How to clean ear wax

Ear wax problems are problem in people of all ages, around the world, as they affect not just adults, but also children and babies. There are several factors that could cause the amount of wax in the ear to build up, thereby leading to pain, discomfort and hearing trouble. There are some people who try removing ear wax blockage by using an ear bud or other similar pointed objects. However, instead of removing ear wax, such practices push the buildup of wax deeper into the ear, thereby worsening the problem. Then, in order to remove the accumulation of wax, a trip to an ear specialist may be required.

How to get rid of ear wax?

Not everyone can go to the doctor for getting rid of the earwax, due to various reasons, such as time or financial constraints. Fortunately, there are several options on how to remove ear wax at home, without causing any harm or damage to the ear. Given below are a few methods on how to get rid of ear wax fast:

  • The use of hydrogen peroxide ear wax home remedy is very effective and is commonly used by many people. Lie down on one side, with the affected ear facing up. Using a dropper, pour a few drops of hydrogen peroxide into the ear, to clean it out. Remain still, till a bubbling sound is heard and then, once the sound subsides, turn over, allowing the hydrogen peroxide to flow out, taking along pieces of earwax with it. The remaining liquid should be flushed out of the ear, with some rubbing alcohol.
  • Olive oil is usually recommended by many health experts, when they are asked for information on how to clean ear wax. A few drops of lukewarm olive oil should be poured into the ear, which dissolves the wax immediately. After a minute or two, the head should be tilted sideways, to remove the oil. The ear should then be rinsed with warm water.
  • A solution made from equal parts of ginger juice and sesame oil can also be very useful in removing wax from the ears. However, after pouring a few drops of this mixture into the ear, it is important to cover the ear with a small piece of cotton for at least 10 minutes or so, for best results. After the ten minutes are up, it is a good idea to wash the ears.

The methods on how to clean ear wax at home mentioned above are fairly safe, if used correctly, but it is best to check with a doctor, before trying any of them. There is a lot of additional information on how to get rid of ear wax blockage, through various resources, such as online websites and health magazines. However, some of the information available, on how to get rid of ear wax build up may not be safe for all people. Therefore, it is best to make sure that the tips on how to clean ear wax from ear that are used are effective and reliable, by consulting a doctor. This is more important for parents, who want to know safe and effective ways of how to get rid of ear wax in babies or children. However, since children's ears are very sensitive and most kids may find it difficult to cope with the pain and other discomfort that accompanies the condition, it may be best to get them treated as early as possible, instead of trying home remedies on how to clean ear wax in children. In case the ear wax problems get too severe, it could also lead to loss of hearing.

answered by G M

Some people tend to produce more ear wax, or have difficulty moving wax out of their ears. Drinking an adequate amount of pure/filtered water and ensuring you have alot of essential fatty acids in your diet will help the consistency and elimination of wax. To soften earwax, you may use a few drops of slightly warm olive oil or a commercially avaiable product such as Debrox. In my opinion, the best method for wax removal is ear irrigation using a syringe of warm water. The warm water under slight pressure will dislodge the softened wax. Many health care practitioners provide this service. Some people swear by the use of ear candles, but clinically, I have not seen results from this method. Do not use Q-tips or other instruments (fingers included) to attempt to remove wax from ears. The Q-tips often push the wax farther into the ear and may irritate the ear canal.

answered by Dr K B N

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