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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

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 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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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 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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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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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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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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Is it safe to use peroxide to clean out ear wax?

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Ear wax: Ear wax is a helpful and natural part of your body's defenses. Hydrogen-peroxide in concentrated form is not safe. If you must do 'ear cleaning', use normal saline, instead of hydrogen-peroxide. ...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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How can I safely clean ear wax using household items?

How can I safely clean ear wax using household items?

Go to ENT: Removing wax is best done by ant ENT (ear, nose & throat md). Please find and ENT to help you with removal of ear wax. ...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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While cleaning my ear, I found little bits of blue or greenish-blue, ear wax. What does this mean?

While cleaning my ear, I found little bits of blue or greenish-blue, ear wax. What does this mean?

Not sure: There is no disease process I can think of that would create these colors in your ear. Did you clean your ear with something colored like a pen or pencil? Ears clean themselves so don't recommend putting things into ears to clean them. ...Read more

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Hello I Have Crusty Ear Wax And It Is Affecting my hearing I Need to know how to clean it at home as my car is in the shop?

Hello I Have Crusty Ear Wax And It Is Affecting my hearing I Need to know how to clean it at home as my car is in the shop?

Baby oil: Put baby oil in the ear to soften the wax. Use a rolled up piece of paper towel (not tissue paper) to clean the ear, after overnight treatment with baby oil,
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. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Easiest safest way to clean ear wax?

Earwax: Do not clean ear wax unless it is causing a blockage. You can buy a wax removal kit at the pharmacy and carefully follow the instructions to remove trouble causing ear wax. The safest is to have your doctor remove the wax. ...Read more

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What's a safe and effective way to clean ear wax?

Have an expert do it: Wax on the outside of the ear canal is easily removed with a wash cloth or other cleaning measure. You should never put anything into the canal including qtips, peroxide or other drops. The vast majority of ear problems I see are due to well intentioned patients cleaning their ears. I would strongly recommend avoiding anything in the canal. If you have a problem see an ENT and then start fresh. ...Read more

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Which is safest and most effective way to clean ear wax?

Which is safest and most effective way to clean ear wax?

Hydrogen: If ear wax is excessive and difficult to remove, it may be a genetic predisposition. Hydrogen peroxide for me has been a safe, inexpensive and very satisfactory method to soften ear wax, making it easy to wash out. I have very strong feelings that ear wax should always be removed by a specialist and not a nurse practitioner. ...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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What is the best medicine or method to use to clean ear wax out of an adults ear?

Peroxide drops: Peroxide drops can help loosen ear wax so that it will come out easier. There are commercially available kits at walgreens etc. If this doesn't help see a doc to get the ears cleaned. ...Read more

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5years already. Right ear has 80% more earwax than left. Why? Need to clean every couple of days. How to reduce ear wax production?

5years already. Right ear has 80% more earwax than left. Why? Need to clean every couple of days. How to reduce ear wax production?

Asymetric: It is not unusual that both sides of our body's structures are not identical. To diminish ear wax from forming, insert one drop of hydrogen peroxide in each ear canal daily. ...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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What's the best way to clean ear wax without going to doctor?

What's the best way to clean ear wax without going to doctor?

WHY?: Your ears tend to take care of the problem themselves. If you have excessive wax, there are commercial otc products available, peroxide is an old favorite.Colace (docusate sodium) an old laxative leaves ear canals squeaky clean (but burgundy color combined with wax looks like blood!) avoid q-tips as they just make problem worse. Remember never stick anything smaller than your elbow into the canal! ...Read more

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What to do if I was cleaning my ears and my ear wax was red its kinda weird what does it mean?

Possible blood: You may have scraped the ear canal self cleaning your ear and there may have been blood mixed with the cerumen. See your otolaryngologist. ...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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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?

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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Is Hydrogen peroxide bad or harmful to use while cleaning ears with cotton swabs? I do it a lot I need a way to get ear wax out

Is Hydrogen peroxide bad or harmful to use while cleaning ears with cotton swabs? I do it a lot I need a way to get ear wax out

Ear cleaning: You should never insert a cotton swab into your ears as it will injure your ear canal and ear drum. Cotton swabs are not made to be inserted into your ears. You are actually pushing the wax deeper into your ear canal. ...Read more