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Best Way To 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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My daughter has a virus on top of that she has lots of sticky ear wax coming out of her ears. What's the best way to help her clear this out?
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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