Ear Wax Removal
How is Earwax Removed?
You may try self-care measures for an earwax buildup, like drops of mineral oil and cleaning the outside of your ear with a washcloth. If you need something stronger than over-the-counter products, your doctor at Specialty Physician Associates may prescribe earwax drops to soften and break up the earwax.
If your earwax becomes impacted, it should always be removed by your doctor so that you don’t risk damaging your fragile eardrum by placing cotton swabs or other items in your ear. Your doctor may irrigate your ear, using a syringe to insert warm water or a mix of water and hydrogen peroxide into your ear.
In some cases, your doctor at Specialty Physician Associates may remove earwax using a small curved instrument or suction to gently pull the wax out of the ear. If you have recurring episodes of earwax accumulation severe enough to cause symptoms, you may need to use ear drops weekly to help prevent the problem.
If your ear feels like it’s plugged, or you develop an earache, call Specialty Physician Associates.