What Are Some Good Home Remedies for Removing Ear Wax?

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Some good home remedies for removing ear wax include softening the ear wax with mineral oil, glycerine or hydrogen peroxide, and irrigating with warm water, states Mayo Clinic. In addition, WebMD states that over-the-counter ear wax softening drops such as Debrox or Murine may be used in the affected ear.

Home remedies for ear wax removal may be necessary when ear wax, also known as cerumen, accumulates in the ear canal. Symptoms of a build-up of ear wax include ear pain, decreased hearing, ringing in the ear, itching, dizziness, or a plugged or full sensation in the ear, notes WebMD. Ear wax removal is most safely done by a doctor, according to the Mayo Clinic, but minor wax build-up can be alleviated at home.

Once the ear wax is softened by over-the-conduct products or other methods, flush the ear with water to irrigate. WebMD recommends using a rubber bulb syringe to squirt water into the ear, then tilt the head to let the water drain.

When treating ear wax build-up at home, it is important to remember several safety warnings. Never attempt to use an instrument to dig out ear wax, warns the Mayo Clinic. An instrument such as a cotton swab, hair pin or paper clip may cause severe damage to the ear canal and/or ear drum. In addition, WebMD warns against “ear candling.” Ear candling is an alternative remedy that claims to alleviate ear wax build-up by using a cone with a handle to create a vacuum on the ear. Studies have shown that no vacuum is created and that candling may result in ear canal obstructions, perforations or burns. If you have vertigo, spinning sensation, inability to walk, vomiting or high fever, or sudden loss of hearing, see your doctor right away.