Mail (November, 1998)

P in ears
from Judith W.

Hi Ed. Haven't written in a while, but I have been here reading all the mail. Sure love hearing about other's experiences and your warm responses.

Just had to write you because I am so excited about what I have found for P in my ears. I was experiencing pain in my ears because of washing them too energetically with T/Sal Shampoo. I am paranoid about medications, so when I went looking for relief I picked up STAR-OTIC, which is for swimmer's ear. I couldn't believe what happened. The crusty flakes turned soft and I just wiped it all away with my finger. Came off so easily, and left my skin smooth as a baby's. No ugly crusts for me to have to hide with my hair! You HAVE to try it....is unbelievable!!!! Says on box, "Helps to restore normal pH and dry ear canal ... protective-drying ... alcohol free ... contains Modified Burow's Solution (aluminum Acetate), Acetic Acid, Boric Acid in a propylene glycol vehicle."

Ed, please try it, if you haven't already (seems like you have tried many things). I am soooo pleased and had to tell you about it. Let me know if you can't find STAR-OTIC. I bet anything for "swimmers' ear" would be about the same. I would love for you to try it and tell me it helped you! Sincerely, -Judy

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Ed's Response: I WILL try it, Judy. Thanks for the tip. I've been using the fluocinonide solution for so long, and still get flake build up in my ear every day, that I've begun to wonder if it does any good, or if my use of it is just a ritual. The fluocinonide has an alcohol base. I would LOVE to find something that works even better WITHOUT the alcohol base.

If anybody else tries STAR-OTIC and has good results, please let us know. -Ed

P.S. to Judy: Your comment about having to hide the "ugly crusts" with your hair really hit home. Members of my family are constantly imploring me to get a haircut. As a product of the sixties and seventies, it never bothered me to wear my hair long, so it's been comfortable to continue doing so to cover the crusties. But there comes a time in a man's life—evidently, late forties!—when suddenly long hair makes you look OLDER than you really are. (Of course, a shaggy white beard doesn't help.) -Ed

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