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Earwax Blockage

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is earwax blockage?

Earwax 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

What causes earwax blockage?

What are the signs and symptoms of earwax blockage?

How is earwax blockage treated?

How can I 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.

Earwax Removal

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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