Earwax is produced inside your ears to keepthem clean and free of germs. It usually passes out of the ears harmlessly, but sometimes too much can build up and block the ears.

A build-up of earwax is a common problem that can often be treated using eardrops bought from a pharmacy.

If pharmacy treatment doesn't work, contact your GP surgery. They may suggest having your ears washed out.

If these treatments don't help, your GP may refer you to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) department for specialised treatment.

This page covers:

Earwax build-up

Symptoms of an earwax build-up

What to do if your ear is blocked

When to see your GP

Treatments to remove earwax

How to prevent an earwax build-up

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 24 Nov 2016