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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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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 heaviness in the ear along with black discharge. Why?

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 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 to e...  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 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, dist...  Read Full »

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