Some people affected by ectodermal dysplasias may experience abnormal wax production or accumulation. We expect this since wax glands are specialized types of sweat and skin glands.

The most frequent problem is excessive accumulation of wax in the ear canal. This may result in severe itching and even hearing loss.

Removing the Wax

  • If a problem exists, use lubricant drops (either mineral oil, glycerin, or a 50/50 mixture of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar) to soften the wax.
  • Then, the wax can be removed as directed by a physician.
  • Periodic cleaning by a physician may be necessary if the problem is chronic.
  • The physician may remove the wax usually painlessly through a variety of techniques, including flushing the ear canal with water or by using a microscope and special instruments.

Do NOT use cotton swabs (Q-tips) to remove wax from the ear. They may cause injury or further pack the wax into the ear.

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