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Old 10-07-2011, 09:01 AM   #1
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Cool Can someone look this up in Hale's?

merthiolate. to be used as a rinse for the ear. I believe its also called thimerosal.

To be honest, I'm concerned both with breastfeeding, and for mom as well.

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http://mercury-freedrugs.org/docs/07...osalPaper1.pdf

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The results showed that Thiomersal can induce blood and organ levels of organic mercury which are
well in excess of the minimum toxic levels in adults and fetuses . . . Although Thiomersal is an ethyl
mercury compound, it has similar toxicological properties to methyl mercury and the long-term
neurological sequelae produced by the ingestion of either methyl or ethyl mercury-based fungicides
are indistinguishable. (p. 962963)
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This, I believe is from ingesting it... still wouldn't use it for anything, it's mercury.
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Specifically, it was determined that Thimerosal exposure during the first 4 mo of pregnancy was
associated with a statistically significant increased risk (SRR=2.69) for birth defects.
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Great.... Thanks. I've been fighting this ear infection for 3 weeks now. This is what they recommended to try now. Not sure what to do now... :/
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I would absolutely not use that. Have you tried garlic drops in the ear? We've used the storebought and homemade with great success for my son's chronic ear infections. If it is really bad and not going away with home treatment though, there *is* a time and a place for antibiotics.
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I don't have any experience with ear infections... But, there are antibiotics that are perfectly fine to use while nursing.

I've taken a couple for various reasons, but amoxicillin was the most gentle on my and my baby's tummy.

Erythromycin gave me horrible stomach cramps, and clindamycin gave LO the runs.
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I would absolutely not use that. Have you tried garlic drops in the ear? We've used the storebought and homemade with great success for my son's chronic ear infections. If it is really bad and not going away with home treatment though, there *is* a time and a place for antibiotics.
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I don't have any experience with ear infections... But, there are antibiotics that are perfectly fine to use while nursing.

I've taken a couple for various reasons, but amoxicillin was the most gentle on my and my baby's tummy.

Erythromycin gave me horrible stomach cramps, and clindamycin gave LO the runs.
Well they took a culture right in the beginning, and immediately gave me antibiotic drops and a cream for my outside ear itself (my ear was getting really bad from drainage, probably spread while sleeping). It was so bad I didn't hesitate on those.

It didn't seem to be getting better at all, so I took oral antibiotics next...

So it started getting better, but its not fully fixed, and the doctor wanted to try this ear rinse. He said nothing about it being mercury, i found that out when I looked it up, and that's why I got on here, thinking I must be confused!

Part of the problem overall is that there were three (YES THREE!) kinds of bacteria in my ear. Then the fact that I was allergic to neosporin (found that out with a previous infection) and couldn't use those drops or cream... And then I started reacting to the cream they gave me for my ear 2 weeks ago. Maybe I was reacting to it from the beginning, my skin was so itchy and gross we didn't know.

I've never tried garlic, but it does give me migraines, so that might be a concern. What does it do, exactly?

Ugh, this is getting REALLY old! Thanks for your help.
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garlic has natural antibacterial properties...
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garlic has natural antibacterial properties...
I wonder if there's a way I can use it where the garlic won't give me a migraine. I can eat some garlic, just not tons.

I'm not using the rinse from the doctor. I went to call him Friday, but he had already closed, stupid Friday hours. So I'm using antibacterial cream and doing vinegar rinses for now.
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Re: Can someone look this up in Hale's?

nothing on hale's site and I don't have his book, but i did find this list of medical journal articles that includes on one the toxicity following ear therapy. have you tried saline rinses and hydrogen peroxide rinses. you don't eat the garlic, you put garlic drops in your ear.
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