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Why Do My Pierced Ears Smell
Ear Wax: They do but you are generally not aware of it. Good for you. Cerumen is produced by glands in the ear canal . Dirt, debris, hair etc stick to it and eventually the wax dries and falls out removing these things. Cerumen (wax) is the self cleaning mechanism of the ear canal. Most people aren't aware of the wax. It is normal. Could be worse. I see patients every day who need to have me remove it. ...Read more
Takes long time: The regular ear piercing takes up to 8 weeks to heal, the cartilage piercing can take much longer, and you need to make sure that you clean and rotate earrings during all this time 2-3 times a day. If it has been longer than that, return to the place that did the piercing or go to your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tinnitus : Tinnitus is actually a very complex perception of some type of noise or sound in the ears or head. There are different types, subjective (only you hear) or objective (others can hear the noise too-rare). It can be pulsatile like a heart beat or non-pulsatile. There can be many causes and it really needs a full evaluation by an otolaryngologist. ...Read more
Eustachian tube: The tube that drains mucous from your middle ear is likely swollen. It can open and close when you chew or "pop" your ear and such maneuvers allow the air in and the pressure change can be uncomfortable. This will usually resolve over time as the swelling goes down.Ibuprofen should help for the pain.If it in not improving gradually, have it checked. ...Read more
Stuffy, clogged ears: It is not uncommon for ears to feel stuffy and clogged when allergies flare up, when you experience a change in altitude or during the course of a cold. Sometimes this can happen as an ear infection evolves. This is from dysfunction of the eustachian tube. Treatment does not always lead to immediate resolution, and can include antihistamines, nasal antinflammatories, and oral steroids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most common reason: for odor would be infection.Get a more detailed answer ›
A metal sensitivity : Possibly a metal sensitivity. Depending on what metal your earrings are made from, that could explain the itching. A good percentage of people have a sensitivity to nickel. ...Read more
Ears pop with sex: Having sex is all about blood flowing with tissues swelling during stimulation. Release of adrenaline during sex causes constriction of blood vessels. This leads to opening of the eustachian tubes. This leads to the ears popping. Also, more rapid breathing and staining, may cause the eustachian tubes to open up during sex. ...Read more
Im not producing ear wax, my doctor thinks i clean my ears and i really dont. my ears itch from being so dry from no wax. what do i do?
Vasoline: You can apply vasoline to the tip of a cotton swab and coat the canal lightly. ...Read more
Ear Candling: Greetings. The contact with the ear candle has probably caused the reaction. Do yourself a favor and stop wasting money on candling of the ears. There is no scientific base behind this treatment. The wax you see after is in the ear candle itself. There have been documented ear trauma events from a burn to the skin from candling. Debrox ear drops and see your doctor for irrigation if needed. ...Read more
Ear buds&ears?NEVER: One hting we were taught in medical school is to never put anything larger than your elbow inside your ear! to clean your ears you use commercially available ear drops or hydrogen peroxide. They don't hurt&are much safer. The hydrogen peroxide dissolves the wax, you leave it in for 5 minutes or so. Then use a wisp of tissue to dab it dry. Repeat weekly/biweekly depending on wax degree. ...Read more
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