Marinade your Ear Wax
I understand how annoying it can be having your ears blocked with wax. I also understand that once it's built up to a really significant level,you will feel like ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and it needs to be removed from your ears NOW.
When people come to me,despite advice being given that they really must soften the wax prior to removal,they have often forgotten, applied it sparingly, or have just crossed their fingers and toes hoping it will be OK for removal.
If your wax is driving you crazy, please, start softening your wax so that we can be sure we can remove it the first time with ease and free from pain. If wax is too hard and impacted, any attempt to remove it can be very uncomfortable, and to be honest, it's not going to work well at all which results in wasted money and time for you.
Try to be patient and commit to a softening regime.
So what do we do?! I hear you cry. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin.
There are two really great wax softeners - one is medical grade olive oil, and the other is sodium bicarbonate drops; you can get both from pharmacies or prescribed for free (in Wales) from your doctor.
Olive oil is the most popular and so with that in mind, I shall make this our focus.
Olive oil encourages the natural movement of wax from the outer ear, it also softens it,making it easier to be removed.
Some patients may find that applying 2-3 drops at night for 2-3 nights prior to their wax removal appointment is enough;if your ears are incredibly full, perhaps do it for a week prior to booking an appointment.
If you have continued problems with wax after removal (i.e you have a very busy wax factory!), then try using 1-2 drops of olive oil each week in the affected ears to prevent build up of hard impacted wax.
Easy steps for using olive oil drops...
1. Lie down on your side with the affected ear facing upwards.
2. Gently pull the outer ear (the lug-hole stuck on the side of your head) backwards and upwards. Using room temperature olive oil,drop 2-3 drops into the ear canal (via the dropper - or you can use an olive oil spray such as "Earol" -follow spray instructions),and gently massage the area in front of the ear.
3. Stay in the lying position for about 10 minutes, and then wipe away any excess oil.
4. Repeat the procedure with the other ear if necessary.
Tips for using other drops prescribed by the doctor or nurse...
1. Following the instructions for olive oil drops
2. You are likely required to use the drops more often than olive oil - follow the instructions on the bottle
3. Make sure you complete your course of treatment.
If you have a known perforated ear drum - contact me or your doctor for advice before starting to use ear drops.
Like I say,I know how frustrating it can be if you have ear wax and you want it removed there and then once you've made the decision. Please, start the above process regardless of whether you believe the wax to be hard and impacted or not in order to ensure a successful appointment.