Earwax is also known as cerumen and is a normal part of our anatomy that protects us from dirt, dust, harmful bacteria as well as other outside objects, insects & viral infections that may harm to our eardrums. It is normal to have earwax in your ear canal, however, having too much ear wax can begin to give you discomfort and even prevent some of your hearing. Here are some symptoms you might encounter if you have too much ear wax:

Symptoms

If you do not know if you need an ear Lavage, some symptoms you may have are:

  •        Earache
  •        Fullness in the ear
  •        A clogged sensation
  •        Partial hearing loss
  •        Ringing, or noises in the ear
  •        Itching
  •        Odor
  •        Discharge
  •        Coughing

What is an Ear Lavage?

Cleaning your ears with cue tips or any other object on your own is extremely dangerous and we do not recommend you try to clean your own ears at home. You can damage your ear canals & your eardrum if you are too aggressive.  Without the correct medical technology, it is impossible to know how to clean your ears correctly without preventing injury. Our medical care professionals here at AFC Urgent Care Springfield and West Springfield will professionally remove your ear wax with without internally damaging your ears. The procedure is quick and painless, our medical staff with using a syringe full of water saline mixture and then inject the mixture into your ears, you will be out within the hour.

For more information about this procedure at our West Springfield location please call 413.781.0100. To contact our Springfield location please call 413.782.4878