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Clogged ear or ear infection?
MimDon't be defeatist, dear.It's very middle class.Registered Userregular
Don't worry, later on today I'm going to the emergency room.
However, I'm having the hardest time trying to figure out if I have a clogged ear or an ear infection. The night before last I was scratching my year because it was rather itchy when all of a sudden I couldn't hear out of it. I thought that maybe I had shifted some wax around and it clogged up my ear. I waited till the next morning to find out it was sill there.
Now, back in high school, for some odd reason my ear kept clogging with wax. Something about my body just making too much of it and me not knowing how to handle it properly. It felt uncomfortable lying on my ear drum and I was always going to the hospital for it because I kept mistaking it for an ear infection. Cut to 2007, same problem and I headed for the hydrogen peroxide and BAM I get an ear infection.
So I thought I would see if I had wax in there and I stuck a q-tip in there lightly to swab around some. Yup, definitely wax in there, lets clean it out! Only, nothing came the fuck out. Realizing, to my utter horror, that this was another ear infection, I have become frustrated with not being able to tell the difference.
H/A, how can I tell the difference between a clogged ear and an ear infection? I did just recently come back from England so I don't know if traveling affected my ear or not. Also, my left ear, every time I blink really hard, it feels like it's popping. What's up with that?
TL;DR 21 going on 22, second ear infection about a year and a half. Want to be able to tell the difference between a clogged ear and an ear infection so I don't continuously exacerbate the problem.