, if it's a four sequence. If its a three a day, take one with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Skipping or stopping these has the effect of breeding a resistant bug, so do what the doctor tells you to do. Generally for me, the cotton ball works, sometimes, you can also try dipping half a cotton ball in salt water and then pressing that in. Also, remember, that your ear drains down into your throat, so you need to take care of it, during an ear infection, I gargle salt water four to five times a day. It breaks up the mucus that is in your throat and will help clear the lower passage of your ear canal so it can drain freely. Hope this helps!
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