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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 buildup of ear wax cause dizziness?

How does a buildup of ear wax cause dizziness?

It should not: Wax buildup will decrease the ability to hear sounds but should not cause dizziness. The dizzy sensation is usually from the semi-circular canals of the ear or from deep brainstem structures. Ear wax can easily be removed to see if the symptoms improve. Probably they will not, and other causes will need to be investigated. ...Read more

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Can ear wax build up cause tinnitus and dizziness?

Can ear wax build up cause tinnitus and dizziness?

Ear wax: Usually you get some pain or decreased hearing but dizziness and tinnitus (ear ringing) can also occur. Try flushing with water. You can also mix hydrogen peroxide with water (1 part hydrogen peroxide and 9 parts water). If this doesn't work, you might need manual removal by a doc. ...Read more

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Could a plugged up ear(wax filled or pressure-filled) make you dizzy?

Could a plugged up ear(wax filled or pressure-filled) make you dizzy?

Dizziness: yes , this is quites possible. However, once the impacted wax (cerumen) is removed, one should feel relief. ...Read more

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I was spray painting and I inhaled the fumes(accident). I have black(color of spray paint) snot and ear wax. Major headaches and dizziness. ?

I was spray painting and I inhaled the fumes(accident). I have black(color of spray paint) snot and ear wax. Major headaches and dizziness. ?

Please let your: parents know. This type of activity should only be done in a well ventilated space. Please ensure you are in fresh air now. To have paint in your ears with your symptoms - it suggests that you may have taken in a fair amount. I am not an expert on this specific issue but if you were my child - I would seek medical assessment for your on-going symptoms. Take care. ...Read more

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The other day i was trying to remove some excess ear wax in my right ear. I woke up to dizziness and double vision that comes and goes when moving?

The other day i was trying to remove some excess ear wax in my right ear.  I woke up to dizziness and double vision that comes and goes when moving?

See ENT doctor. : You may have damaged, or puntured you eardrum, or inflammed the inner ear vestibular system when you removed ear wax. This could lead to doble vision. If you have hearing loss, this could indicate other problems. ...Read more

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Extreme dizziness, a lot of tonsil stones, some ear pain and tinnitus for a week. What could be causing the dizziness? There is no ear wax or fluid.

Extreme dizziness, a lot of tonsil stones, some ear pain and tinnitus for a week. What could be causing the dizziness? There is no ear wax or fluid.

Dizziness: Extreme dizziness can be from many causes including severe infection, dehydration, increased pressure in the middle ear space, inner ear inflammation (labrynthitis), cardiac disease, stroke or TIA. An urgent care for formalized testing and in person neurological exam is likely required. Please get help. ...Read more

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II feel like I have alot of ear wax in ears cannot get it out. I feel nausea at night more and weak dizzy and tired. My ear hurt inside how serious?

II feel like I have alot  of ear wax in ears cannot get it out. I feel nausea  at night more and weak dizzy and tired. My ear hurt inside  how serious?

Ear wax: Ear wax does not cause earache, it can make you feel clogged & can decrease hearing, you nead to see an ENT to wash the wax out & check if you have an ear infection. Feel better. ...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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Could a large buildup of ear wax cause tinnitis and vertigo?

Possible: Yes, if you have impacted wax against the ear drum, it is possible to have tinnitus and vertigo. It is uncommon, but possible. It is imperative that you have an ENT physician properly clean out the wax and see if your symptoms disappear. ...Read more

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Can earbuds impact wax in ears & cause dizziness?

Can earbuds impact wax in ears & cause dizziness?

Yes and no: Ear buds and especially ear plugs have the ability to press wax deeper into the ear canal. If this happens the wax may not easily fall out on its own. Despite this, dizziness is uncommon. Although some people will consider ear pressure or plugging which is common with wax impaction to feel like dizziness, true dizziness is usually characterized by imbalance, spinning, or disorientation. ...Read more

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Had blocked ear do to allergies. Did a ear wax removal kit. Still seemed plugged up two days later went to do peroxide/water it was cold now vertigo?

Had blocked ear do to allergies. Did a ear wax removal kit. Still seemed plugged up two days later went to do peroxide/water it was cold now vertigo?

Blocked ear: You probably still have wax in the ear. Use a bulb syringe and warm water so you do not get dizzy. The cold water will always cause you to get dizzy. Do not use cold water. You can use some more peroxide or you can get it sucked out by your local ent. You so not have to suffer any longer. See the ent, if you are frustrated. It is fun to get your ear cleaned out by a professional, . ...Read more

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Went Primary Dr week ago, ear felt blocked, said little wax in ear could refer to ENT, also feel dizzy.

Went Primary Dr week ago, ear felt blocked, said little wax in ear could refer to ENT, also feel dizzy.

I have seen similar: I have seen similar symptoms in my practice with patients who have TMJ pressure from jaw/teeth clinching. Nocturnal (nighttime) clinching is related to anxiety/ stress and is quiet and not noticable by partner. Some additional symptoms include: headache, dizziness , ear pressure/ pain, clicking noise in front of ear, sore or sensitive teeth. ...Read more

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My right ear not ok..clogged and have pain and always dizzy .usually no wax in my right ear..kind of dry ..I tried taking amoxicillin but still bad

My right ear not ok..clogged and have pain and always dizzy .usually no wax in my right ear..kind of dry ..I tried taking amoxicillin but still bad

Otoscope!: The easiest way to figure this one out is have someone look in your ear with an otoscope. It's most likely wax build up or fluid trapped behind your eardrum. If you're in pain, it' could be an infection. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I think my Eustachain tubes are blocked again after using wax softer as I have pus. Dizziness. And blocked ears how do I unblock. Doctor won't do noth?

Reason?: Can you explain why the "Doctor won't do noth?" Sometimes we feel that our ears or Eustachian tubes are blocked even after we believe they've been adequately treated with medication and then, believe we need another round of antibiotics or antihistamines, or whatever. But in reality they've been treated but it takes a little time for things to go back to normal. Is that possible? ...Read more

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Had wax build up in my ear. Removed it. Now is a little tender and i'm dizzy sometimes. No fever?

Possibility: There is a little left behind that continues to irritate, or the removal was followed by a mechanical irritation that if not progressing towards infection, will heal at the end. The dizziness is because of the proximity with the vestibular apparatus that keeps your balance while walking. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Dizziness (Definition)

Dizziness is a feeling of light headedness that includes loss of balance, vertigo, or the feeling as ...Read more