A few months ago I took antibiotics for an ear infection. However, 3 months later, I noticed a funny smell on my finger after itching my ear, but no pain. I didn't go to the doctor about my ear infection b/c it wasn't my first...so I took antibiotics that I had at home and it went away. Every once in a while my ear will ache, but the pain doesn't last longer than a day. Now, I'm noticing this funky odor from my ear canal. It smells just like a dog's ear when a fungal infection is present. Yes, I use Q-tips...Yes, I know I shouldn't. Is there a home remedy I can use instead of going to the doctor? Every once in a while, I also use peroxide in my ear. Should I stop, is this all related??
If you look on the internet long enough, you might find various home remedies that work to change the pH of the ear canal; however, if you do have a persistent or recurrent infection, you should be evaluated by a physician. Using Q-tips can lead to getting outer ear infections more frequently. However, if you have a middle ear infection with a tympanic membrane perforation, you could still have drainage coming from your outer ear.
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