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No: Neither inner ear or middle ear infection(intact ear drum) or diseases can be treated with ear drops. Ear drops (probably antibiotic ear drops) can be used as treatment for bacterial infections of the external ear canal and for drainage from the middle ear through a perforation of the drum. ...Read more
Can a fan a few feet from you to the left blowing air into your left ear cause ear damage?
(On lowest setting, breeze)
Not likely: Unless your fan is incredibly noisy, it's unlikely that the fan generates enough decibels to contribute to hearing loss. The air current itself, shouldn't create any danger to your ear, unless your fan is incredibly dirty and blowing around dangerous material/pathogens - and this wouldn't be an issue with the fan as so much the hygiene of the environment the fan is in. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Breathing: Careful weight lifting of heavy weights will not injure your ears unless you hold your breath and alter the pressure in your lungs and your ears. Heavy weight lifting is much like diving in that sense. If you hold your breath you risk pressure injury to your lungs and ears. Just pay attention to how everything feels, including joints and muscles, so you don't injure anything and risk a long layoff. ...Read more
I put cold water in my ears with a syringe. The water came out really fast and it was really powerful. Im not in pain though? Are my ears damaged?
Probably not.: If you are not having pain, your hearing is ok and there isn't any bloody discharge from your ears then it is unlikely there was any damage, though you may end up getting a 'swimmer's ear' from it. What prompted you to flush your ears with a syringe? It isn't a wise thing for you to try on your own. See your doctor if you feel your ear canals may be clogged so an exam can be done. ...Read more
I was accidently hit in the right ear/head. Is there any concern for mild concussion or inner ear damage. If so what symptoms should I be looking for?
Non-specific: We would like to help you. But your statement of ear damage is so non-specific that as an otologist (ear doctor), I have no idea what you mean by ear damage. For example, do you have a hole in the ear drum, is a middle ear bone not vibrating, do you have an inner ear problem, vertigo, as I have stated repeatedly on health tap, we need diagnosis before we can help you. ...Read more
Don't pop your ear: Creating pressure inside the inner ear to "pop" it can cause the ear drum to rupture (which is painful), especially if there is excess pressure in there already. Popping it won't remove the excess fluid. It has to go out on its own, which takes time, sometimes over a week. Sometimes taking a decongestant like phenylephrine can help speed up the process, but it is a stimulant, so take it carefully. ...Read more
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