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How To Clean 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 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
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.
Dr cleaned out impacted ear wax in both ears and said could have been causing my vertigo. How long will the vertigo last now that they are clean?
Not true: True vertigo is not caused by wax in the ears. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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,
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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
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
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
5years already. Right ear has 80% more earwax than left. Why? Need to clean every couple of days. How to reduce ear wax production?
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?
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
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
My hearing is irregular and I cleaned ear wax out my ears more than 3 times. What could be wrong?
More wax?: There still may be more wax deeper in the ear canal. Best to see your otolaryngologist. ...Read more
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
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
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