The substance called earwax is naturally found in the inner ear and it is responsible for protecting it from bacteria and other organisms or particles which can potentially harm this area. Moreover, this wax serves as natural lubricant for the ear canal and the ear. However, the wax can accumulate in large quantities, which in turn causes dizziness, itching, irritation, discomfort, a feeling that there is something stuck in the ear, and loss of hearing. Luckily, these issues can be prevented by cleaning the ears and removing the accumulated earwax from time to time.
What Causes Accumulation of Earwax?
In order to remove the excess earwax at home, you need to understand what causes the discomfort from the earwax buildup in the first place. When the earwax forms a blockage within the ear canal, it becomes quite irritating and annoying.
One of the main reasons for the formation of this blockage is the regular use of cotton swabs like Q-tips, as cleaning the ears with these swabs basically pushes the wax deeper into the ear canal and it leads to accumulation of it in the canal.
Another cause of earwax build is the use of earplugs. Namely, people who wear earplugs of the popular earbud headphones on regular basis are at higher risk of getting excessive accumulation of earwax.
Which are the Symptoms of Excess Earwax?
If you experience some of the symptoms outlined below, it is very likely that there is too much earwax accumulated in your ear/ear canal.
- Itching inside the ear canal
- Feeling like your ears are full or plugged up
- Diminished hearing
- Ringing in the ears
- Drainage coming from the ear canal
Home Remedies to Remove Excess Earwax
Needless to say, if you want to prevent the suffering caused by the consequences of excessive earwax outlined above, you need to clean the ears regularly and remove the earwax, so that it doesn’t cause any blockage. Instead of using Q-tips or other types of cotton swabs, it is recommended to try some of the following home remedies:
- Olive Oil
Olive oil is an excellent ingredient when it comes to softening the earwax and easing its removal. You should put 2-3 drops of olive oil into the affected ear before bedtime. Sleep on the opposite side and let it work overnight. This treatment should be performed for 3-4 days in a row.
- Paraffin Oil
Paraffin oil is one of the most effective and safest home remedies for earwax removal. It is easily accessible and it can be found in any pharmacy nearby. First, heat 2-3 tbsp of paraffin oil over a candle flame. Then, put a few drops into the ear and lie still for a while. Finally, rinse out any traces of wax with warm water. In order to dissolve the buildup completely, this treatment should be performed for three consecutive days.
This natural product can be found in any pharmacy and it is very effective when it comes to softening the earwax and facilitating its removal. For optimum results, pour 4 drops in each ear, three times daily.
- Hydrogen Peroxide
You should opt for hydrogen peroxide which is 3 percent strength. This is the commercially available variety, though. Mix equal parts of the hydrogen peroxide with water and put a few drops in the ear. Shake the head gently so that the mixture penetrates the ear canal. Let the drops work for a couple of minutes and then tilt the head to the opposite side to let the liquid drain out.
- Vinegar and Alcohol Solution
Mix white vinegar and alcohol in equal rations into a small bowl. Then, dip a cotton ball into the solution and apply a few drops onto each ear.
- Saline Solution
The saline solution is a great option for earwax removal. First, dissolve 1 tsp of salt (7.5g) into ½ cup of water (100ml). Then, soak a cotton ball into the solution and apply into the ear. Let couple of drops fall into the ear and tilt the head to one side at the meantime. Stay in this position for a while in order to allow the liquid to penetrate the ear canal and soften the earwax. Finally, tilt the head in the opposite side and capture the liquid as it drains out with a tissue.