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What is the best method to clean out impacted cerumen from the ears at home?

What is the best method to clean out impacted cerumen from the ears at home?

Mineral oil: Mild ear wax is normal, and should be left alone. However, if you're having trouble hearing, and you know there is a wax plug, or have been examined, then you can add mineral oil, 3-4 drops, a couple times a day. That will soften wax so it will come out naturally. Some will use debrox, a hydrogen peroxide containing, non irritating product. Do not just use straight peroxide. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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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What is the best medicine or method to use to clean ear wax out of an adults ear?

What is the best medicine or method to use to clean ear wax out of an adults ear?

Peroxide drops: Peroxide drops can help loosen ear wax so that it will come out easier. There are commercially available kits at walgreens etc. If this doesn't help see a doc to get the ears cleaned. ...Read more

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Any ideas why impacted cerumen (accumulated earwax) causes a lot of pain?

Any ideas why impacted cerumen (accumulated earwax) causes a lot of pain?

Inflammation: Likely inflammation or infection. The ear wax (cerumen) likely has gotten wet. You now probably have an external otitis (swimmer's ear). See an ENT to remove ear wax and treat. ...Read more

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Any ideas why impacted cerumen causes so much pain?

Any ideas why impacted cerumen causes so much pain?

Ear: If the wax is hard or if there is an infection behind it it hurts a lot. Get it checked out as soon as possible ...Read more

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I have cerumen impacted in my ears frequently. What's the best way to avoid this?

Removal: Get a liquid ear wax removal kit, such as debrox or cerumenex, from the store. These can be found at both pharmacies and general stores such as target. Use on a regular basis, depending on how quickly you usually build wax up. ...Read more

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What's the best way to clean ear wax without going to doctor?

What's the best way to clean ear wax without going to doctor?

WHY?: Your ears tend to take care of the problem themselves.If you have excessive wax, there are commercial otc products available, peroxide is an old favorite.Colace (docusate sodium) an old laxative leaves ear canals squeaky clean (but burgundy color combined with wax looks like blood!) avoid q-tips as they just make problem worse.Remember never stick anything smaller than your elbow into the canal! ...Read more

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What is the best method to clean my ears at home my left ear is muffled and i cannot hear very well?

What is the best method to clean my ears at home my left ear is muffled and i cannot hear very well?

There are a number o: Otc wax removal kits such as ceruminex, debrox, murine. They should not be used if there is a hole in the ear drum. Some people use ear candles. ...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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Will a mix of alcohol & peroxide clean out impacted ear wax? 

Will a mix of alcohol & peroxide clean out impacted ear wax? 

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

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2 yr old has stubborn ear wax in cannal of ear. What rinses can I use to loosen and clean it out? How long do I use it? Home remedies?

2 yr old has stubborn ear wax in cannal of ear. What rinses can I use to loosen and clean it out? How long do I use it? Home remedies?

OTC meds: The are over the counter ear wax removal medications or you can use 1/2 strength hydrogen peroxide. Make sure you don't us Q-tips or ear plugs because they increase cerumen production. ...Read more

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