Post # 1
I was sick for almost a week with what was probably the flu. I’m all better now except for some leftover stuffiness, but my left ear is completely blocked up. It feels like something’s jammed in there, not like there’s water rattling around.
I don’t have health insurance so I’m looking for DIY remedies.
Making my ear pop
Peroxide and water
Plain, warm water
I’m about to try the peroxide and water thing again because other people on the Internet (plus my grandfather) insist it works, but if any bees have any other suggestions, they’re greatly appreciated.
Post # 3
i had this last week after getting over a bad cold. it went away on its own within a few days.
Post # 4
I seem to have problems with blocked up ears lingering after every time I get sick (and I’m afraid that I’m getting sick now, boo). As far as I know there isn’t much that can unblock other than just waiting, your body will likely heal itself. You should try and be careful about how vigourously you pop your ears, it can cause damage. What I have found soothing is a mixture of 1:1 70% Isopropyl alcohol (aka rubbing alcohol) and regualr white vinegar. Sounds weird, but it feels nice, especially after showering to help dry out the ears.
I feel your pain though, it’s extremely annoying!
Post # 5
I JUST had this! My situation was a blocked ear, but I had multiple ear infections that were causing extreme pain in my ear.
You need to soften the wax and then get it out. Oil will soften, so you can use a bit of olive oil and then use the peroxide/warm water mixture to get the wax out of your ear. Do the mixture several times and don’t let it drain in your ear for too long, instead do it multiple times for only about 2 mins at a time or less.
Post # 6
I’ve used sweet oil before, you can even warm it up a little BUT NOT HOT, don’t want to burn!!!!
Also when you use peroxide don’t use a lot. Let it set for a moment and then I’ve also used a little suction dropper to remove the excess. You should be able to hear a crackling noise. I would like to say my ENT says this is bad to do 🙁
I have very small ear canals so I have to get my ears checked often and have them cleaned. I pay 50 dollars a visit b/c its not covered under my insurance. It is worth it.
Post # 7
@AnnieAAA: Olive oil? I’ll try it–works great on my super dry feet, maybe it’ll work for my ear.
@MrsPinkPeony: From what I’ve read, doctors don’t recommend people use peroxide on cuts and scrapes because the peroxide can damage healthy tissue too.
Thanks for the replies, y’all!
Post # 8
Go to the doctor. My bff is a nurse, and when I’d told her I had a blocked ear for over a week last winter, she literally slapped me upside the head (not kidding). She told me the only thing separating the infection from your brain is your eardrum – and all the popping, clogging, etc can risk blowing your ear drum. If that happens, that fluid leaks into your brain and can cause even worse (and expensive) damage than going to the doctor in the first place.
Post # 9
STOP!!!! Stop stop stop! I’m an audiologist and you just completely freaked me out!!!! If you had a cold, you could have a burst ear drum and shoving crap in your ear right now is such a bad idea. Blowing an eardrum doesn’t mean you get fluid leaking in your brain, but it does leave your middle ear open to the elements and your middle ear connects to your inner ear which shares fluid with your brain. A busted ear drum feels a lot like having wax in your ear because you have fluid trying to drain and it would be sitting in your ear canal. So STOP IT RIGHT NOW AND CALL THE DOCTOR FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!
It could be just wax, but please don’t risk it. And just for the record – never put anything in your ear unless your doctor prescribes it. Your ears are self cleaning and you don’t need to clean them unless you have really impacted wax.
*Steps down from soap box*
Post # 10
@AnnieAAA: The olive oil followed by water/peroxide mix helped! A little wax came out of my ear, but not a lot. I want to keep at it, BUT, I’ll take the advice of the professional and leave my ear alone.
Again, thanks for the suggestions, everyone!