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Ear wax impaction

Also known as Cerumen Impaction

Ear wax impaction is encountered rarely on Symcat. We will add more content to this page if enough people like you show interest.

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with ear wax impaction, 81% report having plugged feeling in ear, 76% report having ear pain, and 67% report having diminished hearing. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of ear wax impaction are plugged feeling in ear, ear pain, diminished hearing, and ringing in ear, although you may still have ear wax impaction without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with ear wax impaction often receive other therapeutic ear procedures, other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation), ophthalmologic and otologic diagnosis and treatment, nonoperative removal of foreign body, tracheoscopy and laryngoscopy with biopsy, diagnostic procedures on ear, diagnostic procedures on nose; mouth and pharynx and other or therapeutic procedures on nose; mouth and pharynx .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with ear wax impaction include carbamide peroxide otic, triethanolamine polypeptide oleate otic, hydrogen peroxide topical, carbamide peroxide topical, fluocinolone otic, mineral oil (stye), olopatadine nasal, chlorpromazine (thorazine), colistin/hc/neomycin/thonzonium otic, guaifenesin / phenylephrine, acetic acid topical, chlorpheniramine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine and chlorpheniramine / phenylephrine / pyrilamine .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for ear wax impaction include age 75+ years.

Age

< 1 years
0.6x
1-4 years
1.4x
5-14 years
1.3x
15-29 years
0.7x
30-44 years
0.6x
45-59 years
0.8x
60-74 years
1.2x
75+ years
2.0x

Sex

Male
1.2x
Female
0.8x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.8x
Hispanic
0.9x
White
1.1x
Other
1.2x
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