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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Question vague but: Someone should look inside. Unless a person is very good at cleaning wax from her ears (we doctors do not recommend such activities), she won't be abl ... Read More

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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenny Chuu
11 years experience in Internal Medicine
Ear wax removal: Hi, The answer to this is too long for this type of messaging system. Please seek in-person care or email consult.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jed Kwartler
37 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Ear wax: Have never heard of an ear wax "test". Wax is just made up of dead skin and oils secreted from glands. Not much you could learn from it by having it ... Read More
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Dr. Arti Jain
Dr. Arti Jain answered
24 years experience in Pediatrics
Do not use Q tips!: Ear wax protects and moisturises the skin of the ear canal, fights infections and protects the ear drum. Washing your hair regularly is enough to kee ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Oxidation ?: Long standing cerumen in the ear canal can turn black by oxidation. Not to worry except to make sure it is not a blood clot.
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Dr. Harold Kim
27 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Skin and wax gland: Cerumen or ear wax is a product of sloughed off dead skin and the compound produced by your cerumen glands in your outer ear canal. The consistency ca ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Martin
27 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Ear flushing: Waterpiks use high pressure water, and i would be concerned about damage to the ear drum with this. I wouldn't use anything stronger than the bulb sy ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anita Sinha
16 years experience in Pediatrics
Protection: Ear wax is important in providing protection to the ear and can trap dust and other material that may enter the ear canal.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
29 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Cerumen: Blue ear wax is a very uncommon problem. When infected with a certain strain of pseudomonas, it can turn a deep bluish color. It is exceptionally ra ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
You don't: Impacted ear canal wax is not so easy to remove. If it has been documented that you have such a problem, using hydrogen peroxide 4 times a day for a ... Read More
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