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

(115 Posts)
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

xylem8 Sun 04-Aug-13 20:23:52

The doctor prescribed me a steroid spray for an ear infection which was really really good.
I have used TCP (diluted )before which works wells

Cheesyslice Sun 04-Aug-13 20:21:50

Fucking hell. That is terrifying.

<increases dosage of antibiotics>

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Sun 04-Aug-13 20:12:53

my Ds1 poked a bud in his ear when he was young, perforated his eardrum and he got an infection it developed into a Cholesteatoma, which is a cyst type thing behind the eardrum, it ate away the bones in his ear and he had to have several operations to clear the infection and rebuild the bones. It could have eroded his facial nerve leading to facial paralysis or if left untreated grown into a brain abscess which could have killed him shock so Step away from the cotton buds, kirby grips etc etc.

gobbin Sun 04-Aug-13 17:25:56

Love to get the little finger in (it's why we have them, surely?) and wiggle around, get suction then pop. Good stuff.

I have neat, pixie ears, so assumed I'd need neat, little earplugs when on the bike. Nahhh! My lugholes are the size of the Mersey tunnel apparently! It would explain why I never have much of a problem with earwax lol.

Cheesyslice Sun 04-Aug-13 15:26:13

-I might try a kirby grip on my good ear later--

Cheesyslice Sun 04-Aug-13 15:24:15

ROAR @ 'ear wank'

grin

families 30???! Epic

MissTweed Sun 04-Aug-13 14:52:37

Wriggling your little finger in your ear here is called an "ear wank" blush

FamiliesShareGerms Sun 04-Aug-13 14:50:24

Apart from giving me itchy ears, this thread has reassured me that my mum is not completely unusual for using Kirby grips on us - I have never met anyone else who does this.

I disagree that all ears are self-cleaning: DS's are pristine (only thing about him that is); mine are moderately waxy; DH's are very waxy (he once didn't clean them for ages, went swimming and needed to use 30 ear buds to get the wax out...); and DD's have a very dark brown wax which suddenly appears and looks like earth in her ears.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Sun 04-Aug-13 14:41:04

Wiggling your little finger in your ear is called "Puggling" actually! HTH! grin

Wellwobbly Sun 04-Aug-13 14:30:56

Poor Cheesy. It is an outer ear or a middle ear infection? Do you have to put drops down?

Ear infections are horrible.

The problem with using cotton buds for 'ear digging' is apart from the risk of doing some damage to your ear with them, they can actually make the problem worse. They're not very good at getting the wax out, more often than not they end up pushing most of it further in so it gets impacted. - Quite right.
I know someone who shoved the wax THROUGH her ear drum. She perforated her own ear using those damn things. She said she screamed with the pain.

(and got the GP imploring her not to use them speech)

BeKindToYourKnees Sun 04-Aug-13 14:29:19

Wiggling your little finger in your ear is called 'wootleing' in our house.

I have been know to use an un-bent paperclip blush

Cheesyslice Sun 04-Aug-13 12:53:29

<wipes vomit from screen>

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Sun 04-Aug-13 12:49:01

DP uses his car key! <<boak>>
I watched a service user have his ear syringed once. A hairy lump of wax the size of a quails egg came out! How is that even possible???!!!!

ClayDavis Sun 04-Aug-13 12:47:17

The problem with using cotton buds for 'ear digging' is apart from the risk of doing some damage to your ear with them, they can actually make the problem worse. They're not very good at getting the wax out, more often than not they end up pushing most of it further in so it gets impacted.

My GP surgery recommend a few drops of olive oil for a week or so to soften it. They don't do any syringing any more as far as I know.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Sun 04-Aug-13 12:45:48

Use one of your little fingers and give it a good jiggle. This is the only way to get a good safe scratch going! <<bitter experience>>
Eating a nice big bowl of ice cream is also great for easing ear infection itch!
The popping is probably because you are all swollen in there, and your eustacian tubes aren't working properly.

Cheesyslice Sun 04-Aug-13 12:29:38

There is a definite divide here highbrows grin

I've been using a warm compress (hot water bottle) against it this morning and it does feel like there is some increased 'leakage' <boak> going on in there. Also some popping. Not sure if this is normal but to be honest there ain't anything normal about my bloody ear at the moment.

Resisting any further digging with cotton buds. I was bought up in a household at refers to them as 'ear diggers' so I blame my parents for my addiction.

CheesySlice I used to have lots of ear infections and my ears produce quite a lot of very sticky wax so they often get blocked. I've had them syringed a couple of times and that has massively improved my hearing and I haven't had an infection since. Could just be a happy coincidence though! smile now when I feel wax building up I put olive oil in every day and it gradually works it way out to outer ear so I can wipe it off with a tissue. Or if they suddenly get completely blocked I use the hydrogen peroxide drops to clear a little path through the wax!

As an aside it was actually my childhood GP who told my mum the advice was nonsense and she should use cotton buds to clean my ears!

HighBrows Sun 04-Aug-13 10:35:19

Cheesyslice I'm glad the pain is easing this morning hopefully you are on the road to recovery.

I'm very giddy at this thread the big debate - those that put stuff in their ears and those that don't! grin

Reassured that hydrogen peroxide in this context is special medical stuff and not just some MNetters having a cheeky squirt of Domestos.

grin So funny!

ThreeMusketeers Sun 04-Aug-13 10:18:21

Never put olive oil or anything similar in your ear if you have an ear infection. Will make things a lot worse.

Wellwobbly Sun 04-Aug-13 10:10:46

"Reassured that hydrogen peroxide in this context is special medical stuff and not just some MNetters having a cheeky squirt of Domestos. " - arf!

Wellwobbly Sun 04-Aug-13 10:09:37

"What are cotton buds designed for"

to give Johnson & Johnson hugely fantastic profit margins.

The medical profession battle in vain to get people to STOP using them for what they were ADVERTISED for.

GettingVerySleepy Sun 04-Aug-13 09:07:29

Pobble I mean! Damn autocorrect.

GettingVerySleepy Sun 04-Aug-13 09:06:51

Probable, thanks for replying, glad to hear children don't tend to suffer from this problem, its bad enough for an adult!

Cereal thanks for e link, looks brilliant and I think we'll save up and go as they look like they could really help. Plus I'll get a trip to London out of it grin!

MissTweed Sun 04-Aug-13 09:06:02

What are cotton buds designed for if not for having a good rummage in your ear?

Pobblewhohasnotoes Sun 04-Aug-13 09:03:02

GettingVerySleepy, I don't know I'm afraid. I'm a children's nurse so it's not really something I've come across.

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