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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
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
Hello i was diagnosed with an outer ear infection on friday and been on ear drops since. But not getting any better they put a ear wick in to help
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?
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers