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Can I Use A Nose Plunger To Unclo My Ear
My ear is blocked (pressure and lost hearing) after using the neil med sinus rinse. I tried yawning to pop it and a q-tip. How can I unblock my ear?
Wax Impaction: You probably moistened a near complete wax impaction and made the blockage complete. This may require an ENT doctor to fix but you can try dissolving the wax. Debrox and Cerumenex are good at this. I suggest repeat usage several times a day until the wax dissolves. If it doesn't after a day or two time to see the doctor. Seeing a ENT rather than your pcp is recommended. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it safe to use a cotton swab to gently clean the gunk out of my ear? I have otitis externa and am using the ear drops
"No!" (well, maybe): The usual advice for cleaning ears is "nothing smaller than your elbow" goes in your ears. Eg; NO Q-tips, Bic pen tops, chop sticks, etc. However, you probably have some drainage so gently cleaning the OUTSIDE of your ear would be fine, but I would avoid putting anything in the ear canal. Doing so, while tempting, usually just makes things worse by jamming the canal full of wax. ...Read more
How can I use debris ear wax removal. After i drain the ear drop out do I use a q tip or what to clean the wax out?
I went to icings to pierce my ears & i think i'm allergic to something that's in the ear care solution, can I use hydrogen peroxide instead?
My left ear is clogged. Dealing with sinus/chest infection. Can I use peroxide to delight? What can I use so i can hear out of it again?!
Another question ear feels clogged maybe hurts. When I use that technique with air to clogg ear it almost causes it to get stuck I used ear drops?
Can I use saline solution on top of peroxide to clean infected ear from piercing? Also is it ok if i accidently squirted saline solution inside ear?
After using a q~tip to clean my ear, i woke up the next day with my ear bleeding and plugged. Same as when water is in ear. How do I unplug ear?
Doctor: Given the bleeding, you really need to have a medical professional look into the ear with the appropriate equipment. You could have a perforated ear drum, which can create the sensations you're describing. It's actually best not to put anything in your ear, as it's very easy to tear your eardrum on accident! ...Read more
I suggest: that your problem may be water and WAX (often its the wax which "sticks" to the water making it difficult to relieve the pressure. Suggest an OTC wax remover (example only not recommendation) such as MURINE EAR SYSTEM. Ask your phrmacist and also purchase a large ear syringe (I find the small ones provided with the ear wax remover are too small to be effective) Hope this helps! DrZ ...Read more
I used a neti pot to clear my sinuses, but some water went into my ear. I have to fly in 3 days. Can you help? Will my eardrum rupture. I'm terrified
No: Your eardrum will not rupture. Don't worry - the water will clear from your ears. However, if you are still congested, the pressure changes from ascent and descent of the plane may cause brief but severe ear pain. No damage is likely. There really isn't a way to prevent this though. ...Read more
Is Hydrogen peroxide bad or harmful to use while cleaning ears with cotton swabs? I do it a lot I need a way to get ear wax out
Sinus congestion: There are a lot of ways to improve breathing through your nose and sinuses. The first thing I have patients do is use saline. It's natural and is quite effective. You can use it in a number of different ways, from spray to irrigation, even a nettie pot. It's so effective, that even in the face of a sinus infection, it's beneficial and improves symptoms as much as prescription medicines. ...Read more
2 yr old has stubborn ear wax in cannal of ear. What rinses can I use to loosen and clean it out? How long do I use it? Home remedies?
I am curious if an ENT doctor patches up a hole in my ear drum, can I still use earbuds and earplugs?
Nope-be careful: Not at all as long as you use care. Why are you using these anyway. Get you an ear and a nose wash from the drug store. Let them drain and drip dry. Use a hairdryer to dry the ears. Cleaning the ears daily can dry them and cause itchy ears. Poking things in your nose can cause bleeding and that can be a headache. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm having problems with my right ear... When I move or use my nose, it gets stuffed and it annoys me! What could it be? Thank you.
Hello doc, my girlfriend is having chest, nose and ear blockage from last 2 3 weeks. She took meds also but no use. Suggest something please.
Lately I've been sick with a light sniffles. I blew my nose and hour ago and popped my ear..I still can't hear well..Is it safe to use ear drops?
Allergies.: That sounds like allergies. Nasal congestion, runny nose, cough, headache, facial pains and earache can be triggered by fragrances, dust mites, grass, trees, pets, environmental molds and such. There are outdoor and indoor allergens. OTC nasal steroid and nasal saline are worth a try. Ear drops won't get to the root of the issue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Last 40 days i am suffering, I used many medicens & nasal spray but no use. i think heavy mucus which stuck in my head, Ears & Nose please advice.
Recently, when I move, yawn or use my nose, my right ear gets stuffed and it gets hard for me to get it unstuffed. Also, I feel air locked in my ear. ?
Eustachian tube: The eustachian tube opens with yawn or swallow and contracting palate. When the eustachian tube is swollen due to sinus congestion, allergies, virus', pressure changes or with cerumen (wax) impaction in ear canal, stuffy sensation can occur. This is treated with nasal steroid spray, decongestant and gentle autoinsufflation of ears (pinch nose and blow). See physician with persistent symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Right ear getting plugged sometimes for weeks! Happening when I use my nose, when I yawn or when I walk. What can I do??? Thank you! I also feel air.
Eustachian tubes: Eustachian tubes close up and don't want to open. Ask a pilot for the ways they get their Eustachian tubes open - they can show you easier than tell you. If unable to open, then see the Doctor. ...Read more
Family practice : It would be safe but doubt it would work. ...Read more
I am a triathlete praparing for IM SA in April. I have a post nasal drip,blocked ears and runny nose. What can I use to cure this as quick as possible?
Possibly: Otrivin (xylometazoline) is a decongestant that will shrink clogged nasal passages. if there is no cold or facial congestion, it will not have much effect. Swallowing helps open the passageways and clear the ears, so a good way to help your infant avoid ear pain is to make sure he's hungry by the time the airplane descends, and continuously feed from a bottle during descent. ...Read more
My left ear is closed, swollen glands in my neck, left side, blocked nose and coughing. what could I use?
My 3 years old son has cold and middle ear infection. He has stuffy nose. Should we stay away from ocean water because of the infection or can we use?
Which earphones- over the head or earphones are best to use if u don't want to damage your ears and need to use for long.
Being a music lover which earphones are best to use for my ear health? Over the head phones or earphones.
What allergens outside could make me suddenly itchy-mostly on my face, head, & ears? I have not made changes to any products I use. I am in CA.
Contact allergy: If this occurs only on area above the neck, I would suspect a contact allergens used on the face and scalp. Hair products would be on my number 1 list. In contact allergy, the skin does not start to rash until 24-72 hrs after the application. Avoidance is the key but may try topical hydrocortisone cream for the time being. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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