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Can earwax build-up be prevented?

While it is not possible to reduce the amount of earwax produced, using ear drops on a regular basis may prevent build-ups by keeping wax soft. Pushing wax further into the ear may be avoided by only cleaning the outer, visible part of the ear, rather than using a cotton bud or other object. Treating eczema or any other contributing medical condition may also help to prevent a build-up of earwax.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Outer ear infections


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