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Ear blockage remedy

I've got this clicking going on in my left ear that occurs when I breathe in. I want to try a home remedy for ear wax buildup before I consult an ENT doc. I seem to recall in the past coqui and/or DM having a solution they used as well as a method. I tried a quick google search but didn't quite come up with anything that I thought I had remembered, so I thought I'd post here.

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Old 03-09-2010, 04:37 PM mainbrotha is offline  
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My father and brother have the same issue, plus degraded hearing ability. They just use a ear flush kit, available at any store. Seems to work well.
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thats how it started for me in my right ear, then it was fully blocked in the mornings and it would clear once i got out of bed, then it was hard to hear, now its just ringing all the time

yeah IDK what to do about it. FWIW the ringing started first and then the blockage and then the ringing got worse. So im not sure its damage caused by the blockage or what.

went to ENT and he didn't find anything wrong (this was after the blockage cleared up)

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Is it a blockage in your actual ear canal, or is it something that might be in your Eustachian tube? I had that going on not too long ago when my sinuses went nuts -- head congestion like no other, drainage, and when I flew, one of my ears seriously didn't pop for about 4 hours after we landed, no matter how much I yawned.
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Soak a hand towel in warm water. Place it on your ear.

This is a standard treatment for the uncomfortableness during an ear infection. It might help break things up in there as well.
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Old 03-10-2010, 04:41 AM Coqui is offline  
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Ask your regualr Dr for some Cerumenex. It's RX, but it WILL get rid of your earwax.
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Ask your regualr Dr for some Cerumenex. It's RX, but it WILL get rid of your earwax.

Well, I'd rather not have to go through that process. I go to school almost 900 miles away from my normal doctor. Unless he could give it to me over the phone, I don't feel like getting referrals and that. I'd rather just stick with a simple OTC remedy (if need be) for right now.

Thanks for the suggestion, Coqui. I'll give it a go. Just wondering though, how long should I hold the towel for? 2-5 minutes would be more than enough, right?
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Sounds like a middle ear / eustachian issue. Do you also get this clicking with swallowing or yawning?

Usually self-limited, often related to recent URI or allergic symptoms. You may try OTC decongestants or, if you have seasonal allergies, claritin or other antihistamine.
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Thanks. I have noticed this past couple of days I have noticeable chest congestion. I have no idea from what other than that I was sick about two or three weeks ago. But there was a period where I had no symptoms in the last week, too.
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Well, I'd rather not have to go through that process. I go to school almost 900 miles away from my normal doctor. Unless he could give it to me over the phone, I don't feel like getting referrals and that. I'd rather just stick with a simple OTC remedy (if need be) for right now.

Thanks for the suggestion, Coqui. I'll give it a go. Just wondering though, how long should I hold the towel for? 2-5 minutes would be more than enough, right?

I just kept it on till it got cool
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I've done the hydrogen peroxide method with great success. It's kind of refreshing with the bubbling action caused by the hydrogen peroxide.

http://www.ehow.com/how_1000141_remove-earwax.html

Careful though, if the solution is too cold you'll start to feel dizzy and possibly pass out.
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It depends on the type of blockage. Take it from someone with terrible ears that has narrow ear canals and excessive wax build up.

One method you should NEVER EVER EVER EVER use is cotton swabs (q-tips). This will NOT NOT NOT work and instead will just make things worse and cause potential irreversible damage to your ear. If you dont damage it you'll just be jamming wax buildup against your ear drum nto cleaning it at all. The peroxide method works sometimes depending on the buildup but the best tried and true method is water blasting.

If you cant "pop" your ears it could just be a pressure problem causing you to feel blocked. This can be fixed by taking an anti inflammatory (ibuprofin for example) then try to pop your ears. If you still cant then you'll probably need to see a doctor to look at anything further.

If you can pop your ears and still cant hear there are a few ear cleaning methods you can use.
Go to the local pharmacy and get a decent sized bulb syringe. I recommend doing this in the shower because using those little containers that come with them is a bit awkward and not 100% effective and collecting all the water.
Fill the syringe with WARM water. Too hot and too cold can cause you to get really dizzy.
Put the nozzle of the syring pointed up your ear canal (not in the canal because the water needs to escape) and squeeze hard enough to blast water in your ear. It is really difficult to cause damage this way given the tools in use so don't worry about that.
It takes some time but when you get the hang of the angle of your ear canal and the use of the bulb syringe you'll only need a few blasts to clear everything out.

if you went to the doctors this is the type of cleaning treatment you'd get anyways. They generally dont use chemicals/drops to clean out your ears, just plain old water. Their ear cleaning device is a little more high tech and easier to be effective in the first shot too.
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H2O2 (Hydrogen Peroxide)

It's like 79 cents at the store. Give it a try. May require a few tries. I love it when I have time to lie down and do this. Very relaxing.
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I've had the exact problem OP describes a few times before. Wasted a lot of time trying the home remedies...

Seriously just get a doc to (check it) and flush it out for you. Takes like 2 minutes and you will hear better than jesus when its done
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Just buy an earwax flush kit from the store. I couldn't hear out of my right ear the other day actually and used it, 15 minutes later both my ears were wax free and I could hear better than ever. Huge ear wax clumps came out. I felt way cleaner.
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