Lets chat about our earwax...
Feb 15, 2004 at 6:30 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 68

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I was wondering... if anyone is gonna know how to properly take care of the human ear, it would be you guys! I am wondering if anyone uses sollution to clean your ears out before putting on headphones? Maybe alcohol? I know, you guys think im nuts, but on a serious note... there are days were one of my ears feels "stuffy" almost, like when your ears need to pop. Anyone have a special way in dealing with this? How about q tips...? Bad idead or Urban legend?

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Feb 15, 2004 at 6:35 PM Post #2 of 68

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there are days were one of my ears feels "stuffy" almost, like when your ears need to pop. Anyone have a special way in dealing with this?


Usually this feeling is because of increased sinus pressure. It is an internal symptom, one that any amount of q-tiping won't fix. If you can recognise it as sinus pressure, take some Sudafed and it should go away.

However, it could also be liquid clogging up the outside of the ear. You can try using q-tips and water to clean your ears and see how sucessful you are with removing the "stuffy" feeling.
 
Feb 15, 2004 at 6:40 PM Post #3 of 68

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Using Q-tips once in a while is okay to clean out a huge amount of wax, but it's not recommended on a day-to-day use. The Q-tip could push more wax build up further into your ear, and forces them to build up into thicker, harder to remove chunks.

There are ear wax removal liquid at your local drugstore, that can be used to drip into your ear, it will melt the earwax and allow it to drain out of your ears.

I have a little bottle here made by "Debrox", you can usually find them in the eye & ear section (alongside contact solutions and stuffs).
 
Feb 15, 2004 at 7:24 PM Post #4 of 68

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Feb 15, 2004 at 7:29 PM Post #5 of 68

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This has been covered at length on an earlier thread. Bottom line, Q-tips should never be inserted into your ear at all, or if you must, any further than your index finger can fit.

The ear canal is covered in very soft tissue. It can be easily abraded (scratched) and then become inflamed or infected by a Q-tip or anything with a hard or sharp edge, not to mention the problems that can be created if you happen to puncture or tear your ear drum.

The human ear is a self-cleaning audio transducer system. In the shower (for the purpose of this thread we'll assume that bathing or showering is part of your regular hygeine), let some warm soapy water run into each ear, then use your index finger to massage the water into the ear canal. Then let the water run out. That's it. It is not necessary or advised to force high pressure water from a shower head inside the ear canal.

Those ear wax removal kits are not necessary, or advised, for use by most people nor can they be effectively used alone. A small percentage of the population naturally produces an excess of earwax. For these people periodic wax removal by flushing the ear canal with a syringe filled with a special solution that will dissolve the dried-up excess wax is best done in a doctors office. For everyone else ear wax removal kits are a waste of money and totally unnecessary.

Putting anything deep inside your ears is potentially damaging to your ears and your hearing. You don't want to wind up spending the better part of a day in a hospital emergency room waiting for the doctor to inspect the damage to your ear canal and/or ear drum from careless use of either Q-tips or any sort of ear cleansing kit.

At a minimum, you will have to use ear drops for several weeks, suffer the discomfort of the damage to the ear canal while it hopefully heals. You won't be able to use earplugs or buds for some time.

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Feb 15, 2004 at 7:53 PM Post #8 of 68

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I've used q-tips every single day as soon as I get out of the shower for years and years now. It is the BEST way to prevent earwax. I haven't had earwax build up since I was like 8. If you don't use q-tips to dry your ears out after you bathe, you're going to get earwax. They're not gonna puncture your eardums, just don't be a freakin moron and jab them in, know your ears!!
 
Feb 15, 2004 at 8:28 PM Post #10 of 68

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Quote:

This has been covered at length on an earlier thread. Bottom line, Q-tips should never be inserted into your ear at all, or if you must, any further than your index finger can fit.


better yet , insert nothing smaller than your elbow in your ear

(from a specialist ,really !)

there are over the counter products that not only work very well but are way safer than putting foreign objects in your ears
 
Feb 15, 2004 at 8:39 PM Post #11 of 68

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DONT USE Q-TIPS.

wash your ears with soap+water, or a kleenex on your fingertip if you need to.

if you can tell that your ear is plugged (ie it sounds like it's full of water), go to your doctor and he'll flush it out with warm water.
 
Feb 15, 2004 at 9:00 PM Post #12 of 68

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From the website I provided...

"We recommend aginst using cotton tipped applicators (the so-called 'Q' TIPS) as well as putting other things into your ear such as hair pins. This can be dangerous because you run the risk of breaking your ear drum ("perforation"), as well as jamming wax deeper inside."

Who HONESTLY uses HAIR PINS, or anything sharp, to clean their ears?
That has to be the most utterly moronic thing I have heard on here...

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Feb 15, 2004 at 9:09 PM Post #13 of 68

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Well what about the people with heavy earwax buildup? The people who don't use qtip and don't have earwax buildup in years, I envy you. I have earwax buildup after a few days and usually use Qtips to take out the glob of earwax. So you guys are saying some solution or just some warm soapy water inside the ear for a few seconds, will offer a different solution to Q-tips?
Just put it in, lay down, and let it drain out?
 
Feb 15, 2004 at 9:48 PM Post #15 of 68

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The site Bangpod linked to mentioned that olive oil will dissolve ear-wax and can be used so long as its clean. (No left-overs from the fryer eh?) I'd be curious to hear from anyone who's tried that... If it works that'd probably be the cheapest way to go, plus your ears would smell like Italian cooking...

Personally, I'm rather glad I'm one of those people who doesn't have to deal with impacted chunkies like the one on that site! The picture of the doctor going after stuff with that steel speculum didn't look very comfortable either... Remind me to photoshop a mining prospector with a pick-ax into the background of that photo and post it the next time I have to go to the doctor.
 

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