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How can I use debris ear wax removal. After i drain the ear drop out do I use a q tip or what to clean the wax out?

How can I use debris ear wax removal. After i drain the ear drop out do I use a q tip or what to clean the wax out?

Let it drain out: by itself , usually melted wax comes out of ear canal and clean with Q tips. Some times is very thick may not come out then you need to see your doctor ...Read more

Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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have water in my ear plus earwax buildup Don't want it to turn into swimmers ear infection Which symptom should I address first? How?


have water in my ear plus earwax buildup
Don't want it to turn into swimmers ear infection
Which symptom should I address first?
How?

Ear Wax Removal: If you are currently asymptomatic I usually recommend not removing ear wax. If you have symptoms due to wax accumulation options for removal include cerumenolytic agents, irrigation, and mechanical removal. The most commonly used cerumenolytics are preparations of mineral oil or hydrogen peroxide, both available over-the–counter. Irrigation and removal are performed by doctor only. ...Read more

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Middle ear infection with permenant perforated ear drum, due to 2 myringotomy yrs ago. How long will take for liquid to drained out? Can't hear.

Middle ear infection with permenant perforated ear drum, due to 2 myringotomy yrs ago. How long will take for liquid to drained out? Can't hear.

Great Question: But without an ENT actually taking a look inside, the answers to your questions about hearing & drainage won't be as specific as you'd like. Why not pay him/her a visit? ...Read more

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Will acetic acid help with itchy ear canals? How long after using can I put my hearing aids in? Aids go behind ear and in canal.

Will acetic acid help with itchy ear canals? How long after using can I put my hearing aids in?  Aids go behind ear and in canal.

It may: Acetic acid is probably helpful for itchy ear canals but is more appropriately used as a first drug for otitis externa or infection of the ear canal skin. My recommendation for itchy ears, which usually indicates dryness and if you are a Q tip user, please stop forever, is MINERAL OIL. This medication lubricates the skin of the canal and I have had few complaints after patients use it. ...Read more

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Perforated ear drum 3 days ago from a fall into water. Still have water lodged in my ear. How do I get it out?

Perforated ear drum 3 days ago from a fall into water. Still have water lodged in my ear. How do I get it out?

Evaluation: Hi dear, if your eardrum is really perforated you need evaluation by an ENT doctor ASAP. the discharge from your ear could be due to an infection, please take some time to be evaluated to prevent longterm complications. ...Read more

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How long should my sons ear ooze puss from his tube in a ear infection?

How long should  my sons ear ooze puss from his tube in a ear infection?

Should respond : If you've started treatment with drops or oral meds the drainage should begin to subside within a few days. Failure to respond may mean there is too much drainage coming out for drops to be effective & a trip to the dr to have the drainage suctioned clear may be necessary. Check with your md. ...Read more

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How long till my ear unblocks from a ear infection?

After an ear...: Infection there may be residual fluid behind the eardrum. This can persist for days to months. Sometimes it does not resolve without putting a ventilation tube in the ear. It will usually resolve on its own however. Sometimes i will treated with another round of antibiotics or steroids. ...Read more

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On antibiotics for ear infection after cold. Dr said fluid in ears 4 days ago. What can I do to get the full/clogged feel gone? I can't hear from ear

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
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On antibiotics for ear infection after cold. Dr said fluid in ears 4 days ago. What can I do to get the full/clogged feel gone? I can't hear from ear

Clogged ears: after cold, fluid in the middle ears which you are receiving an antibiotic for.Saline nasal washes would help relieve the congestion in your nasal cavity and your throat, that will help open up the Eustachian tubes and relieve the pressure in your middle ears,OTC steroid nasal sprays can help too, read the instructions on how to use them right,and whether they suit your case. C ur MD if not better ...Read more

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Perforated ear 2 days ago from middle ear infection. How long til it heals? Work in a nursery so any tips to stop load noises and pain in work?

Perforated ear 2 days ago from middle ear infection. How long til it heals? Work in a nursery so any tips to stop load noises and pain in work?

Varies: A perforation during an infection often seals up as the infection heals, but may linger.It is more likely to persist if it is large or in an adult. A followup visit with your doc after completion of treatment is important. ...Read more

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Painless Pimple/cyst in ear canal, busted. How should I proceed with cleaning out pus-afraid to clean with qtip due to pushing the infection deeper?

Painless Pimple/cyst in ear canal, busted. How should I proceed with cleaning out pus-afraid to clean with qtip due to pushing the infection deeper?

Allow drainage: To encourage spontaneous drainage of an abscess, warm moist compresses can by applied with gentle pressure. Squeezing or pressing on the site should be avoided. If possible, keeping the site moist by applying antibacterial ointment will help prevent crusting over, which prevents drainage (usually key in healing). ...Read more

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I use Q tips too much, and cause bleeding/scabs in my ear because of it.. Can I permanently lose my hearing from excessively damaging my ear canal?

I use Q tips too much, and cause bleeding/scabs in my ear because of it.. Can I permanently lose my hearing from excessively damaging my ear canal?

Avoid Qtips: Abrasions or minor damage to the ear canal could cause possible infection in the outer ear, or irritation and bleeding. Typically it should not damage the deeper structures of the ear or affect hearing. Generally, Qtips are not recommended as the wax that is naturally produced is protective, and there is no need to remove it. If it becomes bothersome in can be gently washed out. ...Read more

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I used a neti pot to clear my sinuses, but some water went into my ear. I have to fly in 3 days. Can you help? Will my eardrum rupture. I'm terrified

I used a neti pot to clear my sinuses, but some water went into my ear. I have to fly in 3 days. Can you help? Will my eardrum rupture. I'm terrified

No: Your eardrum will not rupture. Don't worry - the water will clear from your ears. However, if you are still congested, the pressure changes from ascent and descent of the plane may cause brief but severe ear pain. No damage is likely. There really isn't a way to prevent this though. ...Read more

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Can i still swim train with cap and earplugs if I have a perforated eardrum from a middle ear infection?

Controverisal: There is constant back and forth between the experts on this very issue, and no consensus has been reached yet. My practice is if you are on appropriate therapy for the infection, including topical drops like ciprodex, then you can safely swim in clean water (no rivers or lakes). It is essential, however, that you follow up closely with doctor to make sure the ear and perforation has healed. ...Read more

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I have a double ear infection I've been to the doctor they gave me ear drops and an antibiotic the ear drops wont go in how can I get my ear uncloged ?

I have a double ear infection I've been to the doctor they gave me ear drops and an antibiotic the ear drops wont go in  how can I get my ear uncloged ?

May need a wick: Hard to tell without seeing your ears, but it sounds like you have otitis externa (outer ear infection). Sometimes when the ear canal gets so swollen, the drops won't go through, and your doctor will need to insert a wick into your ear canal to "pull" the medicine through so it can work. ...Read more

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Can earwax build up damage hearing? My mom was cleaning my ears out & I suddenly can't hear out of one ear. Any solutions? It doesn't hurt.  

Can earwax build up damage hearing? My mom was cleaning my ears out & I suddenly can't hear out of one ear. Any solutions? It doesn't hurt.  

Yes: There are 2 possible explanations for why you have hearing loss. Fist of all, depending on how your mom cleaned your ears, she may have pushed the wax further in and created an impaction causing hearing loss. Secondly, the cleaning process may have damaged the canal or tympanic membrane. Have your physician take a look inside and will know immediately which it is. ...Read more

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I suffer from perforated eardrum and a viscous liquid gets out of my ear. I take antibiotics to prevent that but it reapeares again with time?

I suffer from perforated eardrum and a viscous liquid gets out of my ear. I take antibiotics to prevent that but it reapeares again with time?

The tm: The tm needs to reseal. This must happen. See your doctor. For advice and treatments. There are many options including tympanic membrane grafting ...Read more

Dr. Donald Alves
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Infection (Definition)

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Ear Infection (Definition)

An infection of the inner, middle, or outer ...Read more