Half of the U.S. population suffers from some degree of ear wax impaction.
In addition to being uncomfortable, an ear wax blockage can also lead to an infection. When this occurs, you may experience:
Soften the wax. A few drops of over-the-counter ear wax drops, mineral oil, baby oil, or hydrogen peroxide can soften the buildup so it’s easier for the body to remove.
Irrigate the ears. Irrigating the ears with an over-the-counter kit can be an effective way to dislodge impacted ear wax. However, do not attempt this process if you suspect an injury or ruptured ear drum, as doing so can result in hearing loss and infection.
Never insert a Q-tip into your ear canal. Doing so can damage the delicate skin, introduce bacteria and puncture your eardrum. What’s more, many patients inadvertently push the wax in further rather than drawing it out.
If you are unable to dislodge your impacted ear wax at home, an experienced ENT can help. The extent of the blockage, along with any underlying problems, can be assessed during a quick examination at your doctor’s office. From there, your physician may use irrigation, suction or a curved instrument to remove the buildup.
For a definitive diagnosis of impacted ear wax and effective treatment, contact SFENTA today to schedule an appointment.
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