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What does it mean when ear canal is itchy and ear wax smells?

What does it mean when ear canal is itchy and ear wax smells?

Ear canal: The above symptoms may indicate an infection of the exteral auditory canal. This is best definitively diagnosed by a doctor examining the ear, and is treated with antibiotic ear drops. ...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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Please advise if it's bad to have a lot of ear wax?

Please advise if it's bad to have a lot of ear wax?

No: You will not be able to hear as well when the wax gets worse. Do not clean the ears ANS ear canals with q-tips. This pushes the wax deeper in the ear. Have an ENT specialist look at your ears if the hearing is diminished. ...Read more

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I have really bad pain in ear (all nite and today)following ear wax removal by dr. Should I be worried?

I have really bad pain in ear (all nite and today)following ear wax removal by dr. Should I be worried?

Should have: Your doc take another look to make sure you are not having any complications from procedure. ...Read more

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What would cause my ear to stink horribly I clean my ears daily and it ls only one ear. It smells so bad and has lots of yellowish redish wax?

What would cause my ear to stink horribly I clean my ears daily and it ls only one ear. It smells so bad and has lots of yellowish redish wax?

You may have: An infection. Encourage you to have it checked by your physician or an Ear/Nose/Throat specialist. Take care. ...Read more

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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

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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I have black ear wax for a couple weeks and now it hurts really bad. I clean my ears after every shower with q-tips. I am in alot of pain and scared?

I have black ear wax for a couple weeks and now it hurts really bad. I clean my ears after every shower with q-tips. I am in alot of pain and scared?

No Q tips: Do not use Q tips.
Please consult this site for suggestions for home care for ear wax.
http://www. Webmd. Com/a-to-z-guides/ear-wax#1
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Is it bad to use q-tips to clean your ears? Is it pushing ear wax further into your ears? Would using a wet wash cloth be a better option?

Is it bad to use q-tips to clean your ears? Is it pushing ear wax further into your ears? Would using a wet wash cloth be a better option?

Avoid: Q-tips should be avoided due to the possibility of damage to the inner ear. It can also worsen blockage of ear wax. It is recommended to put absolutely nothing that is smaller than your elbow into the ear. A warm wash cloth to remove ear wax from the outer component of the ear is advised. ...Read more

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My ears keep leaking wax and I still have some wax in my ear and it smells bad. I took medicine a week ago, and my ear hurts so do I go to a hospital?

See A Doctor Now: You have not included important information such as the duration of symptoms, medication taken, doctor care already received, etc. With that said, smelly earwax and pain suggest infection. Examination is needed to determine whether this is an external ear (aka swimmer's ear) vs. Middle ear infection because each is treated differently. See your doctor NOW for prompt evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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For many years my ears are always soaking wet and itchy, I use a cotton bud and they smell bad with orange colour but my doc says there is no wax

For many years my ears are always soaking wet and itchy, I use a cotton bud and they smell bad with orange colour but my doc says there is no wax

Otitis externa: First stop poking into your ear canals since it will only make things worse. Second see your doctor to get either an antifungal or antibiotic (with or without cortisone) drop to stop the infection. After the problem has been controlled, if you find water in your ear canals after showering or swimming, put a drop of rubbing alcohol to dry them up. ...Read more

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Is the ear wax test real?

Is the ear wax test real?

Ear wax: Have never heard of an ear wax "test". Wax is just made up of dead skin and oils secreted from glands. Not much you could learn from it by having it "tested" so I would say not real. ...Read more

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What do I do about ear wax?

What do I do about ear wax?

Just say NO to Q-tip: "do not stick anything smaller than your elbow in your ear! " to clean your ears: 1) use household peroxide - place several drops in your ear, let it sit for 10-15 minutes and repeat for the other side. Take a shower and let the water clean out your ears. 2) use over the counter debrox. ...Read more

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Why does ear wax turn black?

Oxidation?: Long standing cerumen in the ear canal can turn black by oxidation. Not to worry except to make sure it is not a blood clot. ...Read more

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What causes dry flaky ear wax?

What causes dry flaky ear wax?

Skin and wax gland: Cerumen or ear wax is a product of sloughed off dead skin and the compound produced by your cerumen glands in your outer ear canal. The consistency can range from moist to dry and flaky. It depends on the relative oil content of the cerumen gland product and amount of sloughed off skin. ...Read more

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How can you fix impacted ear wax?

How can you fix impacted ear wax?

You can't: Your physician, or an ENT specialist can. Wax can be softened and carefully removed by the doctor. Call now for an appointment. ...Read more

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Is it not good to have a lot of ear wax?

Is it not good to have a lot of ear wax?

Mainly obstruction: Usually excess wax leads to obstruction and associated hearing loss. Sometimes the canal may become itchy. Occasionally water can get trapped leading to possible canal infection. ...Read more

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Is there anything safe that dissolves ear wax?

Is there anything safe that dissolves ear wax?

Ear wax: Hello. Unfortunately there isn't any products than can be safely used in the ear that dissolves ear wax. Debrox has a wax softening agent with a peroxide solution that aids in removal. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about having crusty ear wax?

Should I be worried about having crusty ear wax?

Ear wax: Hello. Ear wax may have multiple different appearances. Crusty wax that presents at the opening of the ear is working its way out like nature intended. See your doctor if the wax builds and affects your hearing. Make sure the doctor checks your ears every year for your annual physical. He/she can clean your ears if needed. No worries. ...Read more

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Please tell me can ear wax permanently deafen you?

Please tell me can ear wax permanently deafen you?

Permanently, no.: Ear wax can block the ear canal and decrease your level of hearing, but it is temporary. If it is cleared, your hearing should restore back to your typical level. Any worries about hearing should get checked out because often people mistakenly believe that wax is causing the problem with hearing. ...Read more

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What is ear wax, and is there a way to control the amount a person accumulates?

Earwax: This is a normal secretion which lubricates and protects the outer ear canal. In some cases too much is produced and in the elderly it frequently accumulates due to neglect. It will frequently come out in ordinary bathing with q-tip assist, but if it hardens it may require removal by your family doctor or an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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What I should do if there are too much ear wax and I feel the ear is somewhat "blocked"?

What I should do if there are too much ear wax and I feel the ear is somewhat "blocked"?

Debrox: As an ENT surgeon, the simplest thing I suggest is using over the counter debrox drops twice daily for one week. If that does not do the trick call your local ent. Most ents have a microscope in the office. Under microscope the wax (cerumen) will be removed with instruments or a gentle vacuum. ...Read more

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What causes blood in ear wax?

What causes blood in ear wax?

Trauma- inflammation: You should contact your doctor any time you experience bleeding from the ear. ...Read more

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Can sinus be caused by ear wax?

Can sinus be caused by ear wax?

No: Ear wax (cerumen) is common in the external ear canals but does not interfere with sinus function and therefore does not cause sinus infections. ...Read more

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Why ear wax removal does not work?

Why ear wax removal does not work?

Ear wax: Hello. Unfortunately there isn't any products than can be safely used in the ear that dissolves ear wax. Debrox has a wax softening agent with a peroxide solution that aids in removal. Sometimes patients have small ear canals and have trouble with the wax buildup. See your doctor. We have patients who come into out office quite frequently for wax removal. Avoid ear candling. No proven benefit. ...Read more

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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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Best OTC drops for ear wax removal?

Healthtap Doctors: Are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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What can I do about watery ear wax?

Debrox: Hello, watery ear wax can be washed clean with a solution of debrox. This is an otc product that has a wax softening and a hydrogen peroxide component that helps to irrigate the ear canals clean. Follow the instructions and your ears will be clear of this watery ear wax. I often times recommend using this product for the first few days of each month. ...Read more