Ear Wax Removal Home Remedy Options
Within the ears of all mammals there is a substance called cerumen, better known as earwax. This substance serves several purposes in the ear canal including lubrication, cleansing and protection. Wax within the ear canal can be a barrier against water, bacteria, fungi and even small bugs. It only becomes a problem when it builds-up and obstructs the canal, which can lead to hearing loss, pain in the eardrum and even ear infections. If you have noticed that you struggle to hear, sounds may be more muffled than usual, you may have earwax buildup. Here are a few home remedies you can use to clear your ear canal and restore your hearing.
At many pharmacies, you will find a handy tool for earwax removal. It may look a bit strange; it is a funnel like device made of thin wax covered cloth. The small end of the ear candle or cone is place in the ear canal and the other end is lit. Proponents of the treatment state that the heat and conical shape loosen and “draw” earwax from the canal. It is one of the more effective home remedy methods available for a number of ear related ailments.
One of the gentlest and easiest methods for removing earwax is through the use of softening oils. Olive, almond and baby oil are popular choices. Simply place a few drops of oil in the ear canal while tilting the head in the opposite direction. After a few minutes take a small bulbous syringe and flush the ear canal with warm water. This should flush any wax from the canal and give you immediate relief.
Another home remedy for earwax removal includes the use of hydrogen peroxide. It is applied in much the same way as the carrier oils, a few drops in the ear canal, wait and then flush. Many people choose to follow this with an alcohol flush to remove any traces of “water” that results from using peroxide.
Cotton Swabs- No No
You may think that cotton swabs are the perfect tool for cleaning your ears, however they may be one of the worst options. The bulb of cotton on the end of the swab are not much smaller than the canal opening itself, which means that more often than not the swab will simply push wax deeper into the canal and closer to the ear drum. This can worsen symptoms and make other methods of removal more challenging.
Salt water is a very simple earwax removal solution that can help as well. It softs the accumulated wax inside the ear, making it easy to get out. Stir one teaspoon of salt in a half cup of warm water until the salt dissolves. Then soak a cotton ball in the saline solution and place it on the affected ear. Tilt the head to the side to allow the salt water to drip into the ear canal and leave in for approximately 3-5 minutes. When done- turn over head and let the fluid and wax build up drain out.
Rubbing Alcohol and White Vinegar
Vinegar can be used in almost all home remedy treatments- its such a versatile tool. This recipe is great if you are also experiencing pain with the wax build up. Vinegar works to fight bacteria and infection helping to eliminate any pain. Just mix equal parts of white vinegar and rubbing alcohol in a bowl. Tilt your head and place two or three drops of this mixture with a dropper into the ear. Wait 3-5 minutes and tilt your head to the opposite side to let the fluid drain out.
Earwax buildup can be frustrating and even lead to hearing loss. Some people just naturally produce more earwax than others and for them annual earwax removal is a necessity. This makes home remedies a very nice option. One thing you should remember, if your ear is painful to the touch, red or you are running a fever you should see a medical professional. These are all signs of infection and should be treated with medication and not earwax removal.