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Earwax Blockage



can build up in your ear canal and cause a blockage. Earwax blockage happens when your ear makes earwax faster than your body can remove it.

Ear Anatomy

Common symptoms include the following:

  • Trouble hearing
  • Earache
  • Ear fullness or a feeling that something is plugging up your ear
  • Itching or ringing in your ear
  • Dizziness

Seed immediate care if:

  • You feel dizzy.
  • You have discharge or blood coming out of your ear.
  • Your ear pain does not go away or gets worse.

Call your doctor if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have trouble hearing or hear ringing noises.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Treatment for earwax blockage:

  • Medicines placed in the ear canal can soften the earwax so it will come out.
  • Flushing your ear canal with warm water may flush out the earwax.
  • Small medical tools may be used to remove the earwax.

How to prevent earwax blockage:

Do not stick anything into your ears to clean them. Use cotton swabs on the outside of your ear only. Ask your healthcare provider for more information on ways to prevent blockage.

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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