Earwax blockage occurs when earwax (cerumen) accumulates in ear or becomes too hard to wash away naturally. Earwax is a helpful and natural part of body’s defenses. It cleans, lubricates and protects ear canal by trapping dirt and slowing the growth of bacteria. If earwax blockage becomes a problem, you or doctor can take simple steps to remove the wax safely.
Doctor can remove excess wax using a small, curved instrument called a curet or by using suction while inspecting the ear. doctor can also flush 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 that you 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, use them only as directed.