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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 I shower with an outer ear infection that is healing? I also have an ear wick. Anything I should be cautious of? Do I need to wear plugs?

Can I shower with an outer ear infection that is healing? I also have an ear wick. Anything I should be cautious of? Do I need to wear plugs?

Should be ok: It should be ok to shower. Obviously, without more info such as an exam, it's tough to be sure, but it sounds OK from what you presented. If you're unsure, you'll have to see your primary care for an exam. ...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?

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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How to stop ringing ears?

How to stop ringing ears?

See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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What makes ears feel full?

What makes ears feel full?

Full feeling ears: Nasal congestion for a cold or nasal allergy symptoms, fluid in the ears, airplane descent or descent from high altitude, are some of the things that can make the ears full. There is physics involved, but simply put, ear feel full or plugged when the eustachian tube that is responsible for equalizing pressure between the middle ear space and the "outside" fails to do so for some reason or other. ...Read more

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What to do for ringing ears at 49?

What to do for ringing ears at 49?

Hearing loss?: Tinnitus is usually associated by some kind of hearing loss. So the first thing for anyone who has ear ringing that wont go away is to be have a formal hearing test. A good ENT visit will be useful for you. ...Read more

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What causes the ears to be smelly ?

What causes the ears to be smelly ?

Possible infection?: If this is something that is new for you it sounds it might be associated with an infection especially if you have discharge and/or pain associated. Get seen by a doctor in order to take a look and final diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of ringing of ears?

What are possible causes of ringing of ears?

Tinnitus: You would need to be evaluated by your otolaryngologist and your audiologist to get more info about the cause. Loud noises and head injuries are two common reasons for chronic tinnitus. ...Read more

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Help unblocking ear?

Lets look inside: We'd need to look inside. It's probably wax try some ear drops to soften things up. It may fall out on its own. Don't use qtips. You may puncture your ear drum and lose your hearing. ...Read more

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Constant rining in ear?

Constant rining in ear?

Tinnitus.: Didn't see your age or whether this is one sided, but....It needs explanation. Most tinnitus is bilateral and associated with significant noise exposure and age. Some medications can cause this but again both sides. See your doc and have an audiogram. ...Read more

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