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Treatment for Earwax Buildups in Annapolis, MD

Earwax, also called cerumen, is a natural protectant that helps to keep the ear free of dust and other bothersome particles. Everyone has dealt with earwax before, but for some it can be particularly challenging to maintain the build up of this waxy substance inside their ear canal.

Normally, any excess earwax will migrate outward from the inner ear to the ear canal, where it can be swept away. If the extra earwax is not able to exit the ear, it is likely to harden and begin to block the ear way. These types of blockages can lead to a variety of issues, such as partial hearing loss or even infection.

What Are the Symptoms of an Earwax Blockage?

The signs of excess earwax are often very mild, such as:

Earwax buildup is typically not a cause for great concern so long as it is addressed early on. If these symptoms are ignored, there is potential for them to worsen to the point of a severe infection. You should contact Dr. Kleiman immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Drainage or discharge from the ear
  • Fever
  • Severe, persistent pain in the ear
  • Sudden bouts of dizziness
  • Worsening hearing loss
  • A foul smelling odor coming from the ear

How Can Severn River ENT Treat Earwax Buildup?

It is entirely possible for individuals to manage excess earwax on their own by following some of these basic instructions when they begin to notice symptoms of earwax buildup:

  • Soften the earwax using over-the-counter ear drops
  • Irrigate the ear using a specialized kit, available at most Annapolis drug stores
  • Regularly practice good hygiene skills to prevent earwax from building up

It is imperative that you DO NOT try to insert anything in your ear in order to pull out the extra earwax. This is exactly the reason why so many patients experience issues with earwax in the first place. Inserting any sort of foreign object into the ear should never be done unless by an ENT specialist.

Better Safe Than Sorry

If you have never dealt with a buildup of earwax before, you should see a specialist before trying any home treatments. Attempting a treatment without first being able to accurately diagnose the problem can result in all sorts of complications, which is why it is simply better for you and your health if you get a professional opinion first.

On occasion, the excess earwax may be so severe that over-the-counter medications will be useless in trying to alleviate the person’s symptoms. If this is the case, then Dr. Kleiman or one of his trusted PA-C’s will need to manually remove the earwax using specialized tools and machinery.

To speak with an expert about your earwax concerns or questions, please schedule a consultation at Severn River ENT today by calling (410) 544-9988.

HEALTH ALERT:  COVID-19 (Novel 2019 Corona virus)

Attention:  Severn River ENT does not have the ability to test for COVID-19.  Please contact your primary care doctor, if you have concerns or questions about being tested.

1)  If you or your loved one is experiencing cough, shortness of breath, fever or other flu-like symptoms, and you already have a scheduled appointment with us, we are asking you to please call us instead of coming into the office. A medical professional will triage you over the phone, and determine the appropriate course of action.

2)  If you are over the age of 60 and/or have underlying medical conditions like diabetes or heart or lung disease, cancer, compromised immunity, we strongly encourage you to consider rescheduling your non-essential appointments for at least 10-12 weeks out.

3)  Please be assured that we are closely following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State of Maryland guidelines during this evolving COVID-19 crisis, and taking every precaution to protect the health of our patients and staff. 

4)Please go to the following websites for the latest updates:  

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://living.aahs.org/news/coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/
https://www.umms.org/bwmc/patients-visitors/coronavirus

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns, and remember to wash your hands frequently, and limit your social contacts in these ensuing weeks, as much as possible, in order to slow the spread of the virus in our community.  We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Thank you,
Dr. Kleiman and the medical team 
Severn River ENT

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