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Earwax, also known as cerumen is a yellowish waxy material that comes from the sebaceous glands. It’s sticky, and it’s made in the outer ear canal. The wax is slightly acidic and antimicrobial in nature and protects the ear canal from getting waterlogged or dry. It acts as a water repellent, traps dirt and bacteria so that they cannot go inside the ear. However, when it turns hard or gets accumulated, it can turn out to be a huge problem and can even hinder the hearing process.
In some cases, it can form a lump and block the passage of the ear canal making it painful and difficult to hear as well, read further to know if it could be the case
- Earache or ear infection
- Itchiness and a slight ringing inside the ear
- Headaches, cough, and heaviness in throat
- Dizziness, nausea and a feeling of fullness in the ear
What led to this?
It’s important to understand that the blockage has happened because the wax was pushed inside the canal, the reasons could be multiple, a few of them are stated here
Can produce excess wax, the earplugs used while swimming can create pressure and push the wax inside
- Cotton swabs or Q-tips
Although it seems tempting, cotton swabs are harmful to your ear, rather than cleaning the wax; it pushes the wax deeper inside the canal, it gets accumulated there and causes a blockage.
- Napkin corners
You might find them a great way of cleaning the dirt but what they do is shift the dirt and form layers of it, again accumulated wax.
These can lead to pretty dangerous conditions causing an infection, especially for those with a hairy canal.
6 Effective home remedies to remove ear wax safely
We all keep thinking of the same question, How to remove ear wax at home? Here are a few safe methods
- Remove earwax naturally using essential oil
Here’s the tricky part, earwax is an oily substance, and when it comes in contact with another oil substance, it’s been said to melt and soften, hence getting easier to be removed.
- Olive Oil
For a tried and tested traditional remedy for treating ear infection, choose high-quality olive oil. It has medicinal properties. You can even add crushed garlic to it to make your eardrops.
- Mineral Oil
Inexpensive and commonly found in alkaline and a form of petroleum counteracts the nature of earwax (acidic), softens it and makes it leave the ear.
- Coconut oil
Rich in fatty acids, this works amazingly well against the microbes, can kill a lot of harmful bacteria and soften the accumulated wax as well.
Besides these, one number of oils like almond, garlic and baby oil as well. You can use them at the room temperature just slightly warmed, not too much or it can burn the sensitive skin inside. Here’s a ‘How to use’ guide,
- Lie on a side with the affected ear facing up.
- Pull the outer part of your ear and put 2-3 drops of oil, inside the ear with the help of a dropper.
- Gently massage the fleshy part at the entrance of your ear and wipe off the remaining oil.
- Repeat the process twice a day if required.
- Rubbing alcohol and white vinegar
Mix them in equal parts and flush your ear with this the solution, may tingle but it works because vinegar is antimicrobial and the alcohol evaporates quickly so that it will soften and kill the germs inside there as well.
- Baking soda
A pinch of soda mixed with a tablespoon of water, the solution meets the ear wax pretty quick, and it comes out quite easily as well. It also acts as an antiseptic, so this is safe to bed used by anyone.
- Saline water
Mix one tablespoon of salt with half a cup of water, dip a cotton ball into it and squeeze a few drops into your ear, it works because saline water melts the ear wax pretty quickly.
Put a few drops of it in the affected ear and let it sit for a few minutes, it softens the wax and makes it come out quickly also it is very safe to be used by anyone.
- Apple cider vinegar
A warm solution of diluted apple cider vinegar can help the ear wax to melt. The ratio should be 1:10, which is one part of Apple cider vinegar, mixed with 10 parts of water. Put the solution into your ear, and wait for a few minutes, repeat if required.
The remedies, as mentioned above, are effective and safe to be used by anyone, in case you experience discomfort, immediately discontinue.
The author of this article is Emylee, a wellness lifestyle writer. She loves sharing her thoughts and personal experiences related to natural remedies, yoga and fitness through her writing. She currently writes for How To Cure.