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Yellow secretion from glands in the outer ear that keeps the skin of the ear dry and protected from infection.

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Using ear drops to remove impacted ear wax is better than no treatment, but no particular sort of drops can be recommended over any other

Impacted ear wax is one of the most common reasons that people visit their general practitioners (family doctors) with ear problems, as it can cause reduced hearing, discomfort, and sometimes pain and dizziness. Ear drops (either oil‐ or water‐based) are often prescribed to clear the wax or to aid subsequent ear syringing if necessary. The review of trials found that ear drops (of any sort) can help to remove ear wax, but that water and saline drops appear to be as good as more costly commercial products. The quality of the trials was generally low, however, and more research is needed.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2009

Tinnitus: Overview

Most people experience ringing in their ears every now and then, for instance after a loud concert. But some people constantly hear sounds such as a whistling noise for no apparent reason. Tinnitus can seriously affect your everyday life. Read what has been shown to help – and what hasn't.

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: October 20, 2016

Otitis externa: What can help if earwax builds up?

Various ear drops can soften earwax in the outer ear canal (external auditory canal) and make it easier to remove. Yet home remedies like warmed olive oil could also work just as well.

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: September 10, 2014

Late Effects of Treatment for Childhood Cancer (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the health problems that continue or appear after cancer treatment has ended.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: August 11, 2016

Systematic Reviews in PubMed

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    Clinical Practice Guideline (Update).
    Schwartz SR, Magit AE, Rosenfeld RM, Ballachanda BB, Hackell JM, Krouse HJ, Lawlor CM, Lin K, Parham K, Stutz DR, et al. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Jan; 156(1_suppl):S1-S29.
  • Prevalence and causes of hearing impairment in Africa.[Trop Med Int Health. 2016]
    Prevalence and causes of hearing impairment in Africa.
    Mulwafu W, Kuper H, Ensink RJ. Trop Med Int Health. 2016 Feb; 21(2):158-65. Epub 2015 Dec 14.
  • Detection of hepatitis B virus infection: A systematic review.[World J Hepatol. 2015]
    Detection of hepatitis B virus infection: A systematic review.
    Ghosh M, Nandi S, Dutta S, Saha MK. World J Hepatol. 2015 Oct 18; 7(23):2482-91.
  • Ear wax.[BMJ Clin Evid. 2015]
    Ear wax.
    Wright T. BMJ Clin Evid. 2015 Mar 4; 2015. Epub 2015 Mar 4.
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