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heavy build up of ear wax in one ear only. started about 2

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heavy build up of ear wax in one ear only. started about 2 years ago when I dove into a pool and felt it clog up immediately, I use ear wax softeners which clear up symptoms temporarily but problem returns in a few months. Could there be an infection? should I see a specialist?

DR HASAN :

HI, Thanks for your question. My name isXXXXX and I am here to help you today with your question. I will be happy to assist you with your follow up questions also. I need few details.


 

DR HASAN :

If you pinch your nose and blow air in closed mouth, does this opens up the ear?

Customer:

ok

DR HASAN :

I would like to mention that i am an ear, nose & throat specialist?

DR HASAN :

If you pinch your nose and blow air in closed mouth, does this opens up the ear?

Customer:

Not sure, never tried it but I just tried and didn't see any difference

DR HASAN :

So you have just assumed that its ear wax?

Customer:

yes. I did have my regular physician blow it out one time and confirmed that it is ear wax. I also see what is removed after home remedy and it looks like dried up ear wax.

DR HASAN :

Thanks a lot for your input.

Customer:

why one ear only ?

DR HASAN :

Yes it sounds like ear wax but the other possible cause can be fluid build up behind the ear drum which can also cause such symptoms.

Customer:

ok

DR HASAN :

Ear wax can occur in one ear only and fluid behind ear drum can also be one sided.

DR HASAN :

So that's really not something important in diagnosis.

Customer:

ok

DR HASAN :

You should see an ENT and he can examine you and if its wax, he can remove it.

DR HASAN :

You should avoid using Q tip and should put olive oil two drops twice daily in affected ear.

DR HASAN :

This will help you.

DR HASAN :

Moreover you should avoid water entry in ear by putting oil soaked cotton in ears.

DR HASAN :

This will give you relief till you visit ENT

Customer:

do you guys recommend md's in specific zip codes for a look at my ear ?

DR HASAN :

I am sorry its not allowed here

DR HASAN :

But you can visit any ENT in your area.

DR HASAN :

Every ENT is good at it.

Customer:

OK. I'll get a referral from my primary.

DR HASAN :

Yes

DR HASAN :

That's the right way.

Customer:

Thanks for the info. any other advice ?

DR HASAN :

But put olive oil till then because by the time you go to your ENT, if its wax he will be able to remove it easily.

DR HASAN :

This way you can avoid a re visit.

Customer:

I'll let it build up a little and then do as you suggest. I guess my main concern is to see if there is something that can be done to avoid the excessive build up to begin with.

DR HASAN :

Do you use Q tip to clean your ears.

Customer:

Nor on any regular basis. Assume that is a no-no.

DR HASAN :

Then that's good.

DR HASAN :

Once you get it cleaned this time, next time you should use olive oil on alternate days.

Customer:

Is olive oil as good as the over-the-counter stuff I use now?

DR HASAN :

This will help to avoid the wax build up in ears.

DR HASAN :

In my opinion as ENT, its better than that because its natural.

Customer:

OK - will do

DR HASAN :

As i have advised you to use it even after removal of wax, its best to be on something natural for long.

DR HASAN :

because of no side effects.

DR HASAN :

I wish you good luck that you get well soon, please ask if you have any question because our discussion always remains open so you can always ask more and I will be glad to assist you. Your excellent feedback is requested and will be appreciated, regards.

Customer:

thanks Doctor

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