Earwax (Excess Buildup and Blockage): Earwax, or cerumen, is a substance produced by the glands in the outer ear. Earwax has a purpose, and that is to trap dust and other small particles and prevent them from potentially damaging the eardrum. Causes of earwax buildup, blockage, or impaction include using Q tips or other objects to remove earwax. Symptoms of earwax buildup or blockage include decreased hearing, a fullness or plugged feeling in the ear, ear pain, dizziness, or ringing in the ear. Home remedies, over-the-counter (OTC) medication (drops), and excess earwax buildup and blockage removal by your health care professional are treatments for earwax buildup.
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EaracheEarache is pain in the ear. An earache can be caused by infections or fungus. There are types of ear infections to include otitis externa, otitis externa (swimmer's ear), otitis media, and myringitis. Symptoms of an earache include pain in the ear, fever, fluid seeping from the ear, and headache. Treatment of earache depends on the cause.
Foreign Body, EarGetting an object lodged in the ear is a common problem -- especially among toddlers. Pain or bleeding are the most common symptoms. Though a foreign body in the ear is seldom a serious condition, the object should be removed as soon as possible, preferably by a doctor.
Hearing LossHearing loss can have a variety of causes both physical and neurological. Infection can also affect hearing. Medical treatment depends on the cause, but people can help prevent hearing loss by wearing ear protection in noisy environments, promply treating ear infections, and never inserting foreign objects into the ear canal(such as cotton swabs).
Perforated EardrumPerforated or ruptured eardrum is a tear or hole in the eardrum. Signs and symptoms of a ruptured eardrum include immediate, intense, or sharp pain in the affected ear, dizziness, hearing changes (tinnitus), hearing loss, and fluid draining from the ear. Causes of a perforated or ruptured eardrum are many, and include infections, trauma, rapid changes in pressure, and blast waves from fireworks, gunshots, or other explosions.
TinnitusTinnitus (ringing in the ears) is a cause for hearing loss. Tinnitus also can be caused by ear infections, exposure to loud noises, Meniere's disease, medications, brain tumors, TMJ, and other medical conditions. Treatment for tinnitus depends upon the cause.
Foreign Body (Object) in the Ear Getting an object lodged in the ear is a common problem -- especially among toddlers. Pain or bleeding are the most common symptoms. Though a foreign body in the ear is seldom a serious condition, the object should be removed as soon as possible, preferably by a doctor.
Earwax (Excess Buildup and Blockage) Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins
Carbamide Peroxide (otic)
Carbamide peroxide otic (for the ears) is used to soften and loosen ear wax, making it easier to remove...learn more »