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What causes excessive ear wax build up?

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Posted on Fri, 11 Jul 2014
Question: Hi,

My daughter is 3 years old. Yesterday evening when she cam back from school, her left ear had ear wax discharge, because of which her full ear was dirty and it came a little below till her neck.

I have attached photos of the same, after some preliminary cleaning.

She does not have any fever and is not complaining of any pain in the ear. In the morning she let me clean the ear with a bud.

Can you pl. let me know
1. If its okay for a child of have this kind of ear discharge. We regularly gently clean her ear with a bud twice a week and she has never had this kind of thing earlier.
2. I can see some white thing inside the ear. Is it something to worry about and I should consult a doctor ASAP.
3. Can I consult a general pediatrician or I need to visit some ENT for the same.

Thanks in advance,
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Answered by Dr. Deepashree (30 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
wax with serous discharge in the ear.

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for the query.
After seeing the photo, I am in opinion that your daughter ears are full of wax along with serous discharge.
This is quite common in children.
This has to be cleaned by ent specialist only using suction machine.
You need to consult ent specialist as early as possible and get her ear cleaned.
Do not worry, it is not an emergency situation.
it's just to maintain hygiene in children and to prevent her from future ear infection.
Since she does not have pain, other medicines are not needed until the ears are cleaned and examined.
If there is any infections then it is treated with oral antibiotics+antihistamines.
Kindly consult ent specialist at the earliest hope my answers have helped you.
pleased to help you further. Thanks.
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Brief Answer: wax with serous discharge in the ear. Detailed Answer: Hi, thanks for the query. After seeing the photo, I am in opinion that your daughter ears are full of wax along with serous discharge. This is quite common in children. This has to be cleaned by ent specialist only using suction machine. You need to consult ent specialist as early as possible and get her ear cleaned. Do not worry, it is not an emergency situation. it's just to maintain hygiene in children and to prevent her from future ear infection. Since she does not have pain, other medicines are not needed until the ears are cleaned and examined. If there is any infections then it is treated with oral antibiotics+antihistamines. Kindly consult ent specialist at the earliest hope my answers have helped you. pleased to help you further. Thanks.