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Earwax (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

When to go to the doctor

  • If at-home removal of earwax is unsuccessful
  • If you suspect you have a perforated eardrum (recent ear infection, injury, loud noise, or pressure change from flying or scuba diving)
  • If you develop drainage from your ear
  • If you experience severe pain, fever, or continuing hearing loss

When to go to the hospital

  • If you have a severe spinning sensation, loss of balance, or inability to walk
  • If you have persistent vomiting or high fever
  • If you have a sudden loss of hearing
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/17/2013
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