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Ear wax stuck to eardrum

A female asked:
Dr. Valerie Cacho
Sleep Medicine 12 years experience
Ear lavage: Hydrogen peroxide can help dissolve ear wax however if it didn't help it may be time to seek professional help for a formal ear lavage.

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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Bayati
Wound care 33 years experience
Peroxide: Be very careful. Hydrogen peroxide can damage you ears and cause serious trouble.
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 40 years experience
See ENT: Given your history, it would be easiest and safest to see an ear, nose and throat doctor (otolaryngologist) to remove the wax. You'll feel so much bet... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
ENT: Hello. If you have a large quantity of cerumen that is obstructing your ear canal and effecting your hearing - it is likely time to see your physician... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Can't tell: without looking at it. You need to see your doctor so he can look in your ear canal and evaluate your eardrum.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Loury
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Unlikely: Ear wax can cause hearing loss and ear discomfort but not the other symptoms. Try cleaning drum with peroxide diluted 1:1 with lukewarm water a couple... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Don't do it: If you have wax stuck on your eardrum don't use a syringe. You first have to soften the wax with the use of over-the-counter wax softening agents. The... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Srinivas (bobby) Mukkamala
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 26 years experience
No: Full strength peroxide is a little strong but even the otc wax drops have peroxide in them.
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Safety: Please do not do anything other than seeing an Ear specialist as soon as possible. I did not enjoy a broken ear drum while in flight!
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Aveshen Govender
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Needs exam: See your Family Practitioner or an ENT for otoscopy and treatment plan. Impacted wax may require ear syringing
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