What To Treat Impacted Earwax

What is earwax?

Earwax is a healthy part of your ears. Despite many people believing it is a sign of poor hygiene, earwax is vital to your ears. It helps protect your ear canal from infections caused by bacteria and fungi. It also blocks water from entering your ear canal. With little earwax, you’re actually at a greater risk of developing ear infections. That’s why many doctors are recommending people to leave their earwax alone. 

Is having too much earwax a problem?

Yes, having too much earwax can be a problem. Though many doctors warn people of the side effects of over-cleaning the ear, earwax buildup can cause symptoms that may bother you. Some symptoms of impacted earwax include hearing loss, ringing in the ears, dizziness, and general ear pain.

Ear infections, allergies, and other cold-like symptoms may be signs of earwax buildup or impacted ear wax. If your earwax is green, you may be dealing with a possible infection and should see a doctor. If you see your earwax is black, you may be dealing with earwax build up or impacted earwax

What Causes Impacted Earwax?

Q-Tips, earbuds, hearing aid, etc. can push earwax deeper, causing impacted earwax. This is why many specialists warn of putting things in your ear. When your earwax is pushed that deep into your ear, it can form a blockage impacting your hearing.

Even though your body naturally gets rid of earwax, having too much can cause infection. As it builds up over time, it may harden, which the body will struggle to rid itself of.

How Can Impacted Earwax Be Treated? 

When dealing with impacted earwax it’s important that you don’t continue to put any tools in your ear to remove it. Doing so will only push the earwax further in your ear and you can puncture the eardrum. The best thing to do is see a doctor who can properly examine your ear and advise you on the next steps. 

The good news is, there are some safe ways to clean your ears at home that don’t require sticking things in your ear!

Eardrops: There are plenty of over the counter ear drops that contain peroxide. This will soften the earwax so you can safely wash them out. It’s a quick and painless way to get the job done!

Baby Oil and Mineral Oil: Similarly to over-the-counter eardrops, this will loosen the earwax. Use a couple of drops and let it soak for five minutes. After the times up, simply tilt your head to the side and it will remove the oil and earwax. So quick and painless!

This is much safer and recommended by doctors instead of sticking tools in your ears. This helps you avoid further infection and damaging your eardrum. 

Earwax Removal By a Doctor

When you visit Breathe Clear Institute, we can help you tackle all your earwax problems. With a quick appointment with our doctors, we can help you discover relief. 

Our Earwax Removal Treatment is noninvasive, painless and helps relieve you from symptoms. We won’t put you under anesthesia and once the appointment is over you can leave our offices feeling an immediate difference!

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If you suspect that you are dealing with Impacted Earwax or Blockage, it’s important to seek treatment now to avoid any long-term damage. Schedule an appointment and get immediate relief from symptoms with treatment at Breathe Clear Institute.

Earwax Blockage Symptoms and Treatment

What is Earwax Blockage and How is it Treated?

Earwax is a natural substance that lubricates the ear and protects it from infection. In most cases, earwax can be removed by simply cleaning the outer part of your ear. However, sometimes an obstruction may occur in the ear canal, which can lead to discomfort and hearing loss. Earwax blockage is a common problem and can be painful. It is usually caused by excessive production of earwax, but it can also be a sign of a more serious underlying problem.

What are the symptoms of an earwax blockage?

Here are some of the signs that you have a blockage in your ear canals:

Itchy ear – This is one of the most common symptoms of an earwax blockage, and it can easily be mistaken for something else. The itching may be so severe that you can’t even sleep!

Earache – If you have a blocked ear, your eardrum will become inflamed and irritated, causing pain or discomfort.

Difficulty hearing/ringing in the ears/feeling of fullness in the ears – All these symptoms indicate that there’s something stuck or blocking your eardrum from letting sound through properly. It’s not uncommon to have wax build-up, but if you’re experiencing this type of problem, there’s a chance we may need to take care of it immediately!

How is earwax blockage diagnosed?

The first step in diagnosing an earwax blockage is a physical examination. The doctor will look at your ears with an otoscope, and if there is visible earwax in the canal, he or she can scrape it away with a curette. The doctor may also use an endoscope to examine the ear canal more thoroughly.

If you have chronic hearing loss and earwax blockage symptoms, you should make an appointment right away.

What are the complications of an earwax blockage?

  • Tinnitus. Earwax build-up can cause a ringing or buzzing sound in your ears, known as tinnitus.
  • Hearing loss. Earwax build-up can also cause hearing loss if it blocks the ear canal, preventing sound from entering your inner ear and being transferred to the brain for processing.
  • Swelling of the ear canal is another possible complication of an earwax blockage—the swollen tissue may feel sore or tender when touched.
  • A ruptured eardrum is another type of rupture that can occur if excessive force is applied to an ear with a buildup of wax on it. If you try to remove the wax by forcefully squeezing your fingers into the side of your head, it could burst through the fragile membrane that lines this area and causes pain as well as hearing loss (because the fluid will leak out). A ruptured eardrum may also lead to infection since there’s no barrier between you and germs.  There are two types: perforated eardrum (a tiny hole) and burst eardrum (a larger one). Both require medical attention because they’re both painful too.

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If you suspect that your ears are plugged, it’s important to seek treatment to avoid long-term damage or complications. Schedule an appointment and get immediate relief from earwax blockage symptoms with treatment at Breathe Clear Institute.

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How to treat swimmer’s ear

What is swimmer’s ear?

The reason this affliction is called “swimmer’s ear” is because it occurs very often in swimmers since they spend so much time underwater. It’s likely you’ve experienced swimmer’s ear once in your life and it wasn’t anything too serious besides some itching in your ear canal that lasted a day or two. But, swimmer’s ear can start off mild and become something quite severe if not treated properly.

So, why use the term hygiene? Are we talking about being clean while sleeping? Well, that’s part of it, but it’s more So, how does swimmer’s ear happen exactly? Ears have a natural defense mechanism against standing fluids and subsequent bacterial growth within the ear canal. The outer ear is the first line of defense, acting as a bodyguard stopping any foreign objects from entering the ear canal. The next line of defense is a healthy layer of earwax that lines the ear canal to keep liquids from sitting with its waxy texture, by way of creating a space for bacteria to grow.

Symptoms of swimmer’s ear include:

  • Itching in the ear canal
  • Slight redness of the ear canal
  • Clear and odorless drainage from the ear canal
  • Slight pain when touching the ear itself
  • Partial blockage of the ear canal with a feeling of fullness 
  • Decreased or muffled hearing
  • Swelling of the lymph nodes or neck
  • Fever and severe pain (this is when you need to see a doctor)

Complications with swimmer’s ear

If you have any of the aforementioned symptoms, it’s best to get ahead of swimmer’s ear before it becomes a more serious bacterial infection. You never want to probe your ear canal with an object (like a Q-tip) as it could push bacteria further into the ear and worsen the problem. If swimmer’s ear doesn’t resolve itself and you’ve tried over-the-counter treatments like drops and hot compresses, further complications could ensue, such as:

  • More wide-spread infection beyond the ear canal and into other parts of the body depending on how far and where the infection spreads
  • Deep tissue infection in the connective tissues of the skin
  • Long-term infection is when an infection persists for three months or longer
  • Bone and cartilage damage from infection that causes severe pain
  • Temporary hearing loss or muffled hearing that interferes with everyday life

While it’s hard to know if or when swimmer’s ear can happen, there are some preventative measures that can be taken to try and avoid it.

How to prevent swimmer’s ear

People have different sizes of ear canals, varying thickness of earwax, damaged or vulnerable ear drums and other medical conditions that might make them more susceptible to swimmer’s ear. Factors that can increase a person’s chances of getting swimmer’s ear include:

  • Use of ear devices like hearing aids and earpods that are not properly cleaned and stored 
  • Inserting object into your ears for cleaning purposes – only the outer ear should be cleaned with cotton swabs or Q-tips
  • Exposure to contaminated water with high bacterial levels such as a lake, ocean, or unkempt swimming pool or hot tub
  • Prolonged exposure to moisture and/or water like in humid climates or like its namesake implies – swimming with the ears underwater for long periods of time

Swimmer’s ear is quite common but it’s important to manage the symptoms and keep an eye on the symptoms so it doesn’t become a bacterial infection in need of seeing a doctor. However, if you do need to see a doctor for something like swimmer’s ear, Breathe Clear Institute is here to help treat the condition and investigate further for other ENT issues that might be a causing factor.

Make an appointment with Breathe Clear Institute for any ear, nose, and throat issues

Persistent ear aches and issues can be signs of a more complicated condition within the ears. Our staff of highly trained professional ENT specialists can help diagnose and treat whatever your condition might be.

Healthy tips for cleaning your ears

Earwax and what causes it

We all have earwax in our wars, but what exactly is it? Earwax is the build up of natural waxy oil called cerumen that connects to hair follicles in the ear canal, sometimes building up enough blockage that it causes hearing loss. While people might think that earwax is unappealing and want nothing to do with it, there is a bodily purpose for it. Earwax prevents bacteria, dust, water, and other germs from damaging the inner ear and obstructing airways. So, we do want to leave some wax in the canal but not too much that it affects our hearing. 

Symptoms of earwax buildup include a sensation of a plugged ear, headaches, dizziness, partial hearing loss, and strange sounds from within the ear. Ear wax typically has a yellow to orange coloring, depending on how old the wax is and how much air it’s been exposed to over time. If earwax is greenish, has blood in it, or is leaking out on its own, it is time to call a medical professional. 

How to safely clean your ears 

Earwax buildup is one of the most common reasons that people experience temporary hearing problems, but can be easily remedied. Most people have Q-tips in their bathroom for multipurpose use, but research has shown that Q-tips often push earwax buildup further into the ear canal. So, we wanted to give you some better methods to clean your ears and to ensure good hearing.  

Below are safe and effective ways to clear your ears at home. It must be noted that you should not clean your ears too often as some earwax is helpful and healthy for proper functioning.

  • Use a warm, damp washcloth (small enough to minimally enter the ear canal)
  • Over-the-counter liquid solution meant for ear cleaning (usually drops)
  • Earwax softener (do not use ear wax removal candles) 
  • A syringe with a solution to irrigate the ear canal (must follow directions)

If no at-home remedies are working, the buildup may be beyond what is available to you at the pharmacy. In that case, it’s recommended that you make an appointment to see us at the Breathe Clear Institute

Treatment we offer

Severe blockage or impaction of the ear canal might lead to a noninvasive surgical procedure to remove excessive earwax. Despite very few accounts of pain during the procedure, we will put you under anesthesia and can expect only minor discomfort. You will regain partial hearing that you lost, experience relief of the clogged or full sensation, and eliminate any itching within the ear caused by the blockage. The best part about this procedure is the results are immediate and you can go home right after your appointment. 

Schedule an appointment with Breathe Clear Institute 

Ear canal blockage can interrupt your hearing and cause unnecessary pain and discomfort. We have treatments to help clean your ear canals and restore hearing. Your ears not only serve the purpose of hearing, but they also are a key part of maintaining your balance.

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