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Can excessive ear wax build-up cause jaw pain?

Hello! I am on vacation and cannot see a physician in my network. I have discomfort in my right jaw significant enough that it is difficult to chew and also hurts when I swallow if I am not careful to relax my jaw when swallowing. I also feel fullness in my right ear. About a week ago a sizable chunk of ear wax fell out of my ear. Is it possible that excess ear wax is causing this pain in my jaw? I am wondering if it is worthwhile to get a bulb syringe and hydrogen peroxide to try to clear wax from my ear. Any other suggestions? Thank you!
Thu, 14 Sep 2017
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Hi. Impacted ear wax can cause jaw pain. You can use oral analgesic tablets for temporary pain relief. It is recommended that ear syringing should be done by a trained healthcare profession only.
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