Wax off, please.
May 9, 2011 10:16 AM Subscribe
This is the third time in the last ten years that I've ended up with an earwax impaction. What do I do to solve this problem and prevent it from recurring?
posted by brina to health & fitness (21 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Every three or four years I come out of the shower with a terrible case of swimmer's ear. The entire right side of my face goes numb, and it feels as if I've got a cotton ball jammed into my ear and cheek. I lose all sense of equilibrium and feel like I'm underwater.
The last two times this happened, I had to have impacted wax vacuumed out of my ear at the ENT's office. I'd really like to avoid another ear-vacuuming if at all possible.
The first doctor told me to use Debrox regularly. The second doctor told me never to use Debrox. A third doctor actually told me to stop eating mushrooms, claiming that my earwax is an allergic reaction.
I've tried folk remedies ranging from olive oil to hydrogen peroxide. Because my wax tends to be of the wet variety, the olive oil doesn't seem to help, but the hydrogen peroxide does. It's helped so much that I have not had an ear impaction incident since I started rinsing with it every few months.
After the first impaction, I stopped using cotton swabs in my ears, so no need to worry about me jamming Q-tips into my brain. Although I did just stick one in my ear a few minutes ago, hoping against hope that I'd burst the bubble and be able to go about my business today.
What I'm wondering is if there is anything I haven't tried that can help me deal with this waxy buildup on my own. Any and all suggestions are welcome. I will stand on my head for four hours if it will help.
Bonus question: I've recently started using in-ear headphones. Could they have contributed to my current hearing loss/dizziness/numbness/disgusting wax buildup? Should I stop using them forever?