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What is ear wax?

The skin on the outer part of the ear canal has special glands that produce ear wax, also known as cerumen. The purpose of this natural wax is to protect the ear from damage and infections. Normally, a small amount of wax accumulates and then dries up and falls out of the ear canal, carrying with it unwanted dust or sand particles.

Ear wax is helpful to coat the skin of the ear canal where it acts as a temporary water repellent. The absence of ear wax may result in dry, itchy ears, and even infection. Ear wax is formed in the outer third of the ear canal.

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Comment from: JohnC, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 21

Over a period of 1 1/2 to 2 years my ear wax builds until I have to go to the doctor to have it removed. I have tried various OTC treatments, none seem to work for me, and some actually make it worse. When I use loud lawn equipment I use both ear plug inserts and head phones. I notice ear wax on the inserts after a while and I know I will soon be making a trip to the doctor. I just had the wax removed today, what a difference it makes!

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Comment from: queque, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 21

My ears start to itch inside and I poke my little finger in to scratch it and dig some wax out. Sometimes there is very fluid material that my doctor said was melted ear wax. After a while I will use ear drops like Murine but this does not help, in fact for 2 days after I'm deaf in the ear I was trying to clear. I've used Q-tips which I know is wrong but is the only way I was able to get lots of dark wax out. I'll be checking with doctor in a couple days if my left ear is still blocked. It gives me a headache having this hearing imbalance, like a weak eye.

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