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A 36-year-old member asked:

my ear is completely plugged. what can i do?

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Dr. Betty Tsai
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Have someone look.: There are many causes for plugging your ears and the treatments are very different. Cerumen impaction (ear wax) requires someone to clean out the ears. Otitis externa is an outer ear infection that needs ear drops. Otitis media is fluid behind the eardrum and may need antibiotics or drainage. Sometimes the ear exam is normal and the plugged sensation is from a sudden hearing loss.

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Do ticks bite your ear?

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They can: Ticks generally favor warmer parts of the body... Groin, neck, arm pit, belly button. If they favor the ear... It is more likely where the ear joins the skull. They would typically not bite the outer part of the ear along the rim.. It's just to cold for them.
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A 54-year-old member asked:

What are ear waxes made out of?

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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
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Ear Wax: Ear wax is the ears natural way of protecting the skin of the ear canal from infection and other types of damage. The wax actually has a natural pH (acidity) that prevents bacteria and fungus from growing in the ear canal. If you scrape the wax away and leave the skin uncovered, then you are at a higher likelihood of getting and external ear infection which can be quite painful. Hope this helps!
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Is it safe to pick out ear waxes?

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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
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Ear Wax: Ear wax is the ears natural way of protecting the skin of the ear canal from infection and other types of damage. The wax actually has a natural pH (acidity) that prevents bacteria and fungus from growing in the ear canal. If you scrape the wax away and leave the skin uncovered, then you are at a higher likelihood of getting and external ear infection which can be quite painful. Hope this helps!
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What happens if an insect goes into my ear? Will it become infected? How can I get it out?

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Unless...: ...It's a stinging insect, it will probably get pushed out by ear wax as it is being produced.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if my ear is completely plugged!!?

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Dr. Lisa Roazen
Emergency Medicine 18 years experience
See a doctor: You need an exam to tell if your ear canal is blocked (I.e., with wax) or if your Eustachian tube is blocked causing fullness of your middle ear. Irrigation/flushing can take care of wax, but you may need oral nasal decongestants, a nasal steroid, an antibiotic, or just time if it's your middle ear that's the culprit. Good luck!

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