What is it?
Earwax blockage occurs when earwax (cerumen) accumulates in your ear or becomes too hard to wash away naturally.
Earwax is a helpful and natural part of your bodys defenses. It cleans, lubricates and protects your ear canal by trapping dirt and slowing the growth of bacteria.
What are the symptoms?
A build-up of earwax in your ear can cause:
earache hearing loss tinnitus (hearing sounds from inside your body) itchiness in or around the ear vertigo (a spinning sensation) ear infections
These problems will usually improve once the excess earwax has been removed.
- Soften the wax. Use an eyedropper to apply a few drops of baby oil, mineral oil, glycerin or hydrogen peroxide in your ear canal.
- Use warm water. After a day or two, when the wax is softened, use a rubber-bulb syringe to gently squirt warm water into your ear canal. Tilt your head and pull your outer ear up and back to straighten your ear canal. When finished irrigating, tip your head to the side to let the water drain out.
- Dry your ear canal. When finished, gently dry your outer ear with a towel or hand-held dryer.
Things to watch out for
Earwax Buildup is a common problem that can often be treated using eardrops bought from a pharmacy.