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Mount Airy, MD
A 18-year-old female asked:

Inside my left ear has been itchy and so has the left side of my throat i tried cleaning it with a qtip but it still itching is it a ear infection?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 62 years experience
No: The worst thing you can do is clean out your ear canal with a q-tip. You will only succeed in pushing the wax (if it exists) in further toward the ear drum. Itching in the ear canal is usually the symptom of dryness. Use 4 drops of mineral oil in your left ear and put a small piece of cotton batten in ear opening for 5 minutes 3 to 4 times a day and only for the itching. Stop using q-tips.
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