Hi everyone, The fact that you are all still around makes you true warriors and give me hope for humanity . I could not find the section where new members post but anyway here's my story and any advice is appreciated: On the morning of 1/25 at 5am I woke with ringing in my left ear although the day before it rang more than normal for 3-5 seconds at a time. (I have 3-5 second rings once a week on average and I never thought much of them.) The same day I noticed that I was beginning to have some drainage down the very back of my throat. I went to the minute clinic and the nurse checked my ear and said she saw some fluid behind the ear drum but no infection. By the evening the ringing had nearly subsided. I thought I was cured but knew deep down it could be there when I woke up. Surely at 6am on the morning on 1/26 i awoke but this time it was different. A loud "eeeee" noise persisted for the remainder of the day. I read forums and talks about caused and had a panic attack at about 2pm. Then it subsided and I said "fuck this." My drainage was also much worse and I could tell that there was blockage in my left ear. I determined the eustachian tubes were clogged. Then I went to a physician so he could look inside for any obstructions ( I was worried i pushed something in with a q-tip). Just fluid behind ear drum. He prescribed amoxicillin and flonase. I can't take amoxicillin because I was deemed potentially allergic and need an allergy test before I can be cleared to take it. So he prescribed z-pack, i said "no" based on these forums. His final antibiotic was bactrim which I also refused to take based on ototoxicity which I learned about in these forums. Tomorrow I am taking a day off of work since I have not slept and cried for about 4 hours tonight. I plan to get tested for allergy to amoxicillin to be safe and then get a script for it and take it. I want to take an antibiotic in case the infection in my ear is caused by a bacteria.... btw.. I have no pain only the ringing and drainage so I am not keen to think it is an infection. The hardest part is my body's response to the rash. Yes I want to cure the infection but also want to not make the problem worse by taking bactrim. Please let me know what you all think. Should I just take the bactrim, will by tinnitus go away once inflammation is down and eustachian tubes are opened? I'm so terrified of not being able to work and losing my job and having this affliction permanently. Thoughts? God Bless and goodnight.