Earwax is a substance that is found in the inner ear. This substance protects our ears from bacteria and other particles or organisms that can harm our health. In addition, the wax acts as a natural lubricant for the ear and ear canal. Sometimes, it is accumulated in large quantities and can cause discomfort and also irritation, dizziness, loss of hearing, a feeling that there’s something stuck in the ear, and itching. Earwax should be carefully cleaned and excess wax should be removed with precautions.
Earwax can become annoying or irritating when it forms a blockage within the ear canal. This blockage usually occurs when you use cotton swabs like Q-tips on a regular basis to clean your ears, forcing earwax to be pushed deeper into the ear canal and build up.People who regularly wear earplugs or the popular ear bud headphones are also at a higher risk for the excessive accumulation of earwax.
If you have excess earwax built up in your ear, you will experience some of the following symptoms:
- Itching inside the ear canal
- Feeling like your ears are full or plugged up
- Ringing in the ears
- Drainage coming from the ear canal
- Diminished hearing
Remove earwax with simple home remedies
In order to be avoided excess buildup of earwax and further complications, clean your ears regularly and remove the earwax so it doesn’t create a blockage. Try to avoid usage of Q-tips or other swabs as you may cause the problem with them. Instead, try the following home remedies to remove earwax.
Saline is perfect solution for removing earwax. You just need to dissolve one teaspoon of salt (7.5 g) in ½ cup of water (100 ml). Soak a cotton ball in the solution and let a few drops fall into your ear, while you tilt your head to one side. Stay in this position for a few minutes to let the liquid penetrate the ear canal and soften the wax. Then tilt your head in the opposite direction and use a tissue to capture the liquid that will drain out.
One of the safest and most effective home remedies for earwax removal is paraffin oil, which can be found in pharmacies. Heat two to three tablespoons of this oil over a candle flame. Drop a few drops in your ear and lie still for a few minutes. Then use warm water to rinse out any traces of wax.
Prepare a mixture of equal parts of hydrogen peroxide with water. Make sure the hydrogen peroxide is the commercially available 3% strength variety. Place a few drops in your ear and shake your head gently to let it penetrate the ear canal. Leave the drops in for a few minutes and the turn on the opposite side so the liquid can drain out.
Glycerin is a natural product that helps soften earwax for easy removal. Put few drops in ear canals and you will remove the extra earwax.
VINEGAR AND ALCOHOL SOLUTION
Mix equal parts white vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and apply a few drops to each ear.
Olive oil is another great ingredient that softens earwax and eases its removal. Put two or three drops of olive oil in the affected ear before going to bed. Sleep on the opposite side so you can have effects. Repeat this procedure few nights.