Flush Out Ear Wax Safely

Flush out ear wax to remove excess before it gets impacted. Ear wax buildup and blockage is an occurrence many people experience-to help alleviate the problem, using a simple and safe method to clear it out and aid in future ear wax build up.

As part of the body's natural defense mechanisms, ear wax is produced by the body to trap dust, dirt and foreign items from entering the ear canal and prevents bacteria growth.

Having a normal amount of ear wax is not a sign of illness or poor hygiene, it is a sign that the body is working correctly by producing natural protection.

Methods
Flushing out ear wax buildup is accomplished by:

  • Flush the ear with warm water mixed with a little vinegar to help deter bacteria in the ear canal
  • Apply several drops of baby oil, mineral oil or olive oil in the ear canal at bedtime for two to three days to help soften the wax then remove by flushing with warm water. Use a cotton ball to keep the liquid in place while sleeping.

Over-the-Counter
Over-the-counter treatments include products specifically designed for softening ear wax for easy removal. Products may require placing a liquid into the ear canal for a set period then flushing with warm water or the process may require removing the softened wax with a syringe. Read the directions carefully as some medications contain peroxide that can cause irritation to the ear.

Medications
Extreme cases of impacted ear wax or recurring cases require the assistance of a health care provided. The physician may begin the process by first irrigating the canal to soften the wax then continuing the removal by using an instrument, known as a curette, to scoop out difficult and impacted wax. This process should be administered by an experienced physician to ensure there is no injury to the eardrum should complications arise. 

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