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Bugger - I've made my blocked ear worse by trying to self-syringe it... help....

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JessePinkmansHoody Tue 19-Apr-16 11:34:35

Last week I went to walk-in centre before work as my on-and-off blocked ear had become VERY blocked and wasn't clearing. Nurse said I had a "wall of wax" and gave me olive oil drops (to be used for 4 days) and then sodium bicarbonate drops (to be used from Sunday) and an appointment for Fri (22nd) to get it syringed if still needed by then.

I dutifully used the olive-oil twice a day. It seemed to clear a bit but nothing actually came out as I had expected it might once it softened. I started with the bicarbonate of soda drops but straight a way it went REALLY blocked again!

Yesterday at work I googled the issue and found that people successfully self-syringe their ears with a bit of warm water so last night I did the same.. I just squirted a bit of warm water in the direction of my ear hole from an oral syringe a couple of times and let if trickle down (I could feel it.)

Since then its been much worse. Nothing has come out at all (even the water?!) and its actually a bit painful now, not just blocked. I can't really hear out of it at all sad It's like being under water and making me feel a bit "almost dizzy".


GoodbyeDoggy Tue 19-Apr-16 11:35:44

Go to your doctor!

Lanark2 Tue 19-Apr-16 11:38:09

Don't worry too much..softening up the wax also increases its size, and you have probably just moved it closer to your eardrum.

GreenMarkerPen Tue 19-Apr-16 11:39:34

see if you have an ear clear clinic in your area. many are walk in.

MarvellousCake Tue 19-Apr-16 11:44:43

I did this with homemade bicarb drops and the same thing happened. I went to the doctor, who told me that there was about a month-long waiting list for the ear-syringing clinic, and my ear was as you describe for several weeks. I bought a bottle of Otex with the ear syringing thing.

The ear syringing thing did work in the end, and I didn't need the clinic. HOWEVER, you need to persevere, ie 10+ minutes at a time of rinsing with warm water. Very satisfying when it finally worked...

You have my sympathies!!

Imnotaslimjim Tue 19-Apr-16 12:18:18

Please go and get it looked at. A lady on here did this to her husband a couple of weeks ago and he ended up with a perforated eardrum

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