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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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I feel like something is stuck in my ear and my ear wax is an olive green color and my ear keeps ringing?

I feel like something is stuck in my ear and my ear wax is an olive green color and my ear keeps ringing?

Foreign body, infect: You may have a foreign body in your ear canal and it may be infected. YOu need to see your PCP for management of your condition. Its dangerous to try it yourself. ...Read more

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Ear has wax and fluid buildup. Doc said no infection but tragus is swollen and ear is hurting. Ear infection?

Ear has wax and fluid buildup. Doc said no infection but tragus is swollen and ear is hurting. Ear infection?

Unlikely: You note ear wax and fluid build up. You note a doctor said no infection. You have pain and think it is infection. It is unlikely that you have an infection but I don't know your age, risks, symptoms beside pain. In the summer it could be that you have build up and pain from allergies. The sneezing and inflammation can cause fluid build up. If persists then revisit your doctor for treatments ...Read more

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Why is my hearing muffled in right ear after ear infection?

Why is my hearing muffled in right ear after ear infection?

Depends: During any ear infection there is a temporary reduction in hearing due to the muck in the middle ear for up to 2-4 wks.Most adults will improve within a week and may return to normal in 2 wks, some may take 3-4 wks.Infants and kids tend to take longer. ...Read more

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My right ear feels blocked with ear wax if I use ear drops will it make Eustachian tube dysfunction worse in that ear? Or should I get it flushed?

My right ear feels blocked with ear wax if I use ear drops will it make Eustachian tube dysfunction worse in that ear? Or should I get it flushed?

What's in the ear?: The doctor will want to know what is in the ear. He has to look in the ear. Otherwise, he has to guess what's in the ear... unless another doctor just cleared out the canals. If so, it is presumed that nothing is in the ear canal. In a normal person, without a hole or a tube in the eardrum, ear drops will not go beyond the ear canal, so most drops will not directly affect the eustachian tube. ...Read more

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Ear wax is draining out of my son's ears. He is complaining of pain and "liquid" in his ears. He's had tubes. Is an ear infection beginning?

Ear wax is draining out of my son's ears. He is complaining of pain and "liquid" in his ears. He's had tubes. Is an ear infection beginning?

Hard to say: If he has had tubes in the past you know he is prone to infections. This may or may not be an early stage of an infection. I can't make much of wax draining but pain is worrisome. I would give him some ibuprofen for now & arrange to have it checked when convenient. ...Read more

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Left ear not producing any wax. Recently had an ear infection in my left ear and now my left ear is itchy and not producing any wax. Right ear is fine?

Left ear not producing any wax. Recently had an ear infection in my left ear and now my left ear is itchy and not producing any wax. Right ear is fine?

External otitis: Many of us would term this chronic external otitis. It's basically a condition of the skin of your ear canal. It is frequently caused by cleaning the ears too much, usually with a q tip. I frequently treat this with a steroid cream, used two or three nights a week. See an ENT to have the ear checked out and make recommendations. ...Read more

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Numbness left side of face for 7 months ent said ear clear..my ear make cracking sound and it all started with blocked ear with wax.

Numbness left side of face for 7 months ent said ear clear..my ear make cracking sound and it all started with blocked ear with wax.

Unrelated : The facial numbness could be due to facial nerve problem, ear wax and cracking sound in your ear is an external and middle ears problems, not directly related to the numbness that you have. You may want to see a neurologist for a second opnion, good luck ...Read more

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Ears feel clogged with ear wax. Lots of wax on qtips, and small amount of blood on qtip. Can't hear out of right ear. Advice? Is it serious?

Ears feel clogged with ear wax. Lots of wax on qtips, and small amount of blood on qtip. Can't hear out of right ear. Advice? Is it serious?

See your doctor: The blood might be from putting q tips in your ear, which you shouldn't do. I would make an appointment to see your doctor, especially if your hearing is affected. ...Read more

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My ear is plugged up?

My ear is plugged up?

Plugged ears: Check your ears with your pcp dr. If you have too much wax in your ears you may try to soften it by applying baby oil or glycerine oil or debrox or Cerumenex inside the ears for 4 consecutive nights before someone tries to flush it out or aspirated. Other possibilities are mucus in the eustachian tubes caused by cold, flu, viruses or infection. ...Read more

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I have wax build up in my ears especially left ear because my hearing is blocked, what to do?

I have wax build up in my ears especially left ear because my hearing is blocked, what to do?

Use OTC ear wax drop: As long as you have no history of eardrum perforation, and no symptoms of current ear infection (ear pain, drainage), you can use OTC ear wax softening drops from your pharmacy. Follow package instructions. Drops will soften the wax. You still may need to flush ear canal with body temperature water. Avoid Q-tips. If not successful, see an ENT MD for exam and treatment. ...Read more

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What could be the diagnosis of ear blockage with blocked nose my ear is blocked since yasterday?

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What could be the diagnosis of ear blockage with blocked nose my ear is blocked since yasterday?

E. tube dysfunction: Sounds like you have eustachian tube dysfunction, which is a condition in which your eustachian tube connecting your ear from the ear drum to the back of your nose is clogged up due to congestion caused by allergies or colds. Take a deep breath, hold your mouth closed, pinch your nose closed, and force air up the eustachian tubes by blowing. You should feel a pop. Can try a decongestant or a gum. ...Read more

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I am overcoming an ear infection and now my ear is very blocked, my hearing is muffled and my ear is ringing and it has been like this for 4 days.

I am overcoming an ear infection and now my ear is very blocked, my hearing is muffled and my ear is ringing and it has been like this for 4 days.

Ear infection: This can be a common occurence after an ear infection and it is due to residual fluid. This may take up to three months to resolve but your symptoms should lessen sooner. It also could be your current antibiotic is not effective and may need to be switched to a new one. I would suggest you get your ears rechecked. ...Read more

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Ear popped after blowing my nose. Turns out, have an ear infection. Was given antibiotics but ear is still blocked and hearing is muffled. What to do?

Ear popped after blowing my nose. Turns out, have an ear infection. Was given antibiotics but ear is still blocked and hearing is muffled. What to do?

Hearing depressed: You have fluid in your ears fom the infection.you can try ching gum to equalize pressure. It that fails, see your ENT for possible use of steroids. If after two months symptoms persist he may want to do a myringotomy and possible insert ear tube to drain your ears ...Read more

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I have a headache my throat huts and my ear is blocked with wax?

I have a headache my throat huts and my ear is blocked with wax?

Headache : Ear blocked with wax would normally not be related to causing a sore throat or headache usually just hearing loss or feeling of fullness in the ear. Should check for any type of infection. ...Read more