donjulio wrote:I used to get regular ear infections. I'm not sure why they used to happen so often but I got tired to forking out the money for doctors and prescriptions. One day after trying to tough out a particularly painful infection I went to the pet store and found a bottle of medicine called Cl-Ear. I asked the girl at the counter, "Is this what I would use if I suspected that my dog has a painful ear infection?" She said yes and I paid her and asked where the bathroom was, where I immediately squirted it in my ear. I had that bottle for a few years and used it whenever I felt the beginning of an ear infection. Most times it stopped the infection before it even became painful. Every time it worked. I have thought about trying fish tank antibiotics as well but have never been able to track down a dosage chart for humans. Go figure.
I'm assuming that this was an external ear infection like Swimmers Ear? There are many very good OTC drops to combat that. Inner ear infections generally require systemic antibiotics because, unless you pierce your TM with something, you can't get to them with drops. Antibiotics go where blood goes. If blood don't go there, neither will the antibiotic. This is why abscesses are so problematic. They're walled off and relatively blood-free.
For the rest of it, see my contributions to the Honey Thread(s). Infections can be fought without antibiotics, such as using cleanliness and scrubbing/lancing techniques. It's not nearly as easy, and definitely not nearly as effective. If there ever is such a thing as a PAW, people are gonna die from infections just like they did pre-World War II.