What is the conservative approach to cerumen impaction removal?

Updated: May 09, 2018
  • Author: F Carl van Wyk, MB, ChB, MRCS, FRCS(Edin); Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Advising the patient to avoid the use of cotton tip applicators for routine cleaning. Normal external ear canal skin will desquamate in such a way  that wax tends to be pushed to the outside. Regular “cleaning” with cotton tip applicators may be pushing wax deeper into the canal.


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