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Bright Yellow Ear Wax
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
I have swimmer's ear and I have water in my ears and used a q-tip and yellow ear wax came out. Is that what's holding the water in?
Yes: Wax build up is the ear canal is very common. Some people suffer from it more then others. Water can get trapped between the ear drum and the wax. This increase the chance of infection especially the outer ear which we refer to as swimmer's ear or otitis externa. Infection can also sets in from impaction of the wax which is caused by q-tip usage. ...Read more
I was dropping Debrox into my ear to loosen ear wax and yellow liquid immediately came out of my nose. Is this normal?
It seems that the debrox solution is leaking from your external ear canal into your middle ear, at which point it is draining through your nose (see image). This suggests that you have a perforation of your ear drum, or your "tympanic membrane" and that's how the debrox is leaking through. I suggest you have a doctor take a look in your ear canal to confirm if here is a perforation. ...Read more
My ears have been plugged (never really went away) since last May! If I clean my ears then bright yellow wax comes out-how do I hear fully hear again?
Professional help: You should never put anything smaller than your elbow into your ear. You need professional help yo clean the wax out of your ears. You can do serious damage working blind. Please call you GP or an ENT for an appointment. You'll be glad you did, and a lot safer. ...Read more
I have impaction in the ear it started with earache a few days ago. Swear that it draining out nostrils. Bright yellow and consistency same as earwax?
Just say NO to Q-tip: "do not stick anything smaller than your elbow in your ear! " to clean your ears: 1) use household peroxide - place several drops in your ear, let it sit for 10-15 minutes and repeat for the other side. Take a shower and let the water clean out your ears. 2) use over the counter debrox. ...Read more
Skin and wax gland: Cerumen or ear wax is a product of sloughed off dead skin and the compound produced by your cerumen glands in your outer ear canal. The consistency can range from moist to dry and flaky. It depends on the relative oil content of the cerumen gland product and amount of sloughed off skin. ...Read more
Ear wax: Hello. Ear wax may have multiple different appearances. Crusty wax that presents at the opening of the ear is working its way out like nature intended. See your doctor if the wax builds and affects your hearing. Make sure the doctor checks your ears every year for your annual physical. He/she can clean your ears if needed. No worries. ...Read more
Permanently, no.: Ear wax can block the ear canal and decrease your level of hearing, but it is temporary. If it is cleared, your hearing should restore back to your typical level. Any worries about hearing should get checked out because often people mistakenly believe that wax is causing the problem with hearing. ...Read more
No: You will not be able to hear as well when the wax gets worse. Do not clean the ears ANS ear canals with q-tips. This pushes the wax deeper in the ear. Have an ENT specialist look at your ears if the hearing is diminished. ...Read more
Earwax: This is a normal secretion which lubricates and protects the outer ear canal. In some cases too much is produced and in the elderly it frequently accumulates due to neglect. It will frequently come out in ordinary bathing with q-tip assist, but if it hardens it may require removal by your family doctor or an ENT doctor. ...Read more
Debrox: As an ENT surgeon, the simplest thing I suggest is using over the counter debrox drops twice daily for one week. If that does not do the trick call your local ent. Most ents have a microscope in the office. Under microscope the wax (cerumen) will be removed with instruments or a gentle vacuum. ...Read more
Go ahead: If your ear is obviously blocked with wax, it won't likely hurt. Some of the new preparations that irrigate out your ear might work well. Most are basically hydrogen peroxide in an oil form. It will soften the wax and make it easier to wash out, but sometimes just serves to expand the wax so it makes the ear feel more plugged. If it fails go see your doctor. ...Read more
Ear Wax: They do but you are generally not aware of it. Good for you. Cerumen is produced by glands in the ear canal. Dirt, debris, hair etc stick to it and eventually the wax dries and falls out removing these things. Cerumen (wax) is the self cleaning mechanism of the ear canal. Most people aren't aware of the wax. It is normal. Could be worse. I see patients every day who need to have me remove it. ...Read more
Possibly: If ear wax has been pushed against the ear drum, many symptoms related to the ear may occur. If impacted wax is the problem, that can cause hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing). In general, wax is a healthy coating of the ear and is modified sweat. Wax has antibacterial properties and lubricates the ear canal skin. The ear cleans itself. If excessive, it should be cleaned out by a specialist. ...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
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