How to Get Rid of Earwax Blockage
Although earwax protects and moisturizes our ear canal and protect our ears from bacteria, fungi, insects and water, sometimes, it can be over protective that can lead to earwax blockage.
Earwax blockage happens when there is excess earwax that has been accumulated in your ears and starts to harden. Basically, this occurs when you forget to clean your ears which cause a fortress inside your ears. Too much earwax will not be able to protect your ears anymore. This excess earwax or what you can call “fortress” can defend your ear canal so much that will cause an earache, hearing loss or noises in your ear.
When you start feeling fullness and stiffness in your ears, you might want to check out these our five S steps to help your ears.
STOP using cotton swabs!
When you finally realize that you have earwax blockage, your first reaction is to clean it right away by using cotton swabs—thinking that it’s just accumulated earwax that can be treated with using it. In fact, you should not. This can push your earwax further into your ear that will be more difficult to clean. Plus, it may cause more damage and pain. While it’s tempting to use a cotton swab or q-tip, it’s best to refrain from doing so in the future as well. Instead, consider some of the tips mentioned below.
Soften your earwax
You can soften your earwax by using baby oil, mineral oil or ear drops. Tilt you head enough in a way that your ear is facing the ceiling and fill up the ear canal with your choice of liquid to soften it. Wait for 10 minutes, still, with your head tilted. Do this twice a day for a week. By doing this, it will be easier for you to clean your ears as the earwax has already loosen up a bit.
Once you feel that the wax has softened, you can remove the wax by using a syringe and lukewarm water. Make sure that the water is not to hot nor cold. This is to prevent complication such as dizziness or pain. Fill your syringe with water. Tilt your head. Release the water into the ear by applying enough pressure. Allow the water to flow into the ear and gently suction the water out. Now, be very careful in doing this process. If you are not so confident about this, you can always visit your doctor for this.
Swab it (not with cotton swabs)
You have to swab it dry to reduce fungal growth. You can wipe outside the ear with a dry towel or a clean tissue paper. After you have aired it out for 30 minutes, you can optionally add a drop of rubbing alcohol. This will avoid infection in your ear canal. Remember that this is just for the outer part of the ear.
Consult a doctor
If you think that you are in doubt of your ears’ condition or afraid of cleaning your own ears, you better call your doctor before things get worse. Experts would know more on how to get remove it.