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Is it ok to leave earwax removal drops in your ear overnight?

Is it ok to leave earwax removal drops in your ear overnight?

Follow Directions: Depending on what type of drop you are using it may be ok... Read the instructions carefully. In truth, it is very difficult to "get the drops out" completely anyway. Consider going to an ENT to get an in-office cleaning at your convenience. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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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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Does having earwax in your ear affect the pitch of sounds?

Does having earwax in your ear affect the pitch of sounds?

Ear Wax: At times ear wax can completely occlude the ear canal - which causes a loss of hearing on the effected side. Any hearing loss should be evaluated by and ENT and audiologist. Ear wax plugging can typically be cleared in one office visit with an ent. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a little chunk of ear wax falls on outside of your ear hole? Why does this happen? How can Stop this?

Is it normal for a little chunk of ear wax falls on outside of your ear hole? 
Why does this happen? How can Stop this?

Normal: The ear wax produced in your ear canal has just one exit, so it's not unusual for this to happen from time to time. No need to do anything to stop it. ...Read more

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What would cause your ear wax to be an amber color accompanied with slight hearing loss?

What would cause your ear wax to be an amber color accompanied with slight hearing loss?

? q-tip user: If you are a q-tip user as so many people are, you may have irritated your ear canal skin and caused slight bleeding. This bleeding may have mixed with the normal brown color of your cerumen (wax) and caused an amber color. Q-tip usage is the most common cause of impacted wax and may be the cause of your hearing loss. See ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Cleaned my ears with earwax removal drops and a water-squirting bulb. Earwax gone, but immediately had a sore throat a minor headache. Related?

Cleaned my ears with earwax removal drops and a water-squirting bulb. Earwax gone, but immediately had a sore throat a minor headache. Related?

Most likely yes.: The nerve that supplies sensation (pain, pressure etc) to your eardrum, the glossopharyngeal nerve, also supplies sensation to the throat. If the eardrum is irritated, this nerve sends pain signals to your brain which can interpret them as coming from any branch of that nerve. This is called "referred pain." These pain signals can also cause a headache which I think I too am getting right now! ...Read more