Wax is an important and natural secretion found in the ear. It helps protect the ear against bacteria, helping to prevent infection. If ear wax is not causing any problem it is best to leave it alone as the ear is self-cleaning and the wax should naturally clear itself.
If you think you may have earwax, haven’t experienced ear surgery, and don’t have a hole in your eardrum, you can manage it with softening drops.
You can use softening drops on a weekly basis to manage the build up of earwax. Experts suggest using either olive oil, almond oil, salt water or sodium bicarbonate drops. Whichever of these recommended liquids you use, they should be at room temperature. It may be easier (if possible) to have somebody else instil the drops into your ears for you.
The use of cotton buds, matches or hair clips is NOT recommended as a way to remove earwax. These can cause damage and infection in the ear, and can worsen the blockage. Ear candling (or Hopi Ear Candling) is also NOT recommended as a way of treating ear wax. It can result in burns and studies have shown that it does not remove ear wax.
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