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Clean Your Ears of Excess Wax

There’s a reason you’ve been told to never stick anything in your ear smaller than your elbow. Your ear is a sensitive area that can be easily damaged by something as simple as a cotton swab.

If you have ear pain or can’t hear very well because of excess wax build-up, our team at More MD can help. Our experienced physicians can inspect the inside of your ears and safely remove excess wax without damaging surrounding structures.

The purpose of earwax

In your ear canal are glands that produce cerumen, a wax-like oil that clings to small hair follicles.

Ear wax protects your ear by trapping bacteria, germs, and dust, so they can’t enter into your inner ear. The wax also prevents irritation in the delicate tissues of your ear canal when you’re submerged in water.

Typically, the formed wax falls out of the ear naturally. However, the glands in your ears can also produce excess wax that’s not easily removed by natural processes. This can lead to a build-up of wax that hardens inside your ear.

Signs of earwax build-up

When wax hardens, it can cause a blockage in your ear canal. As a result, you might experience symptoms like:

If you try to remove the wax on your own with your finger or a cotton swab, you might actually push the hard wax further into the canal. Pushing the wax inward can lead to more serious complications including a ruptured eardrum.

Get professional help for earwax removal

Our team at More MD offers in-office earwax removal services that protect your ear canal and eardrum from damage.

After a comprehensive evaluation of your ear health, our physicians can use a special curved device (curette) to remove pieces of hardened wax. They gently insert the curette into your ear and pull out the wax that’s blocking your ear canal.

Another method of earwax removal involves flushing out excess wax with a bulb syringe and warm water. This procedure may cause some mild discomfort, but it isn’t painful.

Treating recurrent earwax build-up

If you have recurrent ear pain because of wax build-up, you might benefit from using an over-the-counter ear wax removal medicine. A few drops of the medication helps to soften ear wax, so it can fall out of your ear naturally.

It’s also important that you only have earwax removed by medical professionals, like our physicians at More MD. We can determine why you have too much wax and carefully remove the build-up wax when softeners aren’t working.

We focus on eliminating excess wax without damaging the delicate tissues of your ear. Our team can also recommend ways to prevent earwax build-up and reduce your risk for ongoing irritation in your ear canal.

If you notice your hearing has changed or ear pain is worsening, schedule a diagnostic evaluation for earwax build-up online or by calling the More MD office nearest you today. 

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