Earwax is a substance that is naturally found in the inner ear and protects it from bacteria and other particles or organisms that may harm this delicate area. Further, the wax is natural lubricant for the ear and the ear canal. Sometimes it happens to accumulate in large quantities, which causes discomfort, but also causes irritation, dizziness, loss of hearing, a feeling that there’s something stuck in the ear, and itching. That’s why you need to periodically clean your ears to remove excess earwax.
Ear wax can cause irritation when there is a blockage or impaction due to an accumulation deep inside the ear canal. The wax gets pushed up deeper into the ear while inserting cotton into it, hence causing blockage and discomfort.
Signs of earwax buildup include:
– Sudden or partial hearing loss, which is usually temporary
– Tinnitus, which is a ringing or buzzing in the ear
– Feeling like your ears are full or plugged up
So, to prevent earwax build up you must clean your ears often. But do not use cotton swabs.
1. Paraffin Oil
Paraffin oil is very effective in removing excess earwax, it can be readily obtained from pharmacies. You just need to heal 3 tablespoons of paraffin oil and apply into your ear canal. Then lie down for 10 minutes and rinse it well with warm water.
2. Olive oil
Olive oil is another great and in the same time natural ingredient that helps soften earwax and facilitate its removal. Put two or three drops of olive oil in the affected ear before going to bed, and try to sleep on the opposite side. Repeat this treatment for three or four nights in a row.
3. Hydrogen peroxide
Mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and 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 before tilting your head to the opposite side as the liquid drains out.
4. Saline solution
In a glass, mix together 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ cup of warm water. Mix until the salt is dissolved. Then tilt the head on side and put several drops in the ear. Wait a few minutes and tilt the head on the opposite side.
This solution will help dissolve the excess earwax in your ear canal for it to be removed easily. Glycerin is readily available in your local pharmaceutical stores, just use about 4 drops of this natural product in each of your ears, do this thrice daily for maximum effect.
6. Vinegar and alcohol solution
Mix together vinegar and rubbing alcohol in a glass. Soak a cotton ball and put several drops of the mixture into each ear.