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Posted: 4/15/2013 1:54:11 PM
When we took dd to the walk in clinic because her ear "felt funny" they cleaned it out using a water pik. I read online that it's not a good idea to use these at home though. So what do you use if your ears need flushing out? I have a bad habit of using q-tips and probably have some blockage in there...

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Posted: 4/15/2013 2:01:37 PM
We used an ear wax removal kit from the drugstore on my hubands ears. It came with an ear wax softener and one of those bulb syringes. We used warm water with the syringe. It took quite a while but you would NOT believe the junk that came out of his ears. Gross!!
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Posted: 4/15/2013 2:03:19 PM
Cotton buds (Q tips)...I KNOW, I know, but I can't resist. I love the feeling

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Posted: 4/15/2013 2:49:01 PM
We use drops made to soften the wax, then flush with a small bulb with warmish water.

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Posted: 4/15/2013 2:51:21 PM
I use QTips. Can't help it. Eargasm.
But about once a month I do an ear candling. Boy that gets a lot out!

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Posted: 4/15/2013 2:52:13 PM
Qtips. I love them.



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Posted: 4/15/2013 2:54:40 PM
Nothing but Q Tips. The thought of ear candling makes me cringe and I don't at all like anything liquid in my ear so those ear washes are out. Ick.

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Posted: 4/15/2013 2:58:40 PM

Nothing but Q Tips. The thought of ear candling makes me cringe and I don't at all like anything liquid in my ear so those ear washes are out. Ick

This! I use q tips daily and if something seems off, I ask one of the ENT residents at work to take a looksie for me with the Otoscope There are a few perks to being a nurse in a teaching hospital.

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Posted: 4/15/2013 3:06:41 PM
Q Tips. And every time I see that commercial for the waxvac with that guy stabbing himself and yelling OWWWWW! I can't help thinking - what kind of idiot just randomly stabs inside his ear as hard as he can?


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Posted: 4/15/2013 3:07:28 PM
Hydrogen peroxide followed by warm water.

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Posted: 4/15/2013 3:26:24 PM
Hydrogen peroxide followed by warm water.

I do this in the shower and rinse my ears w/lots of warm water.


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Posted: 4/15/2013 3:43:42 PM
Q-Tips...never been a problem in our house.

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Posted: 4/15/2013 3:45:36 PM
Q-tips... my naughty secret is out.

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Posted: 4/15/2013 5:40:15 PM

Cotton buds (Q tips)...I KNOW, I know, but I can't resist. I love the feeling

I am a Q tip junkie. And when we are out? It drives me crazy!

I've said it before - you know when you scratch a dogs ears in just the right spot, and their back leg goes crazy? THAT is how the Q tip in the ear is - just the right spot! LOL


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Posted: 4/15/2013 5:43:17 PM
My son has a huge ear wax problem! Our dr gave us a syringe made for cleaning out ears, we use wax softening drops (debrox) once a week then use the syringe thing with hydrogen peroxide and warm water once a month. You would not believe the stuff that comes out, it is NASTY.


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Posted: 4/15/2013 5:43:44 PM

Q-tips... my naughty secret is out.

Same here. I can already hear more noises than I want to and can not imagine having my ears flushed and hearing better!!

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Posted: 4/15/2013 5:46:42 PM
I pour hydrogen peroxide in, let it work it's magic then tilt my head to empty it out. Works like a charm.


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Posted: 4/15/2013 5:49:38 PM
Qtips all the way-my DH and I call it, "ear sex," LOL.

My kids are both Asian and their ear wax is quite different-not yellow waxy but more in what seems like dead skin. I know this sounds crazy but every now and then I can get tweezers and actually oull it out because it is flaky and does not stick to the sides of their ears like my ear wax would.
Last time I did it I pulled out so much I swear it looked like the skeletal remains of a stink bug! Even my son was shocked by how much was in there! We have used the ear wax remover kit to soften it as well and then the ear syringe.

And when I am in the classroom I am repulsed sometimes when I see a kid with so much ear wax it looks like it is drawn on and oozing out of the kid's ear. Even if you do not use a q-tip all the way in your ear you can still use one on the outside and I don't understand how a parent can not notice it whenI do.

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Posted: 4/15/2013 6:15:56 PM
Like a previous poster said, Asian ear wax is different. My DD is Chinese, and we've had to go to the doctor to have the ear wax removed because it was so bad. Our insurance changed last year, and they've started charging us the co-pay and deductible levels for "in-office surgery" because "it's below the surface of the body."

I, too, love my Q-tips. In China, you can get a cheap massage, a cheap foot massage, and they have street vendors who will clean your ears. I am dying to do it. DH says NO EFFING WAY. But I'm totally tempted.

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Posted: 4/15/2013 6:23:08 PM
Ok, I'm the weird one. My MIL was a nurse and she always cleaned her kids ears out with a bobby pin or an unfolded paper clip (the small curved end). I clean my own ears out this way and clean my kids and DH (they are too chicken to do it on themselves). Still gives that satisfying feeling without fear of pushing the wax further into the ear.

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Posted: 4/15/2013 6:26:34 PM
Ahhhh I am not alone in my Q-Tip obsession ...

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Posted: 4/15/2013 6:30:27 PM
Random Biology knowledge alert- there are two types of ear wax. This is from Wikipedia:

There are two distinct genetically determined types of earwax: the wet type, which is dominant, and the dry type, which is recessive. While Asians and Native Americans are more likely to have the dry type of cerumen (gray and flaky), African and European people are more likely to have the wet type (honey-brown to dark-brown and moist).[7] Cerumen type has been used by anthropologists to track human migratory patterns, such as those of the Inuit.[8] In Japan, wet-type earwax is more prevalent among the Ainu, in contrast to that country's Yamato majority.[9] The consistency of wet type earwax is due to the higher concentration of lipid and pigment granules (50% lipid) in the substance than the dry type (30% lipid).[4]

The difference in cerumen type has been tracked to a single base change (a single nucleotide polymorphism) in a gene known as "ATP-binding cassette C11 gene".[10] Dry-type individuals are homozygous for adenine whereas wet-type requires at least one guanine. Wet-type earwax is associated with armpit odor, which is increased by sweat production. The researchers conjecture that the reduction in sweat or body odor was beneficial to the ancestors of East Asians and Native Americans who are thought to have lived in cold climates.[11]

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Posted: 4/15/2013 7:29:18 PM
I knew some of you QTip orgasmic people hung out here. I have my moments as well.

I also have excema that makes my ears water. It drives me crazy! If I use Neosporin I can keep it under control some.

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Posted: 4/15/2013 7:37:16 PM
Q tips. Love them. Bit not the fake ones. They're too flexible. I only like the real deal

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Posted: 4/15/2013 7:39:37 PM
My DH thought he was losing his hearing & told the doctor who suggested he use the earwax removal kit someone mentioned in a previous post. He stuck with it for a period of time & eventually he got the crap inside his ears loosened up & it all came out. He said it was the grossest thing he had ever seen. But when he was done he said he was amazed at how much better he can hear! Well no shit! Hard to hear when your ears are so full of crap! I still tease him about it.

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Posted: 4/15/2013 7:43:45 PM
So nobody uses an earwax spoon then? J/k earwax spoons are nasty.

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Posted: 4/15/2013 7:54:26 PM
My son had the flakey kind, too. My husband is adopted so hard telling what kind of recessive genes he has! I do go in there with tweezers from time to time

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Posted: 4/15/2013 8:01:16 PM
Seriously, I didn't know that I am not supposed to use Q-tips. I couldn't get out of the shower without "drying out" the inside of my ears with one of those little cuties.



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Posted: 4/15/2013 8:20:25 PM
I use one of these (probably not safe for work or kids ).

Just kidding, I'm a Q-tip junkie as well. I'm glad to see I'm in good company.

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Posted: 4/15/2013 8:23:06 PM
Hydrogen peroxide.




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Posted: 4/15/2013 8:35:00 PM
Definitely Debrox & the syringe bulb. Q-tips just push the wax in more for me and usually completely plug up my ear so I can't hear. I still have to go to the doctor a few times a year for them to remove it because my ear canals are very small, and they can better see exactly where to hit to remove the blockage.

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Posted: 4/15/2013 8:38:54 PM
I learned so much here.

I was telling my DD you can buy some things generic but never ever q-tips.


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Posted: 4/15/2013 8:41:04 PM
If I get a wax build up I use this ear flushing kit I bought at the drug store.

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Posted: 4/15/2013 10:30:44 PM
i do the same as JWEBB.. the bobby pin.. my mom always used them on me when i was a kid, so thats all i knew..ialso like to use qtips for after shower to dry them out..


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Posted: 4/16/2013 2:38:06 AM

Qtips all the way-my DH and I call it, "ear sex," LOL.

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Posted: 4/16/2013 9:14:14 AM
I use the Debrox kit I bought at Cvs. It works well. IF it gets too bad I go to the ENT. I produce a lot of wax and my canal is very tiny, so it has a hard time coming out.
NO Q_TIPS!! Worst thing you could do. It packs the wax in there.


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Posted: 4/16/2013 9:16:38 AM

And every time I see that commercial for the waxvac with that guy stabbing himself and yelling OWWWWW! I can't help thinking - what kind of idiot just randomly stabs inside his ear as hard as he can?

I know. That is so annoying.
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