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Temporary Visitor Restrictions

Because the number of influenza cases has significantly increased throughout the region, children age 12 and under may not visit patients effective Wednesday, January 8. This applies to all Wake Forest Baptist inpatient locations and will remain in effect until the number of flu cases decreases significantly.
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What Happens When a Doctor Removes Earwax?

What Happens When a Doctor Removes Earwax?

My ears are blocked with wax and drops haven't helped. I don't want to go to the doctor because my mom says he may have to use a syringe to get rid of the wax. I'm scared of needles! Is there anything I can do?
- Danilee*

Don't worry! Not all syringes have needles. The type of syringe your doc will use to clear ear wax has a hole at the end instead of a needle. Your doctor or nurse will use it to squirt warm water into your ear as a way to flush out the wax.

This simple, painless procedure is called ear irrigation. Afterward, you'll be able to hear better and you'll be a lot more comfortable. So it's worth making that trip to the doctor!

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: September 2013

*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.