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Wax in ears. Suggest medicine for clearing wax from ear. What should I do for clearing wax.

Dr. Dabbara Krishna Sai 91% (32 ratings)
ENT Specialist, Anantapur
Wax in ears. Suggest medicine for clearing wax from ear. What should I do for clearing wax.
Dear lybrate-user use dewax or otorex drops three drops thrice daily for 5 days and reach an Ent to clean them completely and without any problems. Get well soon.
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Presence Of Foreign Bodies In Ear/Nose/Throat - How It Can Be Managed?

Dr. B. B. Khatri 92% (10 ratings)
ENT Specialist, Delhi
Presence Of Foreign Bodies In Ear/Nose/Throat - How It Can Be Managed?

What is a foreign body (FB)?
Foreign body or FB is an object or piece of extraneous matter that has entered the body by accident or design. It is common to see certain items getting stuck in the ear, nose or throat especially, in young children. While most of the time they do not raise an alarm, however, sometimes they can lead to severe consequences like rupture of the eardrum or even choking.

How do FBs affect ear, nose and throat?

  • Children over 9 months develop an ability to pick up objects. As they explore the environment around them, they tend to put items such as peas, beans, marbles, beads, cotton, paper, etc, in their mouth, nose or ears. A similar trend can be seen in adults with mental disorders.
  • Trauma/ fall/accident can force FBs like rock, pebbles into the ear, nose or throat.
  • Adults while riding a bike or sleeping on the ground (campsites) can have insects: flies, ants, roaches fly into the nose or ear.
  • Choking occurs when FBs block the airway, common reasons are: not chewing the food properly, diseases like Parkinsonism, drinking alcohol or certain drugs that slowdowns the process of swallowing.

Managing FB in the ear, nose and throat

Foreign bodies in the ear
Symptoms: Pain in the ear, discharge or bleeding from the ear, feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear and dizziness and nausea in extreme cases.


  • Make sure the patient is sitting in an upright position, pull the pinna or outer semicircle of the ear towards the back. This can help you see the object clearly and also loosen it to wiggle out. If you can see the object clearly, use a tweezer to grasp the object and gently remove.
  • In case a live insect gets trapped inside the ear lie down and place few drops of warm vegetable or baby oil. Use oil only if symptoms of eardrum perforation like pain, bleeding/discharge from the ear is absent.
  • Tilting the head to the affected side can facilitate gravity to dislodge the object.

Foreign bodies in the nose:
Pain and difficulty in breathing from that side of the nose.
Management: Keep the uninvolved nostril closed by pressing a finger against the side of the nose and gently ask the person to blow from the affected nostril.

Foreign bodies in the throat:
Symptoms: Choking, inability to breathe and speak 
Management: Perform Heimlich maneuver: abdominal thrusts, if trained otherwise, it is advised to call for medical help immediately.

How can you prevent foreign bodies from entering your ear, nose, throat?

  • Discourage talking, playing, laughing when food is in the mouth.
  • Do not give whole grapes, popcorn, nuts to children below 3 years.
  • Keep small objects out of reach of small children.
  • Teach children to avoid placing objects into their nose, ears.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Swimmer's Ear - Treatment Options That You Can Go For!

Dr. Parth Amin 85% (10 ratings)
DNB (ENT), Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology (DLO), MBBS
ENT Specialist, Ahmedabad
Swimmer's Ear - Treatment Options That You Can Go For!

Swimmer’s ear is a condition, which is characterized by an infection in the outer ear. This infection usually stems from the water that remains in the ear after swimming, forming a moist environment that allows bacteria to grow and procreate. This condition can also develop if you happen to insert your finger or other foreign objects into the ears.


The symptoms of this disorder are usually mild in the beginning, but may worsen if left untreated. In its germinating stage, this condition exhibits symptoms such as itching in the ears and a watery discharge. If the disorder has progressed to an advanced stage, then the symptoms become slightly different. An intense pain on the particular side of the face, swelling in the ear and blockage of the ear canal are some of the common symptoms. In extreme cases, swelling of the lymph nodes and moderate to high fever can be indicative of this condition.


The causes of swimmer’s ear are bacteria that are found in soil and water. Your ears have a natural defense system against infections; glands in the ear secrete an acidic substance called ‘cerumen’ that kills the bacteria. The ear canal has a downward slope from the middle ear to the outer ear, thus allowing the water to drain out. Swimmer’s ear occurs when these defenses fail to work. This happens when there is excessive moisture in the ear canal, creating an environment for the bacteria to grow. In addition, certain factors such as swimming in dirty water, a narrow ear canal and excessive cleaning of the ear canal can lead to this condition.


The aim of the treatment is to prevent the infection from progressing and allow the ear to heal. The first step is to clean the ear canal so that the eardrops can reach the affected area. Once the ear is cleaned, eardrops are administered to get rid of the bacteria. The various medications that are used in the treatment of swimmer’s ear are:

1. Antibiotics: They are used to combat the bacteria that cause the infection.

2. Acidic solutions: It is used to restore the normal environment in the ear.

3. Steroids: These help in reducing the inflammation.

You may also be prescribed pain medications to treat the pain resulting from this condition. Try to avoid swimming till the condition heals completely. Make sure you aren’t inserting any foreign object in the ears as that may aggravate the situation further.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

Hi, I need your suggestion and reviews, I am 37 years old and suffering from diabetics, good controlled, but I am suffering from ENT problem from past 7 months, I had throat infection 4 times in 7 months, my throat is filled with phlegm, I took antibiotic and it will cure for some days and comes back, I suffered from both ear blocks and cold, how to get cure permanently.

Dr. Rahul Bhargava 87% (110 ratings)
Fellowship in Rhinology, MS (ENT), DNB (ENT)
ENT Specialist, Delhi
Hi, I need your suggestion and reviews, I am 37 years old and suffering from diabetics, good controlled, but I am suf...
With diabetes the risk of infections increases drastically, you need to get evaluated for few things like allergy and structural abnormalities.
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Sir, I am suffering from tinnitus about 6 months, it mainly caused by removing wax with ear pins nd also with hearing loud noises, I also have chronic sensitivity to small sounds too. My ct scan of brain is normal nd audiometry also normal. Today I consulted a Ayurvedic doctor then he prescribed me bilwadi oil for karnapoorna nd again bilwadi oil but in stores Asana vilwadi oil only have availability ie. Is why im asking again bilwadi oil is same as the acne bilwadi oil for over head usage (headache)

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), C.R.A.V
Ayurveda, Delhi
Asana vilwadi oil and vilwadi are two different types oils. Only the suggested oil should be used for karna poorana. Asanavilwadi oil can be used to apply externally on your head, which is also a good medicine for your problem. You can ask your doctor for any other alternatives of Vilwadi oil for Karnapoorana.
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I recently got a bacterial infection and both my tonsils are enlarged. It spread and now I have a cold and my ears are blocking. I'm on antibiotics right now, but will it cure my cold too?

Dr. Gaurav Gupta 90% (65 ratings)
Pulmonologist, Indore
It can be other way round too. Frequent cold can lead to tonsillitis and rest all the symptoms can be due to tonsillitis. Take antibiotics, Betadine gargles thrice a day. Along with that you can add Tab. Coldsol twice a day.
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Know More About Ear Discharge

Dr. Savyasachi Saxena 88% (27 ratings)
ENT Specialist, Ghaziabad
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Causes and treatment of Ear discharge

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Discharging Ear - Know Its Causes And Ways To Treat!

Dr. Savyasachi Saxena 88% (27 ratings)
ENT Specialist, Ghaziabad
Discharging Ear - Know Its Causes And Ways To Treat!

Ear discharge may occur due to several reasons. Injury or trauma to the ear canal, a ruptured ear drum or an infection in the middle ear may be the most common causes of ear discharge. Eczema, swimmer’s ear and other skin irritations may also lead to this problem.

It is a common phenomenon in children and adults alike. Most ear infection results in discharge from the ear. This ear discharge is medically known as otorrhea, and it is any fluid that comes out of the ear, mainly in the form of pus.


1. Most of the time, any fluid leaking out of an ear is ear wax.

2. A ruptured eardrum can cause a white, slightly bloody, or yellow discharge from the ear. Dry crusted material on a child's pillow is often a sign of a ruptured eardrum. The eardrum may also bleed. Causes of a ruptured eardrum include:

  • Foreign object in the ear canal
  • Injury from a blow to the head, foreign object, very loud noises, or sudden pressure changes (such as in airplanes)
  • Inserting cotton-tipped swabs or other small objects into the ear
  • Middle ear infection
  • Other causes of ear discharge include:

3. Eczema and other skin irritations in the ear canal

4. Swimmer's ear -- with symptoms such as itching, scaling, a red or moist ear canal, and pain that increases when you move the earlobe


While there are some simple home remedies to treat this disorder, always consult an ENT specialist if the discharge does not stop after the application of those treatments. Let us look at some common ways to treat this disorder.

  1. Ear Drops: There are antibiotic ear drops, and there are antiseptic ear drops. Antibiotic ear drop will dry your ear and stop the discharge in your ear. It mainly kills the bacteria that have caused the infection. There are certain side-effects of using antibiotic ear drops, which include dizziness, itching in the ear, earache or yeast infection. However, these side-effects are extremely mild and go away as soon as you stop using the antibiotic drops. The antiseptic ear drops are not as effective as the antibiotic ear drops, and hence, these aren’t used that much to treat any infection.
  2. Antibiotic Tablets: Antibiotic tablets are also an option to treat ear infections, but again these are not that effective as the antibiotic ear drops have proven to be.
  3. Surgical procedures: An operation called myringoplasty or tympanoplasty is conducted to repair the hole in your eardrum which has been discharging the pus. This operation has a greater chance to improve your hearing abilities. Doctors resort to this option only when your infection cannot be treated by ear drops.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your health care provider if:

  1. The discharge is white, yellow, clear, or bloody.
  2. The discharge has lasted more than 5 days.
  3. The discharge is the result of an injury.
  4. There is a loss of hearing.
  5. There is severe pain.
  6. The discharge is associated with other symptoms, such as fever or headache.
  7. There is redness or swelling coming out of the ear canal.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Ear Discharge - 5 Symptoms Of It!

Dr. Nandu Kolwadkar 88% (15 ratings)
ENT Specialist, Nagpur
Ear Discharge - 5 Symptoms Of It!

Ear discharge is the phenomenon of fluids being expelled from the ear. This condition is also known as otorrhea.

The kinds of fluids that can be discharged from the ear range from blood to pus and other forms of bodily secretions. It is caused by a number of factors, which determine the exact nature of the condition and the diagnosis for treatment.

What are the causes of ear discharge?

Some forms of ear discharge are natural, such as ear wax which is produced by the body as a form of defense against external particles that may enter the ears. Other forms are unnatural and result from anomalies in the health system.

The causes of these include the following:

  • Infections: This is the most common cause of ear discharge and occurs when bacteria and viruses infest the inside of the ear and lead to the secretion of fluids, which builds up in the middle ear or at the eardrum
  • Swimmer’s Ear: This condition is also known as otitis externa and is caused by staying in water for prolonged periods. It results from excessive exposure to moisture that makes the walls of the ear canal to break down allowing bacteria and fungi to enter and infect the ear.
  • Trauma: Excess pressure on the eardrum can cause it to rupture and discharge fluids. This happens due to a number of reasons such as exposure to loud explosive sounds or pressure from flying in aircrafts and scuba diving.
  • Skull Injury: Damage to the bones behind the ear as a result of injury can also lead to ear discharge due to infection.
  • Tonsillitis:  Inflammation of tonsils may cause pain or a repeated infection in the ear leading to fluid discharge.

What are the symptoms associated with ear discharge?

Some of the symptoms of otorrhea are as follows:

  • Abnormal and unusual secretion of fluids from the ear
  • Swelling of the ear
  • Partial or complete loss of hearing
  • Pain and throbbing in the ear
  • Accompanying signs such as fever and migraine

Diagnosis and treatment of the problem depend on the exact cause and nature of the condition, which also determines treatment and recovery time.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Hi doctor, I have a slight pain in my right ear. It feels as if it is blocked .i had also applied soliwax drops once but their was no wax in my ear. I recently had gone to hill station it was fine their but once I came back this problem started again. Pls suggest.

Dr. T K Das 90% (137 ratings)
MBBS, Health & Family Welfare Management
General Physician, Delhi
Hi doctor, I have a slight pain in my right ear. It feels as if it is blocked .i had also applied soliwax drops once ...
Hope by now, you your symptoms has lessen. Take steam, do lukewarm water gargle till symptoms subsides.
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