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Doctor insights on: How To Remove Ear Wax Build Up At Home

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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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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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My ears always seem to be plugged up because of wax build up. What's an easy, non painful way to clean them out at home?

My ears always seem to be plugged up because of wax build up. What's an easy, non painful way to clean them out at home?

OTC wax removal: Over counter get ear wax removal ear drops , try it twice a day , follow directions.Another choice is put 5-6 drops of hydrogen peroxide into your ear , wait few minutes and let it drain. Usually it helps to loosen up the dry wax and comes out by itself. ...Read more

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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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Does Baby oil work to remove ear wax build up??

Does Baby oil work to remove ear wax build up??

Yes...: Couple drops at bed time for few days. Caution you should not have perforation of your ear drum. ...Read more

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Home remedies to remove calcium build up on your toenails?

No such thing: No such thing as calcium buildup in toenails. It's more likely white superficial onychomycosis. ...Read more

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What's better at removing earwax build up - eardrops or syringes?

What's better at removing earwax build up - eardrops or syringes?

Cerumen: it would be better to have your ears examined by a board certified otolaryngologist ...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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Are ear wax removal kits safe for me to remove impacted wax ? My doctor said my ears look fine, but I really want the wax out.

Are ear wax removal kits safe for me to remove impacted wax ? My doctor said my ears look fine, but I really want the wax out.

Yes: Ear wax removal kits are definitely safer than sticking q-tips or other objects in your ear in an attempt to remove ear wax. However, if your doctor stated that your ears are free of wax, then using these kits may be unnecessary. ...Read more

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How long will it take to rid my ear of wax using over-the-counter wax remover drops, after unsuccessfully having my ear flushed at the dr's office?

How long will it take to rid my ear of wax using over-the-counter wax remover drops, after unsuccessfully having my ear flushed at the dr's office?

Drop & irrigate: If the drops work effectively in softening / loosening the wax, you may often get the entire lump of wax out at once with irrigation. This is the more common result. ...Read more

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What can I do to remove ear wax when peroxide and hot water don't work?

What can I do to remove ear wax when peroxide and hot water don't work?

Doctor can help: After trying to get rid of ear wax with water or another liquid, there may be a glob of wet mushy wax that is still inside. A primary care doctor can look inside the ear canal and usually get the remaining wax out... either with a currette, or by flushing the ear with water, or with both methods. ...Read more

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How often can I use hydrogen peroxide to clean my ears. I seem to get a build up of fluid in my ears and then they seem to block up.?

Not a problem, but..: Hydrogen peroxide in the manner you describe should not be a problem. You may want to check with a physician for the cause of the frequent buildup. ...Read more

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How can I treat fluid build up in ears of toddler?

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How can I treat fluid build up in ears of toddler?

Needs follow-up: Persistent middle ear effusion can lead to hearing defect and speech delay. If the condition continues over 12 weeks with hearing impairment, "tube" insertion is often considered. ...Read more

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Could I use dental wax to cover up my cavity?

Could I use dental wax to cover up my cavity?

Of course, and : Of course you can. You can also place paneling over termite rotted walls, plastic bags on your leaking roof, chewing gum on a leaking water pipe, scotch tape on a hole in your garden hose, duct tape on your muffler pipe, etc. None of theses "fixes" really does anything. You know what you need to do. So go make that phone call to the dentist right away. ...Read more

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Help please! is ear canal irrigation the best way to clear up a plugged-up ear canal?

If caused by wax: If the ear canal is not blocked by wax, but by mucus or pus, ear canal irrigation will not be effective. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do about ear wax built up in both ears.symptoms bother me! help?

What to do about ear wax built up in both ears.symptoms bother me! help?

Two choices: See an ENY and they can easily remove the wax or use the debrox liquid to liquefy the wax and have it drain out ...Read more

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If your ear is clogged is it safe to use hydrogen peroxide to soften the wax enough for it to run out of your ear?

If your ear is clogged is it safe to use hydrogen peroxide to soften the wax enough for it to run out of your ear?

Not pure H2O2: debrox is a commercially produced and FDA approved LOW CONCENTRATION of hydrogen peroxide with oil to specifically do that. ...Read more

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Is there a way to safely remove water and/or wax from ear canal when you have a perforated eardrum?

Safety: Please do not do anything other than seeing an Ear specialist as soon as possible. I did not enjoy a broken ear drum while in flight! ...Read more