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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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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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