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What causes earwax blockage?

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Earwax blockage, or impaction, is when earwax gets pushed deep within the ear canal. It’s one of the most common ear problems doctors treat. It often happens when you use a cotton swab, bobby pins, and other objects to remove the wax but end up pushing it farther inside the ear. People who wear hearing aids or use earplugs are more prone to blockages.

Gayle M Galletta, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Massachusetts.

Rakel: Textbook of Family Medicine, 8th ed.

Mayo Clinic. 

Roberts: Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine,  ; Chapter 64 5th ed.


 

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 29, 2017

Gayle M Galletta, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Massachusetts.

Rakel: Textbook of Family Medicine, 8th ed.

Mayo Clinic. 

Roberts: Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine,  ; Chapter 64 5th ed.


 

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 29, 2017

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