Cerumen Impaction

Cerumen (ear wax) is produced by glands in the outer portion of the ear canal. Cerumen moves down the canal to the external os (opening) where the cerumen is washed away. When this process fails, cerumen becomes impacted and must be loosened by using ceruminolytics such as a hydrogen peroxide solution (3% diluted to V2 strength with water). The ear canal is irrigated with ceruminolytics, which flushes cerumen deposits out of the ear canal. Patients who have chronic cerumen impaction are treated with drops of olive oil or mineral oil or by Cerumenex and Debrox. Cerumenex is available by prescription and Debrox is an over-the-counter medication.

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