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what can i do if my ears are plugged for over a week?

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Dr. Guy DaSilva
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Remove the earwax: You can buy an over-the-counter ear wax solution with a irrigation bulb that will relieve you of this issues very inexpensively.

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With caution: Several over the counter ear preparations contain oil, usually olive oil. I would encourage you to make sure your ear drum is intact before placing any drops in the ear.
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When I swallow, my ears start hurting. What can I do?

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Ears hurt w/swallow: Ear pain with swallowing may indicate an issue directly with the esophagus either from food or reflux or it could be related to inflammation or infection of the throat or ears. Please see your primary care provider or ear nose and throat specialist for an evaluation.
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Yes: This can be from either 1) the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) clicking right in front of your ears or 2) the opening/closing of the eustachian tube.
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I have white flakes in my ears, what should I do?

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Dermatologist: White flakes on the outer ear skin (pinna) most likely represents a form of seborrheic dermatitis. This scaliness is the result of dryness, and is usually successfully treated by a dermatologist. If the flakes are in the ear canal, the same diagnosis exists but can be treated by an otologist.

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