Whilst ear wax is produced naturally – meaning, it isn’t normally something to be concerned about – a buildup of it can lead to irritation and discomfort, as well as itching, dizziness, and even the partial loss of hearing. Treating and removing ear wax can be a delicate procedure, as the ear is quite sensitive, so care needs to be taken for this as well. So how do you prevent the buildup of ear wax and how do you remove it in the quickest and most effective way possible? Here’s how.
A Saline Solution
The most popular way to remove ear wax is through a saline solution. To create this solution, mix a teaspoon of salt with half a cup of water (preferably warm) until the salt dissolves. Apply a few drops of the solution to the ear with a cotton ball, making sure to tilt the head so the drops get inside. Once the inside of the ear is sufficiently wet, drain the solution by tilting the head to the other side.
A Mixture of Rubbing Alcohol and Vinegar
Another solution for removing ear wax is a mixture of rubbing alcohol and vinegar. Just mix an equal amount of rubbing alcohol and vinegar (white) in a bowl. Then dip a cotton ball into the solution and place a few drops inside the affected ear.
Water and Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is a popular remedy for cuts and scrapes, but it can also be used to remove a buildup of ear wax. To use, just mix an equal amount of water and hydrogen peroxide. One important tip: the hydrogen peroxide should not be more than 3%, as a higher percentage can prove harmful. Once you have mixed the water and hydrogen peroxide, place a few drops into the ear. The liquid should remain in the ear for a few minutes. Once it’s done, tilt the head to the other side so the liquid can drain away.
Simple water can also be used for removing wax from the ear, as long as it’s clean and warm. Just apply a little bit of the warm, clean water to the ear with the ear wax, and leave it inside for several seconds. Afterwards, let it drain out by tilting the head to the other side.
To prevent the buildup of ear wax, there are also certain things you can do. For example, whilst taking a shower, run some water into the ear (just make sure to drain it out). By doing this, you are keeping the inside of the ear moist so the wax remains soft and does not harden.
Ear wax removal with the use of natural home remedies has proven effective time and again. With the above-mentioned remedies, ear wax can be dealt with in the easiest, quickest, and most effective manner possible.
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