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How can you use olive oil for an ear infection?

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While there's no scientific evidence that proves this treatment works, the American Academy of Pediatrics says it could be moderately effective on ear pain. Put a few drops of warm olive oil in the ear that's giving you trouble, like you would use ear drops.

Mayo Clinic: “Ear Infection (Middle Ear).”

National Institutes of Health: “Quick Statistics About Hearing.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “The Diagnosis and Management of Acute Otitis Media,” " Complementary, Holistic, and Integrative Medicine: Therapies for Acute Otitis Media."

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine: “Efficacy of naturopathic extracts in the management of ear pain associated with acute otitis media.”

AARP Health: "Earache."

Health Guidance: "How to Treat an Earache Using Home Remedies."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 21, 2017

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

Mayo Clinic: “Ear Infection (Middle Ear).”

National Institutes of Health: “Quick Statistics About Hearing.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “The Diagnosis and Management of Acute Otitis Media,” " Complementary, Holistic, and Integrative Medicine: Therapies for Acute Otitis Media."

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine: “Efficacy of naturopathic extracts in the management of ear pain associated with acute otitis media.”

AARP Health: "Earache."

Health Guidance: "How to Treat an Earache Using Home Remedies."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 21, 2017

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