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Is it really bad to use cotton swabs to clean your nose and ears?

Is it really bad to use cotton swabs to clean your nose and ears?

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 more

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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.

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.

Go see her doctor: Need evaluation to determine diagnosis (cause) before can suggest solution. For instance, allergies are treated differently from infections. I have no idea what medication she took w/o relief so she needs to tell prescribing doctor what (didn't) happen. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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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.?

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 more

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Can you use the neimed sinus rinse on my ears as well as my nose?

Can you use the neimed sinus rinse on my ears as well as my nose?

Bad idea: Using a sinus rinse to clean ears would be a bad idea. If you are having a problem with ear wax ask your pharmacist for otc options. Sinus rinses are great for cleaning out the nasal cavity and washing allergens out the nose. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Is use of Otrivin (.05%) nose drops in infants helpful in avoiding ear pain when flying?

Is use of Otrivin (.05%) nose drops in infants helpful in avoiding ear pain when flying?

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

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What kind of instrument does the ears nose and throat doctor use to look at your ears?

What kind of instrument does the ears nose and throat doctor use to look at your ears?

Many things: The ENT may use:
1. Otoscope (handheld scope)
2. Microscope
3. Small endoscope (this is a newer use of endoscopic technology
4. Indirectly specific hearing tests may be helpful
5. Radiographic imaging such as mris and ct scans. ...Read more

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My left ear is closed, swollen glands in my neck, left side, blocked nose and coughing. What could I use?

My left ear is closed, swollen glands in my neck, left side, blocked nose and coughing. What could I use?

See doctor: You need to consult your doctor re. This. If this has been present for more than 10 days, need to consider sinusitis. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Earphones: Headphones that cover the entire ear are safer than ear buds that only cover the ear canal. Volume is also important. It is important to keep the volume low when wearing headphones. Playing music loud when wearing any kind of earphones can result in permanent hearing loss. ...Read more

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Being a music lover which earphones are best to use for my ear health? Over the head phones or earphones.

Being a music lover which earphones are best to use for my ear health? Over the head phones or earphones.

Earphones: Headphones that cover the entire ear are safer than ear buds that only cover the ear canal. Volume is also important. It is important to keep the volume low when wearing headphones. Playing music loud when wearing any kind of earphones can result in permanent hearing loss. ...Read more

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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.

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 more

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Can I use nasal spray to unclog ears?

Can I use nasal spray to unclog ears?

Possible: Stuffy ears can be the result of allergic inflammation and using a nasal steroid spray may be helpful. ...Read more

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The entire left side of my head/face hurts especially around my ear. I bought so over the counter drops. But when I use them it feels clogged?

The entire left side of my head/face hurts especially around my ear. I bought so over the counter drops. But when I use them it feels clogged?

Left side face hurts: Go to doctor/ urgent care/ER today seems like you have an infection and need antibiotics. May be herpetic or zoster or lyme as well We are always concerned about the face because it is near the brain so don't delay and see a doctor today ...Read more

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My ears get blocked wen I fly. I'll take oral tablets n nasal spray n it works. Is constant use harmful? I tend to use d spray 3 - 4x on long haul

My ears get blocked wen I fly. I'll take oral tablets n nasal spray n it works. Is constant use harmful? I tend to use d spray 3 - 4x on long haul

Ear plugged: Ears get blocked as the atmospheric pressire drops when you fly and your ear get plugged feeling. Weh you swallow, your eutachain tube opens up which normalized the pressure on both sides of tympanic membrane resulting in resolution of symptoms. Nasal sprays typically have no role in this. ...Read more

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I have a head cold and my ear hurts. Can I use hydrogenperoxide in it? If so how do I use it without hurting my eardrum? Other home remedies to try?

I have a head cold and my ear hurts. Can I use hydrogenperoxide in it? If so how do I use it without hurting my eardrum? Other home remedies to try?

Wait a moment..: Before you go putting peroxide in that ear you should make sure that you don't have an ear infection or worst yet a rupture of your ear drum; have your health care provider check out that ear first and discuss the hydrogen peroxide cleaning at the visit; you can use diluted hydrogen peroxide when you aren't sick by dampening a cotton ball and squeezing it into the ear. ...Read more

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I've got water in my ear. How can I get it out? I've tried laying down and hitting my head but it won't come out. I have earwax remover, can I use it?

I've got water in my ear. How can I get it out? I've tried laying down and hitting my head but it won't come out. I have earwax remover, can I use it?

Alcohol: Put some alcohol in your ear to displace the water and then it will evaporate. However, the water you are speaking of my be behind your eardrum and must exit through you Eustachian tubes. Afrin (oxymetazoline) can be used to open up your Eustachian tubes but only use on very limited basis. Lastly, if this persist you may want to be examined. ...Read more

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Right ear itches or tickles on outside of head especially the little flap sticking out in front. Do not use shampoo, use only ivory soap for shampoo, seems to help, other shampoo makes really bad. Only right ear

Right ear itches or tickles on outside of head especially the little flap sticking out in front. Do not use shampoo, use only ivory soap for shampoo, seems to help, other shampoo makes really bad. Only right ear

This: This may be a dermatitis or an eczematous lesion. Try an over the counter Hydrocortisone cream two to three times a day and monitor for relief. If this does not work and the symptoms persist, schedule a visit with your primary care provider.
Good luck. ...Read more

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I have pain in right side of head, right eye, right ear due to prolong use of mobile phone...?

I have pain in right side of head, right eye, right ear due to prolong use of mobile phone...?

Not due to phone: Your symptoms are not due to your phone. I would see a regular doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a lump left side of my tooth its very painful my left side of my head and ear hurts really bad went to the dentist what can I use to stop thi?

I have a lump left side of my tooth its very painful my left side of my head and ear hurts really bad went to the dentist what can I use to stop thi?

Ask the dentist: Your dentist should give you the instruction and medication for stopping the pain.

From what you described, it is very likely the tooth has infection involving the nerve. The definitive solution should be root canal therapy or extraction. At mean time, the dentist might place you under antibiotics and pain medication to control the the syptom.

Do ask your dentist! ...Read more

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My glands are swellen up until behind my ears, I feel weak and my head is aching... What couses this and are there any home remedies I can use?

My glands are swellen up until behind my ears, I feel weak and my head is aching... What couses this and are there any home remedies I can use?

Listen to your body: The first thing to re-examine life style. Eat 6 equal healthy meals including 6 servings of fresh or steamed vegetables and 1 apple spread out through the day. Breathe and relax and learn to manage stress skillfully. Do a gentle fun exercise like pretend jump roping for a few minutes very frequently through the day. Get at least 8 hours of sleep a day. Check iron level, vit d3, and thyroid. ...Read more

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13mth son born profoundly deaf r ear, never produces nasal discharge, have to use saline drops to moisten, is this problem caused by deafness?

13mth son born profoundly deaf r ear, never produces nasal discharge, have to use saline drops to moisten, is this problem caused by deafness?

Unlikely: I am not sure if you are saying your baby is congested and doesn't make a lot of nasal drainage or if he breathes well through the nose. Saline is a great thing to use in drop form to help a baby breathe through the nose if congested. Some associated problems with the back of the nose can be present in some deaf kids ("choanal atresia") that could be considered if it is always blocked on 1 side. ...Read more

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The past three days I've had pain on the left side of my head behind my eye in and around my ear and on my neck. I use marijuana on a daily basis.

The past three days I've had pain on the left side of my head behind my eye in and around my ear and on my neck. I use marijuana on a daily basis.

Not sure: Not sure if it from the marijuana. This just sounds like something you are prone to. Have you ever had this type of pain before? Any history of migraines?? I am assuming you use marijuana for recreational reasons, not medicinal. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use vibrating head massager? Any area of the head should be avoided i.e. Above the eye, side of the eye, behind ears. Any brain damage?

Is it safe to use vibrating head massager? Any area of the head should be avoided i.e. Above the eye, side of the eye, behind ears. Any brain damage?

Vibrating massage: Vibration to the scalp is safe, just don't poke your eyes! Hand held vibrations for prolonged periods of time can trigger Raynauds phenomenon (blanching, cold intolerance, and pain) in the tips of the fingers. ...Read more

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Can I fly with fluid in my ear due to allergies? I don't have an ear ache. I can't stand nasal sprays... are there plugs or pills I can use instead?

Fly with ear fluid.: Technically you can, but you may be very uncomfortable at altitude with bad earaches, or you may even rupture an eardrum. If you can’t use the nasal sprays, you can try to dry out the ears with an OTC antihistamine, but I’d start it at least one week before you leave. ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection that is causing horrible pain in the maxillary area and my ears are clogged. Safe to use a nasal spray while breastfeeding?

I have a sinus infection that is causing horrible pain in the maxillary area and my ears are clogged. Safe to use a nasal spray while breastfeeding?

Yes.: The saline sinus sprays are completely fine. Things like afrin (oxymetazoline) work on the blood vessels to decrease their size. This type of medicine also can work on the blood vessels of the breast to decrease milk production. It is more of a problem when you take a decongestant by mouth but still a small risk. Check out lacmed app as a resource for meds and breast feeding. Feel better! ...Read more

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Mom last night had hives all over head, itchy sore scalp, red & painful ears. Had to use ice packs & Benadryl. What could it be & what should she do?

Mom last night had hives all over head, itchy sore scalp, red & painful ears. Had to use ice packs & Benadryl. What could it be & what should she do?

See Doc: If the area is painful and itchy involving only half of the head area, this is likely shingles. Consult your doctor immediately since timely dosing with anti-viral medication may shorten the duration and severity of the disease. ...Read more