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How can I prevent excessive earwax buildup?

How can I prevent excessive earwax buildup?

Avoid q tips: I admit some people have more wax than others due to the dryness of the ears or shape of the canal. Q tips make things worse, irritating the canal and causing more wax or tamping it down. Sometimes weekly appication of ear meds such as debrox or ear irrigation can help prevent buildup. Bad cases need a primary doctor or ENT to mechanically remove the wax which can buy you months of relief. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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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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Is ringing in ears caused by excessive wax build up?

Is ringing in ears caused by excessive wax build up?

No: This is normally associated with repeated exposure to loud sounds. ...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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Can wax buildup lead to dizziness?

Can wax buildup lead to dizziness?

Dizziness: If the wax is impacted up against the ear drum, you can get dizzy. It is rarely seen however. ...Read more

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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

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Any ideas why impacted cerumen (accumulated earwax) causes a lot of pain?

Any ideas why impacted cerumen (accumulated earwax) causes a lot of pain?

Inflammation: Likely inflammation or infection. The ear wax (cerumen) likely has gotten wet. You now probably have an external otitis (swimmer's ear). See an ENT to remove ear wax and treat. ...Read more

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Could a large buildup of ear wax cause tinnitis and vertigo?

Could a large buildup of ear wax cause tinnitis and vertigo?

Possible: Yes, if you have impacted wax against the ear drum, it is possible to have tinnitus and vertigo. It is uncommon, but possible. It is imperative that you have an ENT physician properly clean out the wax and see if your symptoms disappear. ...Read more

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Can earwax build up cause hearing loss and loss of balance.?

Can earwax build up cause hearing loss and loss of balance.?

Hearing loss yes: Wax impaction does not cause problems with balance although it certainly can cause hearing loss. ...Read more

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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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Hearing problems from ear wax excess? How to rid wax at home?

Hearing problems from ear wax excess?  How to rid wax at home?

Hydrogen peroxide: At home, never use q-tips. Try using hydrogen peroxide 3% ( a dropper full) 4 times a day for a week. If that does not help, see an ENT doctor for proper irrigation particularly if you have impacted wax. ...Read more

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Does earwax build-up cause temporary tinnitus and temporary hearing sensitivity?

Does earwax build-up cause temporary tinnitus and temporary hearing sensitivity?

Yes: Earwax can cause temporary hearing loss and tinnitus. Try OTC earwax products. If need be, see an ENT doc for removal. ...Read more

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Does ear wax build up cause ear infections?

Does ear wax build up cause ear infections?

No: It can become painful if the wax is dry, packed in and aggravated by q-tips. It does not cause infections. ...Read more

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Can ear blockage by wax cause headache?

Can ear blockage by wax cause headache?

Possible: more commonly ear aches prior to any headaches...trying to use a qtip to "pry it out" sometimes only impacts it more and causes ear and headaches.... seek medical advise should this continue ...Read more

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Can excessive dry scalp lead to overproduction of sebum of scalp?

Can excessive dry scalp lead to overproduction of sebum of scalp?

Mutually exclusive: By definition a dry scalp would be due to a lack of sebum , the oily substance produced to moisturize the skin and hair shaft. Over production of sebum would lead to oily skin, hair, scalp ...Read more

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Can excess earwax in the ear cannal cause a throat infection?

Can excess earwax in the ear cannal cause a throat infection?

No: The external ear canal is "blocked" from the middle ear by the ear drum (tympanic membrane)... ...Read more

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Can wax build up cause an ear drum to blow out?

Can wax build up cause an ear drum to blow out?

No, but...: ...trying to clean out wax with a cotton swab or other object CAN injure your ear drum. If you think your ear needs cleaning, it would be be safest to see your doctor for this. Do not insert cotton swabs into the ear canal. You can use 1-2 drops of mineral oil in each ear 1-2 times per week to avoid the ear clogging with wax. ...Read more