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Earwax or perforation? Feels almost like water in my ear. Can I try OTC ear drops?

Earwax or perforation? Feels almost like water in my ear. Can I try OTC ear drops?

Be careful: If there is any chance of a perforation you want to be careful about using OTC ear drops as you don't want "just anything" going into the middle ear. Please consider seeing your primary care doctor to make sure a perforation isn't the case, prior to putting anything into your ear. Best of luck. ...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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Earwax buildup, doc cleaned out ears with syringe. Was told to use ear drops and come back to rinse some more, but now I hear "pulse" in left ear?

Earwax buildup, doc cleaned out ears with syringe. Was told to use ear drops and come back to rinse some more, but now I hear "pulse" in left ear?

Possibly wax in ear.: You may still have cerumen impaction the flushing and drops may have moved the wax causing more hearing loss and pulsatile tinnitus, (pulse sound). See your physician and have the wax removed. ...Read more

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I have been prescribed ear drops because the hearing on my right. So, are ear drops for ear wax only?

I have been prescribed ear drops because the hearing on my right. So, are ear drops for ear wax only?

Ear drops: Hello. It depends on which ear drops were prescribed and why. In our clinic, if a patient has hearing loss and hard dry wax that is firmly attached to the ear drum, we recommend OTC debrox. If a suspected infection is present, then a culture may be obtained and a prescription ear drop is ordered. ...Read more

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Been using tropex ear drops for a few days. May I know when should I stop using it? It seems that the ear wax is still inside as I hear noises.

Been using tropex ear drops for a few days. May I know when should I stop using it? It seems that the ear wax is still inside as I hear noises.

Too long!: Obtain a bulb ear syringe and gently wash that wax out with warm water. The drops do not make the wax go away they just soften it!!!!
See your Health Professional to irrigate your ear if the above does not do the trick

HEAR WELL! ...Read more

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What to do about ear drops for dissolving ear wax?

What to do about ear drops for dissolving ear wax?

Debrox: Greetings. I recommend Debrox drops for the first few days of each month. Use these drops after you have had your ears cleaned by your doctor. Continue this practice to maintain clear ear canals. ...Read more

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I just pulled a huge infected chunk of ear wax out. Do i still take my amoxicillin? And my ear drops now that it's out?

I just pulled a huge infected chunk of ear wax out. Do i still take my amoxicillin? And my ear drops now that it's out?

Finish: Make sure you finish the recommended course of treatment to assure you have eradicated the infection and not just suppressed it. ...Read more

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My right ear feels blocked with ear wax if I use ear drops will it make Eustachian tube dysfunction worse in that ear? Or should I get it flushed?

My right ear feels blocked with ear wax if I use ear drops will it make Eustachian tube dysfunction worse in that ear? Or should I get it flushed?

What's in the ear?: The doctor will want to know what is in the ear. He has to look in the ear. Otherwise, he has to guess what's in the ear... unless another doctor just cleared out the canals. If so, it is presumed that nothing is in the ear canal. In a normal person, without a hole or a tube in the eardrum, ear drops will not go beyond the ear canal, so most drops will not directly affect the eustachian tube. ...Read more

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My right ear is clogged with dry ear wax. I've tried using ear drops on it, but it hasn't been working. My mom says cotton tips are too dangerous as well. I only have about $2 right now, so I don't know what else I can use to get it out.

My right ear is clogged with dry ear wax. I've tried using ear drops on it, but it hasn't been working. My mom says cotton tips are too dangerous as well. I only have about $2 right now, so I don't know what else I can use to get it out.

If : If you have insurance you should see a docotr for a procedure called an ear lavage. Ear drops are placed in the ear, then the ear is irrigated with another solution (typically hydrogen peroxide) to dislodge the wax. A doctor can then use a special instrument to remove any remaining wax. If you do not have insurance tell your mom to find a free or low cost clinic in your area.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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My child had ear wax. I tried to remove but it went in further. She has now has a fever and ear ache! I'm now using ear drops! Is it an infection?

My child had ear wax. I tried to remove but it went in further. She has now has a fever and ear ache! I'm now using ear drops! Is it an infection?

Ear infection: Ear pain combined with fever is suggestive of an ear infection. Impacted ear wax can be safely removed in a doctors office with a special spoon (curette) or by flushing with solution. Using Qtips in children often worsens impaction because of their small ear canals. ...Read more

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I have a lot of ears wax and my doctor prescribed sodium bicarbonate ear drops. It's the second day and my hearing has got worse and I now have pain?

I have a lot of ears wax and my doctor prescribed sodium bicarbonate ear drops. It's the second day and my hearing has got worse and I now have pain?

Otitis externa: The wax most likely softened and is now abutting the tympanic membrane (ear drum) or occluding the ear canal. Moisture accumulating behind the obstruction creates a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi resulting in ear canal inflammation and possible infection. The wax should be removed and probable treatment with antibiotic ear drops. ...Read more

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I am wearing a hearing aid inside my ear, will that mean that earwax will accumulate in the ear?

I am wearing a hearing aid inside my ear, will that mean that earwax will accumulate in the ear?

Often does: Not always but often. Depends on the ear, wide ear canals, less of a problem. Narrow ear canals — definitely a problem. Make sure to keep routine followups with your dispensing audiologist or hearing aid dispenser, and if they identify wax buildup they can refer you to an ENT to have it removed in clinic. ...Read more

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If debris is present in the ear canal even after using the ear drops, can the infection recur when cessation of medication?

If debris is present in the ear canal even after using the ear drops, can the infection recur when cessation of medication?

Don'tMicroDitchDig: It's possible, but I wouldn't go batty trying to dig it out. If, after a few showers, you think there's still some in there and that bothers you, you really should have someone look at it again with the proper equipment, like, say....a doctor or nurse or PA-and not you, or your car mechanic. Usually, whatever debris is left has been sterilized by the drops but, it could set-up another infection. ...Read more

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Morning. For a 5 month old baby with an ear infection, is there any OTC medication/ ear drops I can get?

Morning. For a 5 month old baby with an ear infection, is there any OTC medication/ ear drops I can get?

Wouldn't help: There are no drops that help an infants ear infection. Acetaminophen can sometimes help with discomfort. A true infection would require confirmation by exam and possibly antibiotics if bacterial. ...Read more

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Would earwax removal drops like cerumenix turn the discharge from the ears into a dark brown color?

Would earwax removal drops like cerumenix turn the discharge from the ears into a dark brown color?

Unlikely: These products break up the ear wax to help it fall out. They do not change it's color. Wax is often brown though. ...Read more

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I have swimmer's ear, and I tried the drops for 2 days. But it's not working. Is earwax keeping the water in?

I have swimmer's ear, and I tried the drops for 2 days. But it's not working. Is earwax keeping the water in?

Swimmer's ears: Many times, if the ear canal is swollen or it is impacted by debris, your ENT will need to clear the debris and place a wick to help keep the antibiotic solution in contact with the infected skin; otherwise, it will take much longer for it to work. Lay on your side and have someone put 3-4 drops slowly in the exposed ear canal. Stay in that position for 5-10 minutes, then repeat on the other side. ...Read more

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Is it ok to leave earwax removal drops in your ear overnight?

Follow Directions: Depending on what type of drop you are using it may be ok... Read the instructions carefully. In truth, it is very difficult to "get the drops out" completely anyway. Consider going to an ENT to get an in-office cleaning at your convenience. ...Read more

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I had impacted earwax removed today which hurt a lot because there was a lot in there. Since then, my throat is hurting me a lot. I was given antibiotic ear drops. Is this a side effect of the earwax removal?

I had impacted earwax removed today which hurt a lot because there was a lot in there. Since then, my throat is hurting me a lot. I was given antibiotic ear drops. Is this a side effect of the earwax removal?

Referred pain: The nerves that supply sensation to the ear canal also supply sensation to the pharynx (throat). Local trauma/scuffing and infection may cause pain in the ear canal or throat. Conversely, you may have another process such as allergy, sinus post nasal drainage, virus or bacterial infection in your throat causing a discrete, separate symptom. See your physician with persistent pain. ...Read more

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Cleaned my ears with earwax removal drops and a water-squirting bulb. Earwax gone, but immediately had a sore throat a minor headache. Related?

Cleaned my ears with earwax removal drops and a water-squirting bulb. Earwax gone, but immediately had a sore throat a minor headache. Related?

Most likely yes.: The nerve that supplies sensation (pain, pressure etc) to your eardrum, the glossopharyngeal nerve, also supplies sensation to the throat. If the eardrum is irritated, this nerve sends pain signals to your brain which can interpret them as coming from any branch of that nerve. This is called "referred pain." These pain signals can also cause a headache which I think I too am getting right now! ...Read more

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Is it true that putting in drops of baby oil can help remove excess ear wax?

Is it true that putting in drops of baby oil can help remove excess ear wax?

Earwax: Aah, the facination with clean ears, baby oil, olive oil, peroxide, peroxide and water, colace (docusate sodium) as well as several over the counter meds such as debrox and Cerumenex have been used for squeaky clean ears. But remember, that wax is supposed to be there to protect the ear canal, and the body takes care of naturally pushing it out. Let your doctor deal with it when he/she needs to take a look at the ear drums. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use a few drops of hydrogen peroxide on a daily basis for ear wax? I have trouble with 1 ear.

Ear wax: If you use hydrogen peroxide drops, lay on your side for 20 minutes afterword with you affected ear facing up to let them work. Periodically, every 6-12 months, have a nurse or doctor look into your ears to be sure you have the problem under control. Otherwise, he or she can remove the impacted wax. ...Read more

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I have had trouble hearing out of my left ear for a few weeks. I have tried ear drops and wax has been softened and removed but yet I still have trouble hearing. What would you suggest?

I have had trouble hearing out of my left ear for a few weeks. I have tried ear drops and wax has been softened and removed but yet I still have trouble hearing. What would you suggest?

See a doctor: I recommend you see a doctor to get it check. It might be the wax is still there and you did not completely removedit. If you did, then you possible need a hearing test. ...Read more

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How should ear wax removal drops work?

How should ear wax removal drops work?

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. Stour office we have multiple patients who are seen monthly for removal no worries. ...Read more

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Ear drops stuck for longer... It may be that I produce too much wax? I have debrox but was told not to use with an infection... So wax problem???

Ear drops stuck for longer... It may be that I produce too much wax? I have debrox but was told not to use with an infection... So wax problem???

R/O CERUMEN IMPACTION: Cerumen production is normal and can increase during particular seasons. You need to be examined and reevaluated most doctors have the tools to remove cerumen. Over the counter I prefer the Murine Ear wash system. If symptoms persist or worsen see prompt medical evaluation. ...Read more