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A 23-year-old male asked:

is there anything safe that dissolves ear wax?

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Dr. Christopher Schmidt
Facial Plastic Surgery 37 years experience
No: No there isn't.
Dr. Susan Reynolds
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Mineral oil: Mineral oil or a mixture of 50% hydrogen peroxide and 50% warm water.
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Ear wax: Hello. Unfortunately there isn't any products than can be safely used in the ear that dissolves ear wax. Debrox has a wax softening agent with a peroxide solution that aids in removal.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Does having earwax in your ear affect the pitch of sounds?

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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
No: If ear wax is occluding the ear canal it can affect the volume of sound but not the pitch.
A member asked:

What do I do about ear wax?

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Dr. Arti Jain
Dr. Arti Jain answered
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 keep the ear canals clean, just wipe the outside with a wash cloth. If there is production of excess wax or impaction your doctor can prescribe a medication or remove it with a curette or ear wash. Don't use q-tips as it just impacts the wax more.
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
The ear has a natural way to clean itself. The skin and wax combine and shed/migrate out through the ear canal. See my other answer below.
Dec 15, 2011
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Are there effective natural treatments for ear wax impaction?

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Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Ear Wax: There are several over the counter ear wax removal formulations that will soften the wax so it runs out. In my office we often use a liquid stool softner like ducolax or colace (docusate sodium). We put several drops in the ear and this softens and loosens the wax so that it is easy to remove. Wax can be protective also so unless its causing a problem its best to leave it alone.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Are there practical ways to reduce the odds of ear wax impaction?

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Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Pediatrics 25 years experience
No Q tips: Don't use q tips in your ear. Don't ever put anything in your ear. Cerumen impaction is created by pushing wax down in the ear with q tips. Some people have dry wax that tends to accumulate. If that is the case ear wax removal drops and flushing with water can help. Ear wax removal drops are over the counter (no prescription).
A 32-year-old member asked:

If you don't notice ear wax coming out of your ears, where does it all go?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
It still comes out: Everyone's wax is different. The wax always comes out, in your case your was may be nearly colorless and when it appears on the ear it just blends in. As a rule its always best to let the ear clean itself.

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