How to get rid of ear wax

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Earwax is a substance naturally produced by the glands located in the ear canal. It has a medical name known as cerumen. Earwax has benefits such as lubrication, antibacterial properties and lubrication.
It is produced as a way of protecting the ear from the harm of external agents.
Usually, the earwax is slowly migrated from the ear drum to the ear opening where it could be gotten rid of.

Problems, however, can occur when there is a blockage or impaction of earwax. The wax could accumulate deep in the ear canal due to the use of objects like cotton swabs, bobby pins which keep pushing the wax deep into the ear.
People who use ear plugs or hearing aids are more likely to get their ear blocked by earwax.
The ear canal may get narrow due to a skin disease or infection of the connective tissues or bones. With the narrowing comes a build-up of earwax. The earwax produced could also become less fluid or overproduce as a result of blockage within the ear canal, trauma or deficiency of zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium.
A few signs that there is excess earwax in your ears may be earaches, a feeling of fullness in your ears, noises in the ear, itching, an uncomfortable feeling in the ear or even temporary hearing loss.
You could get a physician or ear specialist to get rid of the earwax. You could also get wax removal kits of ear drops to make things easier for you.
There are also simple remedies you can easily make to help you get rid of hardened earwax from your ears. With any of these home remedies, you may repeat some of them a few times, although this depends on how much wax has accumulated.
If, however, you have a perforated ear drum, we do not expect you to use these remedies, you should go see a professional.
While choosing a remedy, be sure to follow them carefully so that the wax impaction may worsen. If the symptoms go on even after trying the remedies, then see a doctor. Under no circumstance should you try to treat yourself if you have a tube or a hole in your eardrum.

Remedies for getting rid of wax

Salt water

This is the best solution for earwax removal. It works my softening the accumulated wax in the ear, that way, it can be easily gotten rid of.

Here’s what you should do:

• Start by mixing a teaspoon of salt in one half cup of water (warm, preferably). Make sure the salt completely dissolves in the water.
• Get a cotton ball and soak in the solution.
• Tilt the affected ear upwards and squeeze the cotton ball so that a few drops of the solution makes its way into your ears.
• Remain that way for at least three minutes.
• Then drain the saline water by tilting your head the other way.
• The softened wax will come off with the water. Clean it with a towel or cloth.

2. Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an effective solution for the accumulation of excess earwax. It has an effervescent property which makes it able to get rid of both debris and ear wax easily

Here’s what you should do:

• Mix some hydrogen peroxide and water
• Get an eye dropper and fill it up with the solution
• Tilt your head to one side letting the affected ear be faced upwards
• Pour a few drops of the solution into the affected ear and allow for some time
• Next, tilt your head in the opposite direction so that the ear wax drains out with the water
• Wipe away the wax with a piece of clean cloth

3. Baby Oil

Here’s what you should do
• Get an eyedropper and fill it up with the baby oil
• Tilt your head such that the affected area faces upwards towards the sky
• Place about five drops of the oil in your ear
• Place a cotton ball at the opening so that the oil doesn’t ooze out and leave it in for a while .
• Get rid of the cotton ball and have your head facing the opposite direction so that the oil drains out
• Then using a soft clean cloth, clean your ear opening.
• In the absence of baby oil, mineral oil could be used.

4. Vinegar and Rubbing Alcohol

This remedy was used in ancient times to get rid of excess earwax. The mixture dissolves the earwax, with the alcohol serving as a drying agent so that it evaporates at a low temperature. Vinegar, on the other hand, has antibacterial properties that help fight fungi and bacteria to protect the ear from any infection.

Here’s what you should do:

• Mix equal parts of the alcohol and white vinegar
• Soak a cotton ball in the solution and use it to place a few drops in the affected ear while it is faced upwards.
• Let the mixture stay in the ear for about five minutes then drain your ear by turning your head in the opposite direction so that the affected area faces the ground.
• Clean off the wax on the outer ear using an ear bud
• You could also use this remedy to treat swimmer’s ear

5. Warm Water

Flushing your ear with warm water also helps to get rid of excess earwax.

Here’s what you should do:

• Get a rubber-bulb syringe and fill it up with warm water.
• Tilt your head so that the affected ear is upwards.
• Using the syringe, drop a small amount of water into the ear canal.
• Let it stay in for a minute before draining by tilting your head to the opposite side.
• Clean the water and earwax with clean cloth

6. Olive Oil

Another way to get rid of excess earwax is with olive oil. Olive oil can get the wax soft so that it comes out easier. Plus, it has antiseptic properties that protect the ear from infections.

Here’s what you should do:

• Warm some olive oil slightly
• With a dropper, pour four drops of the warm oil in the affected ear.
• Let it sit for ten minutes so that it softens the earwax
• Then tilt your head sideways so that the oil along with the earwax gets drained
• As an alternative, you can use mustard oil

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