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Old 08-01-2012, 06:05 PM   #1
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What's wrong with my dad? (ear problems)

Since around May, my dad has been struggling with a weird ear problem. In May, he began experiencing severe ear pain, pressure in his ear, hearing loss, and a discharge of a clear fluid. He got rid of this with antibiotics he acquired from a local pharmacy.

After a day, the pain died down. And ever since then, whenever he *doesn't* use the antibiotics, he will have recurring instances of plugged ears, clear discharge (sometimes his ear discharges a whiteish chunk. Like if you soak toilet paper in water. Looks just like that) and hard of hearing, but no more pain. He frequently irrigates his ear with a blue bulb syringe and that sometimes brings his hearing back, but it's always temporary. It's like his body is dependent on the ear drops to function properly or else his ears malfunction. He has stopped using the ear drops frequently.

My dad is absolutely stubborn and refuses to see a doctor. What could possibly be wrong with him? And if it's possible to answer, how in the world could I and my family convince him to go to a doctor? He has a "tough guy" attitude. Very stereotypical macho man, to give you an idea of how he is.

Last edited by Octans; 08-02-2012 at 12:09 PM.