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5 Tips for Safer Earwax Removal

Tips for Safer Earwax Removal

Cleaning your ears by removing earwax is a necessary thing to do to prevent problems with your ears. Ear wax is the protective, yellow, waxy substance that is in the passage of your outer ear. Ear wax itself doesn’t cause problems, but once it begins to build up it can create barriers in the ear canal. These barriers are one of the most common problems ears, nose and throat doctors see. Barries created by earwax can be treated by earwax removal, but earwax removal can be harmful if not done properly and safely.

There are 5 tips for safer ear wax removal –

  1. Consider using over-the-counter ear wax removal drops.

    Typically, cases of earwax barriers can be treated by over-the-counter ear drops, but in some cases, these drops can cause skin reactions in the ear canal. When doing this you should use a medicine dropper to place three drops into the affected ear, then lie on your side for 10 minutes with the affected ear facing upwards. Doing this allows the drops to soak into the earwax, softening it enough to help it naturally go away.

  2. DO NOT use foreign objects to remove earwax.  

    Despite the common use of a cotton swab or bobby pin to remove earwax, using a foreign object to remove earwax may cause more harm than good. Using these methods can push the earwax in farther, scratch the ear canal or perforate the eardrum. In rare, extreme cases, using these things to remove earwax can cause hearing loss.

  3. Ask your primary care physician about ear irrigation.

    Ear irrigation is a process that involves squirting pressurized flow of water into the ear to flush out excess wax. This is one of the most common ear procedures carried out in primary care. This procedure is generally a safe option for earwax removal but can be dangerous if performed incorrectly. This procedure is not advised for people with diabetes, a hole in the eardrum, tubes in the ears, or those with weakened immune systems.

  4. Avoid ear candling.

    Ear candling is a method that involves inserting a long, hollow candle into your ear canal and lighting the far end. This procedure isn’t a safe option for ear wax removal because it can cause burns, candle wax blockage, and perforation of the eardrum.

  5. Consult an ear, nose and throat physician. 

    If earwax is something you are concerned about, you should ask your ENT physician whether treatment is something you should consider. Some ENT physicians offer an ear cleaning procedure called micro-suction. This procedure is usually 15-20 minutes long and is done by using a microscope to magnify the ear canal, then utilizes suction and specialized instruments to manually remove ay earwax builds up. This is a quick appointment that should provide immediate relief of any symptoms you may be having.

Your ear is a delicate and intricate part of your body. Therefore, special care is necessary to prevent damage and ear infections. Visit us at Gonzaba to learn more about ear care!

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