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Stringy ear wax

A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jed Kwartler
enT - Head & Neck Surgery 38 years experience
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
A member asked:
Dr. Arti Jain
Pediatrics 25 years experience
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
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Just say NO to Q-tip: "do not stick anything smaller than your elbow in your ear!" to clean your ears: 1) use household peroxide - place several drops in your ear, let it s... Read More
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Nothing: Ear wax is a natural substance and important for good ear health. It moistens the ear canal skin and has anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. Th... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
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.
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
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
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Martin
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 28 years experience
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 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anita Sinha
Pediatrics 17 years experience
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 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
You can't: Your physician, or an ENT specialist can. Wax can be softened and carefully removed by the doctor. Call now for an appointment.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
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
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
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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