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How does one remove cotton stuck in the ear?

My ear has been somewhat clogged up ever since yesterday afternoon, i have booked an appointment with the doctor tomorrow but i have put ear drops in my ear and then inserted cotton wool inside. Unfortunately the cotton wool is now stuck in my ear, and it's hurting heaps. What can I do to get it out? Should I just wait until the morning?
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
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Hello...
I think maybe the reason that your ear is clogged is because of cerumen ( wax) . Using some ear dropps sounds good to me it will dilute the wax and for the doctor will be easy to remove it.
After puting the cotton into the ear canal you pushed forword the wax touching the ear drum, what can couse a sharp pain.
You should not try to take it out by yourself, and if you can menage the pain with pain killers than you can wait until the morning for the appointment with your doctor.
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