The Cause Of Dizziness Is Accompanied By Discomfort In The Ear?
Hello doctor, I have experienced dizziness for the past few months, sometimes the left ear sometimes feels uncomfortable (like there is dirt). I went to the doctor at the puskesmas, the doctor said that I had symptoms of vertigo. I was given medicine and vitamins for 3 days, if there was still a headache then I was told to go back to the puskesmas for further examination. My question was, is it possible that accumulated earwax or never cleaned can cause vertigo? do not use a cotton bud. Do I need to go to the ENT doctor to clean the ears? Thank you for the answer.
Thank you for the question.
Earwax or cerumen is a waxy yellow substance in the ear produced by glands in the ear that functions to coat, protect, and clean the ear canal. Basically, this earwax will come out by itself or is called self-cleaning and does not need to be cleaned, but in some cases, such as differences in the structure of the ear canal that varies each individual, ear canal with many hairs, a history of diseases such as recurrent ear infections or dermatitis or disorders of the immune system, and the elderly, there can be interference with phlegm stools so that the stools can accumulate, or are called serumen prop which can harden and clog ear.
If ear wax clogs the ear canal, the ear cannot regulate its pressure properly so that the balance function can be disrupted and cause symptoms such as vertigo which is loss of balance or spinning dizziness. Not cleaning the ear with a tool such as a bud bud is appropriate but does not reduce the possibility of ear plugging, especially if you feel symptoms such as ear feeling full and dizzy.
It is recommended that you visit an ENT specialist doctor, so that the doctor will evaluate your complaint, perform a physical examination including looking at the inside of your ear canal, and conduct a supporting examination if needed so that the doctor can handle according to the cause of your complaint, such as evacuating and cleaning earwax depending on examination results, as well as providing medication for your dizziness symptoms. In the meantime, do not intervene in the ear before being examined by a doctor, and avoid activities that can make ears wet such as swimming.
Hopefully this information can help you and hopefully get well soon.