You can do your best to look great, but if you leave that ear wax in your ear canal, you better stay at home. It is secreted as a protective measure against bacteria, tiny bugs and dirt. However, excessive secretion of the waxy oil may be a sign of a specific health condition. Well, there are two things you can do:
- Experience hearing problems, and even deafness (yes, you got this one right – ear wax clogs ears and affects hearing)
- Remove the excess wax!
Hopefully, you will go for the second one.
Although it may seem quite simple, things are not that easy. Ear swabs are the most common tool people use to get rid of the wax. However, researchers have found that the use of these may cause severe side effects. Improper use of cotton swab may harm, and even break the tympanic membrane. Sticking the swab too deeply can lead to serious injury.
Even the slightest injury may develop into perforation in the tympanic membrane. The traditional cleaning method may cause vertigo or facial paralysis.
Do not use cotton swabs. There are cases where individuals have been obliged to undergo a surgery because of the improper way of using cotton swabs. When used improperly, these tiny little things are more dangerous than you think.
How to protect your eardrum?
- You should only clean the ear auricle and the tight area around the ear canal.
- Do not stick the ear swab deep in the canal, because part of the ear wax ends up in the inner part of the ear which may lead to complete obstruction of the ear, hearing problems and even dizziness.
- Deep penetration may harm the ear drum severely.
- Use special swabs with thick tips if you are cleaning your child’s ears. In this way you will not damage their ear canal.
For most people, ear wax harms ears and it should be removed as soon as possible. What they do not know is that the waxy oil is a sort of protection for the ears, as it keeps bacteria, dust and external pollution away from the canal.
Dry your ears well every time you get out of the shower. This is a harmless way to remove the excess wax. Water inflates earwax, so it is really important to dry the ears after taking a shower. If you struggle with too much dust in the area where you live, consider using earplugs.
Two efficient cleaning techniques
Homemade ear irrigation
Keep in mind that ears have the ability to clean themselves. Have you noticed that their shape and structure ease the drainage of wax? Homemade ear flush will accelerate the cleaning process.
Try this simple at-home ear irrigation:
- Combine equal parts of white vinegar, warm water and rubbing alcohol.
- Add few drops in each ear. Remember, it is drops. Do not use more than that.
- Leave the mixture in your ears for a few minutes to loosen the wax.
- Tilt your head to drain the liquid away. Use a cotton pad to absorb any remains.
Although it may seem too quick and simple, this method is super-efficient.
Remember, alcohol and vinegar may cause irritation and worsen the situation. Do not use this method too often. Apply it only when your ears need a good, thorough cleaning.
Ear wax has lot of oil in it. Having this in mind, it is more than clear that mineral oil will clean the ears and remove excess wax. This method has almost no side effects.
All you need is warm oil, preferably room temperature oil. The heat will loosen the waxy oil, and the ear could drain it easily.
Note: Do not worry about potential irritation and dryness. Oils coat sensitive skin and protect it.
Add a few drops of mineral oil into each ear, and secure it with a cotton ball. Lay on the opposite side, meaning your covered ear should be on the top side. In this way the oil will loosen the wax. Turn over to treat your other ear. You should notice a good draining from the ear you already ‘oiled.’ Do not use baby oil, because it contains perfumes and scents, and these can cause severe irritations.
Lay on your side for 10-20 minutes. Do this method once a weak. That is just enough. However, keep in mind that this method does not work for stubborn blocks, but it sure is an awesome way to do regular ear cleaning.
Source: Bare Natural Truth