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Cotton Balls In Ear For Infection
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Recovered from fungal ear infection,water enters in to the ear while bathing,again can see white powdery stuff in ear.Is it fungal debris ?
No: Swimmer's ear is misnomer for external otitis. This is an infection, dermatitis of the skin of the external ear canal. A cotton ball would only help if you want to prevent water from getting into the ear canal. External otitis may be the result of swimming, but is often the result from q-tip usage, fungal infections, bacterial infections, all involving the outer ear. No cotton balls won't help. ...Read more
Ear infections smell: If you have a fungal or (rare) pseudomonas external ear infection or a middle ear infection with draining of pus into the canal, the material may cause a smell to emanate from the ear. I would have a local ENT look in your ear and possibly clean out your ear(s). You may need to be on antibiotic or antifungal drops. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: If the ear infection you are referring to is an external ear infection ("swimmer's ear"), then the plugs may help in the shower. However, if she is prone to middle ear infections, the plugs will serve no useful purpose in preventing middle ear infections. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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
Can a hole in the ear drum cause frequent ear infections? Ear was fine till ruptured and had 4-5 infections in 6mnths in same ear as hole
Poked ear canal with a hair pin & found white stone like hard material is in ear canal.mild pain,Itching and numbness in that ear.no ear wax.
Wording confusion: There are 3 basic compartments of the ear mechanism. The outer canal, the middle ear with ear bones & the inner ear that is encased in the skull bone.The inner ear handles the hearing mechanism & position sense.You cannot reach it with drops.Drops are sometimes used for canal infections or middle ear pbs if tubes are present.Some drops used for canal infections can be used for middle ear infect. ...Read more
Have a cold, pain in ears, hearing became muffled, keeps switching from both ears, specks of blood in ear wax?
Otitis externa?: Unless your eardrums have been perforated, there should not be blood in the earwax . The presence of blood suggests that you have been sticking something into the ear canal and the trauma is causing the bleeding. Alternatively, water might have got into your ear causing an infection. Best to contact your doctor to find out. ...Read more
Can impacted wax from continuous (5 years) use of ear plugs at night result in an ear infection? And could an ear infection result in pain in the jaw and neck as well as the ear?
No: Ear wax retention does not cause a bacterial infection.It can cause discomfort, and there are many OTC products that can be used to dissolve the retained was, or you can have it removed by a physician or ENT specialist. The ear drum shares a nerve with the jaw joint and occasionally those with an otitis can have jaw pain or someone with tooth/jaw pain may have ear pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ear drops for otitis externa getting stuck in ear canal!! Sounded like they created some sort of bubble and won't come out of my ear!! Please help??!
Not Your Day, Is It?: First you say it's leaking out and now it's stuck.This is not your day, is it?Now don't go jamming something in there. Just be calm and lie on that side for 15-20 minutes and see if gravity helps get it out. If so,then when you put drops in there and it gets stuck just do the same thing again.If nothing works, as I suspect might be the case with you, then see your doctor.He'll take a direct look ...Read more
I have swimmer's ear and I have water in my ears and used a q-tip and yellow ear wax came out. Is that what's holding the water in?
Yes: Wax build up is the ear canal is very common. Some people suffer from it more then others. Water can get trapped between the ear drum and the wax. This increase the chance of infection especially the outer ear which we refer to as swimmer's ear or otitis externa. Infection can also sets in from impaction of the wax which is caused by q-tip usage. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Have an ear infection. Finshing up oral antibiotics and ear drops....Have painful swollowing on the side of my throat that has the ear infection. ?
Got a fungal ear infection.Dr adviced me to stop using clotrimazole ear drops ..but have occasional pain and white powdery stuff in ear.please help me?
Fungal ear Infection: Suspected Fungal Ear Infection or infestation needs to be seen by ENT to debride and clear under the microscrope. We don't generally use "antfungal" drops to clear this type of infection in US. Also, do not insert any instrument or even a cotton tip applicator into your ear. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer