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Earwax (cont.)

What Natural or Home Remedies Help Remove Earwax?

The person may try a few excess earwax buildup removal methods at home unless they have a perforation (hole) or tubes in the eardrum.

  • Over-the-counter wax softening drops or kits, for example, carbamide peroxide (Debrox, Auro, Murine, Kyrosol) or warmed mineral oil may be put into the affected ear and then allowed to drain out after about five minutes for earwax removal.
  • A bulb-type syringe may be used to gently flush the ear with warm water. Ear-Clear is a warm-water irrigation device that is available online. It is very important not to use forced water, for example, a Water Pik, because this may cause damage to the eardrum.
  • Ear candling is not recommended for removing earwax. Ear candles are hollow cones made of paraffin and beeswax with cloth on the tapered end. The tapered end is placed inside the ear, and an assistant lights the other end, while making sure your hair does not catch on fire. In theory, as the flame burns, a vacuum is created, which draws the wax out of the ear. Limited clinical trials, however, showed that no vacuum was created, and no wax was removed. Furthermore, this practice may result in serious injury.

What Is the Medical Treatment for Removing Earwax blockage?

The doctor may remove the earwax buildup with a small plastic spoon called a curette, or by irrigating the ear with warmed water, saline, dilute peroxide solution, docusate (Colace), sodium bicarbonate, or other prescription-strength eardrops. If ear wax does not block the view of the ear drum and is asymptomatic, in many cases, it does not require removal.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/22/2016
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