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stuffy ear

anyone ever have this happen to them? I woke yesterday with a stuffy ear and I thought it'd go away but it hasn't it. It's pretty annoying, I've tried opening the mouth swallowing, holding my nose breathing etc... and none has worked.

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i would get it checked out before it becomes a bad infection... did u go swimming the day before it happened?
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did you get water in your ear? Do you have sinus problems? both could result in a "stuffy ear"

I'm getting over a sinus infection now and til this morning both my ears were like that.

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i would get it checked out before it becomes a bad infection... did u go swimming the day before it happened?

Nope. I went to sleep on saturday and just woke up with this.

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did you get water in your ear? Do you have sinus problems? both could result in a "stuffy ear"

I'm getting over a sinus infection now and til this morning both my ears were like that.

Very aggrivating
I don't think I got water in the ear, but anything's possible in the shower. No sinus problems. ahhhh, make it go away!!!

anyone know what a ear doctor is called?

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It's probably impacted with ear wax (yuck). I have had it happen a few times in the past 6-8 years. Try to make a doctors appointment to get them cleaned out. Last time I had to go to the E.R. because my doctor was booked 3 weeks out. They usually just spray you ears with warm water till they are clean again. Not very comfortable but the results are amazing, you'll feel like you have bionic hearing.
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It happens to me all the time. Yes, it's extremely annoying. Not to mention when it gets really bad, it messes with your balance and even the simple taske of walking becomes difficult.

Only thing that's helped me was sinus surgery. I also take Allegra-D to keep the sinuses open. A side benefit of the Allegra-D is that I'm not getting the buildup in the ears as much.

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This happened to me earlier this year. It didn't really hurt (at first) - but was very annoying... I almost couldn't hear anything out of the ear at one point.

While at the doctor with my infant I had the doc take a look and he says "oh - that ear sucks." Of course they put me on the weak anti-biotics and after getting a third type it finally went away. This happened over a course of 3 weeks since each anti-biotic was a 5-7 day deal.

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I called the doctor, he told me to try some sudafed or actifed and if it isn't gone by tomorrow to come in.

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you can always try a qtip diped in hot water and clean your ears too. mmmm its a good feeling. and if that dosent work get a really long qtip and just keep craming it in your ear untill there is just enough shaft to grab with a pair of plyers and yank it out.

* caution useing a longer qtip or forceing anything in your ear can cause deafness.

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If it's earwax, there are drops you can put in the ear then flush out with warm water.. they loosen the wax and it does wonders...

This assumes it's an OUTER ear problem.

If it's inner ear then you probably have a bunch of thick mucus up in there (but you should have other symptoms too).. you would need to thin it out with a lot of water and some type of expectorant like Guaifenesin which makes the mucus more runny and less sticky so it can drain out.

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do you use q-tips regularly? And do you go into your ear canal?

A couple drops of warm olive oil work wonders.

Ear candles are amazing as well, but they sometimes remove too much wax.
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first off DON't put anything in year earl like a qtip. Every ear doctor will tell you this is wrong. Its most likely impacted ear wax and that will just make it worse.

secondly. make an appointment with a ear, nose, and throat doctor. The ear is a difficult part of the body to work on and you want a specialist to do it. If its impacted ear wax they will pull it out with tweezers. You will be in an out of there in 30 minutes.

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I have a great ear nose and throat guy in Joliet if you want his info let me know. Try a warm compress (a washcloth that's damo with hot water) and lay it behind the ear. They also say that using a blowdryer to warm the back of the ear can help. I don't have ear problems but my 7 year old does and they suck.

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do you use q-tips regularly? And do you go into your ear canal?

A couple drops of warm olive oil work wonders.

Ear candles are amazing as well, but they sometimes remove too much wax.
Yea i use it after i take a shower. Just to make sure whatever i do in the shower gets washed away

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you could also try this.

http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/govt.../EarCandle.htm

i've never done it, but i've heard it works to remove wax buildup

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Yea i use it after i take a shower. Just to make sure whatever i do in the shower gets washed away
You're not supposed to stick anything smaller than your elbow into your ear canal. The q-tips are supposed to clean the exterior of your ear, and ear wax will naturally push itself out. If you have been jamming q-tips into your canal for sometime now you have impacted the wax and you need to go to a doc and have it removed.

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Do like I have in the past and use an ear candle.
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you could also try this.

http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/govt.../EarCandle.htm

i've never done it, but i've heard it works to remove wax buildup
Shit works amazing. I cut one open 8 years ago when i tried it the first time and there was a shit load of wax in it.
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I have had the same issue for a while now and the doc gave me sudafed and mucinex which didn't do jack. Now it's gravitated to a choking hit you out of no where cough. Every morning is hell.

I have an appt tomorrow but before I go, tonight I'm ear candling. If you do this, make sure you put the cone through a paper plate first so nothing falls on your head LOL.. It's amazing what the ear candles can drag out!

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I have an appt tomorrow but before I go, tonight I'm ear candling. If you do this, make sure you put the cone through a paper plate first so nothing falls on your head LOL.. It's amazing what the ear candles can drag out!
uhhh, if it's on fire, won't the paper plate catch fire too?
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haha, I don't feel so alone anymore. I thought I was the only one that was messed up.

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This ear candle thing sounds kinda interesting. I've never heard of this before, so where can you get these ear candles?

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This ear candle thing sounds kinda interesting. I've never heard of this before, so where can you get these ear candles?
I'm guessing walgreens or CVS should have them. Maybe even Yankee Candles.

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a health food store will have them. walgreens and CVS don't.

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We used this on all 4 kids with great success each time.

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Take a warm shower, plop some of this in your ear and lay there for 5 minutes... flush it out w/ warm water. Do it twice a day.

Use the bulb to "GENTLY" (and I mean gently) squirt warm water into the ear to flush (while turned over a sink to let it drain.. or do that part in the tub/shower).

Also for really nasty buildups pick yourself up one of these... use this after a few treatments of the drops.

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Also for really nasty buildups pick yourself up one of these... use this after a few treatments of the drops.

http://www.walgreens.com/store/produ...id=prod359743#

That's what the doc ends up using if you've got build up.

Since I stopped cramming q-tips into my ear, I've had no problems.
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That's what the doc ends up using if you've got build up.

Since I stopped cramming q-tips into my ear, I've had no problems.
Some people get the buildups w/out the Qtips. My youngest son had a HUGE problem w/ earwax when he was younger.

I swear that kid found crowd-control rubber bullets and jammed them in there they were about that big and about that hard...

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my father used qtips, my fathers father used qtips and my fathers father father used a stick.

ill continue useing qtips till im dead.

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