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What's a safe and effective way to clean ear wax?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Have an expert do it: Wax on the outside of the ear canal is easily removed with a wash cloth or other cleaning measure. You should never put anything into the canal including qtips, peroxide or other drops. The vast majority of ear problems i see are due to well intentioned patients cleaning their ears. I would strongly recommend avoiding anything in the canal. If you have a problem see an ENT and then start fresh.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Which is safest and most effective way to clean ear wax?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Hydrogen : If ear wax is excessive and difficult to remove, it may be a genetic predisposition. Hydrogen peroxide for me has been a safe, inexpensive and very satisfactory method to soften ear wax, making it easy to wash out. I have very strong feelings that ear wax should always be removed by a specialist and not a nurse practitioner.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Easiest safest way to clean ear wax?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Earwax: Do not clean ear wax unless it is causing a blockage. You can buy a wax removal kit at the pharmacy and carefully follow the instructions to remove trouble causing ear wax. The safest is to have your doctor remove the wax.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Are waterpiks safe for ear wax?

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Dr. David Martin
ENT and Head and 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 syringe that comes with the wax removal kits you can get at the drug store.

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