Earwax is known as ‘Cerumen’ and is a natural secretion of our body. It exists to help protect the inner ear from dust and debris and any foreign particle that might enter the ear and cause damage to it.
Earwax is being constantly replaced with fresh wax which is formed inside the ear canal. Sometimes the wax tends to get hard and forms a little plug next to the eardrum. This makes it difficult to hear and requires a professional doctor to be called in to remove the wax buildup. There are a few ways which can be used to help prevent the buildup of earwax.
Tips To Get Rid Of Ear Wax Buildup
It is not possible to get rid of this buildup completely and one should always be careful while cleaning the ears. Avoid putting sharp objects like hairpins and cotton swabs into your ears and attempt to clean them yourself. Seek medical attention. If you hurt yourself you could end up becoming deaf. Furthermore these objects would only push the wax buildup deeper inside the ear causing the passage to get blocked.
Incase you do notice earwax buildup then you could use a few drops of hydrogen peroxide, glycerin or mineral oil to help soften the wax. Have someone assist you while you are doing this to ensure that you don’t hurt yourself. Place your head sideways on a table or a pillow and have someone put a drop or 2 of any one of the liquids into your ear.
Lift your head up so that the excess liquid flows out. Whatever liquid remains inside the ear would soften the wax and bubble away at it helping to dislodge it. You need to rinse out this wax that has softened so ask the person who is helping you to get a bowl filled with water which is at body temperature. Use a syringe to squirt water into the ear very gently and then tilt your head so that the water runs out.
Pressure should not be applied while squirting the water into the ear. Repeat this 2-3 until the blockage is cleared. While drying your ears never rub them vigorously instead use a hair dryer to blow dry them making sure that the heat is not turned up. You could try this for a few days however incase you do not find any relief then you should visit a doctor immediately.