Earwax may be unsightly but it serves a crucial function; preventing dust, bacteria, germs, and small objects from entering your ears and causing damage. It also acts as a natural moisturizer and prevents the skin in your inner ear from getting too dry or irritated. In some cases, however, the glands that produce earwax may go into overdrive and produce too much wax, leading to a build-up of wax in the ear.
So how can you clear out wax build-up without accidentally pushing it deeper into your ear and causing a blockage? Here’s a quick guide on how to clean earwax from your ear at home;
Use Over-the-Counter Cleaning Drops
Over-the-counter (OTC) ear cleaning drops can be helpful if you only have a small amount of wax build-up. Cleaners that contain hydrogen peroxide, baby oil, mineral oil, glycerine, peroxide, and saline are especially effective at breaking up hardened ear wax. You can get PTC ear drops from most pharmacies in London.
Lie on your side and place the required number of drops into your ear. Let the solution sit for at least five minutes to soak into the wax and break it up. Then rinse the ear out and repeat on the other side. This should be enough to clear all the excess from your ears.
Note that this method may not suffice if you have too much wax build-up or impacted cerumen, a condition where wax hardens up and blocks the ear canal.
Use a Damp Washcloth
Alternatively, you can also use a damp washcloth to clean wax out of your ears if you don’t have a lot of wax build-up. Avoid using cotton swabs as they can push the wax deeper into your ear canals and cause a blockage. A warm, damp cloth is a much better and safer way to clean the outside of your ears.
Use a Bulb Syringe
A bulb syringe is a syringe with a compression bulb on one end that can be used to drain bodily secretions like nasal and oral secretions. In this case, you can use a bulb syringe to flush your inner ear with warm water or a saline solution. Using an ear wax softener 15-30 minutes before you flush your inner ear will break up the wax and make the flushing more effective.
Fill the syringe with warm water (preferably warmed to your body temperature to prevent dizziness) or saline solution. Then lie on your side, place the syringe at the opening of your ear and gently squeeze the bulb to flush your ear with the solution. The solution should break down the wax and make it easy to rinse out.
You shouldn’t irritate or flush your ears if you suffer from diabetes, have a hole in your eardrum, have tubes in your eardrums, or have a compromised immune system.
Earwax Removal Hacks to Avoid
Some methods for removing earwax can end up causing damage to your ears. Let’s talk about the two most common earwax removal methods you should avoid;
Cotton swabs are known to cause ear problems like wax impaction, inner ear injury, and infection, and they push earwax deeper into the ear canal. You may get an ear infection if the tip of the swab scratches the skin. Even worse, you could damage or rupture your eardrum if you are too rough
Earwax removal candles
Earwax candles are dangerous and ineffective at getting rid of ear wax. The fire puts you at risk of burns and the wax from the candle could accidentally enter your ear and cause complications
Contact Regional Services today for more tips on how you can safely clean earwax from your ears.