Ear Fungus

Posted by imallears @imallears, Jan 29 5:44pm

Hello,

I am profoundly hard of hearing in both ears. I had many ear infections as a child and have been wearing hearing aids for 40 years. This past year I
had 2 episodes of fungus in the ears and several ear infections. Medications for
the fungus have not worked too well. My ENT Doctor recently cleaned out my right ear today (
Wednesday the 29th) which has fungus and which caused a severe ear ache ….haven’t had ear aches since I was a child.
I am to see him again this Friday and bring with me Iodine and a dropper. He will clean out more of the fungus and paint my ear with the iodine and give me instructions on how to administer iodine drops and for how long.
I have read how iodine is effective in killing fungus and bacteria in general and how it may be effective in treating fungus in the ears. I have little ear wax and know that ear wax has anti microbial properties. No hearing aid in that ear until I see him again.

My question is…has anyone ever been diagnosed with ear fungus and what did you use beside RX medications to treat the fungus or ear infections in general. I think the fungus may be resistant to any medications at this point so the iodine would be a preventative measure. I was using apple cider Vinegar and water on occasion to ward off ear infections but it is very drying to my ear canals. I also use mineral oil on a semi regular basis.
I am happy that the Dr is not going to prescribe anti fungal medications again and I believe he realizes it is ineffective to do so.

Thanks for any info
FL Mary
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@imallears

@lisalucier
Hi,

I brought the iodine with me as instructed but he did not need to use it. He cleaned out some more debris and I believe used boric acid powder and declared the ear squeaky clean. I’m seeing him in 2 1/2 weeks for a follow up. If my ear gets wonky (I can tell by how things sound) he told me to go ahead and put some iodine drops in that ear. I have been reading up on Iodine and it’s effectiveness for fungus in general. His colleagues and other patients have used that particular treatment and gotten good results.

I’m so germaphobic about my ears and hearing aids which are pristine. At the beauty parlor I used Vaseline coated cotton balls when it’s time to wash. We’ll see how things go. I commend my Doctor for not resorting to prescriptions this time as it is obvious the fungus was resistant to any medications.

FL Mary

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Hi Mary, I have been fighting left ear fungus for over a year. They too gave me steriod antibiotics first which I think ruined me? Can you explain in detail how to do the iodine? I have 2%Lugols… I feel as if it has gone to my left sinus too… Left ear left sinus now. Its pretty scary. I so appreciate any help. Thank you so much.

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@lisalucier

Hi, @imallears – dealing with episodes of fungus in the ears and several ear infections sounds difficult. The last ear infection I had – a double ear infection I got through scuba diving training in a lake – was beyond painful.

Though @kimpossible @morgellonsintx2 and @addie11111 were talking about fungus in a thread on Lyme Disease, they may be able to speak to ear fungus and and treatment beside RX medications. @parus and @gingerw also may have some ideas on this.

What did your doctor say about this at your Friday appointment, imallears?

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Are you saying Lyme can cause ear Fungus? Thank you

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@ginafl

Hi Mary, I have been fighting left ear fungus for over a year. They too gave me steriod antibiotics first which I think ruined me? Can you explain in detail how to do the iodine? I have 2%Lugols… I feel as if it has gone to my left sinus too… Left ear left sinus now. Its pretty scary. I so appreciate any help. Thank you so much.

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@ginafl
Hi,
I remember I did not even know I had ear fungus but I get 3 to 4-month checkups. He initially cleaned out my ears and told me to get Povidone iodine 10% solution which I did. It has a longer lasting antiseptic effect than the lugol's 2%. I got a CVS brand.
For 2 days I used a dropper and filled the ear canal per his instructions…probably the whole dropper for each ear. Leave in for five or six minutes and then put a cotton ball in it and then did the other ear. I did this morning and
night. He told me not to wear hearing aids for a couple of hours after I did that and on the third day I saw him again and my ears were all cleared up. Iodine is not cheap anymore. I still have my bottle. And I do remember him specifying Povidone 10%. He said his peers have reported great success with their patients.
Be careful and cover your clothes because your know this stains.

FL Mary

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@imallears

@ginafl
Hi,
I remember I did not even know I had ear fungus but I get 3 to 4-month checkups. He initially cleaned out my ears and told me to get Povidone iodine 10% solution which I did. It has a longer lasting antiseptic effect than the lugol's 2%. I got a CVS brand.
For 2 days I used a dropper and filled the ear canal per his instructions…probably the whole dropper for each ear. Leave in for five or six minutes and then put a cotton ball in it and then did the other ear. I did this morning and
night. He told me not to wear hearing aids for a couple of hours after I did that and on the third day I saw him again and my ears were all cleared up. Iodine is not cheap anymore. I still have my bottle. And I do remember him specifying Povidone 10%. He said his peers have reported great success with their patients.
Be careful and cover your clothes because your know this stains.

FL Mary

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I so appreciate your instruction I pray it works for me too. Thank you! x

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@imallears

@ginafl
Hi,
I remember I did not even know I had ear fungus but I get 3 to 4-month checkups. He initially cleaned out my ears and told me to get Povidone iodine 10% solution which I did. It has a longer lasting antiseptic effect than the lugol's 2%. I got a CVS brand.
For 2 days I used a dropper and filled the ear canal per his instructions…probably the whole dropper for each ear. Leave in for five or six minutes and then put a cotton ball in it and then did the other ear. I did this morning and
night. He told me not to wear hearing aids for a couple of hours after I did that and on the third day I saw him again and my ears were all cleared up. Iodine is not cheap anymore. I still have my bottle. And I do remember him specifying Povidone 10%. He said his peers have reported great success with their patients.
Be careful and cover your clothes because your know this stains.

FL Mary

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Mary may I ask you one more thing … who is your Dr he sounds really good. I think these steroids these Dr have given me only feed the fungus. At least i too have read that.

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@ginafl

Mary may I ask you one more thing … who is your Dr he sounds really good. I think these steroids these Dr have given me only feed the fungus. At least i too have read that.

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@ginafl
Hi,
Well I live in Florida and my doctor is part of ENT Associates of West Florida. He also has moderate hearing loss and wears 2 hearing aids so he understands the difficulties. He also knows I have chronic ear infections and have taken a lot of antibiotics over the years that sometimes work and sometimes doesn’t. I have dry ears which may contribute to the problem so he recommends I use mineral oil drops on a semi regular basis. Mineral oil doesn’t clog the ears…it is just a moisturizer much like putting on hand cream to avoid dry cracked skin. It’s also good for itchy ears.

My audiologist is also with the practice. I really hope the iodine works for you for the fungus but you did say your sinuses were affected too. I am a big believer in natural remedies and am happy this doctor doesn’t just prescribe an antibiotic every time I have a problem. He also checks out my nose and throat when I go in for an exam, so very thorough and respected by his peers. I have an appointment with him next week for a checkup.
Let me know if you are going to get the Providone 10% or try the one you have. I guess you will need another exam after using it.
I am assuming it is your ENT doctor who told you there was a fungus.
FL Mary

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