How to Correctly Clean Your Ears
When your ears have absolutely no kind of health problems, they clean themselves naturally, even though there could be several opportunities in which earwax blocks or plugs the ear, causing discomforts like strange sounds, which prevent you from hearing clearly.
That’s why you need to resort to cleaning your ears, to extract any excess wax that has built up in them. You can recognize if your ears are plugged due to excessive wax, with the following symptoms:
- Pain or hearing loss
- Ringing and noises in the ear
- Itching and foul smelling secretions
Home remedies for cleaning your ears
Fortunately we have quite the variety of natural, homemade methods that are very effective at removing excess wax that could be plugging your ears. The most commonly used home remedies are:
-Massage to loosen the wax plus
To loosen a wax plug that could be blocking your hearing canal, you need to passage the area behind your ear, and pull your ear in several directions and open and close your moth at the same time.
Hydrogen peroxide or oxygenated water is recommendable both for treating ear aches as well as for helping eliminate excessive wax accumulation which could be blocking the ear. Bellow is the process to follow:
Add half a cup of oxygenated water to half a cup of warm water, then fill a dropper with it. Use this mixture while laying down, and fill the affected ear, letting it work for three or five minutes. Then turn over to the liquid comes out, and rinse your ear using the same process, but using just warm water. You could also use baby oil or mineral water, rather than oxygenated water.
In this case, we recommend following the same procedure as before, but while using warm olive oil. Allow to work for 15 minutes and repeat this process three times a day for three or four days.
-Hot water bottle
This is a simple, but effective home remedy. All you need to do is take a bottle and fill it with hot water. Take the hot-warm bottle and place it directly on the affected ear for 15 to 30 minutes. You will then notice that the wax is softer and easier to clean.
You can easily find special tubes at the store for washing your ears. This should be done with warm water, body temperature. After irrigating your ear, you should dry the ear well.
-Washing the ear with chamomile infusion
Use two tablespoons of chamomile flowers and one cup of water for this procedure. Make an infusion with it and let set until warm. Then strain very well.
Before applying, place three drops of olive oil in your ear and let sink in for 5 minutes. Then rinse your ear with the infusion that you just prepared, using a dropper or a tube.
If the problem continues you many need to see a specialist so they can wash your ears in a more concrete manner.
Precautions for cleaning your ears
- Whenever you feel some sort of discomfort in your ears, never try to clean them by inserting foreign objects into them. Q-tips or cotton balls are completely contraindicated for this purpose, because they could worsen the problem by pushing the wax plug farther back.
- If you have a perforated eardrum, never try to clean the wax by using home methods, or by washing with drops of oxygenated water. This could cause serious damage to your ear.
- You should never use pressurized irrigation to clean your ears as you could run the risk of perforating your eardrum. You should also keep in mind that cleansing your washing your ears shouldn’t be done too frequently, because this could cause infections.
- None of these aforementioned home remedies should be used in children younger than 12 years of age. This could cause more serious problems because their ears are more delicate. If you suspect a wax plug, it’s best to see a specialist.
You should keep in mind that earwax is necessary for protecting the ear from dust, microorganisms, and any other foreign substance that could enter the hearing canal and thereby cause some sort of damage. That’s why washing is only recommended when you truly need it (if you truly have a plug formed by excessive wax).
If you get frequent plugs, it’s best to see an ear specialist. They can decide which treatment you should follow to properly resolve the issue.