Ear wax Blockage is the disorder which occurs when the earwax accumulates in the ear and hardens tow ash away naturally. The earwax is helpful in providing defense and eradicates bacterial and viral infections in ear. It helps in protecting the ear by trapping dirt and slowing the growth of bacteria. Earwax blockages commonly occur when people try to clean their ears on their own by placing cotton swabs or other items in their ears This often just pushes wax deeper into the ear, rather than removing it.
The general symptoms of ear wax blockage are:
• Feeling of fullness in the affected ear
• Ringing or noises in the ear (tinnitus)
• Decreased hearing in the affected ear
Generally the ear wax blockage is detected or diagnosed by making use of otoscope.Generally the physician clears the ear wax using a small, curved instrument called a curet or by using suction while inspecting the ear and also flushes out the wax using a water pick or a rubber-bulb syringe filled with warm water.If earwax buildup is a recurring problem, doctor may recommend to use a wax-removal medication, such as carbamide peroxide (Debrox, Murine Earwax Removal System). Because these drops can irritate the delicate skin of the eardrum and ear canal.
In the Ireland, some 2.3 million people suffer cerumen (‘ear wax’) problems serious enough to warrant management, with approximately 4 million ears syringed annually. Impacted cerumen is a major cause of primary care consultation, and a common comorbidity in ENT patients, the elderly, infirm and people with mental retardation.