Excess wax commonly can accumulate making hearing difficult. At the same time, you’ve probably heard that using cotton swabs isn’t the best way to remove the wax as it can push wax further into the ear causing impaction.
Here are some tips on how to safely clean your ears, what not to do, and when you should see your doctor.
Safest Ways To Remove Earwax
1. Ask your doctor to remove the wax in their office - best done with suction
2. Clean the outside of your ear with a damp cloth
3. If you choose to use cotton swabs, don’t insert them into the ear canal
4. You can, use earwax softener such as waxsol or warm olive oil to soften earwax for easier removal
5. You can use a syringe to irrigate your ears.
About ear wax blockage
Earwax blockage basically occurs either if your body produces too much earwax or existing wax is pushed too far into your ear canal. In some cases, you may not be able to hear out of the affected ear. But this typically lasts only until you can have the excess wax removed. In most cases, home treatment works well, but a doctor can effectively eliminate and unplug earwax blockage.
Earwax Blockage Symptoms
Symptoms of an earwax impaction include:
• Decreased hearing
• Ear pain
• Plugged or fullness sensation
• Ringing in the ear
• Itching or drainage from the ear canal
When to Seek Medical Care for Earwax
See your doctor if you think you may have any symptoms of an earwax impaction. Other conditions may cause these symptoms and it is important to be sure earwax is the culprit before trying any home remedies to remove.
Whist ear syringing is effective, ear wax suction under microscopy is even safer. Our collective.care Doctors offer this procedure for patients. No referral is required to see our Allergy and ENT trained GP's.
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