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What is the procedure for removal of cotton stuck in ears?

I ve got a q-tip bulb of cotton stuck in my ear. I cleaned my ears as I ve done thousands of times before, but to my horror as I removed the q-tip I noticed the end bulb was missing. Is there anyway to get it out myself? If I must go to the doctor to remove the Q-tip end, can you explain the procedure to procure the cotton from my inner ear? I ve noticed a gurgling or liquid type sound building up in my ear since this occurred. Thanks for any and all help. Have a great day!
Fri, 27 Feb 2015
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi,
If cotton plug is deep inside the ear it is advisable to get it removed by your doctor only as it might damage the drum.
Doctor will remove this plug with ear forcep easily.
so consult your doctr and get it removed.
If cotton plug remained in the ear might produce some infection.
)k and take care.

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