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I have a lot of ear wax and my doctor prescribed sodium bicarbonate ear drops. It's the second day and my hearing has got worse and I now have pain?

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Dr. Devin Cunning
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Otitis externa

The wax most likely softened and is now abutting the tympanic membrane (ear drum) or occluding the ear canal.
Moisture accumulating behind the obstruction creates a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi resulting in ear canal inflammation and possible infection. The wax should be removed and probable treatment with antibiotic ear drops.

In brief: Otitis externa

The wax most likely softened and is now abutting the tympanic membrane (ear drum) or occluding the ear canal.
Moisture accumulating behind the obstruction creates a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi resulting in ear canal inflammation and possible infection. The wax should be removed and probable treatment with antibiotic ear drops.
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