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Your Waxy Ear Discharge May Also be Known as:
Wax coming from the ear
Wax coming out of ear

Top 2 Waxy Ear Discharge Causes

  1. 1.Chronic Earwax Blockage

    Earwax production is a normal process, as the body makes wax to protect the ear from infection. Sometimes ear wax can build up and cover the eardrum which is a thin layer of skin that stretches across the end of the ear canal and picks up sound from outside.

    You can go to your local pharmacy or retail clinic. You should NOT try removing the wax with cotton swabs or Q-tips, because you run the risk of pushing the ear wax further into the ear canal, and potentially damaging the ear canal or eardrum. A variety of ear drops exist that can be bought at the pharmacy, such as Debrox, Murine, and Cerumenex. These will help soften the wax so it can exit the ear canal. You may also use other remedies such as mineral oil, baby oil, or glycerin ear drops instead of brand-name drops. If symptoms worsen, you should see your physician, who may be able to flush the wax out of the ear.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dizziness, dry cough, ear canal pain, ringing in the ears, vertigo (extreme dizziness)
    Symptoms that always occur with chronic earwax blockage:
    ear canal pain
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic earwax blockage:
    swollen ear, fever
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

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  2. 2.Earwax Blockage

    Ear wax production is a normal process, as the body makes wax to protect the ear from infection. Sometimes ear wax can build up and cover the eardrum, which is a thin layer of skin that stretches across the end of the ear canal and picks up sound from outside. Ear wax buildup has nothing to do with poor hygiene, and it is not possible to prevent a build-up by washing.

    You should go to a retail clinic to be treated. You should NOT try removing the wax with cotton swabs, because you run the risk of pushing the ear wax further into the ear canal, and potentially damaging the ear canal or eardrum. A variety of ear drops exist that can be bought at the pharmacy, such as Debrox, Murine, and Cerumenex. You may also use other remedies such as mineral oil, baby oil, or glycerin ear drops instead of brand-name drops.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    dizziness, ear canal pain, ear fullness/pressure, vertigo (extreme dizziness), ringing in the ears
    Symptoms that never occur with earwax blockage:
    swollen ear, fever
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Waxy Ear Discharge

  • Q.Has your ear discharge been getting better or worse?
  • Q.How long has your ear discharge been going on?
  • Q.Is your ear discharge constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How much discharge is coming out of your ear?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our waxy ear discharge symptom checker.

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Waxy Ear Discharge Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced waxy ear discharge have also experienced:

    • 6% Fever
    • 6% Sore Throat
    • 3% Asymmetrical Breasts
  • People who have experienced waxy ear discharge had symptoms persist for:

    • 76% Less Than a Day
    • 9% Less Than a Week
    • 6% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced waxy ear discharge were most often matched with:

    • 15% Earwax Blockage
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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