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We are dedicated to providing the best, most appropriate services within our Primary Care Network, however, ear syringing is not considered to be the first line of treatment for the clearing of earwax. In fact, there’s many simple, easy ways to treat the build-up of ear wax at home.
What is ear wax?
Ear wax is produced by the ear canal. It is a build-up of cells formed into a waxy oil called cerumen (earwax).
This wax protects the ear canal from foreign particles, dust and irritation from liquids such as water. Ear wax is continuously being made and eventually works its way up the ear canal and usually falls out on its own. Sometimes it does not fall out on its own and creates a build-up.
A build-up of earwax can lead to temporary hearing loss, so it is important that the earwax is cleared.
We do not recommended using cotton buds to clear away ear wax, as this can push the earwax further into the ear canal, creating greater blockage and further problems such as an infection.
Symptoms of an ear wax build-up
It is important to remove the ear wax that has built up in the ear or this may lead to infection.
Symptoms of an ear infection:
What can you do to prevent this ear wax build-up?
Well, you simply can’t prevent ear wax. Though, the recommended treatment is to use 2 to 3 drops of olive or almond oil in your ear twice a day, for a few days. If you are experiencing a continuous blockage in your ear due to ear wax, using olive oil twice a week should help clear the blockage.
At home treatments- what should you do?
How to use eardrops:
What should you not do?
Bulb Syringe- at home kit
At pharmacies, you can now get over-the-counter kits to help you treat ear wax buildups at home. This kit will contain a wax softener and a bulb syringe to wash away the soft wax. This is for use when one or both ears are blocked with earwax. These are safe, good to use and are cheap to purchase in local pharmacies. Please ask the Pharmacist for advice if you purchase a kit for the first time or are unsure how to use one.
Please make sure you follow instructions provided on the kit.
For further information about treating ear wax build-ups you can visit the following NHS website link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/earwax-build-up/