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If you pinch your nose and blow air in closed mouth, does this opens up the ear?
I would like to mention that i am an ear, nose & throat specialist?
Not sure, never tried it but I just tried and didn't see any difference
So you have just assumed that its ear wax?
yes. I did have my regular physician blow it out one time and confirmed that it is ear wax. I also see what is removed after home remedy and it looks like dried up ear wax.
Thanks a lot for your input.
why one ear only ?
Yes it sounds like ear wax but the other possible cause can be fluid build up behind the ear drum which can also cause such symptoms.
Ear wax can occur in one ear only and fluid behind ear drum can also be one sided.
So that's really not something important in diagnosis.
You should see an ENT and he can examine you and if its wax, he can remove it.
You should avoid using Q tip and should put olive oil two drops twice daily in affected ear.
This will help you.
Moreover you should avoid water entry in ear by putting oil soaked cotton in ears.
This will give you relief till you visit ENT
do you guys recommend md's in specific zip codes for a look at my ear ?
I am sorry its not allowed here
But you can visit any ENT in your area.
Every ENT is good at it.
OK. I'll get a referral from my primary.
That's the right way.
Thanks for the info. any other advice ?
But put olive oil till then because by the time you go to your ENT, if its wax he will be able to remove it easily.
This way you can avoid a re visit.
I'll let it build up a little and then do as you suggest. I guess my main concern is to see if there is something that can be done to avoid the excessive build up to begin with.
Do you use Q tip to clean your ears.
Nor on any regular basis. Assume that is a no-no.
Then that's good.
Once you get it cleaned this time, next time you should use olive oil on alternate days.
Is olive oil as good as the over-the-counter stuff I use now?
This will help to avoid the wax build up in ears.
In my opinion as ENT, its better than that because its natural.
OK - will do
As i have advised you to use it even after removal of wax, its best to be on something natural for long.
because of no side effects.
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