Earwax

Our providers are aware of the newly issued warning from the FDA regarding Singulair (montelukast).  Most patients tolerate this medication well without any adverse symptoms.  However, a small number of patients develop mental health symptoms, including  mood swings, depression, agitation and sleep disturbances.  The symptoms typically resolve shortly after discontinuing the medication. If you think you or your child may be experiencing symptoms related to this medication, our doctors recommend you discontinue using it immediately.  If stopping the medication, a follow up office visit should be scheduled within 1-2 weeks to discuss alternatives. For detailed information, please follow this link to the FDA website:  https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-requires-boxed-warning-about-serious-mental-health-side-effects-asthma-and-allergy-drug

 

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Earwax, known as cerumen, is part of the ear's natural process to keep dust and dirt from reaching the eardrum. Normally, dust and dirt are trapped in the earwax, which then dries up and falls out of the ear. But some people experience a build up of earwax, which causes a blockage that reduces hearing. Hearing aid and earplug users have a higher incidence of earwax blockage than other. However, using a cotton swab to clean your ear can also contribute to earwax build-up. (It is recommended that you do not use a cotton swab to clean your ear as it may pierce the eardrum).

Symptoms of earwax blockage include decreased or muffled hearing, dizziness, ear pain or ringing in the ears. Wax-softening drops and irrigation of the ear with warm water are two home remedies. For more difficult cases, please contact our office and schedule an appointment to have one of our otolaryngologists remove your earwax build-up.