Removal Of Ear Wax

Ear wax build-up can lead to its impaction within the ears causing ear block, reduced hearing ability, ear discharge, itching, and fullness in the ears. But it is not advised to use any pointed objects to remove the ear wax. It might perforate the eardrum. Ear wax drops, irrigation kits, glycerin, mineral oil, baby oil, or hydrogen peroxide can be used to soften the wax, after which it gets cleared out. Otherwise, reach an ENT specialist to get it removed professionally.

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Will Waxonil cause blockage of ear and difficulty in hearing?

Query: Hi doctor, My father used Waxonil two weeks back. Since then, both his ears feel blocked, and he can hardly hear. He used the Waxonil again, hoping the wax would flow out and he would feel better, but it has gotten worse. His hearing has gone down drastically. As we are under lockdown, we cannot vis...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to What happens when you put wax dissolution agents is, the wax absorbs the liquid and swells up. So the blockage increases more than before. Ideally, we need to see him in the OPD where we can suction it out. Otherwise, what I would suggest is to keep putting the wax drop...  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 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 »

Can I go for a haircut after having had removal of ear wax?

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 »

What can cause ear blockage?

Query: Hi doctor, My right ear has been blocked a few days ago. Whenever I tried to laugh, smile or wink, the jaw line muscles go up and it pushes to block the right ear hearing. Doctor told me that it is partially ear wax blockage. But, I do not think so. I did try to put olive oil. And also I did not suf...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From the details you have given in your query it seems to me that it is indeed wax only. As it pushes against the eardrum and further increases the block when you smile, laugh or wink, it is more likely impacted wax than anything else. However, one can be sure of tha...  Read Full »

I suffer from headaches and tinnitus. Is there any test to diagnose the cause?

Query: Hi doctor,Before a month, I went for earwax cleaning, and it was unsuccessful. The second attempt after three days was fine. There were some irritation and blood was found on the removed cerumen. According to the ear specialist, there is no ear inflammation. My complaints are top right-sided burni...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and gone through the attached blood reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). First of all, I did not find anything seriously deviated from normal in your blood report. Regarding headache, I think there is a need for a brain scan, such a...  Read Full »

Why is it not advisable to use earbuds?

Query: Hi doctor, For the last three days, there is a blockage in one side of my ear. I do not feel any cold or throat infection. I tried to blow air by closing my nose and mouth, but I cannot get rid of this ear block. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to With the symptoms that you have, the most probable possibility is impacted wax. It can be highly frustrating as it blocks the entire ear canal and can cause pain and decreased hearing. I suggest you with the following advice: 1) Please stop using earbuds at any cost a...  Read Full »

Can ear irrigation to remove wax buildup result in severe ear pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I went to my general practitioner yesterday to get my ears irrigated as I had some wax build-up that was impairing my hearing slightly. The right ear cleared fairly easily, but with the left ear, she had more trouble. While she was irrigating the left ear, I felt extreme pain, asking her...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to You had developed pain due to the pressure of the syringing fluid, which would have temporarily traumatized your eardrum, causing it to get inflamed and cause the intense pain it is associated with. Please understand that this can take a while as the eardrum tak...  Read Full »

Why did I have a crackling noise in my right ear after getting my ear cleaned?

Query: Hi doctor,I cleaned my ears by consulting an ENT specialist. They used water to flush out clogged wax. After coming home, I started to have a crackling sound in my right ear while moving or bending down. While staying still or lying down, I do not have any noise from my ears. I want to know the caus...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There is nothing to be worried. It is normal to have a crackling sound in the ears after syringing. It is produced due to a slight amount of residual water present in the ears. Anything that interferes with sound transmission and processing can cause an altered perc...  Read Full »

Please suggest a treatment option to get relief from impacted wax present in ears.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30-year-old male with a weight of 63 kilograms and a height of five feet. I have decreased hearing in both ears. I think that there is a wax formation and it blocks the ways. Please suggest an ear drop to get relief.   Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You can have impacted wax. This causes extreme frustration and blocks the entire ear canal. This results in pain and decreased hearing. Try to follow these measures to have relief. Stop using earbuds at any cost. It can introduce a new infection in the ear canal and cau...  Read Full »

What is the possibility of brain-eating amebic infection by using tap water to clean ears?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 19 years old. I am taking Zoloft and Risperidone for my anxiety. I recently flushed my ear out with hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, and kitchen tap water because it hurt. But I forgot to boil the tap water. Could I possibly become infected with the brain-eating ameba?  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please understand that it is never safe for anyone to use peroxide, alcohol, and tap water to flush the ear canal for any reason. In fact using clean distilled water can irritate the inner ear and cause transient vertigo. Method to clear the ear canal by flushing the ea...  Read Full »

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