Submitted by mitchvg on Tue, 03/04/2014 - 21:12
Is metho an alright substitute for ear drops? feel like I still got a tiny bit from the weekend...
Gonna have to bump this straight up
Metho? Try aqua ear.
Yeah I ran out, or turfed it or lost it or something... metho worked fine
A good way to get water out of your ear is to get a tall-ho paper and twist to a point and stick it as far in the ear as will go and the rice paper will suck the moisture out. This works when even aqua ear fails.
Metho is o.k. short term but mix with vinegar [acetic acid ] 70% metho 30% vinegar
the tallyho trick as crustt said is good but be carefull twisting to a point, leave the last couple of mm loose acts as a good wick and you don't push any wax [or small particles of sand] further into the ear canal
after using metho or aqua ear I use a piece of plastic tube which I blow thru and dry out any residual water/aqua ear or a hair dryer on low setting is better
a box of alcohol wipes from the chemist @ $8 for 200- squeeze and you get 2 good drops into the ear canal .....knocks that tickly feeling on the head that you feel just prior to ear infection
the main ingredient you need in ear juice is isopropyl alcohol, some chemists will make you up a batch with some other additives ...was around $15 a litre.
Ok thanks guys. I've never had an ear infection actually, but I get nose/throat infections, as if I have a cold. I noticed the thread on plugs, but don't really wanna step it up to that
frequent nose infections , get a nostril swab taken and see what nasties you may be carrying.
ohhhh right, cheers. Should get a full check up since camping in goat pens in the mtns in Pakistan.
Udo, do you know why isopropyl alcohol is preferred over methylated spirits? The purpose of the alcohol is twofold yeah? Drying (to inhibit growth of bacteria and/or fungi) and antiseptic (to kill bacteria)?
Could the vinegar be a cheap alternative to chlorhexidine? And the purpose of this is to kill bacteria?
mitchvg, no idea. the off the shelf supermarket metho is 95% ethanol - ?
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Mitchvg , did you get your nose /throat infection stuff sorted ?
You're tripping aren't you Darren? $45 for a packet of 12 disposable pluge?
I can get the same/similar Japanese ones, 12 pack white or blue- 800yen or about AUD$9 .
Sorry mate, do they whisper sweet nothings in your ear or tell you how much you're ripping?
They'd want to at that price.
Yeah Udo I've just been in the habit of clearing the sinus as much as possible as soon as possible... Just don't quite get it dropping as easily as I used to...
Just wanting to bump this one up...
How do you know when you need to get drilled?
I surfed thursday arvo and got water stuck in my ear. I still have the feeling of a blocked ear. I bought some aqua ear type shit from the chemist last night and try it about 3 times. still feels blocked.
It's definitely a different feeling to normal blocked ears when aqua ear will do.. Feels deeper. Anyone know what the next step up from aqua ear but down from surgery is?
I have a chronic staph infection that sees me visiting the ENT doc every week in the warmer months. It was as a result of using cotton buds and damaging the delicate tissue in my ear canal. The dead skin cells fell down deeper into my inner ear and became infected from not wearing earplugs in dirty water. That in turn causes me to retain water deep in my ear canal and no amount of head shaking or aqua ear will dislodge it. Anyway, it's been about 7 years now and happens every summer where I'm effectively deaf in one ear or the other throughout the warmer months. I'm on a first name basis now with the doc and the nurses:)
Anyway, long story short, first don't put anything in your ear, especially cotton buds. Second, visit a proper ENT doc who will have the knowledge, expertise and equipment to properly diagnose and treat your ear. You may simply just need to get them sucked out with the sucky thing they use, then they coat the ear canal with this special antibiotic ointment.
I know my case is not related to yours but you might simply need your ears cleaned out properly and then a set of plugs for awhile. First step I'd take though is choof off to a proper ENT specialist.
Bloody hell Zen. I hope the Fukushima radiation isn't giving you an extra ear!!
My old man is nearly constantly deaf, having to get drilled a few times that I can remember.
Hmmm. okay. that's a bugger cause I tried with cotton buds to see if I could absorb some of the water. Seems like a bad move. I've looked at EMT specialists and god they're expensive.
I'll just have to play it by ear (pardon the pun), give it a week and if its still blocked check one out.
As ENT doc's say, dont put anything in your ear that's smaller than your elbow.
ABC, sometimes the abnormal bone growth within the ear canal prevents the migration of the wax within the canal, water can get trapped behind that and aqua ear wont work. You can try an ear wax remover.
You can try standing under a warm shower and direct the water to the ear, the volume allows good flushing.
I'm no medico so I agree with Zenagain, best to go the doc for a look see and maybe a referal to a ENT specialist.
Doesn't Medicare cover it or health insurance?
Man, Oz has gone to the shits with costs. We have the co-payment thing here in Japan where the first visit is about $18 then every visit after that is $3.50. Just sayin'.
Ace, I was a chronic cotton bud user, so hard to ween yourself off them because it feels nice, but trust me, don't do it. Essentially you're just pushing crap deeper into your ear.
This is totally against doctors advice but you could put a drop of olive oil in your ear and GENTLY use the round end of one of those brown bobby pin thingys that old ladies use. Gently (and I mean slowly and GENTLY) scrape the canal as deep as you feel comfortable and wipe out on a tissue. Your ear may be blocked from a build up of wax pushed deep down. If the wax is a creamy colour and quite thin as opposed to browny-orange it's a pretty good sign of infection. Browny-orange, normal looking, all good.
I'm no doctor and you can do this at your own risk but try that first and then if no luck, bite the bullet and get a referral to a specialist.
mitchvg, ...not all ear infections are necessarily obvious or painful. I had problems with my right ear holding water, no pain whatsoever, but annoying and it could last for hours and even days sometimes. turns out that I had a fungal infection in there that was causing lots of wax production...don't know how I caught it....but $16 worth of prescription antifungal drops fixed it.
I had water in the ear badly last year. Tried the stuff from the chemists which didnt work so went to doc. Said I had a mega wax buildup. Nurse irrigated the ear and flushed out all the wax... problem solved
Zen, you gotta get one of those tools you get in a nail care kit for cleaning under the nails, best wax shovel ever
I'm the scab you keep picking off and is there again the next day.
Shauno, I don't put anything in my ears anymore as I'm really trying to get on top of this recurring infection. When the Doc sucks out the blockage and wiggles around the little ointment covered stick deep in my ear, it's damn near pleasurable. I almost look forward to Monday mornings in summer. And the chick behind the counter is a little hottie too;)
But ACB above might want to give the nail cleaning tool a go.
Yeah Zen I'm earing ya, for sure.
Our brains are too small at the moment to comprehend the reality of what's happening in our forests . We're only just waking up so to speak . The big problem is we think we know everything, we are specks of dust on a timeline and we know nothing .
thanks gents. booked in with GP today. Still no luck...
Tried putting my head over steam to melt the wax and that didn't work either... housemate came into the kitchen and thought I was going insane hahah.
Will report back!
Please do. Be interested to see how it pans out for you. Good luck.
Doc believes there to be a build up of wax that could be retaining water in my ear. She's given me the recommendation to get some Waxsol that will liquify the hard ear wax and I have to go back on Thursday to get it syringed out...
And painful too.
Just fuckin' with you. But it is like hitting yourself over the head with a hammer.
Feels so good when you stop. All the best with it Ace.