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Earwax blockage

Definition


Disease: Earwax blockage Earwax blockage
Category: Ear, nose, larynx diseases

Disease Definition:

Cerumen (earwax), which is part of the body’s natural defenses, protects the ear canal by trapping dirt and slowing the growth of bacteria.

 

But in some cases, when too much earwax accumulates, it becomes too hard to wash away naturally.

 

In case the earwax blockage becomes a problem, the person or their doctor could take steps to remove the wax safely. However, it is still not known why some people experience earwax blockage more often or why this blockage occurs in only one ear.
 

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Symptoms, Causes

Symptoms:

Some of the signs and symptoms of earwax blockage are:

 

  • Ear noise (tinnitus)
  • Earache
  • Feeling of fullness in the affected ear
  • Decreased hearing in the affected ear

 

In case someone has these symptoms, it doesn’t always mean that they have earwax blockage.
 

Causes:

The glands in the skin that line the ear canals secrete the wax in the ears. Dust and other foreign particles that may damage deeper structures, such as the eardrum, are trapped by the wax and tiny hairs in these passages.

 

Usually, in many people, a small amount of earwax regularly makes its way to the opening of the ear where it’s washed away or falls out as new wax is secreted to replace it. However, the wax could build up and block the ear canal in case it isn’t cleared effectively, or if an excessive amount of wax is secreted.

 

A common cause of earwax blockages are when people try to clear their ears on their own by placing cotton swabs or other items in their ears, which instead of removing it just pushes the wax deeper into the ear.
 

Complications

Complications:

None

Treatments:

By using a curette, which is a small and curved instrument, the excess wax could be removed. By using a water pick or a rubber-bulb syringe filled with warm water, the wax could be flushed out. And by using suction while inspecting the ear with the aid of a microscope, the wax could also be removed.

 

Using a wax-removal medication may be recommended in case earwax buildup is a recurring problem, such as carbamide peroxide every four to eight weeks as a preventive measure. However, these drugs are recommended to be used sparingly and only on the advice of the doctor because they can irritate the delicate skin of the eardrum and ear canal.

 

EAR CANDLING:

Placing a lighted, hollow, cone-shaped candle into the ear, a process known as ear candling, is not recommended. It is thought that the heat from the flame will create a vacuum seal and the earwax will adhere to the candle, however, it has been proven that this method does not work, and that it may be dangerous.
 

Prognosis:

Not available

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