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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
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
No: You can damage your ear with this. ...Read more
Hydrogen peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide can damage your healthy tissues too. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
My hearing is irregular and I cleaned ear wax out my ears more than 3 times. What could be wrong?
More wax?: There still may be more wax deeper in the ear canal. Best to see your otolaryngologist. ...Read more
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
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
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?
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
Cleaned ear w/q-tp. Had sore spot. Pulled out moist fleshy thing. 1/2 long. Took picture to see better. Looked like worm. Possible?
My ear is a bit blocked. No wax and also took nose spray to clean ear from inside, but still a problem and gives slight pain. What do I do?
Ear problem: This sound like a condition best evaluated by an ear, nose and throat speciaiist. ...Read more
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
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
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
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