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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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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 can one clean ear wax at home?

How can one clean ear wax at home?

Hydrogen peroxide: Although i never would advise trying to clean wax from the ear as a home procedure, try 3% otc hydrogen peroxide. This solution will at least liquify the wax and make it easier to clean out by a physician. In my experience, i would be certain that you have wax and have it removed by an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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How can I use debris ear wax removal. After i drain the ear drop out do I use a q tip or what to clean the wax out?

How can I use debris ear wax removal. After i drain the ear drop out do I use a q tip or what to clean the wax out?

Let it drain out: by itself , usually melted wax comes out of ear canal and clean with Q tips. Some times is very thick may not come out then you need to see your doctor ...Read more

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How to tell if ear is clogged due to wax in external ear or fluid in middle ear?

How to tell if ear is clogged due to wax in external ear or fluid in middle ear?

ENT consultation: If you year is blocked, you can not differentiate between impacted wax and middle ear fluid. The treatments are entirely different and you need a specific diagnosis by a specialist, an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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2 yr old has stubborn ear wax in cannal of ear. What rinses can I use to loosen and clean it out? How long do I use it? Home remedies?

2 yr old has stubborn ear wax in cannal of ear. What rinses can I use to loosen and clean it out? How long do I use it? Home remedies?

OTC meds: The are over the counter ear wax removal medications or you can use 1/2 strength hydrogen peroxide. Make sure you don't us Q-tips or ear plugs because they increase cerumen production. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to leave ear wax medicine in ear overnight?

Is it possible for you to leave ear wax medicine in ear overnight?

Yes, but: It is possible but not advisable. Ear wax medicine causes irritation and inflammation of the ear canal skin and this inflammation only leads to the ear being angry and upset. The ear canal when angry and upset just makes more wax. I almost never advise my patients to use this type of medicine preferring for them to just leave their ears alone. ...Read more

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Ear swab stuck in ear yesterday! How to remove?

Ear swab stuck in ear yesterday! How to remove?

Caution: You may inflict damage to tympanic membrane if you attempt to remove foreign body ( SWAB ) go to ER they have special instruments and skills to remove it . ...Read more

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My daughter is prone to ear infections can wearing ear plugs in the shower help?

My daughter is prone to ear infections can wearing ear plugs in the shower help?

Depends: If the ear infection you are referring to is an external ear infection ("swimmer's ear"), then the plugs may help in the shower. However, if she is prone to middle ear infections, the plugs will serve no useful purpose in preventing middle ear infections. ...Read more

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Child having ear perforation surgery using graph. They will make inscion above the ear and in the ear canal. How long should she stay home from school?

Child having ear perforation surgery using graph. They will make inscion above the ear and in the ear canal. How long should she stay home from school?

1 week: About a week to heal the wound and avoid contamination. Also one has to avoid exposure to colds so fluid does not build up in the middle ear cavity. This helps prevent break in the repair of the perforation. ...Read more

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How can i remove antibiotic ear ointments from ear and how long should it kept in the ear for maximum effectiveness?

How can i remove antibiotic ear ointments from ear and how long should it kept in the ear for maximum effectiveness?

Wrong question: Why antibiotic ointment? Symptoms? Diagnosis? Pain? Blood or pus? Itch? Ears feel stuffed? Probably need to see ear DR (ENT). AVOID anything containing neomycin or bacitracin as these are not only useless, they may be harmful. ...Read more

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Buzz sounds in my both ears,excessive wax in my ears? how to prevent wax blockage

Buzz sounds in my both ears,excessive wax in my ears? how to prevent wax blockage

Get examined: Not all ear blockage is ear wax. Get examined to rule out infection or disease of the external auditory canal. There is no know medication to "prevent" ear wax formation. Good ear hygiene and gentle cleaning with warm water and Q-tips. Most physician's offices can remove excess wax; however, it will come back. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use peroxide to get earwax from behind ear drum?

Is it safe to use peroxide to get earwax from behind ear drum?

Peroxide: NEVER behind ear drum. In from to ear drum does not work very well in most. Get ear softening stuff from pharmacy and the syringe to blast it out if Dr says OK ...Read more

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My kids have dark wax in their ears. One child is really bothered- has most wax. How can I break up/ get rid of this wax? Not near to outer canal. 

My kids have dark wax in their ears. One child is really bothered- has most wax. How can I break up/ get rid of this wax? Not near to outer canal. 

Peroxide....or: Classically, letting peroxide sit in the ear canal can break up the wax and make it come out more easily. Another trick...Colace. This is a medicine typically used as a stool softener, but dripped into the ear canal it can help liquify the wax too. However, never use anything to try to remove wax in the canal yourself...This very commonly causes trauma to the canal or even the eardrum. ...Read more

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Ok to use hydrogen peroxide to help soften and remove heavily impacted wax from ears in somewhat remote location?

Ok to use hydrogen peroxide to help soften and remove heavily impacted wax from ears in somewhat remote location?

Yes with a syringe: Hydrogen peroxide with an ear syringe is fine. If the. Wax is really impacted, you will need to see and ENT specialist who has the tools to remove it. If it doesn't come out with the irrigate by syringe DO NOT TRY TO REMOVE IT YOURSELF WITH ANY TOOL. That would be inviting a perforation of an eardrum ...Read more

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How to syringe an ear when wax stuck on eardrum?

How to syringe an ear when wax stuck on eardrum?

Don't do it: If you have wax stuck on your eardrum don't use a syringe. You first have to soften the wax with the use of over-the-counter wax softening agents. Then syringing might be helpful. In general i discourage my patients from doing anything to their ears as invariably they make things worse. My preference would be for you to see an ENT doctor to have him or her take care of it. ...Read more

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I used peroxide to clean my ear this morning can the liquid get caught in the middle ear or Eustachian Tube?

Not usually: If it was applied to the outside part of the ear, then usually no. There is an ear drum that separates the outer ear from the middle ear and the eustachian tube. If there is perforation of the eardrum then potentially the answer is yes. ...Read more