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Doctor insights on: Best Way To Remove Impacted Ear Wax

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How do I remove impacted ear wax?

How do I remove impacted ear wax?

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 week will usually liquify the wax so it can easily be irrigated with warm water. An ENT doctor is the most experienced doctor to evaluate this problem. Read more

Dr. John Landi
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Ear Wax (Definition)

Ear wax in the ear canal is a mixture of secretions from oil and sweat glands in the canal's skin. Shedded skin cells are also a major ingredient of ear wax. There are two genetically determined types of ear wax: the wet type and the dry type. While Asians and Native Americans are more likely to have the dry type (crumbly, flaky), Africans and Europeans are more likely to have the ...Read more


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How does a pediatric ENT remove impacted ear wax on a 2 yr old?

How does a pediatric ENT remove impacted ear wax on a 2 yr old?

Microscope/ Curette: If you go to an ent, usually they will use a magnified scope or ear microscope and pick out the wax. Other ways include lavage (washing with water) or sometimes a suction device. If your child has no symptoms of ear problems, there is no need to have the ears cleaned generally speaking. Read more

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What's the best way to clean ear wax without going to doctor?

What's the best way to clean ear wax without going to doctor?

WHY?: Your ears tend to take care of the problem themselves. If you have excessive wax, there are commercial otc products available, peroxide is an old favorite.Colace (docusate sodium) an old laxative leaves ear canals squeaky clean (but burgundy color combined with wax looks like blood!) avoid q-tips as they just make problem worse. Remember never stick anything smaller than your elbow into the canal! Read more

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How can impacted ear wax be removed?

How can impacted ear wax be removed?

Carefully by an ENT: If it's impacted 9 times out of 10 it was pushed in by a well intentioned q-tip. Removing impacted wax is bread and butter for an ENT doctor. We have the proper skill and equipment. Anything that you try has the risk of further aggravating your ear leading to worsening impaction and risking infection and pain. Do nothing and contact an ENT doctor for help. Read more

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How do I get impacted ear wax removed?

How do I get impacted ear wax removed?

Ear wash: There are over-the-counter ear wash kits available which are frequently successful in removing impacted wax. If this is unsuccessful, see your pcp or an ENT to have the ears cleaned. Read more

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When u hve build up of ear wax & ear drum can't b seen....Can this cause h/aches ear ache dizzyness and sinus pressure best way 2 clean ear drum please

When u hve build up of ear wax & ear drum can't b seen....Can this cause h/aches ear ache dizzyness and sinus pressure best way 2 clean ear drum please

Unlikely: Ear wax can cause hearing loss and ear discomfort but not the other symptoms. Try cleaning drum with peroxide diluted 1:1 with lukewarm water a couple times daily. Just make sure to, get all the solution out. For other symptoms consult ent. Read more

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Are ear wax removal kits safe for me to remove impacted wax? My doctor said my ears look fine, but I really want the wax out.

Are ear wax removal kits safe for me to remove impacted wax? My doctor said my ears look fine, but I really want the wax out.

Yes: Ear wax removal kits are definitely safer than sticking q-tips or other objects in your ear in an attempt to remove ear wax. However, if your doctor stated that your ears are free of wax, then using these kits may be unnecessary. Read more

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How can you fix impacted ear wax?

How can you fix impacted ear wax?

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. Read more

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How can I tell if I have impacted ear wax? What are the symptoms?

How can I tell if I have impacted ear wax? What are the symptoms?

Need diagnosis: Impacted wax in the ear canal often leads to pressure, fullness and sometimes a conductive hearing loss. Before you do anything, see an ENT doctor for appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Read more

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Why is my ear wax white and flakey and hurts to remove?

Why is my ear wax white and flakey and hurts to remove?

Eczema: Folks with eczematoid skin in ear canals will have white flaky cerumen. It hurts to be removed due to attachment to canal skin. See an ENT doctor for cleaning. Read more

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Can impacted ear wax cause sharp pains in temple?

Can impacted ear wax cause sharp pains in temple?

Cerumen impaction: It is possible especially if there is pressure or damage of the tympanic membrane. The best way to tell if your temple pain is due to the impacted was, is to have the Wax removed professionally and safely by your ENT. NEVER use Q-tip or a cotton tip applicator for ear cleaning as it will pack the was even deeper in the ear canal. Read more

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Will a mix of alcohol & peroxide clean out impacted ear wax?  

Will a mix of alcohol & peroxide clean out impacted ear wax?  

Impacted ear wax: Impacted ear wax or cerumen is best softened with either hydrogen peroxide, debrox, Cerumenex or olive oil. I have found peroxide to be quite successful at softening ear wax at minimal expense. I do not recommend self irrigating your ear. Have your primary care provider check your ear (s) and clean them or refer you to an ear, nose and throat specialist as needed. Please do not use q-tips. Ever. Read more

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What can I do to remove ear wax when peroxide and hot water don't work?

What can I do to remove ear wax when peroxide and hot water don't work?

Doctor can help: After trying to get rid of ear wax with water or another liquid, there may be a glob of wet mushy wax that is still inside. A primary care doctor can look inside the ear canal and usually get the remaining wax out... either with a currette, or by flushing the ear with water, or with both methods. Read more

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Does removing deep impacted ear wax hurt? Flushing with water doesn't work.

Does removing deep impacted ear wax hurt? Flushing with water doesn't work.

Min/Mild discomfort: Deep impacted wax can be removed carefully with only mild discomfort in a specialist (ENT) office with the right equipment. Occasionally drops are used to soften excessively hard wax for a few days prior to removal. Read more

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There any products that I can buy that can remove ear wax deep inside the ear?

There any products that I can buy that can remove ear wax deep inside the ear?

Beware: Do not try to remove wax deep from the ear. You may damage the ear drum if you have noticed a diminution in your hearing see an ENT specialist he will decide whether you need to have your ears syringed usually after giving drops to put in your ears to make the wax less sticky or solid. Read more

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What is a good home remedy to remove ear wax?

Soften it: Putting drops of hydrogen peroxide into each ear canal 2-3 times per week can keep the wax very soft. This way it will come out of the canal on its own over time. And never go digging with cotton swabs. You will wind up pushing more wax into the canal and creating nice wax bricks. Read more

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How to remove ear wax with hydrogen peroxide?

How to remove ear wax with hydrogen peroxide?

You don't.: Do not use peroxide in your ears. Use an over the counter ear wax cleaning kit or simple mineral oil. If you have a lot of wax build up see your doctor. Read more

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Can thumping in the ear be caused by impacted ear wax?

Can thumping in the ear be caused by impacted ear wax?

Not per se but...: If your ear canal is blocked by the impacted ear wax then you don't have air conduction on that side but only bone conduction and you may hear the pounding of the small artery running through your ear not masked by the street sounds. First, get the ear wax thoroughly removed and the pounding will probably stop. Read more