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How to use ear drops

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  1. Lie on one side
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2. Pull the ear back and insert the drops into the ear

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3. Massage the front of your ear for 30 seconds

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4. Stay still for 5 minutes

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5. Avoid cotton wool buds

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6. Avoid getting water in ears. Use cotton smeared with Vaseline when showering

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