Natural Remedies

Six Tips for Removing Earwax at Home


Earwax, or cerumen, is a waxy substance secreted in the ear canal.

It cleans and protects the ears from bacteria, fungi, water. Also, it protects them from insects.

However, a buildup of earwax can cause certain problems and you experience symptoms such as irritation, itching, dizziness, earache, diminished hearing, ringing in the ears, and hearing loss.

These symptoms occur as a result of wax blockage in the ear canal. Therefore, we occasionally need to clean our ears to remove excess earwax.

The most common practice of cleaning ears is by using cotton swabs. But, cotton swabs push the earwax deeper into the ear canal, so it starts to accumulate, which leads to obstruction.

Also, you should be aware of the fact that the constant use of earplugs and headphones can increase the risk of excessive earwax  and cerumen impaction in the ear canal.

We present you 6 effective natural remedies to treat this condition.

Hydrogen peroxide 

Mix 3% hydrogen peroxide and water in equal amounts. Then, drop a bit of this mixture in the ear. Shake your head a bit to allow the solution penetrate in the ear canal. After a few minutes, tilt your head to the opposite side so the liquid drains out.

Olive oil 

All you have to do is drop two or three drops of olive oil in the ear before you go to sleep. Sleep on the opposite side. Repeat this treatment for 3 or 4 nights. This oil will first soften the earwax, so it will be easier to remove it.

Paraffin oil 

First, heat two to three tablespoons of paraffin oil over a candle flame. Then, apply a few drops in your ear. After that, lie still for a few minutes. Rinse your ear with some warm water. For best effect, repeat this treatment 3 days in a row.

Saline solution

Dissolve one teaspoon of salt (7.5 g) in 1/2 cup of water (100 ml). Then, soak a cotton ball in it. After that, tilt the head on the side to allow the solution to penetrate the ear. After that, keep your head tilted in the opposite direction so that the remaining solution drains out. Use a tissue.

Vinegar and alcohol solution 

In a small bowl, make a mixture of equal parts of white vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Soak a cotton ball in it. Then, apply a few drops of the remedy to each ear.

Glycerin 

All you have to do is apply 4 drops in each ear. Repeat the procedure three times a day.

Paraffin oil and glycerin can be found in almost all pharmacies.

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