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What do I do about ear wax?
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
13 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Research ear candles. They are easy to use and many people swear by them.
Dr. Nicholas Nomicos
Wax will move through the ear canal normally and usually doesn't require help. Most ear wax problems we see are associated with - yup, it's true - Q-tips.
Dr. Arti Jain
Pediatrics
10 doctors agree
In brief: Do not use Q tips!
Ear wax protects and moisturises the skin of the ear canal, fights infections and protects the ear drum. Washing your hair regularly is enough to keep the ear canals clean, just wipe the outside with a wash cloth.
If there is production of excess wax or impaction your doctor can prescribe a medication or remove it with a curette or ear wash. Don't use q-tips as it just impacts the wax more.

In brief: Do not use Q tips!
Ear wax protects and moisturises the skin of the ear canal, fights infections and protects the ear drum. Washing your hair regularly is enough to keep the ear canals clean, just wipe the outside with a wash cloth.
If there is production of excess wax or impaction your doctor can prescribe a medication or remove it with a curette or ear wash. Don't use q-tips as it just impacts the wax more.
Dr. Arti Jain
Dr. Arti Jain
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Dr. Patrick Melder
The ear has a natural way to clean itself. The skin and wax combine and shed/migrate out through the ear canal. See my other answer below.
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
7 doctors agree
In brief: Nothing
Ear wax is a natural substance and important for good ear health.
It moistens the ear canal skin and has anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. The ear canal skin needs healthy wax to be happy. Too many people try to clean the wax with q-tips which just pushes it in or use over the counter drops which just make a mess. If you are concerned make an appointment with an ENT doc to look at you.

In brief: Nothing
Ear wax is a natural substance and important for good ear health.
It moistens the ear canal skin and has anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. The ear canal skin needs healthy wax to be happy. Too many people try to clean the wax with q-tips which just pushes it in or use over the counter drops which just make a mess. If you are concerned make an appointment with an ENT doc to look at you.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Paul Cohen
A good primary care physician would be able to treat your wax; otic flushes can be done in the office and even though you may get a little wet; the wax can be safely removed.
Dr. Paul Cohen
I completely agree with Dr. Yoder...NO Q-TIPS EVER!!!
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