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Can earwax be green?

Can earwax be green?

ear wax: Usually ear wax has a brownish color, but may be any shade including black. If other colors appear, it may indicate infection or a foreign body and the ear should be examined. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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 to remove earwax?

How to remove earwax?

Don't: Ear wax or cerumen is modified sweat and is secreted by glands in the ear canal. The wax is beneficial and is protective. Wax always migrates from inside to outside and that is why instrumentation will usually push it back into the ear canal and impact it against the ear drum. If the wax build up causes hearing loss, fullness and pressure, please go to an ENT doc. In summary do not clean wax. ...Read more

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How can earwax buildup?

How can  earwax buildup?

Skin and canal: Normally, ear wax will exit the ear canal as the skin it's sitting on grows out of the canal. Sometimes, though, the dryness of the skin or an oddity about the shape of the canal can make it difficulty for the wax to come out. For those cases, one can often use mineral oil to soften the wax. Despite this, some people just need their ears periodically cleaned out by a professional. ...Read more

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Best way to remove earwax?

Best way to remove earwax?

See family doctor: Your family physician has a slender plastic tool with a small hole at the end which can be easily and carefully inserted into the ear canal and remove excess wax. Do not use q-tips or other similar implements on your own, as you will most likely push the wax further into your ear, and possibly rupture your ear drum. This is completely painless and such take two minutes. ...Read more

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What's the best way to get earwax out?

What's the best way to get earwax out?

Ear Wax Helps: Ear wax is the ears natural way of protecting the skin of the ear canal from infection and other types of damage. The wax actually has a natural pH (acidity) that prevents bacteria and fungus from growing in the ear canal. If you scrape the wax away and leave the skin uncovered, then you are at a higher likelihood of getting and external ear infection which can be quite painful. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Earwax removal isn't working, what to do?

Earwax removal isn't working, what to do?

Ear wax: Hello. OTC ear drops may not be solely effective at removing the wax from your ear canal. Some of our patients have an abnormally small small ear canal or embedded wax that needs a more aggressive approach. This may be irrigation, microscopic debridement with suction. See your ENT doctor for help. ...Read more

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What's the safes, to clear excessive earwax?

What's the safes, to clear excessive earwax?

Ear wax : There is an over the counter product called Debrox. This will help soften the ear wax. After a few days of using Debrox a bulb syringe with warm water can be used to safely flush the wax from your ear canal. If wax not removed then you'll need to see a doctor to remove the impacted ear wax. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it possible to do something to decrease earwax?

Is it possible to do something to decrease earwax?

Ear wax: Not really. Everyone produces at a different rate. Keeping your ear clear of buildup usually just requires a damp washcloth while you bathe or shower daily. Don't push the wax down the canal, though. Avoid sticking q-tips down the canal, too. ...Read more

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Why is it that we have earwax and what is it made of?

Cerumen: Ear wax is also called cerumen. Believe it or not it has a purpose. It in an emollient for the sensitive, fragile skin of the ear canal and it helps prevent excessive bacterial and fungal growth in the ear canal. It is secreted by glands in the skin on the canal. The body has ways of getting it out and any attempts with cotton swabs can make it worse by pushing towards the ear drum. ...Read more