The ear canals produce wax which is healthy and normal. It protects the eardrums from harmful items such as hair, dust, and tiny insects. In some instances, the wax may build up in the ears, making you feel uneasy. Sometimes too much earwax may affect your hearing ability.
While you can purchase an over-the-counter spray for ear wax, you can safely clean your ears and remove excess wax using simple household items. Read on to learn more.
Home Remedies for Ear Wax Removal
1. Soften the Wax
Earwax is oily, so mineral oils such as coconut oil, olive oil, baby oil, and glycerin could soften the Wax and make it easy to remove.
- Using a dropper, apply a few drops of your desired oil into the ear canal. Diluted hydrogen peroxide also works well in softening the earwax.
- You should, however, be cautious when using ear drops if you have an ear infection. Consult a doctor before trying this remedy.
2. Use Lukewarm Water
After two or three days, the wax is softened, and you're ready for the next step.
- Use a rubber syringe to flush warm water into the ear slowly. Tilt your head and gently pull out the outer ear to ensure as much water is delivered into the canal.
- Now tilt your head towards the opposite direction to allow the water to come out of the ear. You will notice some ear wax pieces fall out of the ears.
You can repeat this process as many times as you wish.
3. Dry the Ear
When done, pat dries the outer ear with a soft piece of cloth.
4. Over-the-counter Cleaners
If you have little wax buildup but don't have the time to clean it up, you can get ear drops from a drug store. Look out for ear drops or a spray for ear wax that contains hydrogen peroxide. The peroxide is very effective in breaking up the wax.
Here's how to use them;
- Lay sideways with the affected ear facing upwards and apply the drops as indicated.
- Let the solution settle in the ear for about five minutes, allowing the wax to soak up and soften.
- Raise your head and use a tissue or piece of cloth to wipe out the liquid that comes out with some ear wax.
- If this isn't as effective, gently flushing the drops in the ear using a bulb syringe could remove the wax.
Remedies to Avoid
Although most people consider them safe for the ears, they are too small and could damage them.
Although some experts recommend using ear candles to remove wax, they can lead to injuries like punctured eardrums and burns.
Ear wax can be annoying and harmful to your ears. While you can use the above home remedies to remove it, sometimes it is necessary to see a doctor to clean it up. A minor problem will be cleared easily, while ENT doctors can deal with serious ones. Take note that a clogged ear could be more than just wax, maybe an infection.