Safe, At-Home Earwax Remedies

(Aaron Kandola, Medical News Today) Earwax serves an essential function in the body.

It helps remove dead skin cells, dirt, hair, and other debris from the ear canal.

However, it is possible for the body to overproduce earwax, blocking the ear canal.

A blockage can also occur if a person cleans their ears using a cotton swab, as this can push the earwax further into the ear canal.

Treatments and home remedies

Hydrogen peroxide

Add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to a damp cotton ball and apply it to the affected ear, or use a clean eyedropper to drip the solution into the ear canal.

Tilt the head upward for several minutesso that the fluid may drip down into the ear canal to reach the blockage.

After a few minutes, tilting the head the other way will allow the fluid and earwax to drain until the ear canal is clear.

Rubber ball syringe

A similar method is to use a rubber ball syringe with warm water. Have the affected ear pointing upward and use the syringe to drip warm water slowly into the ear canal. Avoid forcefully flushing the water into the ear canal, as this can cause dizziness. The water must not be too hot or too cold.

After a minute, the person should tilt their head the other way so that the fluid and earwax can drip out.

It may be necessary to repeat this process multiple times. Anyone who has an ear injury, such as a ruptured eardrum, should not use this method.

Ear drops

Over-the-counter (OTC) ear drops may be used to treat an earwax blockage. These are usually water- or oil-based solutions that soften the earwax. They often contain carbamide peroxide, which is similar to hydrogen peroxide. Read the full post at Medical News Today. 

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