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What are the white powdery stuff in my ears instead of yellow ear wax?

What are the white powdery stuff in my ears instead of yellow ear wax?

May be Fungus??: It sounds like possible fungus infection, Better see your Doctor before it gets worse. ...Read more

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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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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?

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

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I was dropping Debrox into my ear to loosen ear wax and yellow liquid immediately came out of my nose. Is this normal?

I was dropping Debrox into my ear to loosen ear wax and yellow liquid immediately came out of my nose. Is this normal?

Tympanic Membrane: Hi Charles,

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

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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?

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

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Is the ear wax test real?

Is the ear wax test real?

Ear wax: Have never heard of an ear wax "test". Wax is just made up of dead skin and oils secreted from glands. Not much you could learn from it by having it "tested" so I would say not real. ...Read more

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What do I do about ear wax?

What do I do about ear wax?

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

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Why does ear wax turn black?

Why does ear wax turn black?

Oxidation?: Long standing cerumen in the ear canal can turn black by oxidation. Not to worry except to make sure it is not a blood clot. ...Read more

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What causes dry flaky ear wax?

What causes dry flaky ear wax?

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

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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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Is it not good to have a lot of ear wax?

Is it not good to have a lot of ear wax?

Mainly obstruction: Usually excess wax leads to obstruction and associated hearing loss. Sometimes the canal may become itchy. Occasionally water can get trapped leading to possible canal infection. ...Read more

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Is there anything safe that dissolves ear wax?

Is there anything safe that dissolves ear wax?

Ear wax: Hello. Unfortunately there isn't any products than can be safely used in the ear that dissolves ear wax. Debrox has a wax softening agent with a peroxide solution that aids in removal. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about having crusty ear wax?

Should I be worried about having crusty ear wax?

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

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Please tell me can ear wax permanently deafen you?

Please tell me can ear wax permanently deafen you?

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

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Please advise if it's bad to have a lot of ear wax?

Please advise if it's bad to have a lot of ear wax?

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

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What is ear wax, and is there a way to control the amount a person accumulates?

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

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What I should do if there are too much ear wax and I feel the ear is somewhat "blocked"?

What I should do if there are too much ear wax and I feel the ear is somewhat "blocked"?

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

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Should I try ear wax cleaner or what?

Should I try ear wax cleaner or what?

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

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Red ear wax?

Red ear wax?

Cerumen: Maroon colored cerumen are not uncommon.

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How is ear wax prevented?

How is ear wax prevented?

Can't be: It shouldn't be prevented, it's normal and is important in protecting the outer ear. ...Read more

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Is tinnitus caused by ear wax?

Is tinnitus caused by ear wax?

No: The causes of tinnitus is very numerous including noise exposure, head trauma, medications, and infections. Ear wax, though it can make tinnitus more conspicuous by making internal sounds more obvious, is not known to provoke tinnitus. ...Read more

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How to unblock clogged ear wax?

How to unblock clogged ear wax?

See an ENT: There are products in the market that you can buy over the counter which can loosen the wax and remove it. If that does not help, then you need to see your doctor of ENT and they may do an irrigation to remove the clogged wax. ...Read more

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How should I get rid of ear wax?

Pharmacy: They make solutions to rinse ear wax out. Don't use cotton swabs to do this. Go to the pharmacy and ask them for the ear wax removal kits. ...Read more

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Can too much ear wax cause vertigo?

Can too much ear wax cause vertigo?

Possibly: If the ear wax is so heavy that it clogs the external canal, mild symptoms might ensue, but you describe upper respiratory symptoms, and this makes me wonder if your eustachian tube is inflamed. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Easiest safest way to clean ear wax?

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. ...Read more

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Why do my ears never produce ear wax?

Why do my ears never produce ear wax?

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

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Should I go to the ER to get ear wax out?

Should I go to the ER to get ear wax out?

No: It's not an emergency, there are many otc products for that issue, if not you need to see an ENT doctor ...Read more

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Can ear wax cause ringing in the ears? How?

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

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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