Sticky, icky and painful – ear wax isn’t exactly pleasant but it’s there for a reason. Ear wax is known as cerumen, which is a natural substance that is produced by glands in the ear canal. Earwax has protective, antibacterial and lubricating properties for the inner ears. The main purpose of its sticky existence is to protect ears from bacteria, infections and external agents. In general, the process of migration inside the ear canal is slow when the ear wax and skin cells move to the opening of the ear from the eardrum.
Problems arise when there is a blockage or buildup of earwax. It can accumulate very deeply inside the ear canal mainly as a result of Q-tips, cotton swabs or other objects that end up pushing the ear wax deeper inside the ear canal. People who use hearing aids or ear plugs are also prone to earwax blockage. Ear wax can also occur hen the narrowing of the ear canal results in some kind of infection. Sometimes, there is an overproduction of cerumen due to blockage or trauma in the ear. If you get earaches, temporary hearing loss, itching, or any uncomfortable sensation in the ear, these can be signs that you have earwax buildup.
You can visit an ear specialist or your family doctor to check for earwax and remove it. At the same time, you can also take advantage of natural remedies to remove compacted earwax from your ears. You might need to repeat these home remedies several times, depending on the extent of the ear wax buildup. Don’t try these if you have a perforated ear drum; visit a professional who can treat your ear. Be sure to follow the remedies very carefully or it may worsen the impaction. If these issues persist even after doing the remedies several times, make sure to visit your doctor.
1. Salt water
This is one of the easiest ear wax removal solutions that can be done at home. It helps to soften ear wax that has built up inside, making it easier to remove.
1. Mix one teaspoon of salt in half a cup of warm water, until the salt has completely dissolved.
2. Soak a cotton ball in the solution.
3. Tilt the affected ear upwards and squeeze the cotton ball to add a few drops of the solution into the ear.
4. Hold this position for three to five minutes.
5. Then, tilt your head in the opposite direction so as to allow the salt water to drain out.
6. Clean the outside of the ear using a clean cloth to wipe off the softened wax.
1. Slightly warm up either some olive oil, mustard oil or sesame oil.
2. Use a dropper and add three to four drops of warm oil into the ear.
3. Let it settle for 10 minutes to allow the earwax to soften.
4. Tilt your head sideways and wipe off the oil and wax using cotton balls.
3. Warm water
Flushing your ears with warm water can help reduce excess earwax. The warm water has a gentle force that will remove wax buildup and make it easier to remove. Use only clean and filtered water for this remedy.
1. Fill up a rubber-bulb syringe with body-temperature warm water.
2. Tilt your head up and pull the outer ear to straighten the ear canal.
3. Using the syringe, place water into the ear canal.
4. Let is sit for a minute and before draining it out by tilting the head to the other side.
5. Wipe off the excess water and earwax using a clean cloth.