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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

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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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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Why is my ear wax incredibly, extremely, seriously dry and flaky? It's been like this since I was little.

Why is my ear wax incredibly, extremely, seriously dry and flaky? It's been like this since I was little.

It happens: Some people make a sticky soft ear wax and some make it dry and almost rock like. It varies within families and is likely just a combination of genetic factors and environmental events. Find a good ear wax dissolving agent and use it occasionally and it should make life easier. Avoid using Q-tips. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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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Are waterpiks safe for ear wax?

Are waterpiks safe for ear wax?

Ear flushing: Waterpiks use high pressure water, and I would be concerned about damage to the ear drum with this. I wouldn't use anything stronger than the bulb syringe that comes with the wax removal kits you can get at the drug store. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of ear wax?

What is the purpose of ear wax?

Protection: Ear wax is important in providing protection to the ear and can trap dust and other material that may enter the ear canal. ...Read more

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What does blue ear wax look like?

What does blue ear wax look like?

Cerumen: Blue ear wax is a very uncommon problem. When infected with a certain strain of pseudomonas, it can turn a deep bluish color. It is exceptionally rare and is usually from infection, if symptoms of pain, throbbing, discharge or hearing loss are going on, get your ear checked out to make sure you get the right treatment. ...Read more

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How do I remove impacted ear wax?

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

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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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How can impacted ear wax be removed?

How can impacted ear wax be removed?

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 more

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How can I increase ear wax production?

How can I increase ear wax production?

Alternative: There isn't much you can do to change how much wax you make. It depends on your skin type. You can, however, soothe the ear canal skin with over the counter and prescription preparations. See an ENT for an examination & specific advice before putting anything anything into your ears. If you have a damaged eardrum, you shouldn't put most things in your ears. ...Read more

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How do I get impacted ear wax removed?

How do I get impacted ear wax removed?

Ear wash: There are over-the-counter ear wash kits available which are frequently successful in removing impacted wax. If this is unsuccessful, see your pcp or an ENT to have the ears cleaned. ...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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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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What are the causes of a person not having any ear wax?

In a young. ..: Healthy person; probably injudicious use of q tips. People produce varying amounts of cerumen with varying consistency. Aging can decrease the production of cerumen and lead to eczematous conditions. ...Read more

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Why am I getting a large amount of ear wax all of a sudden?

Why am I getting a large amount of ear wax all of a sudden?

Skin product: Ear wax comes from the skin of the ear canal so, any changes in your skin can change the wax, too. Let an ENT look into your ear to make sure that nothing is blocking the normal exit of the wax. Until then, do not stick anything into your ears. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is a good way to clear out ear wax?

ENT appointment: Just make an appointment with an ENT to safely remove the wax if there. May be something else? ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have impacted ear wax? What are the symptoms?

How can I tell if I have impacted ear wax? What are the symptoms?

Need diagnosis: Impacted wax in the ear canal often leads to pressure, fullness and sometimes a conductive hearing loss. Before you do anything, see an ENT doctor for appropriate diagnosis and treatment. ...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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Should I try ear wax cleaner or what?

Should I try ear wax cleaner or what?

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

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Red ear wax?

Cerumen: Maroon colored cerumen are not uncommon.

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How should I get rid of ear wax?

Pharmacy: They make solutions to rinse ear wax out. Don't use cotton swabs to do this. Go to the pharmacy and ask them for the ear wax removal kits. ...Read more