- Double Ear Infections!
- April 18th, 2015
I've had very bad allergies for months now and about a month or so ago I started to wonder if they had led to ear infections. My ears felt constant pressure, they are itchy deep inside, I often feel stabby pains in them, and my ears are producing a lot of a clear, sticky fluid. Once my right ear was itching and I rubbed it and a bunch of this fluid came out.
I went to the redi-clinic yesterday and indeed, I do have double ear infections, probably caused by the allergies. The NP said that both ears are very inflamed, but the right one is worse.
She was initially going to prescribe a systemic antibiotic. I asked her if she thought I could recover without it, and she said that yes, adults usually can. So instead of treating the bacterial infection directly we are treating the symptoms that led to it: I am using Flonase to clear my sinuses (because apparently my ears are full of fluid), and Allegra to calm my allergies, and I am going to take lots of zinc and D and selenium to try to strengthen my immune system.
I can already say that the FLonase is like magick. When I had a generic version of this a few years ago, for flu, it was almost totally ineffective. The brand is OTC now so that is what I bought, and it's amazing! I had a spray yesterday as soon as I bought it, then a spray before bed, and I could breathe all night without any sudafed (for months, if I didn't take sudafed, I smothered a night, but I don't like it because it makes me jittery). I had another spray this morning even though I didn't feel congested, I just want to keep on top of it. I can breathe! My ears hurt less! Hooray!
I really hope I can get better soon. No wonder I've been so exhausted.