never stick anything smaller than your elbow into your ear
March 22, 2012 7:56 AM Subscribe
Historically I have a bad habit of using q-tips to clean deeply into my ear. I am now dealing with my second ear infection in under a year. I am positive these two facts are directly related. How do I break my bad habit, and perform proper ear maintenance?
posted by Lokheed to Health & Fitness (31 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I constantly feel like there is a tiny bit of water in my ear. You know that feeling you get after you go swimming or take a shower, where you can feel some fullness in your ear and if you move your jaw you can hear the rumble of moisture against your eardrum? I feel that frequently, or my inner ear just feels itchy constantly. This prompts me to take a q-tip and dig around in my ear to try to clean it out, which I know is a Very Stupid Thing.
Last summer I got an ear infection bad enough that I had constant ringing in my ear for weeks and the ear canal was pretty much swollen shut so that I was deaf in one ear and in constant pain. I saw an ENT, he prescribed some antibiotics and ear drops, and after a few weeks it cleared up. I was good about not digging around in my ear for several months. Then the watery-ness and itchiness came back, I fell back into bad habits, and now I am on my second round of the same ear infection. I am currently on a prescription of Cipro, and the infection is clearing up.
Right at this moment I am sitting here and my ear is itching like crazy and I feel like I have water up against my ear drum again. I desperately want to shove a q-tip in there to clean it out, which I know is definitely the wrong-est thing I could possibly do.
So, how do I deal with itchiness in general and the sensation of moisture in my ear, while keeping to the standard advice of "never stick anything smaller than your elbow into your ear"? I know that the real issue is much more about habits than physical ailments. Please help me replace my bad habits with successful good habits.