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Can dry impacted ear wax resolve on its own with olive oil ear drops without ear syringing or microsuction?

Ear, Nose & Throat
DOCTOR’S ANSWER (3)

It really depends on how impacted the ear wax is! From experience, by the time patients come to see ENT for help regarding their impacted ear wax, they have already been trying multiple times with olive oil, Cerumol drops, syringing at the GP, all of which have failed.

I still think the best and safest way to remove earwax is to have it removed under direct vision with the microscope by your friendly ENT specialist who has the special fine ear instruments needed to gently and painlessly remove the trapped earwax.

I do not recommend syringing as this involves using water and if you have an ear infection behind the ear wax, or worse, a perforated eardrum, water will just make things worse. Removing ear wax is an extremely satisfying procedure for both patient and ENT doctor: one of my favourite activities to do to help patients at my busy clinic!

139 views 13 Mar 2019
Dr Paul Ang
Dr Paul Ang
"Family Physician with special interest in Mental Health"
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From my experience. Highly unlikely, but not impossible.


You can always try. Anyway when you do that, it makes ear syringing or microsuction easier.

After applying, you should do the "tragal massage". You can google that.

169 views 20 Feb 2019

Hi, it is possible for this to happen although it might take a long time. If the impaction is complete, removing it with suction or other instruments is the best option, but if there is a gap for water to make its way beyond the wax to flush it out, syringing will work as well.

161 views 21 Feb 2019
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