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WrongPlaceWrongTime Tue 09-May-17 20:14:26

My DD has a huge lump of dark earwax in her ear, I need to get at it and she is happy for me to do it but how can I do it without hurting her? If I use olive oil will it still come out as a lump or will it change the composition? It looks beautiful grin

fairiesandelves Tue 09-May-17 21:25:41

No idea but sounds marvellous.
Pulling chair up and getting popcorn out smile

RoganJosh Tue 09-May-17 21:28:36

If you can see it then it's probable reachable with a kirby grip. You can use the other ear to get a measure of how far you can go without being anywhere near the ear drum?
This is obviously not what the dr would recommend, but it's what I would do. Or grab it with tweezers. Again, have a good look at the other ear so you know where you're going.

MrsChopper Tue 09-May-17 21:31:00

My DP had massively blocked ears once. So bad he went to the walk in centre as it was making him deaf and dizzy. They didn't sort it out for him. He used Otex drops for a few days. When he got really sick of it, he filled the sink with very warm water and used the dropper from the otex drops to sort of rinse his ears with the water. In the end lots of lumps were coming out.

Sure, I shouldn't recommend putting water in ears but it was glorious!

terrylene Tue 09-May-17 21:31:19

I have found sodium bicarbonate ear drops good at getting stuff out. Olive oil drops or spray is usually recommended - meh.

Otex is horrible - full of peroxide and will result in two decades of infuriatingly itchy ears <voice of bitter experience>

terrylene Tue 09-May-17 21:34:36

Sure, I shouldn't recommend putting water in ears --but it was glorious!--

Or a power shower

WrongPlaceWrongTime Tue 09-May-17 21:39:44

Right, she's asleep now so I'm going to have another look tomorrow morning. I keep hoping it will move so it's easily reachable but it's not budging. Are the drops mentioned ok for a child? She's only 7.

Honestly it looks glorious. I'll take a photo tomorrow.

bigredboat Tue 09-May-17 21:39:45

Get them microsuctioned! Got a lovely blob of wax out of mine and they felt 'clearer' after.

MrsChopper Wed 10-May-17 21:11:11

This is what DP uses now every so often. He says it kind of fizzes but works a treat.

terrylene Wed 10-May-17 23:06:10

Yes - that is the stuff with peroxide in it. Like hair bleach. Fucks your ears up for decades wink

Lexilooo Sun 28-May-17 19:55:00

My mum used to do mine with a Kirkby grip. Hold the open end, use the loop to pull the wax out. Don't poke it in, or insert too far.

terrylene Mon 29-May-17 22:16:14

As a veteran of sticking things down one's ear, I would now only recommend using the sodium bicarbonate drops, or the steroid/antibiotic stuff from the doctor if you are getting weepy stuff. Or going and having your ears vacuumed.

I have done Kirby grips, and cotton buds etc but they cause damage to the delicate skin and make them itchy and weepy, then you scratch them with something and they itch.............

The sodium bicarbonate drops are cheap and get loads out - and I have no itching or smelly wet stuff, or flakes of dry skin for the first time in 20 odd years.

WrongPlaceWrongTime Thu 01-Jun-17 20:22:31

It's out!!!

GinForTea Thu 01-Jun-17 20:28:59

My that's beautiful, but we need a build up description, was it difficult? Did you use a hairgrip? rubs thighs

WrongPlaceWrongTime Thu 01-Jun-17 20:37:52

Gladly smile I had been putting olive oil in for over a week and nothing was happening so I just left it, apart from daily checks to see if it had shifted at all. Well, we went swimming today and DD mentioned she'd got water in her ear so I had another look tonight and it looked a little different on the surface so I used a Kirby grip very gently and nudged it and it started to move...another little go and out it came. We were salivating. DD has saved it in a little jar, she's a definite future sporner grin

GinForTea Thu 01-Jun-17 22:06:07

Wonderful! Thanks OP

wevecomeonholidaybymistake Thu 01-Jun-17 22:51:07

Fabulous, well done!

These sodium bicarbonate drops others speak of. Where would I get them? My ears are so bunged up and I need to shift it.

Piratesandpants Thu 01-Jun-17 22:59:20

Glorious! Thank you for sharing smile

AirBiscuitEater Thu 01-Jun-17 23:11:02

'Tis a thing of beauty!

FastWindow Thu 01-Jun-17 23:16:23

What a lumpy wax lump! Well done!

Would anyone like to hear the ongoing story of my mother's fearsome blackheads?

annandale Thu 01-Jun-17 23:18:12

Fastwindow, go on...

OlennasWimple Thu 01-Jun-17 23:20:35

Well done OP and OP's DD!

FastWindow Thu 01-Jun-17 23:23:25

Well annandale remember when you didn't know what blackheads were? And they'd get a plug on? I get to go mad on about 7 of those, every month, because she won't exfoliate, steam, or do any skincare at all.

terrylene Fri 02-Jun-17 16:17:20

These sodium bicarbonate drops others speak of. Where would I get them? My ears are so bunged up and I need to shift it.

allthecareyouneed.co.uk/products/care-sodium-bicarbonate-eardrops/?category=other-ailments

I have bought it OTC at Boots and at my local chemist.

It works better than olive oil. The man in the hearing centre told me it was Really Bad because it dries your ear drum. He said use olive oil. On an American site about earwax, they definitely did not advise olive oil - I agree - it is messy and gave me nasty earache. Bicarb is definitely better than the olive oil ones. I use it twice a day for 5 days. Squirt a few drops in whilst lying on your side, give it 5 minutes, put a pad of tissue over to catch the drips whilst you do the other side.

wevecomeonholidaybymistake Fri 02-Jun-17 16:29:13

Thank you Terry off to boots tomorrow 😁

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