How to Remove Ear Wax Safely and Effectively?
What do you do when your child begins to yell and cry from ear pain? In some of the cases it may be an ear infection, but in most of the cases it is ear wax. If you are not particular about removing ear wax from time to time it tends to accumulate and trouble you in the long run. Removing ear wax with the help of cotton swabs can be risky. You need not worry about being caught in a troublesome situation because there are certain effective remedies using which you can remove the wax effectively and safely.
What is Ear Wax?
Ear wax is produced by glands of the ear canal. It cleans, moistens and protects the ear canal. Normally, it is produced in a small quantity through a natural process, but when it is produced in larger quantities it begins to itch and pain. Sometimes, it causes hearing loss. Under normal circumstances, there is no need to remove the wax, but when it gets thicker and harder it may be a source of discomfort and pain. In some cases even a complete hearing loss has been reported.
What Not to Do?
Before discussing a couple of safe and useful remedies to remove ear wax, let us first see what you should not be doing if you need to remove it. Never use a cotton swab, fingers, hair grip, pencil or any other pointed object to remove the earwax. This will compact the wax and hardens it thus making it more difficult to remove.
Home Remedies to Remove Ear Wax Safely:
Use Paraffin Oil:
Ear wax can be dissolved using paraffin oil. It is used in the combination of warm water. Here are the steps that you need to follow:
- Get hold of paraffin oil from any drug store.
- Warm about 2-3 tablespoons of it (above the body temperature).
- Take a dropper and fill it with this oil.
- Drop a few drops of this warm oil on both of your ears.
- Lie still for 10 minutes and then clean up.
Repeat the same for a couple of days. This will soften and dissolve the wax completely. Flush your ears with warm water and this will remove the undissolved wax.
Use Maigold Leaves’ Extract:
This is perhaps the easiest way to soften and dissolve the ear wax. Pluck a few leaves of marigold and take out its juice. With the help of a dropper, drop a few drops in both the ears. This will dissolve the deposition of thick and hard wax.
Use Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar Solution:
Rinsing your ear with apple cider oil is also a good way to remove ear wax, but you need to dilute it before usage.
There are some people who use hydrogen peroxide to dissolve the ear wax plugs. But, this not recommended as it too strong and may puncture the ear drum of a sensitive ear.