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

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

Too long!: Obtain an 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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Impacted Ear Wax - I've tried home remedies; peroxide, drops, bulb syringe, yet it seems to have made my issue worse. Should I continue, or see Doc?

See an ENT: Please have your ears evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist who will be able to examine your ears and remove the cerumen under direct vision ...Read more

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I used murine ear wax removal drop, s but I don't have a syringe or anything to flush the wax out?

I used murine ear wax removal drop, s but I don't have a syringe or anything to flush the wax out?

Try the shower: After using the murine you can try letting the shower water run in your ear to clear the material out. As a rule, however, I prefer my patients absolutely positively leave their ears alone! The ear, in almost all cases will clean itself and you can only make things worse by trying to clean it. If your ears bother you see an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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How can I use debris ear wax removal. After I drain the ear drop out do I use a q tip or what to clean the wax out?

How can I use debris ear wax removal. After I drain the ear drop out do I use a q tip or what to clean the wax out?

Let it drain out: By itself, usually melted wax comes out of ear canal and clean with Q tips. Some times is very thick may not come out then you need to see your doctor ...Read more

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Is it safe to use physician's choice brand ear wax removal drops?

Is it safe to use physician's choice brand ear wax removal drops?

Earwax drops: It's safe but these products often have irritating preservatives. I recommend qtip avoidance, mineral oil and a vinegar/peroxide mixture instead. ...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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I have a ear wax blockage, got really worst when I put h2o2 according to ear doctor (3 drops 3 times a day) is this normal?

Cerumen impaction: I would not use full strength hydrogen peroxide as this can irritate the external auditory canal. Try a 50/50 ratio of warm water and peroxide and fill the ear. Allow this to sit for a few minutes, drain and repeat as needed. If this does not work, you may need to have your doctor remove it with a curette ...Read more

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used debrox ear wax removal and now I feel both my ears covered because of the drops. Doesn't feel plugged but covered by the drops anyway todrain it?

used debrox ear wax removal and now I feel both my ears covered because of the drops. Doesn't feel plugged but covered by the drops anyway todrain it?

Cannot say: Without an exam, I can only give general information, and. Several other ear wax remedy's out there. AND, often the debrox has to be done in more than one cycle. Be sure and rinse it out many times each cycle. Other possiblities such as ear infection would benefit from an exam. ...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 a 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 a 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 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 ear 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 ear 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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Ear is blocked, headache, eyes hurt. Ear wax drops do nothing. Motion sickness when driving. What could this be?

Middle/inner ears: Problems, not external ears, so wax drops won't help, also may be a sinus issue. Better see an ENT specialist for evaluation, best wishes ...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?

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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Are waterpiks safe for ear wax?

Are waterpiks safe for ear wax?

Ear flushing: Waterpiks use high pressure water, and I would be concerned about damage to the ear drum with this. I wouldn't use anything stronger than the bulb syringe that comes with the wax removal kits you can get at the drug store. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of ear wax?

What is the purpose of ear wax?

Protection: Ear wax is important in providing protection to the ear and can trap dust and other material that may enter the ear canal. ...Read more