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My 22 yr old son works in a mill and must wear ear buds all…

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My 22 yr old son works in a mill and must wear ear buds all the time due to noise. Now, he has a clear fluid running out his ears. The fluid crusts over. His ears itch and are painful. He does not have insurance so can not go to a doctor. Is there something that might help that he can get OTC?

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you been dealing with the ear issue? Have you had any colds or flus recently?

No, on the colds or flu, he is very healthy, He has been working at the mill about 4 months, and so wearing the plugs that long, and it started about a month after he began there.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

No, except that this is really bothering him

Submitted: 2 months ago.Category: Medical
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Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 2 months ago
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Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 2 months ago

do you have a picture?

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
No, I am sorry
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 2 months ago

can you get one for me?

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
no, I would just like suggestions on what is causing this and OTC ideas please
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 2 months ago

Very likely this is something called seborrheic dermatitis

it is very common in young men

I would recommend he use selsun blue shampoo in the ears during a shower daily

it should take care of it

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
He will try that, but why would the ear plugs cause that? And is there some OTC medication drop that can go in the ear and soothe it and perhaps dry up some of the fluid?
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 2 months ago

The condition is caused by an overgrowth of normal skin fungi

the ear buds increase moisture and help them grow

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
that makes perfect sense, I thank you for that Doctor. Any OTC drops to dry and sooth?
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 2 months ago

No just the shampoo

nothing much else will work

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