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Should I use bobby pins, qtips or ear care antiseptic to clean my ears?

Should I use bobby pins, qtips or ear care antiseptic to clean my ears?

None of the above: You should be very careful with any of those items in your ear. The external canal is very fragile to trauma, and all you really need to do is wash them out with a bulb syringe if even that. Your ears are self cleaning, and you don't need to do much. ...Read more

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Ears and throat hurt after cleaning ears with qtip?

Ears and throat hurt after cleaning ears with qtip?

Stop using q-tips: The throat pain is likely referred pain from the ear irritation. No q-tips in the ears please! to clean your ears let soap and water flood your ears in the shower, then tilt your head and let it run out. Also the over the counter ear was kits available at the pharmacy are good. If you already have a wax plug a doctor will need to remove it. ...Read more

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Cleaning ear and clogged by cotton swab,cant hear and little bleed.doctor clean ear still cant hear?

Cleaning ear and clogged by cotton swab,cant hear and little bleed.doctor clean ear still cant hear?

Impacted ear wax: cleaning ears with cotton swab could push the wax back causing further occlusion or coul ruptur your esr drum. If wax cleaned it may take a few days to hear well. If unable to hear may need an ENT ...Read more

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Clean up ears?

Be careful: You can clean the outsides of your ears with soap and water. Be careful not to put anything (q-tips, bobby pins, pens, fingernails) into your ear canals- you can do serious harm. So long as your eardrum is intact, you can use mineral oil to keep the wax accumulation down in the canal. If you are unsure, please see an ENT who can advise you more directly. ...Read more

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Is it ok to clean ear with Bobby pin?

Is it ok to clean ear with Bobby pin?

No: No, a bobby pin is sharp and inflexible, and could damage your eardrum if inserted into the ear canal too far. Instead, clean the ear with a moist washcloth. If you feel like there is was you're unable to get with a cloth, try an over the counter treatment to soften the wax. ...Read more

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Can I clean my belly button ring with ear care antiseptic?

Can I clean my belly button ring with ear care antiseptic?

YES: Using such an antiseptic is a good idea for a 'belly button ring'. ...Read more

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My ear hurts after picking it with bobby pin?

My ear hurts after picking it with bobby pin?

Injured ear canal: The ear canal skin is very thin and delicate. That is why you should never insert a sharp object or use q-tips as this can easily cut the canal skin and cause pain or even infection. ...Read more

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Can I clean my baby's ears with a cotton swab?

Can I clean my baby's ears with a cotton swab?

Yes: Only clean the outer part of the ear and don't insert into the hole. You will wind up pushing in more wax then getting it out. ...Read more

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Can i clean the wax out of my ears using otic solution?

Can i clean the wax out of my ears using otic solution?

Yes: The wax cleaning solutions are made to clean out ears, as long as you don't have ear tubes in your ear drums. You can also use simple half-strength peroxide (mix hydrogen peroxide half and half with water) to clean out the wax as well. ...Read more

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Could i clean my ear piercing hole with baking soda?

Could i clean my ear piercing hole with baking soda?

Doubt it: Don't recommend use of alcohol or Hydrogen Peroxide to clean piercings as they may cause the surrounding skin to dry out excessively. New piercings are usually cleaned twice a day. Do not twist jewelry / post. Saturate gauze w saline solution (pinch of sea salt in warm water), place on piercing & allow it to gently drip into the piercing. Or you can buy pressurized saline solution ...Read more

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Scratched my ear drum with my pinky finger and now i'm hearing a ringing sound--what should I do?

See ENT doctor: It is unlikely you can scratch your own ear drum. It is more likely you scratched your ear canal and caused bleeding and pain. See an ENT doctor asap! ...Read more

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Hands soaked in toilet water yesterday while unclogging , now fingers tingle. Washed hands thoroughly afterwards. Could they be infected?

Hands soaked in toilet water yesterday  while unclogging , now fingers tingle. Washed hands thoroughly afterwards. Could they be infected?

Sure, but unlikely: Hands do a lot of work in dirty-water places all over the world, every day. Hands are pretty durable, and generally do not get infected just by contact with dirty things... as long as they get to dry off and retain a healthy layer of skin. Broken skin and any wounds could make hands susceptible to infection. ...Read more

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Swollen knuckle, cannot straighten fingers?

Swollen knuckle, cannot straighten fingers?

Swollen Knuckle: You may have osteoarthritis or gout. Please see your primary care physician for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Earring sticking in ear and swelling!?

Earring sticking in ear and swelling!?

Easy fix: Head to an ENT soon and you can likely have it removed in the office under local anesthesia. Don't leave it in there. ...Read more

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Is it okay to clean pierced ears with saliva?

Is it okay to clean pierced ears with saliva?

No: There is a large amount of bacteria in saliva, and you do not want to introduce those into the piercing wound. ...Read more

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Can i clean my teeth with harpic toilet cleaner ?

Can i clean my teeth with harpic toilet cleaner ?

Why ?: Why not just use toothpaste? Toilet bowl cleaner is not formulated for use in your mouth... I'm sure you understand that. It contains hydrochloric acid (10%) as the active ingredient, along with butyl oleylamine and others in an aqueous solution. ...Read more

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Index and middle fingers lock together. Middle finger feels tight and slightly swollen.

Index and middle fingers lock together. Middle finger feels tight and slightly swollen.

Trigger finger: Generally, locking of the fingers or thumbs are caused by trigger fingers. This is a benign condition in which the tendon becomes entrapped around a structure called the A1 pulley. If this is painful, an injection or surgery can improve the symptoms. If this is not painful, you can live with this as long as you have full range of motion and full function. ...Read more

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