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Red Ear Wax
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
Cerumen: You may consider an examination of your ear canals by a board certified otolaryngologist ...Read more
Try hydrogen peroxid: It is possible that impacted ear wax can cause blockage of the ear canal and occasionally tinnitus (ringing). If you can not afford to see a doctor, which, is truly the best thing you could do, then try 3% hydrogen peroxide 4 times a day for 7 days in the ear canal. This treatment should liquefy the wax and then gentle irrigation with warm water should help. Try emergency room doctor. ...Read more
3yr old daughter has lump on neck behind ear more close to hair line was red but redness has slimmed family member said could be built up ear wax?
Possible blood: You may have scraped the ear canal self cleaning your ear and there may have been blood mixed with the cerumen. See your otolaryngologist. ...Read more
I have an iverabundance of ear wax that even falls out of my ears. I clean them regularly, but it is orange red. What could this be?
Healthy ears: Do not obsess about your ears. Wax is a natural substance which protects the canal skin. It moistens the skin it repels water fights infection and should be left alone. The fact that you clean your ears regularly means that you're irritating your canal skin and the ear just makes more wax. When it gets to the very outside you can remove it safely but never go in the hole. ...Read more
Would you guess I have an ear infection? If I'm hearing ringing my ears itch I have a lot more ear wax with red in it I feel tired and sickly
See a doctor: I recommend seeing a doctor so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more
My ear hurts. It's tender/sensitive to the touch. It's red on the inside. No ear wax inside either. No water in ear either. Is it an ear infection?
Probably: Sounds like you have an infection of the ear canal. You should see a health care provider. ...Read more
I found a large amount of dark red/brown earwax in the outside of my ear, on one side, and usually only get the dry flaky wax, what does this mean?
Ear wax may need: To be cleaned out by your doctor. Please see him/her to rule out other possibilities also. Peace and good health. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Go ahead: If your ear is obviously blocked with wax, it won't likely hurt. Some of the new preparations that irrigate out your ear might work well. Most are basically hydrogen peroxide in an oil form. It will soften the wax and make it easier to wash out, but sometimes just serves to expand the wax so it makes the ear feel more plugged. If it fails go see your doctor. ...Read more