If You Are Experiencing The Following:
You might be suffering from excessive earwax buildup.
Ear wax is actually dead skin from the ear. It is normal and has antibacterial properties and functions to traps dust that enters the ear. It is involved in the self-cleaning mechanism of the ear. In 90% of individuals, the ear has self-cleaning ability. It is unnecessary to clean with cotton buds or ear diggers. In fact, over cleaning the ears can lead to more wax production. In some patients with skin conditions like eczema, it can lead to accelerated ear wax production. In these patients it can lead to impacted ear wax. Patients can experience hearing loss or ear infections with pain and discharge from impacted ear wax.
Impacted ear wax occurs when a patient has ear wax that is stuck in the ear. Because of this, the eardrum is obstructed and this results in hearing loss and potentially ear infections.
This will need to be removed under ear vacuum suction under microscopic vision for it to be safe. The procedure is known as aural toilet. Ear Syringing is not always recommended as it introduces extra moisture into the ear canal and can potentially lead to injury of the ear drum.
There are some ear wax cleaning solutions that one can purchase over the counter. This can be attempted first to see if it helps unblock the ears. Sometimes it can make the blockage worse.
Ear wax cleaning solutions should be attempted first. During the application, its important to massage the outer ears to ensure the ear wax cleaning solution enters the ear completely. This should unclog after a few days. Otherwise you will need to see an ent specialist to suction out the ear wax.
Besides ear wax cleaning solution, it is dangerous to use home remedies to clean the ears of ear wax or treat ear infections. Vinegar or alcohol has been described before. These solutions are acidic and can potentially injure the ear canal or ear drum. I have come across patients who sustained a hole in the ear drum from using these home remedies.
Unfortunately no. Impacted ear wax are usually firmly lodged in place. Part of this may break off but it is usually necessary to see an ENT doctor to suction out the ear wax.
If the ear wax is not impacted and there is no ear infection, there is no need to remove ear wax. As mentioned they are antibacterial and helps trap dust so its normal to have ear wax.
Aural toilet by a ear specialist to remove ear wax is necessary if the ear wax causes issues like hearing loss or ear infections.
Yes! Normal ear wax falls out by itself on a regular basis.
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