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A 18-year-old female asked:

painful ear pain after jamming qtip to far in ear, nothing seems to be helping the pain. i'm scared of going deaf, am i over reacting? please help!

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Dr. Jed Kwartler
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Ear trauma: Most likely you scratched the very thin skin of the ear canal and pushed wax against your ear drum. But you may have also perforated the ear drum. Fortunately those almost always heal. Keep your ear dry and plan to see an ENT who can clean your ear and get a good look at the ear drum.

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Last updated Jan 29, 2015

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