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Doctor insights on: Removing Impacted Ear Wax

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How can impacted ear wax be removed?

How can impacted ear wax be removed?

Carefully by an ENT: If it's impacted 9 times out of 10 it was pushed in by a well intentioned q-tip. Removing impacted wax is bread and butter for an ENT doctor. We have the proper skill and equipment. Anything that you try has the risk of further aggravating your ear leading to worsening impaction and risking infection and pain. Do nothing and contact an ENT doctor for help. ...Read more

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Dr. Ira Katz
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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 do I get impacted ear wax removed?

How do I get impacted ear wax removed?

Ear wash: There are over-the-counter ear wash kits available which are frequently successful in removing impacted wax. If this is unsuccessful, see your pcp or an ENT to have the ears cleaned. ...Read more

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Can impacted ear wax cause sharp pains in temple?

Can impacted ear wax cause sharp pains in temple?

Cerumen impaction: It is possible especially if there is pressure or damage of the tympanic membrane. The best way to tell if your temple pain is due to the impacted was, is to have the Wax removed professionally and safely by your ENT. NEVER use Q-tip or a cotton tip applicator for ear cleaning as it will pack the was even deeper in the ear canal. ...Read more

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Can impacted ear wax in one ear cause Eustachian Tube Dysfunction to be worse in both ears?

Can impacted ear wax in one ear cause Eustachian Tube Dysfunction to be worse in both ears?

No: Ear wax would not affect Eustachian tube function in either ear. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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How do I remove impacted ear wax?

How do I remove impacted ear wax?

You don't: Impacted ear canal wax is not so easy to remove. If it has been documented that you have such a problem, using hydrogen peroxide 4 times a day for a week will usually liquify the wax so it can easily be irrigated with warm water. An ENT doctor is the most experienced doctor to evaluate this problem. ...Read more

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How can you fix impacted ear wax?

How can you fix impacted ear wax?

You can't: Your physician, or an ENT specialist can. Wax can be softened and carefully removed by the doctor. Call now for an appointment. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have impacted ear wax? What are the symptoms?

How can I tell if I have impacted ear wax? What are the symptoms?

Need diagnosis: Impacted wax in the ear canal often leads to pressure, fullness and sometimes a conductive hearing loss. Before you do anything, see an ENT doctor for appropriate diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Will a mix of alcohol & peroxide clean out impacted ear wax? 

Will a mix of alcohol & peroxide clean out impacted ear wax? 

Impacted ear wax: Impacted ear wax or cerumen is best softened with either hydrogen peroxide, debrox, Cerumenex or olive oil. I have found peroxide to be quite successful at softening ear wax at minimal expense. I do not recommend self irrigating your ear. Have your primary care provider check your ear(s) and clean them or refer you to an ear, nose and throat specialist as needed. Please do not use q-tips. Ever. ...Read more

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Does removing deep impacted ear wax hurt? Flushing with water doesn't work.

Does removing deep impacted ear wax hurt? Flushing with water doesn't work.

Min/Mild discomfort: Deep impacted wax can be removed carefully with only mild discomfort in a specialist (ENT) office with the right equipment. Occasionally drops are used to soften excessively hard wax for a few days prior to removal. ...Read more

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Can thumping in the ear be caused by impacted ear wax?

Can thumping in the ear be caused by impacted ear wax?

Not per se but...: If your ear canal is blocked by the impacted ear wax then you don't have air conduction on that side but only bone conduction and you may hear the pounding of the small artery running through your ear not masked by the street sounds. First, get the ear wax thoroughly removed and the pounding will probably stop. ...Read more

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Do ENTs ever miss impacted ear wax when taking a quick glance with an otoscope, or is it really obvious?

Do ENTs ever miss impacted ear wax when taking a quick glance with an otoscope, or is it really obvious?

It is really obvious: But some patients have cerumen deep down and ear cannal is sometimes narrow. Ask doctor, can you visualise my membrane timpany after removal of cerumen. ...Read more

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What are some ways to clean out impacted ear wax? I can only hear out of one side since cleaning my ears out this morning? It doesn't hurt. 

What are some ways to clean out impacted ear wax? I can only hear out of one side since cleaning my ears out this morning? It doesn't hurt. 

Ear Wax: You can try debrox drops over the counter for a few days. Eventually, the wax will soften and fall out of your eye in a big gooey glob. If this does not work after a week, call your primary doctor and he or she can flush out your ear canal. ...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 hydrogen peroxide to try to dissolve my impacted ear wax that is stuck to my eardrum. It didn't work?

I used hydrogen peroxide to try to dissolve my impacted ear wax that is stuck to my eardrum. It didn't work?

Ear lavage: Hydrogen peroxide can help dissolve ear wax however if it didn't help it may be time to seek professional help for a formal ear lavage. ...Read more

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Cracking in my right ear after a few days after I had ear wax removed from my left ear. Have so discomforting pain when inserting headphones?

Cracking in my right ear after a few days after I had ear wax removed from my left ear. Have so discomforting pain when inserting headphones?

As long as: theres no change in hearing or severe pain I think you're OK to wait and see if it goes away. It's not uncommon to have a little discomfort after earwax disimpaction. In the meantime keep the headphones out of your ears or use the "over the ear" type of headphones. And remember- no Qtips! ...Read more

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I removed ear wax inside of my 5 month baby with a cotton swab ,he is fine and well but worried now if anything gets wrong . He has swimming lessons?

Ear wax: It is not advisable to use Q tips on your baby's ears because you may damage the ear canal/ and or the eardrum. Also it is not advisable to give swimming lessons to a 5 month old because of the possibility on water intoxication ...Read more

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I had ear flushed 21 days ago they got all wax out. Is it possible to have ear wax impacted? or is it likely to be Eustachian tube? Ear feels full.

I had ear flushed 21 days ago they got all wax out.  Is it possible to have ear wax impacted? or is it likely to be Eustachian tube? Ear feels full.

So, what's the : problem? If your ear feels fine, yes ear wax can be impacted, but that would have been known when your ear was examined. Eustachian tube dysfunction can cause some ear symptoms, but you are symptom-free, so enjoy your health, best wishes ...Read more

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