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Having slight ear ache in my right ear. What could be the issue? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 26-Mar-2013
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Doctor:Good morning
User:This is XXXXXXX here. i am having a slight ear ache in my right ear since morning ...
User:in a year i get this problem atleast 2 times
User:The last time i visited an ENT he told me not to use XXXXXXX cotton buds and i stopped a year ago
Doctor:Do you have any other associated symptoms like nasal congestion, sorethroat, fever?
Doctor:Is there any discharge from your ear?
Doctor:Do you have any difficulties with hearing?
User:no doctor
User:no cold fever sore throat nothing
Doctor:Any discharge from your ears ?
User:i do not use ear phones , ear buds, walkman , ipos ear phones. nothing but still i get this ear ache twice a year
User:no discharge... but it felt clogged so i used a cotton bud day before to clean the exteriors and it was a regular clean up no unusual discharges
Doctor:Is there any problem with hearing?
User:no doctor i can hear well.
Doctor:let me brief you.
User:but when i touch my ear lobe also it pains
Doctor:I shall help you.
Doctor:Ear pain is caused due to ear pathologies or can be referred from other nose, throat pathologies.
Doctor:Based on the information, you provided, it looks like the problem is in the external ear.
Doctor:The most likely cause might be ear wax.
User:Yes sometimes i have a hard time with my ear due to the wax
Doctor:or due to some local injuries sustained by the ear bud.
Doctor:The following measures can reduce the pain:
Doctor:1. If the pain is tolerable, you can try oral pain reliever such as Tab. Dolo 650mg.
Doctor:In addition otogesic ear drops can provide additional benefits.
Doctor:2. Avoid probing your ear further.
Doctor:3. If you still feel clogging in the ear, there could be some wax collected which can be removed by use of wax dissolving agents.
User:One doctor 2 years ago said i need a minor procedure to remove the wax which i didnt agree to coz i have heard some people have gone deaf after that procedure.
User:Can you please help me with the names of Wax dissolving agents'
Doctor:we can use soliwax ear drops to help dissolving the wax and safe removal.
Doctor:However rarely, this wax can be impacted and can be removed only by manual procedures.
Doctor:Yes, there is a risk of injuries with manual removal
Doctor:but as this is a simple procedure, in the hands of an experienced ENT surgeon
Doctor:one can easily perform the procedure with minimal risks to ear.
Doctor:You can try the ear dissolving solution,
Doctor:if they do not help in clearing your ear, then I suggest you to consult an experienced ENT surgeon.
Doctor:4. Lastly
Doctor:watch out for few symptoms such as ear discharge, difficulty with hearing, nasal; congestion, throat pain, sorethroat and fever.
Doctor:If such symptoms appear, then it warrants use of antibiotic and specific treatment.
Doctor:So look out for those and take medical help as and when required.
Doctor:Have you followed what I have suggested?
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