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Vivid_Inspiration posted:
I realize you have many people who believe ear wax is dirty, I, in a small way agree with them, but I know that ear wax is a good thing as well. I want to ask you about why my inner ear always feels wet. I clean my ears with q-tips about every three days, making sure not to delve too deep so I don't hurt anything. But there are times when I feel like there's wetness in my ears, sometimes it even feels like its about to run out. I don't have any balance problems so I believe it has nothing to do with my equilibrium. Its just a weird feeling and its gets really annoying. Any ideas?
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
When you constantly use Q-tips to remove the protective wax coating that will "bead up" any external water sources (showers, washing your hair), water can become easily trapped. It can then decide to run out from time to time. Sometimes, it is trapped behind little wax "dams" created by your Q-tips. Another common source would be skin condition that can weep....such as atopic dermatitis. The ear is lined with skin, and skin can create moisture from oil gland and perspiration, too. Fluid can leak from the middle ear space through a tiny rupture in the eardrum. Finally, the consistency of earwax varies greatly among people -- your earwax may be more liquid...so, LOTS of possibilities.

Unfortunately, as you know, I have no way of determining a specific source without a hands-on exam, so you would need to see a medical provider so you can be properly diagnosed...and treated.


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