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What is the best way to clean ears?

What is the best way to clean ears?

Irrigate in shower: I like my patients to use a bulb syringe in the shower with warm soapy water and gently irrigate the ear canals until the wax comes out. Sometime using something like debrox before will make the wax softer and increase success. ...Read more

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How to clean ears safely? What should I use?

How to clean ears safely? What should I use?

Ear cleaning: Hello, I recommend an otc product called debrox. This product has a wax softening agent with peroxide. I recommend patients use this product as directed for 5 days and then see your doctor for an evaluation and possibly for cleaning. As long as you don't have a history of a hole in the eardrum, this measure can be repeated for the first few days of each month to maintain clean ears. ...Read more

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Is it ok to clean ear with Bobby pin?

Is it ok to clean ear with Bobby pin?

No: No, a bobby pin is sharp and inflexible, and could damage your eardrum if inserted into the ear canal too far. Instead, clean the ear with a moist washcloth. If you feel like there is was you're unable to get with a cloth, try an over the counter treatment to soften the wax. ...Read more

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Easiest safest way to clean ear wax?

Easiest safest way to clean ear wax?

Earwax: Do not clean ear wax unless it is causing a blockage. You can buy a wax removal kit at the pharmacy and carefully follow the instructions to remove trouble causing ear wax. The safest is to have your doctor remove the wax. ...Read more

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What is the very best way to clean ears with hydrogen peroxide?

Hydrogen peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide can damage your healthy tissues too. ...Read more

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Cleaning ear with q tip and small amounts of blood comes out, ever time even weeks after first time? What could this be

Cleaning ear with q tip and small amounts of blood comes out, ever time even weeks after first time? What could this be

Stop the Q-tips: Sine there is no app yet for looking inside ears yet, I suggest you see your doctor for an examination. Your doctor will likely tell you stop sticking cotton tipped swab sticks in your ear. ...Read more

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Tiny trace amount of blood on q-tip after using to clean ear?

Tiny trace amount of blood on q-tip after using to clean ear?

Q-Tips bad idea, too: Big; pack cerumen (ear wax) deeper into canal (the portion you do not see come out). Only the middle third of the ear canal skin secretes waxes which helps prevent infection; slowly remove particles/bacteria from ear canal in association with chewing. This skin is also quite thin, over bone; can easily be traumatized. Better strategy: work shampoo into each canal with finger tip at each hair wash. ...Read more

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Cleaned ear last night. Caughed and had slight pain. Cleaned ear tonight with qtip to find dry blood. Should I worry? No other symptoms & hearing OK

Cleaned ear last night. Caughed and had slight pain. Cleaned ear tonight with qtip to find dry blood. Should I worry? No other symptoms & hearing OK

Probably not: First: don't clean the inside of your ear canal with a Q-tip! They should only be used to clean the outer/visible part of your ear itself. Putting a Q-tip inside the ear canal can force wax and dirt/debris deeper into the canal and can lead to impaction (a plug) of the ear canal wax (cerumen). Also, the Q-tip can injure the wall of the canal and can cause some minor bleeding like you had. ...Read more

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How can one clean ear wax at home?

How can one clean ear wax at home?

Hydrogen peroxide: Although I never would advise trying to clean wax from the ear as a home procedure, try 3% otc hydrogen peroxide. This solution will at least liquify the wax and make it easier to clean out by a physician. In my experience, I would be certain that you have wax and have it removed by an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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How can I safely clean ear wax using household items?

How can I safely clean ear wax using household items?

Go to ENT: Removing wax is best done by ant ENT (ear, nose & throat md). Please find and ENT to help you with removal of ear wax. ...Read more

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I hear a swishing noise when people talk to me, and a really bad swishing noise when I listen to music. Tried cleaning ears, doesn't help and hurts.?

I hear a swishing noise when people talk to me, and a really bad swishing noise when I listen to music. Tried cleaning ears, doesn't help and hurts.?

Don't clean ears: I would be concerned that at age 19, you have listened to very loud music that may have injured part of your inner ear. Cleaning the ears should never be performed by you. You can injure the canal skin or even the ear drum. Furthermore swishing in the ear probably is not related to your ear canal. You need a hearing test to rule out a high pitch loss. Also noises in the ear are not painful. ...Read more

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What's a safe and effective way to clean ear wax?

What's a safe and effective way to clean ear wax?

Have an expert do it: Wax on the outside of the ear canal is easily removed with a wash cloth or other cleaning measure. You should never put anything into the canal including qtips, peroxide or other drops. The vast majority of ear problems I see are due to well intentioned patients cleaning their ears. I would strongly recommend avoiding anything in the canal. If you have a problem see an ENT and then start fresh. ...Read more

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Which is safest and most effective way to clean ear wax?

Which is safest and most effective way to clean ear wax?

Hydrogen: If ear wax is excessive and difficult to remove, it may be a genetic predisposition. Hydrogen peroxide for me has been a safe, inexpensive and very satisfactory method to soften ear wax, making it easy to wash out. I have very strong feelings that ear wax should always be removed by a specialist and not a nurse practitioner. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine or method to use to clean ear wax out of an adults ear?

Peroxide drops: Peroxide drops can help loosen ear wax so that it will come out easier. There are commercially available kits at walgreens etc. If this doesn't help see a doc to get the ears cleaned. ...Read more

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18YO daughter complaining about acute ear pain after cleaning ear with peroxide because it felt plugged. Need to be seen or will this resolve?

18YO daughter complaining about acute ear pain after cleaning ear with peroxide because it felt plugged. Need to be seen or will this resolve?

She should be seen: If the pain continues. If she irrigated her ear, it may be irritated, causing the pain, or some of the wax may be adherent to her ear drum, causing pain. However, she also could have an infection, so it's best to have her examined to be sure. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous using olive oil to clean ear why?

Is it dangerous using olive oil to clean ear why?

Not exactly: Being a edible oil, the residue in your ear can attract insects, the smell also.....A factor. ...Read more

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Used hydrogen peroxide to try to clean ear. Within seconds felt shooting pain from ear down to neck. What could cause this?

Used hydrogen peroxide to try to clean ear. Within seconds felt shooting pain from ear down to neck. What could cause this?

Ear pain with H2O2: What was the temp of the peroxide? If it was cold it can cause irritation and shooting pain. Alternatively there my be an infection in the ear with nerve irritation, or even a perforation of the ear drum. The shooting pain from ear to neck occurs when the ear is irritated and manipulated. F/u w/ doc /urgent care may need antibiotics ...Read more

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Cleaned ears with q-tip slight blood, than blew nose and again slight blood, nostrils clog back and forth! I'm worried, what should I do!!?

Cleaned ears with q-tip slight blood, than blew nose and again slight blood, nostrils clog back and forth! I'm worried, what should I do!!?

See physician: You may have punctured your eardrum and you must have your ears and sinuses checked by an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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My 9year old daughter was cleaning ears with qtip and seen a decent amount of blood. The bleeding stoped shortly after she has no pain or hearing loss?

My 9year old daughter was cleaning ears with qtip and seen a decent amount of blood. The bleeding stoped shortly after she has no pain or hearing loss?

R/O OTITIS V TRAUMA: Q tips can often cause more harm and trauma to the ears either by scraping the canal or blocking the cerumen. She needs a through exam to differentiate and potentially antibiotic therapy. She should be seen ASAP, especially if fever develops ...Read more

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My left ear has a ringing sensation. I hear heartbeat like sound. Lub dub. I cleaned ear using earbud, no difference. I don't listen to loud music. Advise?

Ear pulsing: Greetings. What you are describing is pulsatile tinnitus. This should be worked up by your ENT doctor. He/she may do an audiogram/tympanogram to assess your ear and eardrum as well as an imaging study. Good Luck ...Read more

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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

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

Ear cleaning: You should never insert a cotton swab into your ears as it will injure your ear canal and ear drum. Cotton swabs are not made to be inserted into your ears. You are actually pushing the wax deeper into your ear canal. ...Read more

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Isolated bilateral ear pain, sharp. Went to Dr. 2x, antibiotics didn't help, no sign of infection. Dr cleaned ears, still hurts Been over 1month. Help!

Isolated bilateral ear pain, sharp. Went to Dr. 2x, antibiotics didn't help, no sign of infection. Dr cleaned ears, still hurts Been over 1month. Help!

Ear Pain: Ask about an ENT referral. An ear, nose and throat doctor will be able to help in sorting out the cause for your ear pain. All the best. ...Read more

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Ears and throat hurt after cleaning ears with qtip?

Ears and throat hurt after cleaning ears with qtip?

Stop using q-tips: The throat pain is likely referred pain from the ear irritation.

No q-tips in the ears please! To clean your ears let soap and water flood your ears in the shower, then tilt your head and let it run out. Also the over the counter ear was kits available at the pharmacy are good. If you already have a wax plug a doctor will need to remove it. ...Read more

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What's the best way to clean ear wax without going to doctor?

What's the best way to clean ear wax without going to doctor?

WHY?: Your ears tend to take care of the problem themselves. If you have excessive wax, there are commercial otc products available, peroxide is an old favorite.Colace (docusate sodium) an old laxative leaves ear canals squeaky clean (but burgundy color combined with wax looks like blood!) avoid q-tips as they just make problem worse. Remember never stick anything smaller than your elbow into the canal! ...Read more

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Tonight I had blood on Qtip when cleaning ears, should I be worried? I've had bad headache this past week, I also have a VP shunt for hx of IIH

Tonight I had blood on Qtip when cleaning ears, should I be worried? I've had bad headache this past week, I also have a VP shunt for hx of IIH

Nothing in ears: Only thing you're medically allowed to put in your ears would be the elbows. Everything else is forbidden. So long as you didn't suffer any hearing loss in that ear or see blood streaming out of the canal...you should be fine. For your headache get checked out with your doctor since the presence of a VP shunt makes this a bit more complex. Write me at: www. Healthtap. Com/dr-saghafi for more. ...Read more

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Allergic to hydrogen peroxide or infected ear piecing? (cleaned ears with peroxide they swelled up, painful, red and oxidation of the skin occurred)

Allergic to hydrogen peroxide or infected ear piecing? (cleaned ears with peroxide they swelled up, painful, red and oxidation of the skin occurred)

Infection.: Your ears are infected and you need to see you doctor to get an antibiotic before things get worse. Hydrogen peroxide is more show than substance for infection. ...Read more