Earwax, or cerumen, is a substance that’s produced by the glands in order to keep the ear protected, clean and lubricated. It’s made up of 20 to 50 percent fat and coats the ear canal in order to moisturize it, prevent infection, and help keep dirt, dust and other types of debris from getting deep inside it.
Once ear wax has served its purpose, eventually it will migrate from the ear canal to the opening of the ear, where it typically dries up and falls out. Although the exact reason is unknown, some people tend to produce more ear wax than others, and in some cases, excessive ear wax can accumulate in the ear canal, leading to blockages.
Some of the signs and symptoms of accumulation of excessive earwax are earache, feeling of fullness in the ear, an uncomfortable sensation in the ear, noises in the ear (tinnitus), temporary hearing loss and itching.
You can get help from your healthcare provider or an ear specialist to remove earwax. There are also ear drops and wax removal kits in the market that you can buy. At the same time, there are many simple natural remedies to unblock and remove hardened earwax from your ears.
In this article, we’ll show you the best methods to safely and quickly clean your ears. However, if the symptoms persist even after trying the home remedies a few times, make sure you consult your doctor.
1.Saline solution to eliminate excess earwax
Saline solution is the best earwax removal solution that can be used at home. It can soften the wax accumulated inside the ear, making it easy to get rid of.
- Dissolve 1 teaspoon sea salt in the half cup of water.
- Soak a cotton ball in the liquid and use it to put a few drops into your ear.
- Keep your head tilted to the side for three to five minutes to hold the water inside.
- Now, tilt your head to the opposite side and let it drain out.
- Clean the outside of the ear with a clean cloth to eliminate excess earwax.
Another simple way to remove excess earwax is olive oil. Olive oil can soften the wax, making it easier to come out of the ear. Also, its antiseptic properties will reduce the risk of ear infection.
- Warm a little olive oil and apply two or three drops to the affected ear.
- Wait for about ten minutes for the wax to soften.
- Now, tilt your head to the side to let the oil and wax drain out.
Almond oil can also aid in the removal of ear wax. This oil serves as a lubricant and softener for wax, making it easy for you to clear wax build up in the ear.
- With a dropper, apply four to five drops warmed almond oil into the blocked ear.
- Keep the head tilted to the side to keep the oil inside the ear.
- Wait for 10 to 15 minutes for the wax to completely soften.
- Now, put a tissue over the ear and turn your head to the side to let the oil drain out.
- Clean any excess with a soft cloth.
Hydrogen peroxide is another very effective remedy for excess earwax accumulation. What makes hydrogen peroxide so effective is the bubbling reaction it causes. Once it gets into your ear canal, it seeps into the earwax and begins its bubbling reaction. This bubbling is what makes it so effective at breaking down earwax.
- Combine 1 tablespoon 3% hydrogen peroxide and 1 tablespoon water.
- Fill a dropper with the solution and apply 5 drops to the affected ear.
- Let work for 10 minutes with your head tilted to the side, then tilt the other way to let it drain out.
- Remove any excess earwax from the outer ear with a clean cloth.
To soften earwax and facilitate its removal, you can also use baby oil.
- Put the baby oil in a dropper and apply two to five drop in the affected ear.
- Place a cotton ball in the ear to keep the oil from leaking out.
- Let work for 5 minutes and then tilt your head to the side to let the oil drain out.
- Clean the outer ear with a soft cloth.
Choose whichever method you think will work best and use it to eliminate excess earwax before it causes a blockage in your ears.
Remember that you should avoid using sharp objects or cotton swabs to clean the ears because they can damage the ear and cause infection.