How to treat a wax clogged ear

How to clean a wax clogged ear without cotton swabs  

Earwax is a natural substance produced by glands in our ear canal. It plays an important protective role, it is antibacterial, and is used for lubrication. But if it accumulates too much and sets, then a clogged ear is not a simple problem, as some people may think.

Earwax can get accumulated deep inside the ear canal from the use of objects such as cotton buds which push the earwax in the ear even deeper into the ear canal. People using earplugs or hearing aids are more prone to this type of clogging. Read on how to clean the clogged ear naturally and safely?

Earwax protects us from what?

As we have pointed out in the introduction, earwax is a kind of protection, and it successfully protects against water, dust and other small particles not to penetrate deeper to more sensitive areas and cause inflammation and various infections.
Sometimes the secretion of wax is increased, which leads to its compression and in the end a clogged ear which is not at all pleasant. The amount of resin deposited in our ears is individual and depends from person to person, and excessive deposition of ear wax can also occur due to narrowing of the ear canal caused by infection or disease of the skin, bones or connective tissue.

Also the compacted earwax in the ear occurs due to insufficient or excessive secretion of wax that is caused by some trauma or blockage inside the ear canal. If your job is such that you are often exposed to strong and unpleasant noise for more hours a day, chances are your body will secrete significantly more ear wax to naturally protect and defend your hearing. In these cases, clogged ear is not uncommon.

Lack of zinc, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids, may also cause increased secretion of wax, you should pay more attention to foods that contain these elements.

How to treat a wax clogged ear

Some of the signs and symptoms of excessive accumulation of wax are pain in the ears, a feeling that your ear is full of something, uncomfortable feeling in your ears, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), temporary hearing loss and uncomfortable itching.

There are simple natural remedies that can help you too simply clean the wax clogged ears and they will successful remove the hardened fat from the ears, but they cannot be applied in the case of a punctured eardrum.

Clogged ears due to a common cold

Seasonal viral infections that do not heal properly, long stays in rooms where people are smoking and excessive dust can also cause compression of wax. Let us add physical qualities to these elements, such as the curvature of the ear canal, due to which our ear wax remains compressed.

Clogged ear due to the cold is very common in children, and the whole thing is made worse because of the incorrect cleaning of ears with cotton swabs. Many parents do it wrong, because they will make the condition even worse and thus further exacerbate existing symptoms.

Hydrogen for ear rinsing; how to use it?

Hydrogen peroxide is an excellent tool for the removal of fat deposited in your ears. Because it is a sparkling liquid, it easily removes earwax and any dirt from the ear canal.

If you have a clogged ear you will need help, here is how to prepare mentioned recipe:

  • Mix equal amounts of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water, and pour it in the clogged ear. Allow the solution to stand for a bit and then tilt your head to one side to drain out any accumulated surplus. 

Cleaning ears with hydrogen has been proven efficient.

Unavoidable baking soda eliminates the accumulated ear wax

Baking soda is a very effective natural remedy for excess ear wax. So if you have earwax in the ear that causes you trouble, do the following:

  • Mix a quarter of a teaspoon of baking soda with two tablespoons of water. Tilt your head to the side and sprinkle a few drops of the solution to a clogged ear using a pipette. Wait for a good 10 minutes, and then slowly pour in the hot water using the syringe. Tilt your head to the opposite side to let the excess solution and dissolved wax come out. Clean your ear with a soft and clean cloth.

How to clean an ear wax using glycerine

  • Tilt your head to the side and pour three to five drops of glycerine in your ear using a pipette. Plug the ear with a cotton wool, and let the glycerine in it act for a few hours. Remove the plug of cotton wool and gently rinse the ear with warm water. Tilt your head to one side, so that the water is completely drained. 

Gently dry the external part of the ear lobes with a towel or a blow dryer and your clogged ear will soon uncork.

How to unclog the ear with salt water and vinegar

Salt water is the best for the removal of wax because it softens the accumulated wax.

  • Dissolve one teaspoon of sea salt in half a cup of warm water, then pour the solution into a clogged ear (tilt your head so that the clogged ear is facing upward). Stay in this position for three to five minutes, and then lean in the opposite direction in order for all of the excess water to drain out of the ear.

Also, to treat the compacted earwax in the ear a solution of alcohol and vinegar is very helpful. The alcohol is used as an agent and will evaporate at low temperatures, while the vinegar will combat bacteria and fungi, and thus prevent ear infections.

  • Simply mix equal quantities of alcohol and vinegar and soak a piece of cotton and slowly drizzle it in the clogged ear. Wait a few minutes, and then tilt your head to the opposite side, in order to remove the ear solution and residues of wax. From the outer part of the ear wipe out the remaining wax.

For clogged ears olive oil is a great choice

The excess of ear wax can also be removed by using olive oil because it softens earwax in the ear, so it becomes easier to remove. In addition, its antiseptic properties will reduce the risk of potential infection.

  • First gently warm up the olive oil and then drizzle 3-5 drops in the clogged ear. Let it rest for 10 minutes to soften the earwax. Tilt your head to the side to remove oil and wax that was stuck in the ears.

How to unclog an ear – additional tips

  1. Do not suddenly spray any of the liquids in your ears as this may damage the inner ear and eardrum.
  2. Do not pour hot oil in ears because it can damage the skin inside them or the eardrum and cause serious infection.
  3. Do not use a cotton swab to remove piled wax, because this may even deeper suppress compressed resin inside the ear canal.
  4. Do not clean the ears too often or too roughly as it may contribute to a more frequent accumulation of earwax in the ear.

If you often have clogged ears after a bath, or if it continues to occur after the recovery from common cold, try out some of the suggested recipes, and completely remove cotton swab from use.