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I have an ear that's been stuffed for about 2 months and won't stop. It's starting to get frustrating becasue it's hard to hear out of it becuase it's so stuffed. Any ideas on how to un-stuff it. I've tried decongestents and they haven't worked. I also heard something about a wax cone that you put into your ear and light it with fire and it sucks the wax out. Anybody heard of this?
 

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If you go to a doctor, they can clean it out for you in a matter of a minute.<br><br><br><br>
They can also check to make sure there isn't an underlying infection causing excess wax build-up.
 

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Stuffed ears are often stuffed on the <b>inside</b> of the ear drum. No amount of wax removal medicines, or medical visits to have wax cleaned out with a warter jet, is going to help that. Wax in the outer ear is just not a big deal. It doesn't even usually cause a stuffed up feeling.<br><br><br><br>
Most likely you have a chronic middle ear infection. this is often related to a stuffed up eustacion -- it doesn't allow drainage and pressure equalization.<br><br><br><br>
Oral antihistimines and decongestant my help but usually only slightly, and temporarily, if at all.
 

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You should not take antibiotics for this until after a determination is made as to the kind of bacteria, if any, causing the infection. It is not an emergency where you need to rush into antibiotics before finding out which ones are the best choice.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by sunshinemelissa</i><br><br><b>I also heard something about a wax cone that you put into your ear and light it with fire and it sucks the wax out. Anybody heard of this?</b></div>
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It's called ear candling. I bought some ear candles (from a health food store) about a month ago but haven't gotten around to trying them yet. My chiropractor recommended them.
 

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When my ears get stuffed up from allergies, only one of those nasal-spray decongestants helps, not the pill kind.<br><br><br><br>
But soilman is right, it could be an ear infection, and you don't want to play around with that.
 

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You're not a swimmer are you? You could have "swimmers ear" which is essentially, the same middle ear infection I describe above -- and you caught the pathogen from the water you went swimming in, after swimming in it without using ear plugs. Yes, use swimmer's ear plugs, esp if you are going to be in the water for a long time.<br><br><br><br>
You could probably get it from a bathtub in a hotel too.<br><br><br><br>
You can also get it for no apparent reason -- could spread to ear from nose or sinuses.
 

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Could be secondary to a tooth infection of an upper molar, too, even a sub clinical (not yet readily noticable on x-rays, or with swelling around the tooth) tooth infection.
 

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Urine- pig urine, your mom's urine, your own urine. I have heard this is the natural remedy because urine has tons of good bacteria (needed to keep the urinary tract clean)- Good heavens, don't take my word on, though ;0)<br><br><br><br>
I've heard this quite a bit, too. Even from folks who use this method quite religiously and swear by it.<br><br><br><br>
Urine is also supposed to be great for jellyfish stings.
 

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If this is an infection, and it's been going on for two months, you can do serious damage to your inner ear and you may even impair your hearing.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by soilman</i><br><br><b>You're not a swimmer are you? You could have "swimmers ear" which is essentially, the same middle ear infection I describe above -- and you caught the pathogen from the water you went swimming in, after swimming in it without using ear plugs. Yes, use swimmer's ear plugs, esp if you are going to be in the water for a long time.<br><br><br><br>
You could probably get it from a bathtub in a hotel too.<br><br><br><br>
You can also get it for no apparent reason -- could spread to ear from nose or sinuses.</b></div>
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I do swim alot, but I use earplugs,
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by quality1</i><br><br><b>If you eat dairy then that could be the problem.</b></div>
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I don't eatr dairy now, but did when the problem started. How could that affect it?
 

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Ignore anything posted by quality1. The "quality" is lacking, shall we say.<br><br><br><br>
Have you had your ear looked at by a doctor? If you have an infection, you could do permanent damage by waiting.
 

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I'm gonna see my doctor on Monday and let you guys know what happened. I suppose I should have talked to her last week when I went in about the dogbite and saved money by killing 2 birds with one stone. I didn't think of it. (forgive that, I don't really want to kill any birds. Now that I think about it, that is a horrible saying.) My doctor is probably sick of me.
 

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melissa,<br><br><br><br>
I'm expecting an update! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
I hope it isn't anything serious and nothing that a good head shaking won't cure!<br><br><br><br>
btw, I like to say "kill two boobs with one stone" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I've gotta say that from now on, that's great!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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sunshinemelissa, earplugs aren't perfect. They reduce the risk of swimmers ear, but I would think you are still at higher risk than someone who doesn't swim.
 
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