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

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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

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.

MoreSnowPlease Sat 03-Aug-13 21:14:31

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.

MimsyBorogroves Sat 03-Aug-13 21:39:26

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.

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

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

TravelinColour Sat 03-Aug-13 21:44:40

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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, 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

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.

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