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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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What is a good home remedy to remove ear wax?

Soften it: Putting drops of hydrogen peroxide into each ear canal 2-3 times per week can keep the wax very soft. This way it will come out of the canal on its own over time. And never go digging with cotton swabs. You will wind up pushing more wax into the canal and creating nice wax bricks. ...Read more

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Help please! is baby oil effective when clearing ear wax blockage?

Only in mobiliing: Baby oil will help make your wax more moist. This may increase likelihood that it will slowly migrate out your ear. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would warm water and vinegar help remove ear wax?

Hi docs, would warm water and vinegar help remove ear wax?

Perhaps but...: Accumulation of ear wax is common ; can be challenging to remove- even in my office with ear syringes and tools to directly scrape out the wax it can take a long time. I recommend you try hydrogen peroxide to soften the wax- see http://earthclinic.Com/cures/ear-wax-removal-home-remedy.Html but if you have a large accumulation of ear wax you may need to see a doctor (or nurse) to have it removed. ...Read more

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Is it safe to remove a mole by home remedies including garlic caster oil vinegar and baking powder? please answer.

Is it safe to remove a mole by home remedies including garlic caster oil vinegar and baking powder? please answer.

It's your choice: If it's a melanoma -- and you're old enough -- it'll be back and you'll pay with your life. If it's a particylarly nasty-looking one, why not have it removed safely and reliably? If it's not, why not leave it alone? ...Read more

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What is the best home remedy for swimmers ear? I'm traveling- olive oil? Half white vinegar half rubbing alcohol? Other?

What is the best home remedy for swimmers ear? I'm traveling- olive oil? Half white vinegar half rubbing alcohol? Other?

Alcohol and vinegar: Alcohol and vinegar in equal parts is the classic recipe from lakeside summer camps. The alcohol disinfects the ear, displaces the water, and evaporates quickly at body temperature. The vinegar restores the normal acidic pH of the skin and prevent fungal growth. Do not use any over the counter drops if you may have a perforated eardrum or a tube in the ear. ...Read more

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For ear wax clog, should I use olive oil only or take turn using peroxide? Also should I irrigate ear at home or not?

For ear wax clog, should I use olive oil only or take turn using peroxide? Also should I irrigate ear at home or not?

Be careful: Olive oil will help soften but not remove. Irrigation may help remove it but does have small risks of perforation. Peroxide can also break it up and soften it. Your local ENT can help. ...Read more

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Could I use olive oil to remove dandruff?

Could I use olive oil to remove dandruff?

Not effective: I am not aware of this being an effective treatment. ...Read more

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Can I use coconut oil for ear wax softener and blockage? I don't have olive oil so it ok to use coconut oil?

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 more

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Will a vinegar , olive oil and tea tree oil treatment work on lice?

Will a vinegar , olive oil and tea tree oil treatment work on lice?

Yes: Olive oil or any oil will basically chock the lice. But you still need to remove the nets with soft comb. ...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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Want wholistic treatment for digital mucus cyst. I neem oil good or castor oil. ?

Want wholistic treatment for digital mucus cyst.  I neem oil good or castor oil.  ?

Including praying: will not help , if it is not bothering levee it alone other wise will need removal by surgical procedure ,They spurt from digital joints , some times may recede or disappear spontaneously ...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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Whats better for head lice and nits: apple cider vinegar vs. Tea tree oil?

Whats better for head lice and nits: apple cider vinegar vs. Tea tree oil?

Neither: Nits are the eggs of head lice, so you are right to seek a treatment that kills both. Vinegar and oil tend to fail. Pesticides can be toxic. We recommend harmless interventions, like forming a silicon shell on the head with applications such as licemd. ...Read more

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Good home remedy for ear infection?

Good home remedy for ear infection?

Depends: There are several types of ear infections. Inner, middle , and external or outer. You need to be specific when asking a question. The typical swimmer's ear is an outer infection. You can treat that with a 50:50 mixture of isopropyl alcohol and clear vinegar( acetic acid) applied with an ear syringe 2-3 times a day. If that doesn't work in 7 days, see ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Home made shaampoo remedy for hair loss?

Home made shaampoo remedy for hair loss?

Shampoo balding: unknown person asks: Home made shaampoo remedy for hair loss? ANS: I have been doing medicine for 50 years and losing hair all that time. I have never heard of a home remedy that helps and even most advertised remedies do not work. See your Dr to find cause of hair loss and then there may be a treatment. Look at and ask other family members to see if runs in your family first. ...Read more

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Will garlic oil encourage ear drainage?

Will garlic oil encourage ear drainage?

Sorry, no. : It will keep vampires away, though, if at risk for that. Garlic is for internal use (in your food). Only decongestant (like afrin (oxymetazoline) or sudafed) or a steam vaporizer (keep young kids away from hot steam). ...Read more

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Home Remedies For Lice? Mouthwash And Vinegar? Straightening Hair? I Have Long Hair.

None of the above: OTC pediculicides do not kill eggs & must be repeated in 9 days. You may need 2 bottles each time for long hair. You must use the same product each time on hair that has not been shampooed & will not be shampooed for at least 2 days. Again, you & your mom need to read www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment.html. And again, see your doctor tomorrow for prescription medications. Go to bed now. ...Read more