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Help please! is ear canal irrigation the best way to clear up a plugged-up ear canal?

Help please! is ear canal irrigation the best way to clear up a plugged-up ear canal?

If caused by wax: If the ear canal is not blocked by wax, but by mucus or pus, ear canal irrigation will not be effective. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I left ear is muffled and the ear canal is red but clear of blockage, it is bothersome but not painful or swollen. What could be going on?

I left ear is muffled and the ear canal is red but clear of blockage, it is bothersome but not painful or swollen. What could be going on?

See your doctor: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I had a small bump in outter ear canal and ALOT of white debris came out when squeezed. Now won't stop oozing ALOT of clear fluid... MSRA??

I had a small bump in outter ear canal and ALOT of white debris came out when squeezed. Now won't stop oozing ALOT of clear fluid... MSRA??

MRSA: MRSA can only be diagnosed by a culture. It sounds like an infected cyst. You should see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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"Cut" where earlobe joins to head? No blood just clear dried liquid, chronic for a few years. Same dried liquid on lobe under the outer ear canal.

"Cut" where earlobe joins to head? No blood just clear dried liquid, chronic for a few years. Same dried liquid on lobe under the outer ear canal.

See derm: After having symptoms and this condition for several years, it is time to get the area assessed and treated. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Sudden deafness + intensive vertigo,vomiting and fainting on standing (as to the latter,some problems before).Ear canal clear,no pain.What can it be?

Sudden deafness + intensive vertigo,vomiting and fainting on standing (as to the latter,some problems before).Ear canal clear,no pain.What can it be?

Labyrinthitis: Dear SStewart, The symptoms that you are describing are typical of viral Labyrinthitis. There are other causes as well and so the first thing that to be done is you should see your local ear specialist or neurologist. A CAT scan or MRI should also be done and medications for dizziness such as meclizine. Prednisone and an antiviral such as Acyclovir are usually given. Hearing comes back usually ...Read more

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Do you know anything about mold in an ear canal? My sons ent says he has a yeast infection but it wont clear up. Could mold in our home be causing it?

Do you know anything about mold in an ear canal? My sons ent says he has a yeast infection but it wont clear up. Could mold in our home be causing it?

Possibly though: Fungal infections in the ear is usually due to local factors in the ear, humidity, warmth and poor exposure to light; swimming, abrasion of the ear canal from excessive cleaning/scratching, use of antibiotics predispose to fungal infections. Several rounds of cleaning and antifungal drops maybe required for resolution. Option remains for oral of IV antifungals. stick with the ENT; patience ...Read more

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I have a mild swelling in my left ear from sinus drainage and allergies. Is there a home remedy I can use to clear any bacteria from my ear canal?

I have a mild swelling in my left ear from sinus drainage and allergies.  Is there a home remedy I can use to clear any bacteria from my ear canal?

Not related: The ears and sinuses are not directly connected and from your description, I cannot tell if the problem is from a bacterial infection or something else. It is best for you to get these checked out by your doctor. Once the diagnosis has been made, then you can decide on what kind of Rx may be best for you ...Read more

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My friend is concerned she might have cancer. She feels tired, neck hurts and swollen lymph nodes under jaw and neck and breast. One ear canal is inflamed and back of skull on one side is sore. Her sinuses are clear. Dry throat but not sore.

My friend is concerned she might have cancer. She feels tired, neck hurts and swollen lymph nodes under jaw and neck and breast. One ear canal is inflamed and back of skull on one side is sore. Her sinuses are clear. Dry throat but not sore.

?cancer: while what you have described above looks like an infection. Anyone who is concerned that they may have cancer should go to be seen by their doctor. even if its revealed to be an infection - its worth it for peace of mind ...Read more

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Do i need to clean my ear canal?

Do i need to clean my ear canal?

Yes: Wax and dirt can buildup and lessen your hearing ability without you recognizing it. Some wax buildup is so thick that you may need to get a solution from your pharmacy to dissolve the wax. Be careful and follow directions exactly to keep from puncturing your ear drum. ...Read more

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How can I reduce swelling in ear canal?

How can I reduce swelling in ear canal?

See your doctor : To find out why your ear canal is swollen. If infected, antibiotics will help. Steroids are commonly added to the antibiotic ear drops to help decreased the swelling faster. If there is a foreign body, it needs t be removed. Keep it dry until you see your doctor. ...Read more

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How to get tissue out of your ear canal?

How to get tissue out of your ear canal?

See an ENT: Removal under direct visualization is best. This can be done by your ent. ...Read more

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How to dissolve silicone from ear canal?

Go to MD: I don't think there is any way to safely dissolve it. Go to the er or your pcp. ...Read more

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Ear canal abscess. Are there any home remedies?

Ear canal abscess. Are there any home remedies?

Ear canal abscess: If it is a true abscess, you should be seen by a doctor and have the abscess drained and take antibiotics. At home you can clean it with peroxide and apply warm compress to help it drain better. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what causes swelling in ear canal?

Allergy or infection: do not mess with it
some infection in ear canal could be serious
it could be a small abscess from infected cyst
it could be an infected hair follicles from scratching and using q tip aggressively
could be a simple allergic reaction
use a head par on the ear and take Benadryl
see your doctor and he can help ...Read more

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What is the best way to get out dry blood in ear canal?

What is the best way to get out dry blood in ear canal?

Best to Ask: I have always flushed with peroxide. If there are no tubes or holes in the eardrum.Do not insert anything such as a cuetip.Best to ask your doctor. And most likely if you leave it alone, the blood will come out naturally. ...Read more

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Why does my ear canal hurt? It hurts to even touch the entrance of it.

Why does my ear canal hurt? It hurts to even touch the entrance of it.

Possibly infection.: Your symptoms sound classic for "swimmer's ear," or otitis externa. (You don't have to swim to get it. Anyone can.) An exam by a doctor can tell for sure. This type of infection is cured by antibiotic ear drops, but it is safest to use only AFTER a medical provider has examined you to make sure your eardrum is healthy first. Please see a doctor! Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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Why might someone involuntarily gag when they touch their external ear canal?

Why might someone involuntarily gag when they touch their external ear canal?

Normal: This is a normal reflex that may cause a person to cough when the inside of their ear canal is touched. There is a nerve called Jacob's nerve that is a nerve of sensation to both the ear canal and base of tongue/throat - the referred sensation is strong enough to create a cough reflex. ...Read more

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Pain in my ear canal what is it from?

Pain in my ear canal what is it from?

Someone needs...: ....To look in there to answer your question. Sorry. Could be an internal ear infection, or an infection of the canal itself. Could be wax occlusion or something stuck in there. Hard to say online... ...Read more

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Can mucus drain from the ear canal?

Yes: But it indicates you probably have a hole in your ear drum. Mucus type fluid can accumulate in your middle ear. ...Read more

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What to do if curing an itchy ear canal?

Doctor can check: you could be having simple allergic reaction a heat pad on the ear and take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) from over the counter
there is special ear drop but it required a Rx from a doctor
no improvement see your doctor he can make the right diagnosis and help you with the right treatment ...Read more

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Can tickling in ear canal be caused by allergens?

Can tickling in ear canal be caused by allergens?

Usually not.: As you might imagine, the ear canal is somewhat protected from exposure. You are much more likely to have signs and symptoms of allergy in other locations first. Usually this is due to ear wax or retained water with maceration of the skin or by a skin disease such as seborrheic dermatitis. ...Read more

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How can I treat pressure in ear canal due to a cold?

How can I treat pressure in ear canal due to a cold?

Swallow frequently: swallow frequently that could open up the tube and equalized the pressure
take cold medicine that could reduce the edema and the swelling from allergic reaction
see your doctor ...Read more

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How can I relieve pressure in ear canal due to a cold?

How can I relieve pressure in ear canal due to a cold?

Ear pressure: This is a problem where your Eustachian tube isn't working well and you develop negative pressure or a small vacuum in your ears. This is common. First try to counteract the pressure by pinching your nose and blowing...this should "Pop" the ears. If not, use some nasal decongestant sprays to open this up and then try popping the ears. Next try nasal steroids, like Flonase OTC...keep popping ...Read more

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My ear canal is swollen,but no pain. What could be the cause?

My ear canal is swollen,but no pain. What could be the cause?

Ear lump: Greetings. The ear canal has contours inside that are unique to each individual. Other reactive changes could occur from wax buildup, cyst formation or infection. See your doctor for an examination. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my ear canal is swollen, but no pain ?

What do you suggest if my ear canal is swollen, but no pain ?

Possible infection: May be symptom of infection. Should have it checked out by a doctor. ...Read more

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Can there be a small bone behind that surrounds the ear canal?

Can there be a small bone behind that surrounds the ear canal?

Yes: The ear contains the smallest bones in the body, the incus, the malleus, and the stapes. So, there are actually 3 bones in the ear ! ...Read more