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Remove Impacted Ear Wax Home
You don't: Impacted ear canal wax is not so easy to remove. If it has been documented that you have such a problem, using hydrogen peroxide 4 times a day for a week will usually liquify the wax so it can easily be irrigated with warm water. An ENT doctor is the most experienced doctor to evaluate this problem. ...Read more
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
Microscope/ Curette: If you go to an ent, usually they will use a magnified scope or ear microscope and pick out the wax. Other ways include lavage (washing with water) or sometimes a suction device. If your child has no symptoms of ear problems, there is no need to have the ears cleaned generally speaking. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Carefully by an ENT: If it's impacted 9 times out of 10 it was pushed in by a well intentioned q-tip. Removing impacted wax is bread and butter for an ENT doctor. We have the proper skill and equipment. Anything that you try has the risk of further aggravating your ear leading to worsening impaction and risking infection and pain. Do nothing and contact an ENT doctor for help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Soften it: Putting drops of hydrogen peroxide into each ear canal 2-3 times per week can keep the wax very soft. This way it will come out of the canal on its own over time. And never go digging with cotton swabs. You will wind up pushing more wax into the canal and creating nice wax bricks. ...Read more
Impacted Ear Wax - I've tried home remedies; peroxide, drops, bulb syringe, yet it seems to have made my issue worse. Should I continue, or see Doc?
Are ear wax removal kits safe for me to remove impacted wax? My doctor said my ears look fine, but I really want the wax out.
Eczema: Folks with eczematoid skin in ear canals will have white flaky cerumen. It hurts to be removed due to attachment to canal skin. See an ENT doctor for cleaning. ...Read more
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
Cerumen impaction: It is possible especially if there is pressure or damage of the tympanic membrane. The best way to tell if your temple pain is due to the impacted was, is to have the Wax removed professionally and safely by your ENT. NEVER use Q-tip or a cotton tip applicator for ear cleaning as it will pack the was even deeper in the ear canal. ...Read more
Impacted ear wax: Impacted ear wax or cerumen is best softened with either hydrogen peroxide, debrox, Cerumenex or olive oil. I have found peroxide to be quite successful at softening ear wax at minimal expense. I do not recommend self irrigating your ear. Have your primary care provider check your ear (s) and clean them or refer you to an ear, nose and throat specialist as needed. Please do not use q-tips. Ever. ...Read more
Doctor can help: After trying to get rid of ear wax with water or another liquid, there may be a glob of wet mushy wax that is still inside. A primary care doctor can look inside the ear canal and usually get the remaining wax out... either with a currette, or by flushing the ear with water, or with both methods. ...Read more
Min/Mild discomfort: Deep impacted wax can be removed carefully with only mild discomfort in a specialist (ENT) office with the right equipment. Occasionally drops are used to soften excessively hard wax for a few days prior to removal. ...Read more
Beware: Do not try to remove wax deep from the ear. You may damage the ear drum if you have noticed a diminution in your hearing see an ENT specialist he will decide whether you need to have your ears syringed usually after giving drops to put in your ears to make the wax less sticky or solid. ...Read more
Hello I Have Crusty Ear Wax And It Is Affecting my hearing I Need to know how to clean it at home as my car is in the shop?
Put baby oil in the ear to soften the wax. Use a rolled up piece of paper towel (not tissue paper) to clean the ear, after overnight treatment with baby oil,
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Not per se but...: If your ear canal is blocked by the impacted ear wax then you don't have air conduction on that side but only bone conduction and you may hear the pounding of the small artery running through your ear not masked by the street sounds. First, get the ear wax thoroughly removed and the pounding will probably stop. ...Read more
Earwax: Aah, the facination with clean ears, baby oil, olive oil, peroxide, peroxide and water, colace (docusate sodium) as well as several over the counter meds such as debrox and Cerumenex have been used for squeaky clean ears. But remember, that wax is supposed to be there to protect the ear canal, and the body takes care of naturally pushing it out. Let your doctor deal with it when he/she needs to take a look at the ear drums. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer