Have Earwax Blockage? What to Do?

Have Earwax Blockage? What to Do?


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Have Earwax Blockage? What to Do?

Earwax (medically known as cerumen) is a defense mechanism to protect ear canal. Earwax protects ear by cleansing, lubricating, trapping dirt and slowing down bacterial growth in ear canal. When earwax secretion (secreted by skin that covers ear canal) is excess or when earwax becomes dry, it may cause blockage of ear canal leading to various symptoms including ringing and decreased hearing.

It is easy for your doctor to detect earwax blockage. Using a simple instrument called otoscope, your doctor can look into your ear canal and easily find out the excess/dry earwax. This instrument has magnification and illumination facility for easy visualization of ear canal contents., Have Earwax Blockage? What to Do?

What to do if you have excess or dry earwax that may be causing a blockage?

If you have earwax blockage it is bets to get it removed by your doctor. Using a curet (a small instrument), your doctor can easily remove earwax while visualizing the removal. Earwax can also be removed by suction during inspection. Sometimes, your doctor may use warm water to flush out the earwax, using a syringe (without needle).

If you have recurrent buildup of excess earwax, your doctor may recommend some medications, such as carbamide peroxide, which need to be used very carefully because it can cause irritation to skin of ear canal.

Home remedies of earwax removal:

First wax should be softened by applying few drops of baby oil, glycerin, mineral oil or hydrogen peroxide using an eye/ear dropper. Keep it for a day or two. After a day or two wax will be softened. Gently push some warm water into ear canal using a rubber bulb syringe or simple syringe without needle. While pushing warm water into ear canal, tile your head and pull your external ear outward and backward to make ear canal straight. After irrigation is done, tilt your head opposite to drain out the irrigated water. Once finished, gently dry your outer ear with a soft dry cotton cloth or a clean towel. This process may have to be repeated few times before you can completely remove the earwax. Never try to dig out the wax, you may push it further inside and may even damage the eardrum.

 

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