To have a bloody good rummage in my ear with a cotton bud?

(115 Posts)
Cheesyslice Sat 03-Aug-13 20:43:13

I'm going insane. It is SO. FUCKING. ITCHY. I'm climbing the walls.

I've had an ear infection since Tuesday. It's crippling. Been to GP twice and on anti b's plus nurofen / codeine / paracetamol. The left side of my face is swollen. Even hurts to bloody eat.

Obviously advice is to not stick anything in the ear but if I was gentle would I get away with a little ninja scratching session or would it make it worse? confused

my love of ear digging is absolutely not the reason I am in this situation in the first place

PetWoman Sat 03-Aug-13 20:46:01

What about some warm olive oil?

CharlieCoCo Sat 03-Aug-13 20:46:17

your not meant to (and i do know someone who has burst their ear drum and is deaf in one ear from it) but i cant function properly without sticking a bud in my ear each day.

PetWoman Sat 03-Aug-13 20:47:42

In your ear, I mean. Obviously.

Can't do any harm and might soothe it for a bit. Worth a try, right?

YABU.

Use a Kirkby grip.

It's much more satisfying!

Bumply Sat 03-Aug-13 20:49:56

I have been known to stick a bud in my ear even though I know you're not supposed to.
Not sure I would when the ear was infected, though. Won't it be über sensitive?

Cheesyslice Sat 03-Aug-13 20:50:31

petwoman What is olive oil supposed to do?

A Kirkby grip?? I just want to itch the damn thing not scratch the fuck out of it grin

betterthanever Sat 03-Aug-13 20:51:22

I use them, it is wrong and I have already caused a bit of damage in the past, I should know better....
There is a spray you can get as often the itching is refered from an inner ear or even throat issue .. I will still use them though smile

Cheesyslice Sat 03-Aug-13 20:51:35

bumply Yeah it is mega sensitive but the tickling deep inside (ooh err) is just unbearable.

I'm going for it. Wish me and my ear canal luck.

Passmethecrisps Sat 03-Aug-13 20:52:08

Go on. There re few things more satisfying than a good old ear rummage.

My granny used to use kirby grips. You left them lying and found them caked in ear grease when you came back <shudders>

Corygal Sat 03-Aug-13 20:52:10

The itching might be the abcess asking to be burst....

Clean out a kirby grip with a squirt of antibac and start with a teasing tickle.

BLISS.

Nottalotta Sat 03-Aug-13 20:52:27

Just wiggle the cotton bud in! I have to once or twice daily. Never did me any harm!

filee777 Sat 03-Aug-13 20:52:47

A hair grip with cotton wool wound around it tight is much less likely to come off in your ear

Moln Sat 03-Aug-13 20:52:56

nothing like a good rummage. gently of course

RobinSparkles Sat 03-Aug-13 20:53:01

I always do! I wear HAs and my ears get soooo itchy.

ClayDavis Sat 03-Aug-13 20:53:37

I really really wouldn't if it's already infected. You could end up making it a whole lot worse. How long have you been on the antibiotics for?

Cheesyslice Sat 03-Aug-13 20:57:11

Ok I had a little scratch. Excruciating

Won't be doing that again.

Clay Been on them since Tues.

Chottie Sat 03-Aug-13 20:57:23

OP don't do it.

You know you shouldn't, don't you?

Cheesyslice Sat 03-Aug-13 20:58:20

Yes I know. But I still did it.

story of my life

OHforDUCKScake Sat 03-Aug-13 21:03:01

cheesly if they arent working you need a swan and them to send it off and treat it for the exact bacteria that it is.

I had an ear infection for 8 weeks one christmas, non stop because we were treating it with 'general' anti B's rather than the ones specific to the infection. It needed drops in the end the tablets didnt do anything.

You cant leave it and antibiotics should absolutely have worked by now. You should have begun to notice a difference after 48 hours.

Josie314 Sat 03-Aug-13 21:03:29

This thread has made my ears itchy!!

Hope you get some relief OP.

OHforDUCKScake Sat 03-Aug-13 21:03:34

*swab

That's a long time for them not to have had an effect. I get ear infections about every 3 months. Often caused by eczema in my ear which itches like hell. Have they prescribed you drops with hydrocortisone or similar in them? Usually sofradex or gentisone I think. These are the only ones that work for me. It would be worth going back because it doesn't sound like whatever they are giving you is working!

Oh and olive oil is good....softens the wax and it will come out eventually, and should help with the itching too

Cheesyslice Sat 03-Aug-13 21:05:36

I am on the drops - Locorten Vioform (?? confused )

Saw out of hours GP today and she said they may take some more time to kick in and has upped the frequency I need to use them.

The challenge is keeping the bloody things in my ear.

Lazybones12 Sat 03-Aug-13 21:06:22

The inside of your ear house lots of little hairs that protect the ear internally. Regular use of cotton buds erode these hairs and make you more prone to ear infections. Step away from the ear buds

HighBrows Sat 03-Aug-13 21:07:34

I put hydrogen peroxide in my ears, it's brilliant and wards off an infection and cleans the ears. I only do this when I feel an ear infection coming on, it feels amazing.

Lie on your side and get a mate/partner/child to put in enough to fill it up and just lie there letting it all seep away.

Switch and then do the other ear.

You will feel like a new person. grin

nicky2512 Sat 03-Aug-13 21:08:18

ENT Doc told me to never put anything in ear that is smaller than your elbow!?! Obviously I ignored her.

Highbrows are you serious? At what concentration?!

Wellwobbly Sat 03-Aug-13 21:19:58

Never a cotton bud! It is far to bulky and just pushes crud backwards.

a hair/kirby grip on the other hand - aaaaah!

HighBrows Sat 03-Aug-13 21:24:40

I don't know what concentration, I would imagine it's mild and it doesn't sting. But it wipes out any would be infection grin

dontputaringonit Sat 03-Aug-13 21:26:06

NOOOOOO don't do it again. Never put ANYTHING in your ears. Ever ever.

HighBrows Sat 03-Aug-13 21:27:03

I've just checked it's 3%. It's perfectly safe and I've been doing it on and off for years.

Wereonourway Sat 03-Aug-13 21:30:22

I am a serial ear poker. I actually look forward to doing it. sad

However I did once land up in a and e when the end fell off and got stuck.

I was 21 and tried for 3 days to get it out. It ended up infected and a doc at casualty had to retrieve it with a hook.

Still do it.

nomorecrumbs Sat 03-Aug-13 21:32:35

Does anyone else have dry, flaky, grayish-yellowish earwax instead of the normal sticky dark-brown stuff? I didn't think I had Asian ancestry but I still have dry earwax. It makes me wonder if my family tree is all wrong and I'm secretly adopted

Lj8893 Sat 03-Aug-13 21:35:07

I cannot live without cotton buds!!

My ears get blocked so easily, and quite often lead to infections but antibiotics never work! I just have to let the infection clear itself.

Cotton buds don't completely do the trick though so I may have to try that hydrogen peroxide trick!!

daisychain01 Sat 03-Aug-13 21:37:30

Advice from Sister Daisychain ... Never put anything into smaller than your little finger inside your ear .

This is from the same medical advice that says never scratch your eye except with your elbow.

Oooh, I love doing this. It's awful when I've got an itch so deep inside (fnarr) that it makes my throat tickle.

Melonbreath Sat 03-Aug-13 21:41:04

Squirt salt water in there?

Whereisegg Sat 03-Aug-13 21:41:37

My dp and I have real problems with this.

It's an obsession, a real dirty secret that we just can't stop.

I actually get twitchy when ear bud supply gets down to 20 or less.

Whereisegg Sat 03-Aug-13 21:42:29

Was gonna do blush face, but I'm not fucking ashamed.

Newforestpony Sat 03-Aug-13 21:43:04

nomore if you have dry flaky earwax you might want to consider this article. My husband worked as a chef for many years - hot busy environment - and he barely needs deodorant of any kind.

www.nhs.uk/news/2013/01January/Pages/One-million-Brits-can-dump-their-deodorants.aspx

CaptainSweatPants Sat 03-Aug-13 21:43:46

Please dont put anything else in it
Ignore salt water advice shock

No! It's the poking around with the cotton buds that makes the ears itchy! The tiny fibres come off and irritate the ear further. You need to wean yourself off.

HighBrows Sat 03-Aug-13 21:48:01

Am I really the only freak person to put hydrogen peroxide in my ears? I thought loads of people knew about this, it really works. blush

nomorecrumbs Sat 03-Aug-13 21:51:55

That's right Newforestpony, I don't wear deodorant because my old sweat smells like vinegar grin not stinky like OH's.

Still confused as to where the gene for that comes from though!

Cheesyslice Sat 03-Aug-13 21:53:13

Oh I am loving all of these various ear digging methods. Cotton bud, kirby grip, hydrogen peroxide (is that BLEACH?), salt water, olive oil, elbow...so much inspiration grin

Seriously though, I am going to have to stop rummaging. It just feels so good though. Does it make anyone else cough?

whereisegg I am actually jealous of the ear jam that my husband manages to harvest. I only ever get a few little specks, he gets some frank awesome globules.

filee777 Sat 03-Aug-13 21:53:24

Hydro peroxide is the main ingredient in the ear drops I give fo service users I see daily

HighBrows Sat 03-Aug-13 21:56:19

Yes it's very mild bleach and kills infection.

filee777 what do you give the hydro peroxide for, what type of service users.... tell me all!

GettingVerySleepy Sat 03-Aug-13 22:01:26

DH has psoriasis in his ears and was constantly having to go to the doc to get his ears syringes, was constantly getting ear infections, and was basically miserable. I took pity on him and now clean his ears once a week with these Japanese ear torture thingys - he hasnt had a single ear problem sinc. now he can never divorce me as he neeeeeeds me, nobody else would do this for him www.amazon.co.uk/Colorful-Painting-Pattern-Earpicks-Pendants/dp/B008MKZNBQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1375563444&sr=8-2&keywords=japanese+ear+cleaner

summermakesmesneeze Sat 03-Aug-13 22:03:00

Does anyone else wake in the night with itchy ears and have to get up to have a poke around?! I can't sleep again til I've sorted it. It's unbearable.

katykuns Sat 03-Aug-13 22:03:05

I get the coughy tickle thing when I go too deep.
I have really quite hurt myself digging out gunk from my ears, but they are so prone to blocking that I feel I need to do it :/

Cheesyslice Sat 03-Aug-13 22:03:59

sleepy They are the strangest fucking things I've ever seen somewhat unusual.

Cheesyslice Sat 03-Aug-13 22:05:31

Oh and how many people have gone and had a good dig around (with or without aid of implement) as a result of this conversation? grin

runes Sat 03-Aug-13 22:10:07

Pmsl at this thread grin . I have swimmers lugs apparently, had them since i was 17 even though I only learned to swim in my early thirties, and still can't swim the length of myself hmm . Having been through several different scritching apparatus, I can indeed confirm, as mentioned by some pps, that the kirby grip is THE instrument of choice for a thorough scobe of the inner ear area. However, several ear infections later, I am continually trying to ween myself off the kgs before any further damage is sustained. My poor battered lugs appear to no longer even produce wax shock, they must have felt it was a futile process to continue producing this protective substance given the continuous onslaught from me and my cotton buds, pen lids, hair clops etc blush .

Wilberforce2 Sat 03-Aug-13 22:10:53

I constantly have itchy ears and should never have read this because I've run out of cotton buds absolutely desperate to go and have a good rummage but I can't!

Oh and I always wake in the night and have to go and give my ears a good scratch!

runes Sat 03-Aug-13 22:12:21

Hair clips blush blush

Whereisegg Sat 03-Aug-13 22:12:50

Cheesyslice, my dp always manages to get good stuff no matter how many ear buds he uses per day, mine are never satisfying no matter how many days (hours) I leave them.

ClayDavis Sat 03-Aug-13 22:21:00

highbrows, I used Hydrogen peroxide once at the start of an infection. I ended up with oral antibiotics, antibiotic and steroid drops, anti-fungal drops, and fortnightly visits to to ENT outpatients for 2 months. I realise there's a certain amount of 'post hoc ergo propter hoc' but it's not something I've tried again. These days I just go straight to the GP.

HighBrows Sat 03-Aug-13 22:25:59

That was very unfortunate ClayDavis, for years I had recurring ear infections and for the last few years, maybe twice per year, I get a twinge and I put a few drops in and I'm right as rain.

MarysDressSways Sat 03-Aug-13 22:27:49

Sleepy those look amazing! I love a bit of an ear rummage.

Irishchic Sat 03-Aug-13 22:27:51

Jesus dont do this. My father is an ENT consultant and always said never EVER stick those things in your ears, they can cause permanent damage and hearing loss.

timidviper Sat 03-Aug-13 22:28:37

My Nana put Hydrogen Peroxide in my aunt's ear when she was a child and it damaged her eardrum leaving her with poor hearing for the rest of her life. Don't do it!!!

Whereisegg Sat 03-Aug-13 22:29:45

But it feels sooooo good!

HighBrows Sat 03-Aug-13 22:31:44

Jesus TimidViper (great name) I'm shocked with the hydrogen peroxide stories.... I've only good things to report about it!

FrogsGoWhat Sat 03-Aug-13 22:34:05

I used to have really itchy ears - then I stopped using cotton buds. Fixed!

It's a vicious circle.....

babysaurus Sat 03-Aug-13 22:35:46

Anyone used those ear candles? Am seriously tempted (and it might be better than my cotton bud rummaging.)

HighBrows Sat 03-Aug-13 22:37:11

OMG I love Hopi Ear Candling... it is the best thing ever. Get someone to do this for you. Bliss..

ClayDavis Sat 03-Aug-13 22:37:25

I have no idea whether it was the hydrogen peroxide I'm just not willing to try it again. Just in case. It wasn't pleasant.

Pollydon Sat 03-Aug-13 22:41:27

Ive resorted to sticking my little finger in & wiggling ( think a dog scratching its ear) then pulling finger out with a satisfying pop, ahhh lovely !

Don't poke things in your ears! I used to use cotton buds until I went to have my ears syringed. The nurse asked if I used cotton buds as she could see a lump of wax that I'd pushed and I'd come very close to poking through my ear drum!

Now I use olive oil and it's so much better. If you have thick wax you can feel it working its way through, it's sort of tickly but nice! The hydrogen peroxide drops are fun too, you can feel them bubbling, but they just break the wax up whereas olive oil softens it so it comes out or can be syringed out easily, according to the nurse smile

BringOn2014 Sat 03-Aug-13 22:43:45

With these drops does the wax fall out of your ear or just dissovle? And if it does dissolve, what does it dissolve into? I like to see what has been making my ears itchy! smile

HighBrows Sat 03-Aug-13 22:44:54

Oh forgot to say I hardly ever use cotton buds.

The hydrogen peroxide drops are sold in pharmacies as ear drops, don't use just any old hydrogen peroxide. They were recommended to me by my GP when I could barely hear as my ears had filled up with wax! smile

HighBrows Sat 03-Aug-13 22:46:42

Phew for you post GoodbyeRubyTuesday I was getting worried.
But isn't the bubbling brilliant, really nice and tickley grin

ClayDavis Sat 03-Aug-13 22:49:05

It wasn't just any old Hydrogen peroxide. It was ear drops brought from the pharmacy.

HighBrows yes, I love the feeling! It's far better than cotton buds. I'm always disappointed when the bubbling stops blush

Sorry ClayDavis my post about the hydrogen peroxide wasn't directed at you! smile

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Minky66 Sat 03-Aug-13 23:34:41

Hi cheesyslice.

My ear is aching in sympathy. Sounds like you need oral antibiotics as well as drops, you should be getting some reduction in your symptoms by now.

Don't stick anything in your ears again. I had an ear infection a few years ago that did not respond to initial treatment, was awake for days with the pain and swelling.

I ended up in hospital for a week on IV antibiotics and steroids and unfortunately the swelling compressed my facial nerve and paralysed one side of my face for 6 weeks, had to have 2 months off work! I looked delightful and cried like a baby quite regularly!

My ENT surgeon described ear buds as 'the work of the devil!'

Hope you feel better soon (goes off to find cotton buds for a covert ear delve)!

LunaticFringe I think TCP would be a very bad idea! It could reeeeally hurt. Plus probably not good for all the delicate bits in there.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

If you have an abcess holding a warm hot water bottle to the affected side might bring it up to a head for you. It will then burst and release cottage cheese pus everywhere. Lovely, and a relief from all the hideous pain.

Alternatively, my mum used to send me to bed with an onion poultice (slice of onion between two bits of gauze held against ear).

I hate ear infections sad

Pobblewhohasnotoes Sun 04-Aug-13 00:56:54

HighBrows Sat 03-Aug-13 22:37:11
OMG I love Hopi Ear Candling... it is the best thing ever.Get someone to do this for you. Bliss..

It's also a complete placebo effect. Candles do not magically suction up ear wax.

I'm an ENT nurse and will repeat the mantra of never sticking anything smaller then your elbow in your ear.

Plus you don't actually need to put cotton buds in your ear. Ears are self cleaning and the lining migrates outward taking the dirt with it. Cotton buds can just push the debris down further and cause infections. Plus, wax is there for a reason.

MyBaby1day Sun 04-Aug-13 02:43:33

YADNBU, I ADORE scratching my ear with a cotton bud!. I remember a good few years ago now, I used to use one often but then I got more lazy and started not doing. This went on for about 6 weeks, then one day, while I was cleaning my teeth I got a real mad itch and the wax that came off them was amazing!!, it must have all built-up. It was heavenly and I like that feeling, think it's one of the best in the world smile

kickassangel Sun 04-Aug-13 03:29:36

This thread is bringing back fond memories of the time dd had an abscess. 3 lots of anti bs reduced it but didn't completely clear it, then one day I gently wiped the surface and pop! A 2 foot spray pattern of cottage cheese, followed by copious amounts of yellow goo when I gently stroked upwards along her neck.

The doctor promised said that it would probably recur, but it never has.

Wellwobbly Sun 04-Aug-13 05:46:04

"hair clips" - you don't mean hair grips?

Honestly Runes, if you are shock at kirby grips, think about it!

They are slim, much less bulky than ear buds (so bad for ears), and have a built-in scoop that you can get behind some offending thing and hook it out!

Brilliant, nice and blunt, for a little scratch too.

can I confess to using a matchstick sometimes blush

GettingVerySleepy Sun 04-Aug-13 06:52:42

Pobble serious question, what are people with psoriasis in their ears whose ears are not self-cleaning meant to do? I admit its a bad idea to stick anything in your ear but when you're miserable with constantly blocked ears, the doctors refuse to keep syringing them because you've had them syringed "too often" and none of the drops are helping.... And Hopi ear candle don't work either. What are you meant to do?

Cheesyslice Sun 04-Aug-13 08:32:54

So if I suffer from recurring ear infections is it a good idea to look into syringing? I always thought it was just the elderly who required this

Reassured that hydrogen peroxide in this context is special medical stuff and not just some MNetters having a cheeky squirt of Domestos.

Thankfully ear pain appears to be easing this morning. I'm going to throw away the cotton buds when I get home. <sobs>

Whothefuckfarted Sun 04-Aug-13 08:35:08

Don't stick anything smaller than your elbow in your ear.

CerealMom Sun 04-Aug-13 08:55:56

clearearclinic.com/

One day I will book...

Pobblewhohasnotoes Sun 04-Aug-13 09:03:02

GettingVerySleepy, I don't know I'm afraid. I'm a children's nurse so it's not really something I've come across.

MissTweed Sun 04-Aug-13 09:06:02

What are cotton buds designed for if not for having a good rummage in your ear?

GettingVerySleepy Sun 04-Aug-13 09:06:51

Probable, thanks for replying, glad to hear children don't tend to suffer from this problem, its bad enough for an adult!

Cereal thanks for e link, looks brilliant and I think we'll save up and go as they look like they could really help. Plus I'll get a trip to London out of it grin!

GettingVerySleepy Sun 04-Aug-13 09:07:29

Pobble I mean! Damn autocorrect.

Wellwobbly Sun 04-Aug-13 10:09:37

"What are cotton buds designed for"

to give Johnson & Johnson hugely fantastic profit margins.

The medical profession battle in vain to get people to STOP using them for what they were ADVERTISED for.

Wellwobbly Sun 04-Aug-13 10:10:46

"Reassured that hydrogen peroxide in this context is special medical stuff and not just some MNetters having a cheeky squirt of Domestos. " - arf!

ThreeMusketeers Sun 04-Aug-13 10:18:21

Never put olive oil or anything similar in your ear if you have an ear infection. Will make things a lot worse.

HighBrows Sun 04-Aug-13 10:35:19

Cheesyslice I'm glad the pain is easing this morning hopefully you are on the road to recovery.

I'm very giddy at this thread the big debate - those that put stuff in their ears and those that don't! grin

Reassured that hydrogen peroxide in this context is special medical stuff and not just some MNetters having a cheeky squirt of Domestos.

grin So funny!

CheesySlice I used to have lots of ear infections and my ears produce quite a lot of very sticky wax so they often get blocked. I've had them syringed a couple of times and that has massively improved my hearing and I haven't had an infection since. Could just be a happy coincidence though! smile now when I feel wax building up I put olive oil in every day and it gradually works it way out to outer ear so I can wipe it off with a tissue. Or if they suddenly get completely blocked I use the hydrogen peroxide drops to clear a little path through the wax!

As an aside it was actually my childhood GP who told my mum the advice was nonsense and she should use cotton buds to clean my ears!

Cheesyslice Sun 04-Aug-13 12:29:38

There is a definite divide here highbrows grin

I've been using a warm compress (hot water bottle) against it this morning and it does feel like there is some increased 'leakage' <boak> going on in there. Also some popping. Not sure if this is normal but to be honest there ain't anything normal about my bloody ear at the moment.

Resisting any further digging with cotton buds. I was bought up in a household at refers to them as 'ear diggers' so I blame my parents for my addiction.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Sun 04-Aug-13 12:45:48

Use one of your little fingers and give it a good jiggle. This is the only way to get a good safe scratch going! <<bitter experience>>
Eating a nice big bowl of ice cream is also great for easing ear infection itch!
The popping is probably because you are all swollen in there, and your eustacian tubes aren't working properly.

ClayDavis Sun 04-Aug-13 12:47:17

The problem with using cotton buds for 'ear digging' is apart from the risk of doing some damage to your ear with them, they can actually make the problem worse. They're not very good at getting the wax out, more often than not they end up pushing most of it further in so it gets impacted.

My GP surgery recommend a few drops of olive oil for a week or so to soften it. They don't do any syringing any more as far as I know.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Sun 04-Aug-13 12:49:01

DP uses his car key! <<boak>>
I watched a service user have his ear syringed once. A hairy lump of wax the size of a quails egg came out! How is that even possible???!!!!

Cheesyslice Sun 04-Aug-13 12:53:29

<wipes vomit from screen>

BeKindToYourKnees Sun 04-Aug-13 14:29:19

Wiggling your little finger in your ear is called 'wootleing' in our house.

I have been know to use an un-bent paperclip blush

Wellwobbly Sun 04-Aug-13 14:30:56

Poor Cheesy. It is an outer ear or a middle ear infection? Do you have to put drops down?

Ear infections are horrible.

The problem with using cotton buds for 'ear digging' is apart from the risk of doing some damage to your ear with them, they can actually make the problem worse. They're not very good at getting the wax out, more often than not they end up pushing most of it further in so it gets impacted. - Quite right.
I know someone who shoved the wax THROUGH her ear drum. She perforated her own ear using those damn things. She said she screamed with the pain.

(and got the GP imploring her not to use them speech)

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Sun 04-Aug-13 14:41:04

Wiggling your little finger in your ear is called "Puggling" actually! HTH! grin

FamiliesShareGerms Sun 04-Aug-13 14:50:24

Apart from giving me itchy ears, this thread has reassured me that my mum is not completely unusual for using Kirby grips on us - I have never met anyone else who does this.

I disagree that all ears are self-cleaning: DS's are pristine (only thing about him that is); mine are moderately waxy; DH's are very waxy (he once didn't clean them for ages, went swimming and needed to use 30 ear buds to get the wax out...); and DD's have a very dark brown wax which suddenly appears and looks like earth in her ears.

MissTweed Sun 04-Aug-13 14:52:37

Wriggling your little finger in your ear here is called an "ear wank" blush

Cheesyslice Sun 04-Aug-13 15:24:15

ROAR @ 'ear wank'

grin

families 30???! Epic

Cheesyslice Sun 04-Aug-13 15:26:13

-I might try a kirby grip on my good ear later--

gobbin Sun 04-Aug-13 17:25:56

Love to get the little finger in (it's why we have them, surely?) and wiggle around, get suction then pop. Good stuff.

I have neat, pixie ears, so assumed I'd need neat, little earplugs when on the bike. Nahhh! My lugholes are the size of the Mersey tunnel apparently! It would explain why I never have much of a problem with earwax lol.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Sun 04-Aug-13 20:12:53

my Ds1 poked a bud in his ear when he was young, perforated his eardrum and he got an infection it developed into a Cholesteatoma, which is a cyst type thing behind the eardrum, it ate away the bones in his ear and he had to have several operations to clear the infection and rebuild the bones. It could have eroded his facial nerve leading to facial paralysis or if left untreated grown into a brain abscess which could have killed him shock so Step away from the cotton buds, kirby grips etc etc.

Cheesyslice Sun 04-Aug-13 20:21:50

Fucking hell. That is terrifying.

<increases dosage of antibiotics>

xylem8 Sun 04-Aug-13 20:23:52

The doctor prescribed me a steroid spray for an ear infection which was really really good.
I have used TCP (diluted )before which works wells

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