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Does earwax have to be taken out by doctor?
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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
Ear wax or cerumen due to its pH (acidic) and make up, protects the external ear canal against bacteria and fungus.
Most external ear infections are due to a disruption of this protective blanket. Ear wax only needs to be taken out when it occludes the ear canal and makes examination of the tympanic membrane difficult.

In brief: No
Ear wax or cerumen due to its pH (acidic) and make up, protects the external ear canal against bacteria and fungus.
Most external ear infections are due to a disruption of this protective blanket. Ear wax only needs to be taken out when it occludes the ear canal and makes examination of the tympanic membrane difficult.
Dr. Dennis Diaz
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Leave it alone
Unless ear wax is obstructing hearing the best thing you can do is leave it alone.
Wax is there for a reason. It moistens the skin, fights infections and prevents ear dryness. If your ear is completely occluded then having a doctor remove it makes sense. Over the counter methods unfortunately can make things worse by turning the occluding wax into a soft mush. Whatever you do do not use qtips.

In brief: Leave it alone
Unless ear wax is obstructing hearing the best thing you can do is leave it alone.
Wax is there for a reason. It moistens the skin, fights infections and prevents ear dryness. If your ear is completely occluded then having a doctor remove it makes sense. Over the counter methods unfortunately can make things worse by turning the occluding wax into a soft mush. Whatever you do do not use qtips.
Dr. David Astrachan
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