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Old 04-25-2011, 04:49 PM
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I was at the doctor (primary care doctor) who drained my right ear successfully on Friday but asked me to clean the left ear with peroxide at home this past weekend, then come back today because the impaction was really bad she didn't have time for it on Friday

She tried her darndest today on the left ear but no real change. She said the impaction was too close to the eardrum and she didn't want to perforate the eardrum so she gave me a referral to an ENT specialist

what would the ENT specialist do differently in this case?
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:07 PM
Location: St. Louis
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Oh wow--I've been told to never use hydrogen peroxide in my ears. The doc said to only use a mix of 1/2 and 1/2 vinegar and rubbing alcohol in my ears and since I've started that I've had little trouble. Also, when I had an inner ear infection and my ears went into wax producing overdrive, the doc gave me a scrip for some earwax softener to use for 2 days before coming back in. Then they used a waterpic to clean the wax out and it worked like a charm. They didn't have you use the softener? That's the first thing the ENT will do probably and you'll be more miserable until they get that stuff out but it will be worth it.
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:23 PM
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Default they didn't mention

a softener, i have used Debrox (is that a softener?) which only works if i have a moderate degree of wax
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:37 PM
Location: Alexandria, VA
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ENT's have a cool vacuum-type tool that they'll use.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:10 PM
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Yes, my husband tried all sorts of home remedies and OTC ear wax cleaners/removals to no avail until the ENT doctor used some ear irrigator/vacuum apparatus that die the trick much to my DH's relief. His ringing in the ear cleared up, too.
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Old 04-26-2011, 05:57 AM
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Default that's good to know

i had a cough that lingered on for 2 months after a very mild cold virus. is it possible the impaction in both ears caused the cough?

I can't wait to go to the specialist. seems all the work my doctor did yesterday on the left ear to no avail made the blockage worse(both curette and suction device). tho i can't fault them they're very dedicated doctors, just not specialists in dealing with this more advanced sort of thing
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:19 AM
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I go to the ENT twice a year for cleaning. They have the tools and experience to get the wax out. The ENT never hurt me, but some of the nurses caused a lot of pain while doing their job. My ear canals are narrow and take a turn inside so my ears can not do their own cleaning job properly.
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Old 04-27-2011, 03:29 PM
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I haven't had major problems but do produce some. I've found sort of by accident that if I'm laying on one ear for awhile and it gets warm, I can actually feel some wax start to move as it gets more liquid from heat.
Now I wouldn't go and get all hog wild and lay on something really hot but you might try laying on a warm (not hot!) heating pad, ear down and see if warmth and gravity get things going. Then maybe use one of those foaming ear drop products to help finish it.
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Old 04-27-2011, 05:51 PM
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I can't answer your question about what an ENT specialist would do differently, but I have to go to my doctor once or twice a year to get wax removed. He used to flush water in there to get it out, but about four years ago he switched to using what looks like a plastic pen (for lack of a better description) and now he just plucks it out. It's never been a problem to get it out, but last time it was a little more stubborn. He finally got it, but it took a few more tries.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:06 PM
Location: Philadelphia
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I always have bad earwax impaction, and my general doctor transferred me to the best ENT ever! He had these delicate long tools that he would carefully take the wax out with. It took a bit of time, but the results were amazing. He showed me the results on a paper towel and it was gross- I can't believe all that stuff accumulates in the ears so much that it can turn black.
He gave me stuff called Ciprodex and it helps clean out your ears. I haven't used it since then but when I used it, all this clear yellow stuff would drain out and it wasn't heavy like Debrox was on my ear canal.

Good luck - it'll be such a relief when the ENT takes it all out - I remember I said "Wow, I can hear a mouse squeak in Tibet!" haha
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