Southern Indiana ENT Sinus & Allergy Removes Earwax
Earwax, or cerumen, is a yellow and waxy substance produced by your ears. Earwax is a welcome thing that protects the ear from foreign particles and bacteria. When excess wax builds up in the air, it can become painful and impact your hearing. If you have excessive earwax, Southern Indiana ENT Sinus & Allergy offers earwax removal in Columbus, IN. We are committed to effective treatments that help our patients enjoy their daily lives without restrictions. Contact us to help find a solution for your earwax problems.
Why Do We Have Earwax?
Ear wax is created when glands in the outer half of the ear canal secrete wax into the canal. Earwax assists in eliminating foreign debris, protects against bacteria, and lubricates the skin of the ear canal. The ear canal naturally sends wax and foreign particles toward the ear opening for elimination. When earwax gets impacted, wax and other particles cannot escape the ear opening and cause a backup.
Cause of Earwax Blockage
Cerumen impaction is often caused by insufficient cleaning of earwax or overproduction of earwax. One of the most common causes of earwax blockages is cleaning your ears at home with Q-tips. Instead of eliminating earwax, it’s often pushed deeper inside the ear. Ear plugs and headphones also cause wax buildup because earwax doesn’t have a way to escape the ear canal naturally.
Symptoms of Earwax Blockage
An earwax buildup often results in earaches and pain. Removing your earwax is critical to ensure an infection does not develop. Some other common signs of earwax blockages include the following:
- Drainage or odor from the ear canal
- Hearing loss
- Ringing in your ears
- Pain around the ear
- Balance issues
Cerumen Impaction Treatment
We will inspect your ears with an otoscope to diagnose earwax buildup. We remove the earwax in a few ways, including using a cure to gently remove the wax, suctioning, or flushing the wax with a water pick and warm water. If the problem persists, we can recommend wax-removal medications.
Cleaning Ear Wax at Home
Ears are designed to clean themselves so it’s essential to properly clean them to avoid problems. You can purchase over-the-counter kits to soften the earwax, allowing it to rinse easily from the ear canal. You can also pour a tiny amount of hydrogen peroxide into the ear canal for cleaning. The best way to handle impacted earwax is to contact our team immediately for relief.
Why Choose Southern Indiana ENT Sinus & Allergy?
Southern Indiana ENT specializes in ear, nose, and throat issues. We offer the highest quality of care and are accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. Our team utilizes innovative techniques and puts safety first. We are designated as a Center of Excellence by Entellus Medical.
Contact Southern Indiana ENT Sinus & Allergy
Southern Indiana ENT Sinus & Allergy wants to help relieve your pain and find the best treatment for your needs. If you have impacted earwax and need removal treatments, we are here for you. Contact us or fill out the form on our contact page today. We have multiple locations to serve you. We look forward to hearing from you!