ear problem

i am having severe itching problem in both my ears for a very long time. for the past 10 days the problem is severe. i don"t apply any medicine. a thick yellow substance is sticked to the johnson buds when i used to clean the same. the buds also get moistured and a foul smell emanates from the buds. is it require any medical attention or mere ear drops will do. i am 78+

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  • sir,

    it is a pity ,sir, that you did not consult an e n t specialist so far.

    itching can come in two ways.

    1]purely as a dry skin effect.

    [the ear canal is supposed to be lined with wax.a dry type of situation can cause itching.but this is a non moist atmosphere.deliberately made to work against bacteria.]

    2] anything like infection etc.

    consult an ent doctor.

    good luck

  • infection ,if, can spread to the internal portions of the ear and cause IRREVOCABLE DAMAGE.

    never go for self diagnosis.

    for eg.

    in this case,

    if there is a perforation in the tympanum

    the drops can fall inward .

    and damage.

    having diagnosed once,

    it may be just agreeable that [in our indian background]

    if a repetition of the case,

    one may repeat the medicine oneself

    with out going to the doc again.with care of course.

    good luck

  • Consult an ENT doctor.Using Johnson buds is not advisable as they push the wax into the ear.The doctor will clean your ears safely and also advise you regarding cleaning the ears safely at home.

  • AGREED.the wax there, is a wanted item .not to be removed.

    but johnson and johnson is producing the buds and many are using them.

    and some imitation buds:

    when you withdraw from the ear

    the cotton remains there.only the stem rod returns.


    some people have overproduction of this wax.

    they get irritation.that is why they use the buds.

    if some ent doctor is in our forum could comment?

    good luck

  • Consult your ENT specialist. Please do not put any ear drop. Your condition can be due to allergies or infection or both. Self medication is a dangerous thing.

  • thanks to all who have responded. i shall consult an ent

  • good luck and thanks to you as well.

    wax in the ear is a needed thing there.

    it is not dirt as many people think.

  • how to differentiate between wax and pus

  • dear medico,

    can you just go through all the 4 articles in this .


    "What does ear wax look like?

    Cerumen varies in form and appearance from person to person. It may be almost liquid, firm and solid, or dry and flaky. The color of ear wax varies depending upon its composition. Glandular secretions, sloughed skin cells, normal bacteria present on the surface of the canal, and water may all be present in ear wax.

    The ear canals are considered to be self-cleaning. This means that ear wax and sloughed skin cells typically pass on their own from the inside of the ear canal to the outer opening. Old earwax moves from the deeper areas of the ear canal out to the opening. At the opening of the ear canal the ear wax usually dries up and falls out of the ear canal.


    i can go through these articles if you want any point cleared.

    the colour of wax is a light yellow as you can see in picture.

    but this will be different in some circumstances.


    but the most important point to remember is what is called impacting as a consequence of self cleaning.

    that is why we should not try to clean the ear.

    but when we have itching we cannot run to the doctor always.

    so get them see inside the ear once with the otoscope and clean once. and drops prescribed then.

    i think once an year cleaninig will do.


    the pus color depends on the type of infection in general.

    only the ent will be able to tell correctly in a particular individual. any way ,a difference from the usual light yellow color can be considered as trouble.

    good luck.

  • Please consult an ENT SPECIALIST.If there is wax ,he will remove that. Otherwise it could be due to dry ears,which is common for diabetic patients.ENT DRwill clean the ears and give medicines to apply inside the ears.Any way ,it is not advisable to use buds.It will harm the ear drum.

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