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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

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 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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Managing Vertigo & Dizziness (Checklist)

Don't change positions quickly
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Avoid driving while you have symptoms
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Wear shoes without heels
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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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Hello, I got my ear wax removed by a nurse using tap water with high pressure. Since than i am having dizzy spells. Its been three days now. ?

Hello, I got my ear wax removed by a nurse using tap water with high pressure. Since than i am having dizzy spells. Its been three days now. ?

See Doctor: It's unusual to use high pressure liquid to remove ear wax, usually suction is used. Have your doctor take a look into the ear canal. ...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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Managing Vertigo & Dizziness (Checklist)

Avoid rapid head movements
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Ask for help walking if you are unsteady on your feet
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Keep carefull track of all associated symptoms
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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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Vertigo (Definition)

A type of dizziness where the patient inappropriately experiences the perception of motion usually due to a dysfunction of the inner ear apparatus. It can be associated with nausea, vomiting and an unsteady gait. Vertigo is classified as either peripheral (inner ear or vestibular problem) or central (injury to the balance centers of ...Read more

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Dizziness (Definition)

Dizziness is light-headedness, feeling like you might faint, being unsteady, loss of balance, or vertigo (a feeling that you or the room ...Read more

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