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I have my ear wick in since Thursday, is it okay to take it out now on my own?

I have my ear wick in since Thursday, is it okay to take it out now on my own?

Yes: You put an ear wick in to remove the wax (cerumen) in the ear canal. If it has not fallen out spontaneously then you can try to remove it on your own or have someone do it for you. You do not usually need a doc to do it for you but if you are nervous see your doc. ...Read more

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When my ear wick was put in it hurt really bad. Will it hurt when it's taken out?

When my ear wick was put in it hurt really bad. Will it hurt when it's taken out?

Less likely: The ear wick is used for a serious otitis externa AS the swelling goes down the need for the ear wick is less. If the drops and antibiotics have done the job it should hurt very little. ...Read more

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Should my ear wick be full of blood?

Should my ear wick be full of blood?

Ear wax: is not supposed to be full of blood. Please see your doc. You MAY have an infection. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I just got an ear wick put in today. My ear has been sore all day but after I applied the medicine t was significantly more painful. Is this normal?

I just got an ear wick put in today. My ear has been sore all day but after I applied the medicine t was significantly more painful. Is this normal?

Swimmer's ear: When the ear wick absorbs the antibiotic solution, it expands to fill the outer ear canal so that the medicine reaches the infected areas. It is compressing the painful, swollen sides of the ear canal. If the pain continues to increase even with a change in ear wick, seek help immediately in case of resistant, worsened infection, especially if diabetic. ...Read more

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Can ear wicks be inserted without a physician?

Not adviseable: If you don"t know what you are doing you can do damage to the ear canal or the ear drum. ...Read more

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Yesterday I had a wick put in my ear. It's kind of gross now, & my ear lobe doesn't hurt now. Can I pull it out?

Yesterday I had a wick put in my ear. It's kind of gross now, & my ear lobe doesn't hurt now. Can I pull it out?

Was this for : An infection. Was the "wick" actually a drain so that the infected material could drain out? Go back to whomever pick it in and get it checked. ...Read more

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Wick put in yesterday am for ear infection drops to get in...blood dripping out of ear? Is this ok or do I need the blood filled wick switched?

Wick put in yesterday am for ear infection drops to get in...blood dripping out of ear? Is this ok or do I need the blood filled wick switched?

Mgt: You may have punctured your ear drum with the wick. It is important to have this checked. Other sources of bleeding may be in the outer ear canal. Until your are seen by your PCP, avoid using the wick or ear swabs. I would suggest gently dabbing the outside of the ear with a cotton ball if there is any discharge. ...Read more

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Was at ER doctor put a wick in my ear my ear is still hurting and i don't think the drops are going down my ear my outer ear hurts?

Was at ER doctor put a wick in my ear my ear is still hurting and i don't think the drops are going down my ear my outer ear hurts?

Takes time: I assume you have an external canal ear infection. Hopefully you were given drops to be continuing after you left the doctor. However, it takes time, usually several days, for the swelling and inflammation to go down and relief of symptoms. You can try anti-inflammatory pain meds like Ibuprofen in the interim, and if symptoms are not improving in 48-72 hours, recheck with your doctor. ...Read more

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