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A 67-year-old male asked:

Had persistent bleeding from ears after nurse removed wax with curette. both ear canals have been blocked for 2 days. saw family md - noted swelling, couldn't see ear drum, referred me to ent. could take weeks to get appt. any self-help can i do now?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Is there blood in the ear canal or do you still have impacted ear wax? Do you have any signs/symptoms of ear infection? If not, you could try mineral oil ear drops to your ear canals-this will soften whatever is blocking the ear canal (assuming it is either blood or ear wax-ask your family practice doc). Your family practice doc can prescribe this to use until ENT sees you, assuming no infection.
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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
I agree with Dr. F's advice but will recommend that if you're experiencing continued bleeding,pus drainage or significant pain, proceed to an Eye& Ear clinic in a university hospital which usually sees walk in emergencies. Hopefully there is such a facility near you. Otherwise go to the local ER. They may be able to aspirate,not irrigate,impacted wax or call in an ENT if felt advisable
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Last updated Aug 26, 2022

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