How to Remove Ear Wax at Home
Let’s briefly review some at home options to removing ear wax, which in medical terms is known as cerumen. It’s purpose is to protect the ear canal and has antibacterial properties. However, it can become impacted and affect your hearing and become very annoying.
The following are some home remedies that may help.
First and foremost, do not use cotton swabs or cotton-tipped applicators. They can just push the ear wax further in and make the impaction worse. Because the outer ear is funnel-like in its shape, when you stick things in they are likely to get stuck!
The first option is wax softeners. This includes mineral oil, baby oil, glycerin or commercial ear drops. Drops that contain 6.5% carbamide peroxide or 3% Hydrogen Peroxide are available over the counter (or can be made at home) that are very effective.
Irrigation is the second option. I often recommend tilting your head into the angle of the shower (as long as the pressure isnt too high) and letting your shower water irrigate your external ear canal. There are also commercial irrigators that are very effective too. This can also be performed in the office by your physician. Make sure to use room temperature water. This is most effective when combined with wax softeners prior to irrigation.
Manual removal is also effective. This is often performed by a physician and not recommended to be done at home by yourself. If you’re not getting better or you think you’re getting worse, or Other symptoms develop, such as ear pain, hearing loss, ringing in the ears, dizziness, severe itching, or bad-smelling discharge from the ear seek medical attention
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