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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How to prevent an anxiety attack because of ringing sound in the ears?

Query: Hi doctor, I am asking on behalf of my son. My son is 15 years old with a weight of 361.5 pounds and a height of 5.7 feet. His problems started yesterday after taking a shower. He hears a high-pitched ringing sound in the ears. Last night, he had three anxiety attacks due to it and he took Stresam 5...  Read Full »

Dr. Manu Chandarashekhara Bharadwaj

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Ringing sensation is common and prevalent. There are many suspected causes for having ringing sensations in the ears. The most common one is the wax impinging the eardrum. Your son started to have this sound after showering. Even water, soap, hair follicles within the e...  Read Full »

Do tinnitus after ear irrigation indicates ear damage?

Query: Hello doctor, Since about a week and a half ago, I have had tinnitus in my right ear. This was after self irrigating the ear with one of those squeezy syringes that come with the Otex ear drops. Before doing this, I was putting in oil drops for about a week prior. Quite a bit of wax came out, but no...  Read Full »

Dr. Satyabrata Panigrahi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is always dangerous to predict and take action in case of their own health. The tinnitus in your case is not due to earwax, it may be due to the blockage of the eustachian tube (tube connecting middle ear and back of the nasal cavity, its primary work is to equalize ...  Read Full »

Why can I not hear after using Q-tip?

Query: Hi doctor, I cleaned my ear with a Q-tip and now I cannot hear. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.comMost probably in your case the wax would have got pushed further inside due to the Q-tip (earbud). It might be occluding the canal and the ear drum totally, so you cannot hear now. I suggest you to take Dewax or wax-dissolving ear drops, three to four drops daily for thre...  Read Full »

What is the reason for my unpleasant feeling with earplug while swimming?

Query: Hi doctor, Could I have a little bit of advice about my ears? I have been swimming casually for years, head-above-water (attempting to keep ears dry but some water inevitably splashes in with no issues). I recently managed to get some earplugs to work though so I could start to swim underwater, but...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the attachments (attachments removed to protect patient identity). As far as your left ear is concerned, I do see a lot of chalky deposits over the eardrum what we call as myringosclerosis. This would have happened as part of healing post-surgery. As you have...  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. Bhadragiri 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 infection is i...  Read Full »

Can I get reinfection of otomycosis after tympanoplasty?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is suffering from Aspergillus otomycosis. She has had tympanoplasty surgery. She then had a surgical ear cleaning, removing the infected skin in her middle ear. This initially worked to remove the fungus, but now her ear seems to be infected again. I am not sure if it is a fungus...  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Peerzada Tehmid Ul Haque

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. In one of the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) sporangia seem to be there, but in the rest of the pictures, it is just wax. However, it is not likely to require debridement. It should go with the medications she is using.  Read Full »

My ear has been clogged for weeks with no wax buildup. How do I treat it?

Query: Hi doctor,My ear has been clogged for weeks, and it just worsens. The doctors I work with do not see any wax buildup. When I blow through my nose, it does not pop; I have tried chewing gum and yawning. I even attempted hydrogen peroxide and nothing helped. No redness is visible, either. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Oliyath Ali

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Using Q tips to clean ears is helpful. However, the Q tips are not meant to be used inside the ears and are intended to apply medications like ointment oils on the skin. Putting Q tips in the ear leads to pushing the wax further inside, d...  Read Full »

My earwax is pushed further into the ear canal, and it seems like there is micro trauma. Will it heal on its own?

Query: Hi doctor, I took custom ear impressions for my music hearing protection. I previously examined my ears with an ear scope and found them to be healthy, with only a small amount of earwax and no redness. After the procedure, I had no pain or symptoms, but when I inspected the ear scope again, I found...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay B K

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. As I can see, traces of trauma appear deeper than simple trauma. This is due to two factors. Either you have a repeated habit of clearing wax with earbuds or any other objects, or you frequently use your scope. As a result, the skin of the e...  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 tinn...  Read Full »

I experience heaviness in my ear and black discharge whenever I use cotton tips to clean my ear. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I feel heaviness in my ear, and I noticed some black discharge whenever I use cotton tips to clean my ear. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Oliyath Ali

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I reviewed your query. It is due to ear wax impaction. So, I suggest you to stop using earbuds or any objects inside the ear; it leads to disturbance in normal cleaning mechanism, i.e., the migratory epithelial pattern of the ear, leading t...  Read Full »

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