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Doctor insights on: How To Clean Your Ears With Soap Water

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What is a good way to clean your ears?

What is a good way to clean your ears?

Ear cleaning: as long as there are no other symptoms than wax in the ears they can be cleaned at home. I would see a physician if you had pain, found discharge or any other symptoms. Having said that there are multiple over-the-counter ear wax removal kits available Most of them employ some sort of peroxide drop and a saline flush. Check with your local drugstore for an ear wax removal kit such as Clear Canal ...Read more

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What is the best way to clean your ears?

What is the best way to clean your ears?

Nothing or a doc: Your ear has a natural cleaning mechanism with an ink dot, if placed on your eardrum, finding its way out to your ear canal opening a few weeks later. It is designed to be self-cleaning. ...Read more

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Is there a natural way to clean your ears?

Is there a natural way to clean your ears?

Clean out ears.: Best is to stay away from trying to clean the inside of your ear canals. Do not place anything smaller than your elbow into your ear canal as you can easily cause harm to your inner structures.
Ears canals naturally clean themselves. ...Read more

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What are some ways to clean your ears without using q-tips?

What are some ways to clean your ears without using q-tips?

Clean ears: The ears have their own self-cleaning system, and some amount of wax is actually protective for the ears. If wax build up gets to the point where your hearing is affected, I have my patients try some otc debrox for a few days then come in for irrigation. They also sell irrigation kits over the counter, but I tell my patients to be careful with them. ...Read more

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What is the best way to clean your ears out (besides using cotton buds)?

Ear cleaning: as long as there are no other symptoms than wax in the ears they can be cleaned at home. I would see a physician if you had pain, found discharge or any other symptoms. Having said that there are multiple over-the-counter ear wax removal kits available Most of them employ some sort of peroxide drop and a saline flush. Check with your local drugstore for an ear wax removal kit such as Clear Canal ...Read more

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Does it hurt to clean your ears with hydrogen peroxide?

Does it hurt to clean your ears with hydrogen peroxide?

Probably not: Unless you have a perforated eardrum putting a little warm hydrogen peroxide in the ear canals shouldn't hurt. It may help soften the wax. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's the best way to clean your ears?

Can any doc tell me what's the best way to clean your ears?

Ear wax: Hello. Ear wax may have multiple different appearances. Crusty wax that presents at the opening of the ear is working its way out like nature intended. Avoid Q-tips. Make sure your doctor checks your ears every year for your annual physical. He/she can clean your ears if needed. I recommend Debrox ear drops for the first few days of each month. This should help to avoid excess buildup. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it better to use a q-tip or a finger to clean your ears?

Is it better to use a q-tip or a finger to clean your ears?

Washcloth: Or as my mother use to say, 'nothing smaller than your elbow'. If you feel you have wax or some inner irritation, try a few drops of warm olive oil. ...Read more

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Do you use hydrogen peroxide or alcohol to clean your ears?

Do you use hydrogen peroxide or alcohol to clean your ears?

Ear cleaning: There is no reason to use either product to clean the ears. Mild soap and water is more than enough. You should not be forcing materials into the ear canal other than water. Sometimes hydrogen peroxide might to used to clean if blood was in the ear. Alcohol will irritate the ear. ...Read more

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Is it bad to use q-tips to clean your ears? Is it pushing ear wax further into your ears? Would using a wet wash cloth be a better option?

Is it bad to use q-tips to clean your ears? Is it pushing ear wax further into your ears? Would using a wet wash cloth be a better option?

Avoid: Q-tips should be avoided due to the possibility of damage to the inner ear. It can also worsen blockage of ear wax. It is recommended to put absolutely nothing that is smaller than your elbow into the ear. A warm wash cloth to remove ear wax from the outer component of the ear is advised. ...Read more

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How do you clean your ears the right way?

How do you clean your ears the right way?

CERUMEN: I Recommend the MURINE EAR WASH SYSTEM. If it is not effective then you may need to be evacuated for a cerumen impaction. ...Read more

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Can you clean your ears with q-tips and baby oil?

Can you clean your ears with q-tips and baby oil?

Q-tips???: The outer ear yes, but remember nothing smaller than your elbow should be introduced inside of the ear canal (as the saying goes....). ...Read more

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Can you clean your ears with hydrogen peroxide? What if it goes down into them?

Can you clean your ears with hydrogen peroxide? What if it goes down into them?

You can: Though water will do just as good. Your ears are closed off at the ear drum, so any fluid you pour into them will run out. ...Read more

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Is cleaning out your ears important? Why is it important if it is? And is it a part of personal hygiene? What happens if you don't clean your ears?

Is cleaning out your ears important? Why is it important if it is? And is it a part of personal hygiene? What happens if you don't clean your ears?

Ear cleaning: There is an adage that you only should use your elbows to clean your ears. In normal circumstances ear wax exits the ear spontaneously and is a form of natures ear cleaning. Q tips more often push the wax in (which normally comes out) and exacerbates circumstances of ear wax impaction. Home remedies of peroxide and baby oil may be helpful to those individuals who are prone to dry hard wax ...Read more

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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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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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Should I do sea salt soaks or the ear care antiseptic to clean my ears?

Neither: The ear canals are self-cleaning structures. The skin of the ear canals and eardrums migrate toward the outer opening automatically as the dead skin cells are replaced by new skin cells.
Rarely does the ear canal become blocked unless the individual is using cotton applicators, tissue paper, paper clips, bobby pins, pencils, hearing aids or letter openers which tend to push wax into the ear canal. ...Read more

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Can I use claire's ear care antiseptic on my belly button piercing to help it stay clean?

Antiseptic solututio: If the procedure of belly button piercing was done by someone who used antiseptic technique, the rubbing alcohol or betadine solution would be a better choice on a daily basis until the area is healed after that regular baths and the use of an antibacterial soap would be sufficient. ...Read more

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If you go see a doctor and after they clean your ears out with a tool is it normal for your ear to bleed?

If you go see a doctor and after they clean your ears out with a tool is it normal for your ear to bleed?

A little blood is ok: A little blood can be normal-the skin of your ear canal is almost paper thin and delicate. When you have thick wax that can be difficult to clean, it is possible that the skin could get bruised or scraped a little just like you could get a paper cut, etc. If you are having more than a little blood and a lot of pain then it might be a problem that you should have a doctor check out. ...Read more

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I have very small ears and always need to be seen by a dr to have them cleaned out. I went to an ear nose and throat dr when I had my tonsils removed and there they said well lets clean your ears, now after that (and it's been a little over a year) I feel

I have very small ears and always need to be seen by a dr to have them cleaned out. I went to an ear nose and throat dr when I had my tonsils removed and there they said well lets clean your ears, now after that (and it's been a little over a year) I feel

Typically, : Typically, the ear canal should be able to clear itself of wax (cerumen in "doctor-speak"). Things that may disrupt the normal mechanism are hearing aids, foreign bodies, and over use of cotton swabs (q-tips). Some people's anatomy may also contribute to problems, such as small canals or opennings to the canals. Cerumen does have purpose: it prohibits bacterial growth and is an emolient for the thin, fragile skin of the ear canal.

A buildup of ceruman can cause hearing loss by blocking sound vibrations and can cause inflammation of the canal skin. It can be removed by a doctor's office with gentle irrigation or with direct, mechanical removal (typically under magnification). There are also over-the-counter solutions that can be placed in the ear to soften the wax for easy self irrigation. Care must always be taken to Prohibit any damage to the fragile canal skin and ear drum.

It is hard to know what the feeling is of the object in the ear. Could be loose cerumen. Often we look and see nothing in the canal. It could also be fluid in the middle ear, behind the ear drum. The best advice would be to see a primary care physician when it is most appropriate for you. This should be done right away if there is increasing or more persistent pain, decreased hearing, or drainage from the ear. ...Read more

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Is it the soap or water that cleans your hands?

Is it the soap or water that cleans your hands?

Yes to both: Water helps to mechanically and chemically remove dirt and water-soluble substances. Soap dissolves fatty substances, oils, grease, etc. Soap helps destroy viruses, bacteria by messing with their cell walls; water is better than nothing. Alcohol based hand cleaners, e.g. Purell don't get rid off dirt, but can destroy viruses and bacteria-not spores though-not good enough for c. Diff diarrheas. ...Read more

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What is the best way to clean a cut on the skin? I've been told hydrogen peroxide slows cell growth & not to use. What else aside from soap and water

What is the best way to clean a cut on the skin?  I've been told hydrogen peroxide slows cell growth & not to use. What else aside from soap and water

Avoid peroxide: Peroxide not only kills the bad things (bacteria, etc) but also the fibroblasts — cells that promote healing and the production of new tissue. Gentle washing with a mild soap and water is usually adequate, perhaps followed by apply Bacitracin or neosporin ointment. Allowing wound to dry out usually results in prolonged healing and a higher risk of scars. ...Read more

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Small cut @ salon from nail file. Cleaned it w/ soap and water. Nail tech put some sort of glue on it. Not sure about sanitation conditions. Hep risk?

Small cut @ salon from nail file. Cleaned it w/ soap and water. Nail tech put some sort of glue on it. Not sure about sanitation conditions. Hep risk?

Unlikely: It is possible to transmit infections through a cut but unlikely to come from a nail file unless it had another persons blood on it. You did the best thing which was to wash with soap and water. Anything is possible but it would be highly unlikely for you to have contracted an infection from this event. ...Read more

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How long can sperm live outside of the body after cleaning the surface with soap and water?

How long can sperm live outside of the body after cleaning the surface with soap and water?

Here are some ...: The fastidiousness of sperm survival will not allow sperms to live more than 2-4 hours under the described environmental scenario, although there has been no known study exactly designed to address the concern you raised. Are you a scientist? You may take it as a project, but it may not be practically useful. Concerning pregnancy, do HPT and practice safer sex with available proven methods... ...Read more

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How can I clean my ears? Can I use oxygenated water?

How can I clean my ears? Can I use oxygenated water?

Ear bulb: Use warm water with a little hydrogen peroxide in it. Using an ear bulb, spray this into your ear forcefully. You will be amazed what comes out. ...Read more

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I stretched/pulled forward my foreskin and put alcohol, soap and warm water while in shower to get the inside of foreskin 100% clean. Good idea?

I stretched/pulled forward my foreskin and put alcohol, soap and warm water while in shower to get the inside of foreskin 100% clean. Good idea?

Here are some...: It's nice to see you diligently clean your foreskin, but your described effort seems more intense than the usual & suggests you might have been bothered by the long tight foreskin-related inflammation with or without infection. If so, seek pro-evaluation & counseling so to see if circumcision may be needed for long-term care. Otherwise, gently cleansing and drying foreskin should be all you need. ...Read more