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Earwax Blockage In Children
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
Definition: Blockage of the external ear canal with earwax. ...Read more
Don't recommend: To be sure, see an ENT who can remove it thoroughly and verify that nothing else is wrong. ...Read more
My 11 year old daughter has a an earwax blockage in her left ear. We can't really go to the doctors. Is there any home remedies for it?
Dissolve it: There are a variety of earwax dissolving solutions sold over the counter.(I find it at the dollar store occasionally)These are ear drops, instilled into the affected ear while the kid lies on her side and left to soak for a few minutes. Over time these can soften the was and it may run out. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does wearing earbud headphones create excessive earwax and possible blockage? If so, would you not recommend using them?
If they push wax in: Some people have the type of ear wax that builds up, while others do not. Some people "clean" their ears but unintentionally are pushing their wax further in. Wax is oily and more liquid in some people and doesn't form a big lump, but wax is dry and hard in other people (forming a lump)... these qualities are genetic. If using earbuds and worried about wax, one's doctor can check 1-2 times a year. ...Read more
I have had unilateral hearing loss for five years. During this time the ear affected has produced no earwax. Why? A blockage maybe?
May be unrelated: First it is important to determine the cause of your unilateral hearing loss. A deep plug of impacted wax could be a cause, but you need a thorough exam, complete hearing evaluation, and professional assessment of these results. It would be a mistake to assume the hearing loss is due to wax blockage. The loss of hearing in one ear can be a signal of more serious conditions and needs evaluation. ...Read more
No: The baby oil is really not going to help. ...Read more
My right ear's been blocked for 8 days now. I'm sure it's ear wax blockage, cause this is the 4th time. Is saline solution completely safe to use?
Cerumen impaction: How have you cleared your ear canal the last 3 times? Its best to have your ears cleared by your ENT otherwise, you can irrigated or flush your ears, the risk is that if you leave wet cerumen in your ear canal, you are at risk for an infection. If you have ever been told you have a hole in your ear drum, do not irrigate. Never stick anything into your ear canal, especially no Q-tips. ...Read more
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
Can I use coconut oil for ear wax softener and blockage? I don't have olive oil so it ok to use coconut oil?
Should be fine: Coconut oil is safe to use and should help soften the wax. However, for loosening the wax and removing blockage, using hydrogen peroxide followed by flushing with water is recommended. See http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/ear-wax-removal-home-remedy.html#h2o2 for a discussion of using hydrogen peroxide to remove ear wax. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I suspect I have an ear wax blockage in both ears. I'm having tinnitus along with fullness & an ear ache. Will the tinnitus go away after cleaning?
Fixable non-disease: Cerumen is product of the outer half of the ear canal & will shed spontaneously in most.For those with a clean ear fetish for self or kids, the process of cramming a qtip in an ear canal can cause this in some who don't have the problem naturally, pusning wax further in & complicating removal. Wax softening drops, waterpick wash out&removal with tools are all possible temporary solutions. ...Read more
CAN'T hear: Cerumen (ear wax) impaction causes hearing loss because the wax is so built up it causes 'an an ear plug'. Patients also 'feel a full feeling in ear'. When the impaction is severe i send patients to an ENT (ear, nose, throat) doctor who can remove wax with a suction device using a microscope. ...Read more
Ear wax: Normally, ear wax will exit the ear canal as the skin grows out and flakes off. In some people, the canal is too narrow for this natural process to take place. Others are users of 'earbuds' or cotton swabs; both can push the wax further into the ear. Only trained professionals should try to remove stuck (impacted) wax. Do not place anything into your ear canal. You can do serious harm. ...Read more