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Ear Wax Buildup Treatments


Treatment involves removal of the earwax from the ear canal. Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include the following:

Removal of Cerumen by an Instrument

Your doctor can remove cerumen using one of several instruments, including:

  • Curette—This is a surgical instrument shaped like a scoop.
  • Suction—When the cerumen is loosened, the doctor will vacuum the earwax.

Removal of Cerumen by Flushing

Your doctor may rinse the impacted cerumen using flushing equipment.

Removal of Cerumen by Ceruminolytic Agents

Your doctor may prescribe or recommend using a ceruminolytic agent. This is a liquid-like solution that is used to drop into the ear and soften the earwax to help ease removal.

If you are diagnosed with cerumen impaction, follow your doctor's instructions.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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