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Can Cerumen Impaction Be Cured
Fixable non-disease: Cerumen is product of the outer half of the ear canal & will shed spontaneously in most.For those with a clean ear fetish for self or kids, the process of cramming a qtip in an ear canal can cause this in some who don't have the problem naturally, pusning wax further in & complicating removal. Wax softening drops, waterpick wash out&removal with tools are all possible temporary solutions. ...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
CAN'T hear: Cerumen (ear wax) impaction causes hearing loss because the wax is so built up it causes 'an an ear plug'. Patients also 'feel a full feeling in ear'. When the impaction is severe i send patients to an ENT (ear, nose, throat) doctor who can remove wax with a suction device using a microscope. ...Read more
Ear wax: Normally, ear wax will exit the ear canal as the skin grows out and flakes off. In some people, the canal is too narrow for this natural process to take place. Others are users of 'earbuds' or cotton swabs; both can push the wax further into the ear. Only trained professionals should try to remove stuck (impacted) wax. Do not place anything into your ear canal. You can do serious harm. ...Read more
Drops: Don't use q-tips or other objects to remove wax (cerumen). Use an ear wax removal kit (cerumenex or debrox etc.) which you purchase at the pharmacy. Softening drops are placed in the ear several times a day for 2-3 days. Use the bulb to flush the ear canal with warm water. You may need to repeat the process several times to remove the impacted wax/cerumen. If not helping see your doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ear impact ion: if it is a true impacted ear canal, the goal is to remove the impacted cerumen (wax) this is done usually with drops containing peroxide or another cerumen removal material. Often it is in flushed with sterile saline or water using a pressure device or an aerosol. If this is not helpful the wax is sometimes remove manually using a forceps. Procedures generally well tolerated with minimal pain. ...Read more
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