Ear Wax

Earwax present in the ears has several benefits. Earwax helps protect and moisturize the skin of the ear and prevent the development of itchy and dry ears. It also contains chemicals to fight against infections that hurt the skin inside the ear canal.

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What is the reason for tinnitus in my ear?

Query: Hello doctor, Recently, my ENT doctor suctioned a lot of fungus from my right ear and it fixed the problem. However, high pitched ear ringing continues to be a problem without any pain. It is more of a pulsating feeling and that synchronizes with my heart rate when I am in the prone position. My h...  Read Full »

Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are suffering from otomycosis also known as swimmer's ear. It is the fungal infection of the external ear. The symptoms include itching, ear discharge, ear pain, ear fullness, temporary hearing loss and tinnitus. Although most individuals will get immediate r...  Read Full »

Are there any options to undergo ear wax removal post-cholesteatoma surgery without pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I underwent a cholesteatoma removal surgery in my right inner and middle ear, extending to my brain dura 10 years ago. A part of the mastoid was removed to help the skin debris shed naturally, and I have been free of cholesteatoma since then. I have a six-month follow-up with my ENT s...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and understand it. You seem to have had a canal wall down surgery (surgery to remove cholesteatoma, which is an abnormal ear growth or ear cyst behind the eardrum). The mastoid bowl (a cavity formed after the surgery due to removal of th...  Read Full »

Why do I have ear pain and black deposits coming from the ear?

Query: Hello doctor, I am facing ear pain since yesterday. My right ear alone is paining. When I tried cleaning with a earbud, the bud came out with a black colored deposit. What do I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. After considering the facts of your query, it appears like you are suffering from either of these. Wax in the ear. Otomycosis (fungal infection of the ear). Treatment is different in both the above situations. I suggest taking Paracetamol 500 mg for pain relief....  Read Full »

I had routine ear wax cleaning, and now I cannot hear in that ear. Is this permanent?

Query: Hello doctor, I had routine ear wax cleaning performed a few days back. I had perfect hearing back then. The doctor scratched the ear canal and stopped before finishing. Now I mainly cannot hear in that ear. I was put on antibiotics and steroid solution for ten days. He says the last bit of wax is i...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. In my opinion, many times wax can get impacted close to or right over the eardrum causing obstruction to the normal movement of sound waves which causes decreased hearing. This is a very common thing to happen. Yo...  Read Full »

What are the typical signs of cerumen impaction and ear infection?

Query: Hi doctor,How can I differentiate between a cerumen impaction and an ear infection? What are the typical signs of an ear infection and cerumen impaction? I have a feeling of fullness in the ear, muffled hearing, and the ear feels clogged. Kindly help me.  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Cerumen impaction is a tight accumulation of wax in the external auditory canal. Clinical features include: 1) Pain in the ear. 2) Hard of hearing. 3) Pressure in the ear with or without episodes of dizziness. 4) Ringing sensation in the ear. An ear infe...  Read Full »

I have a soft and painless red bump inside my ear. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a red bump inside my ear. The bump is soft and does not hurt. What is it? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your pictures are not clear to differentiate it between a blister in the external auditory and ear wax (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Try to confirm it by yourself by gently palpating the bump with the ear bud. If it is a blisters,...  Read Full »

Can I use olive oil for a constant unusual sound in my left ear for the past six days?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been hearing a constant unusual sound in my left ear for the past six days. I consulted my doctor yesterday, and he said that there are no issues in the outer ear, and the sound might be because of ear wax or hair lodged between the eardrum and throat. He prescribed Prednis...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1) Is the hissing sound associated with any nose block, runny nose, throat pain, or itching? 2)Have you consulted an ENT specialist in your locality? 3)Did your doctor check your inner ear using an otoscope? 4) Do you take any antihistamines? 5) Did...  Read Full »

I suffer from ear pain after I tried to remove ear wax. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from ear pain for the last two days and it has become really serious now. The entire right side of my face has gone numb and I am not able to hear properly in my right ear. I can listen to some hissing sound. I remember cleaning my ear with my fingers and tried to...  Read Full »

Dr. Baidya Nath Majhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your symptoms and history of ear cleaning, it is suggestive of otitis externa with ear wax. Do not worry too much. It is a soft tissue infection of your ear canal most probably due to finger nail trauma. You need to take some medication and precautions and it ...  Read Full »

Can I have tinnitus due to side effect of AZO?

Query: Hello doctor, I began exhibiting symptoms that I would describe as tinnitus from a week. I get a loud noise or ringing in my left ear, although it also happens in the right ear. One fine day the tinnitus actually went to the other ear (my right ear), my tinnitus since then has not been focused in a...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. While you have elaborated on your symptoms very meticulously, I still require some more details. Is there any hearing loss? Do you have any fullness of the ear? The tingling feeling, is it permanent? Do you have any giddiness? Any change of ear fullness or tin...  Read Full »

How to get rid of hardened ear wax?

Query: Hi doctor, How can I get rid of hardened wax? I got it removed professionally about three months ago, but when a doctor saw my ears, he told me that my ears are prone to excessive build-up of ear wax. I do not want to remove it every time. I have been advised to use Glycerin Phenol drops to soften ...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the briefing regarding the problem in concern. You can consider the following advice for wax hardened in the ear. 1. Please stop using earbuds at any cost. A. Introduces new infection into the ear canal and can be the reason for severe folliculitis....  Read Full »

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