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Old 11-04-2011, 01:18 PM   #1
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Unhappy Blocked ear for five days, began with a bath...

I took a bath on Saturday morning (29/10), and water clogged up my left ear for several hours, although it eventually cleared. I took another bath the following Monday (31/10), and my left ear got blocked again... but this time, it didn't clear. I went to my GP on Wednesday (02/11) and he said there was a minor infection and wax in my ear, and prescribed me Amoxicillin and Germicin eardrops. After using the eardrops twice, I began to experience a high-pitched ringing in my ear. I stopped using the drops immediately, as tinnitus and hearing loss are listed as potential side effects, something my GP did NOT warn me about.

The ringing has persisted ever since, which I am finding most distracting and stressful, and the blockage in my ear remains. I'm sure I can feel it behind my jaw. When I yawn there's a sort of wet shifting sound from that area, too.

Is there anything I could or should be doing? I'm going away for a few days next week, and I would be VERY pleased if it cleared up by then. The worrier in me keeps fretting that the blockage and ringing will be permanent, although the rational part of me thinks that's unlikely given the fact it started with a bit of bathwater!

I am going to attempt to see an ENT tomorrow to find out what he/she thinks, but I would very much appreciate any advice anyone here might have.

Thanks very much,

Joe

 
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