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Dr. Janice Alexander
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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 to remove earwax?

How to remove earwax?

Don't: Ear wax or cerumen is modified sweat and is secreted by glands in the ear canal. The wax is beneficial and is protective. Wax always migrates from inside to outside and that is why instrumentation will usually push it back into the ear canal and impact it against the ear drum. If the wax build up causes hearing loss, fullness and pressure, please go to an ENT doc. In summary do not clean wax. ...Read more

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How do I treat my earwax blockage?

How do I treat my earwax blockage?

Debrox....: Can try to soften and liquify it wit debrox, but best to be sure this is the cause of the blockage, . ...See your otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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How can I prevent excessive earwax buildup?

How can I prevent excessive earwax buildup?

Avoid q tips: I admit some people have more wax than others due to the dryness of the ears or shape of the canal. Q tips make things worse, irritating the canal and causing more wax or tamping it down. Sometimes weekly appication of ear meds such as debrox or ear irrigation can help prevent buildup. Bad cases need a primary doctor or ENT to mechanically remove the wax which can buy you months of relief. ...Read more

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Please tell me can earwax buildup cause vertigo?

Please tell me can earwax buildup cause vertigo?

Ear wax & vertigo: Greetings. Yes an excess of ear wax in your ear canal can cause dizziness or vertigo. Most times this occurs from the wax putting pressure to the eardrum. This causes a mobilization of the middle ear bones that in turn stimulates the inner ear balance center. Wax removal may reverse these symptoms. ...Read more

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My earwax is irritating me. How can I get rid of it?

My earwax is irritating me. How can I get rid of it?

A few choices: When earwax is really bad and completely obstructs the canal (impaction) it is best removed by a health care professional, ie your primary care team or an otolaryngologist (ENT) who can remove it with a currette or irrigation. If this is not feasible, over the counter treatments such as hand irrigators and drops to soften the wax can help some, and never bad to do before seeing the doctor. ...Read more

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Could too much earwax lead to permanent hearing problems?

Could too much earwax lead to permanent hearing problems?

No: Never say never, but ear wax impaction does not cause permanent hearing loss - only temporary loss until the wax is removed. ...Read more

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Need help. Is "cerumol" good for getting rid of earwax buildup?

Ear wax: It is an option and it works for some. Whether it will work for you depends on how bad your buildup is and how far it is down your ear canal. You can certainly try it if you don't have a hole in your ear drum. If it doesn't work, a visit to your ENT specialist may be needed to get things cleared up. I am personally not a big fan because I end up cleaning out a lot of ears that have failed it. ...Read more

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Read you can clean earwax with 1 part alcohol and 1 part vinegar? Safe?

Read you can clean earwax with 1 part alcohol and 1 part vinegar? Safe?

Ear wax: Its safe as long as you don't have an ear infection. I was once tought a similar formula by an ENT friend of mine. He said mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, and rubbing alcohol together right before using. Place 3-5 drops in each ear a couple of times per week and you won't have ear wax problems. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What characteristics of earwax can cause a tinnitus? Its size, or its location?

What characteristics of earwax can cause a tinnitus? Its size, or its location?

Earwax not related: Tinnitus is ringing in the ears caused by damage to the hearing nerve. Earwax typically has to do with local hearing loss not tinnitus. Earwax can locally block hearing. Tinnitus is ringing heard at the frequency of the damage and is essentially the brain thinking it heard a sound at that frequency when there is no sound. Treatment is not very effective for tinnitus but is for ear wax removal. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what could I do about earwax build up that's right up agaisnt eardrum?

Can you tell me what could I do about earwax build up that's right up agaisnt eardrum?

See pcp or ent: Irrigate or curettes and remove carefully.
You will hear better immediately ...Read more

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Could you tell me what's the best way to treat an earache that was caused by an earwax buildup?

Could you tell me what's the best way to treat an earache that was caused by an earwax buildup?

Good ear care: If the ear is just uncomfortable and not draining apply heat to area and take otc Ibuprofen or acetaminophen. If there is ear drainage, then you may be developing an outer ear infection after the ear cleaning. This should be checked and treated by a doctor as this can get painful and swollen very quickly. ...Read more

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Does wearing earbud headphones create excessive earwax and possible blockage? If so, would you not recommend using them?

Does wearing earbud headphones create excessive earwax and possible blockage? If so, would you not recommend using them?

If they push wax in: Some people have the type of ear wax that builds up, while others do not. Some people "clean" their ears but unintentionally are pushing their wax further in. Wax is oily and more liquid in some people and doesn't form a big lump, but wax is dry and hard in other people (forming a lump)... these qualities are genetic. If using earbuds and worried about wax, one's doctor can check 1-2 times a year. ...Read more

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I have a light blue tint to my earwax. What are some things I can do to get rid of it??? Also what causes earwax to be blue?

I have a light blue tint to my earwax. What are some things I can do to get rid of it??? Also what causes earwax to be blue?

Blue ear wax: Is very uncommon. My first thought would be something you put into your ear (? pen) colored the wax. I believe there are some unusual infections that could cause ear wax to appear bluish. Is there any pain? If it persists, I think this deserves a visit to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist. I would make an appointment. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Can earwax be green?

Can earwax be green?

Ear wax: Usually ear wax has a brownish color, but may be any shade including black. If other colors appear, it may indicate infection or a foreign body and the ear should be examined. ...Read more

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How can earwax buildup?

How can earwax buildup?

Skin and canal: Normally, ear wax will exit the ear canal as the skin it's sitting on grows out of the canal. Sometimes, though, the dryness of the skin or an oddity about the shape of the canal can make it difficulty for the wax to come out. For those cases, one can often use mineral oil to soften the wax. Despite this, some people just need their ears periodically cleaned out by a professional. ...Read more

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Best way to remove earwax?

Best way to remove earwax?

See family doctor: Your family physician has a slender plastic tool with a small hole at the end which can be easily and carefully inserted into the ear canal and remove excess wax. Do not use q-tips or other similar implements on your own, as you will most likely push the wax further into your ear, and possibly rupture your ear drum.
This is completely painless and such take two minutes. ...Read more

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Why would my earwax smell on the left side?

Why would my earwax smell on the left side?

Wax odor: If there is noticeable odor on only one side there could be an infection in the external ear canal. Sometimes it's also characterized by itching or burning. Treatment with a medication like cortisporin otic would cover fungal, bacterial or eczema causes. An examination by a physician or Otolaryngologist would be definitive, however. ...Read more

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What's the safes, to clear excessive earwax?

What's the safes, to clear excessive earwax?

Ear wax: There is an over the counter product called Debrox. This will help soften the ear wax. After a few days of using Debrox a bulb syringe with warm water can be used to safely flush the wax from your ear canal. If wax not removed then you'll need to see a doctor to remove the impacted ear wax. Good luck! ...Read more

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I found blood in earwax; should I be worried?

I found blood in earwax; should I be worried?

If it minor do not: It could come from the external ear or middle ear and it could arise from multiple causes, including topical irritation or a perforated eardrum. The skin lining the ear canal is extremely sensitive and easy to injure; a smear of bloody discharge could occur if a foreign body, such as a cotton-tipped swab or pen cap, injures or scratches this delicate skin. Watch it. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent heavy earwax buildup?

What can I do to prevent heavy earwax buildup?

Mineral oil: Several times weekly place several oil drops into the affected ear to keep it soft and once or twice a month flush with half strength lukewarm peroxide. Make sure to get all the peroxide out as retained moisture can lead to ear canal infection. ...Read more

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Earwax stopped after q-tip cleaning. Any danger?

Stopped?: Do you mean you have stopped making earwax? Not likely. We usually don't recommend using q-tips to clean your ears because they can cause problems. You may have packed the wax deeper into your ear and will need it flushed out. And please don't use the candle-smoke-gimmick to remove the wax, that is also dangerous. ...Read more

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How do I remove earwax without using cotton swabs?

How do I remove earwax without using cotton swabs?

Use cerumen drops: You should never use cotton swabs in the ear canals Use the OTC wax removal drops followed by warm water gentle lavage. If not sucessful you should see your physician. ...Read more

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I have earwax all the time what cani do about it?

I have earwax all the time what cani do about it?

Ear Wax: That's normal and its genetic. Avoid inserting ANYTHING into your ears, such as Q-tips or sharp picks to removed wax. Keep the ears dry to minimize otitis externa (swimmers ears). I would discourage self-cleaning until and unless you have been assessed for condition of the ear drum and canal and trained how to safely lavage your ear by your nurse or doctor, otherwise, schedule regular cleanings. ...Read more

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Could you tell me ways at home to prevent earwax buildup?

Could you tell me ways at home to prevent earwax buildup?

Not Q-tips: There is no way to prevent wax. It is natural to produce some. To control, can use otc products like debrox, murine ear system, or earigate system to dissolve or flush the wax from your ears. A home remedy would be hydrogen peroxide applied into the ear with a dropper. Stay on one side for several minutes then, shake out the ear. Repeat on other side. Do not do if you might have a hole in eardrum. ...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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My son developed a coldsore over night can it be treated with earwax?

My son developed a coldsore over night can it be treated with earwax?

Ear wax?: There is a folk remedy which suggests putting ear wax on cold sores. There was a study published in 1995 that looked at this question. They found that 25% of the wax did have antiviral properties (cold sores are from a virus). Not sure how you know if your wax has those properties. Here's the link: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed? Term=cerumen%20herpes%20simplex. ...Read more