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I have an iverabundance of ear wax that even falls out of my ears. I clean them regularly, but it is orange red..What could this be?

I have an iverabundance of ear wax that even falls out of my ears. I clean them regularly, but it is orange red..What could this be?

Healthy ears: Do not obsess about your ears. Wax is a natural substance which protects the canal skin. It moistens the skin it repels water fights infection and should be left alone. The fact that you clean your ears regularly means that you're irritating your canal skin and the ear just makes more wax. When it gets to the very outside you can remove it safely but never go in the hole. ...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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Dark brown ear wax in one ear, its very painful?

Dark brown ear wax in one ear, its very painful?

Can't tell if: you are making a statement or asking a question, but cerumen does not commonly cause pain unless there is an associated middle ear or ear canal infection ...Read more

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I have an unusual amount of dark colored ear wax in one ear. Is this ear infected?

I have an unusual amount of dark colored ear wax in one ear. Is this ear infected?

Maybe not: A person with an ear infection usually has some pain or other discomfort in the ear. Changes in the amount of ear wax cannot tell if there is or is not an infection. Excessive ear wax can hold moisture in the ear canal (after swimming, after showers) and lead to a "swimmers' ear" skin infection of the ear canal. A primary care doctor or ENT doctor can remove the earwax and examine the ears. ...Read more

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Ear mites it says NO but what else could be living in my ear, i feels like it is stuck or attached when i try to get out also darker ear wax ?

Ear mites it says NO  but what else could be living in my ear, i feels like it is stuck or attached when i try to get out also darker ear wax ?

Ear lavage: Make an appointment to have your ears flushed out ( lavaged)- this is a common misconception-clumps of wax can feel like something foreign in your ear. ...Read more

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Pain in my left ear,wax accumulates and gets hard and dark in the opening of the ear canal,cannot even remove it easily,but doesn’t fall from that ear?

Pain in my left ear,wax accumulates and gets hard and dark in the opening of the ear canal,cannot even remove it easily,but doesn’t fall from that ear?

Use Debrox or Murine: Try using a few drops of a wax (cerumen) softening agent. These are available OTC. Follow the manufacturer instructions. I caution against using Q-tips. If the problem persists, you may want to have the ear checked & an ear lavage done by your doctor. ...Read more

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Dark brown ear wax balls coming out by themselves from the right ear of my 3 month old baby girl. Normal or infection?

Dark brown ear wax balls coming out by themselves from the right ear of my 3 month old baby girl. Normal or infection?

Sounds more : Like earwax rather than an infection.Red flag if with fever, fussy, runny nose, coughing etc. Persistent drainage from the ear need to be checked for possible ear infection. ...Read more

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My 6 month old has dark brown ear wax in her right ear. We were just at the dr for her check up, no problems. Could it be an infection w/o a fever?

My 6 month old has dark brown ear wax in her right ear. We were just at the dr for her check up, no problems. Could it be an infection w/o a fever?

Not necessarily: Ear wax or cerumen has many colors. Sometimes it is yellow o white but frequently it is dark brown. If there are no other symptoms suggestive of infection, it is unlikely to be an infection. ...Read more

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I found a large amount of dark red/brown earwax in the outside of my ear, on one side, and usually only get the dry flaky wax, what does this mean?

I found a large amount of dark red/brown earwax in the outside of my ear, on one side, and usually only get the dry flaky wax, what does this mean?

Ear wax may need: to be cleaned out by your doctor. Please see him/her to rule out other possibilities also. Peace and good health. ...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?

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?

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