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Dr. David Astrachan
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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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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


Dr. Jonathan Owens
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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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Dr. Edwin Ishoo
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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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Dr. Bernstein Joel
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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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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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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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Dr. Bernstein Joel
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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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Dr. Anifat Balogun
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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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Dr. Scott Rickert
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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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Dr. Theodore Wu
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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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