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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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There is a separation noise under earlobe while filling mouth with air. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor, I have this strange feeling behind my jaw on the left side just under my earlobe. When I fill my mouth with air to increase the pressure, the area that is irritated fills with air and makes a strange separation noise. It sounds like pulling apart wax and hair and I can feel the air in...  Read Full »

Dr. Dheeraj Kumar Jonnalagadda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The problem you are stating can be wax filled in the ear which is in a liquid state due to the entry of water and can cause this squishy noise in the ear. I suggest you prevent entry of water while taking bath for a few days by applying cotton to your ear during the bath ...  Read Full »

How to unclog your ear?

Query: Hello doctor, I woke up five days ago with clogging in my ears. Stupidly, I went with one of the first solutions I found online and poured hydrogen peroxide in my ear. It is now stuck in my ear canal and I cannot get it out. I have tried Swim-ear drops, ear candle, wax removal kit and shaking my hea...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How sure are you it is wax that caused the blocked ears? If you are absolutely sure, you can put the wax dissolving drops and, it will act on the wax, temporarily swell it and then dissolve it. Or, it will make the wax soft enough for easy removal by a doctor using suc...  Read Full »

How to prevent excess ear wax formation?

Query: Hello doctor, I am getting a lot of wax formation on both ears. Even if I clean the ears on a daily basis, but still it comes up again. This problem has started around 10 years back. I am suffering from dandruff problem around the same time, along with excessive oil secretion in the head. Not su...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from a lot of wax formation on both ears and dandruff problems with oily skin for the last ten years. If your glands produce more earwax than normal, it may become hard and block the...  Read Full »

I used a narrow rod to remove ear wax. Will there be any harm?

Query: Hello doctor, I had put a narrow rod on my hear accidentally yesterday, it delivers more wax in my ear with red color and my hearing is not clear normally. I had not taken any treatment and any first aid for that.  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There is a high probability that you would have accidentally injured the eardrum while cleaning. This is a very common thing to happen and you do not have to worry too much. The defect in the eardrum interferes with optimum sound transmission to the middle and inner ear...  Read Full »

Can I go for a haircut after having my ear wax removed?

Query: Hello doctor, I believe I produce excessive ear wax in my ears due to the fact that I constantly have to go to an ENT to get them cleaned out. Today I had them cleaned out by my ENT but tomorrow I want to get a haircut. I have short hair so when I go to the barber the little hairs always fall and go...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In short, you can go for wax removal today. You may also go for a haircut tomorrow. But, before the haircut just insert a thick plug of cotton into each ear. After the haircut and shampooing, you may remove the plug. That way you will prevent hair from going inside t...  Read Full »

I went swimming a few days back and lost complete hearing in my right ear. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I went swimming a few days back, and I have lost complete hearing in my right ear. I believe there is water stuck in it. I noticed it straight after getting out of the water. I can only hear a little. I tried blowing while holding my nose and tried ear drops suggested by the pharmacy. I t...  Read Full »

Dr. Oliyath Ali

Answer: Hello, Welcome to According to the history provided by you, there is impacted wax or cerumen in the ear, which has gotten wet because of water entry into the ear while swimming. When ear wax gets wet, it swells up, leading to ear blockage. Refrain from blowing forcefully. It will not op...  Read Full »

I have a feeling of water coming out of my ear, but there is no fluid discharge as such. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor, I get a feeling of water rushing out of my ear canal which is similar to when water drains out of your ear after spending a day at the pool. There is no fluid in my ear nor is it coming out . I usually use a q-tip or wiggle my finger around in my ear and the tickle goes away. I am not ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. It is most probably due to the eustachian tube catarrh (excessive build-up of mucus in the ear). This is a common condition where the tube that connects the middle ear to the back of the nose, equalizing pressures ...  Read Full »

My earwax is runny and drains out from my ear while sleeping. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My ear wax is runny and will run consistently throughout the night, preventing sleep. I have used various ear products in the past. However, none seem to address the constant movement of ear wax. What is the treatment for this? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Ear wax is a normal phenomenon; the canal skin grows outwards to bring the wax outside. However, in some, the wax production is excessive and can cause the symptoms like you described, either excess discharge or a block af...  Read Full »

How can clogging of ear be prevented?

Query: Hello doctor, I used Debrox for a minor ear clog, but after four uses and some flushing, my ear feels more clogged. My assumption is the consistency and subsequent build-up. I have used a water and hydrogen peroxide solution in the past without any problem. With COVID-19, is there any way to remedy ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The most probable reason for this symptom could be due to impacted accumulation of wax in that particular ear canal. It is always advised to refrain from using ear buds as it pushes the wax even further in the ear drum which can irritate the ear drum and interfere with ...  Read Full »

My earwax is pushed into the ear canal. Please help.

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 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 ea...  Read Full »

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