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Just as the skin sloughs off on areas that you can see, it also sheds inside the ear. For people with ichthyosis, who shed more than the normal amount of skin, the skin shed inside the ear canal can combine with wax and form a solid material. This solid material may itch or smell and may cause a reduction in hearing. Never attempt to remove this solid material yourself. Have your, or your child’s, hearing checked regularly, and discuss ways to keep the ear free from build-up from the shedding skin. Your physician may recommend an earwax remover that is sold over the counter. Never stick anything in your or your child’s ears; this can puncture the eardrum and cause hearing loss.
Some of our members have found products and strategies that work for them. Please check with your doctor before using any of these products:
Neither the Foundation, its Board of Directors, nor its Medical & Scientific Advisory Board endorse any of the above products. Please consult with your physician before using any new product.
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