Ear impaction; Cerumen impaction; Ear blockage; Ear wax
Most cases of ear wax blockage can be treated at home. The following can be used to soften the wax in the ear:
- Baby oil
- Commercial drops
- Mineral oil
Detergent drops such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide may help remove the wax.
Another method of removing wax is called irrigation. Use body-temperature water (cooler or warmer water may cause brief but severe dizziness or
Never irrigate the ear if the eardrum may not be intact. Irrigation with a
After the wax is removed, dry the ear thoroughly. You may use a few drops of alcohol in the ear or a hair dryer set on low to help dry the ear.
If you cannot remove the wax plug or irrigation causes discomfort, consult a health care provider, who may remove the wax by:
- Repeating the irrigation attempts
- Suctioning the ear canal
- Using a small device called a curette
Occasionally, the wax must be removed with the help of a microscope.
Wax blockage of the ear usually responds well to removal attempts. However, it may happen again in the future. Hearing loss is usually temporary. Hearing usually returns completely after the blockage is removed.
External ear infection(otitis externa)
Calling your health care provider
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if your ears are blocked with wax and you are unable to remove the wax.
Also call if you have an ear wax blockage and you develop new symptoms, especially:
Drainage from the ear Fever
- Persistent hearing loss
- Persistent or severe