Earwax is a natural waxy substance secreted in the ear canal at the level of the outer ear. Its role is to protect our ears from water, fungi, bacteria or insects that can penetrate deeply. It is for this reason that by cleaning our ears, we must not remove all the wax.
However, an abnormal accumulation of cerement can cause some troublesome or disabling problems, such as hearing loss or loss, ringing of ears, auditory pains, dizziness, itching and irritation. This accumulation of wax in the auditory canal of the ear is also called wax plug.
The most common way to clean the ears is, usually, using cotton stems. The disadvantage of this method is to push the ear wax further into the ear canal, causing accumulation and obstruction as well as irritation of the ear canal. This phenomenon is all the more aggravated by the constant use of earphones and ear plugs.
There are natural remedies and effective to overcome this inconvenience, which are within our reach and which present no danger to our ears. According to data from the Quebec Pharmacie publication, water-based preparations such as acetic acid, salt water, are considered ceruminolytic agents that promote the disintegration and elimination of excess wax. In the same way oil-based preparations such as olive oil, mineral oil, almond oil help to unclog the ear thanks to their emollient properties.
5 effective natural remedies for removing earwax.
- Olive oil
In addition to its richness in antioxidants, olive oil contains omega 9 which can nourish and moisturize the skin. Thus, because of its softening and softening properties, it is effective in reducing excess wax in the ear, allowing the wax to be evacuated more easily. To do this, simply put 2 to 3 drops of olive oil in the ear affected by the blockage, when sleeping. Repeat for 3 or 4 consecutive nights, for best results.
- Paraffin oil
Paraffin oil and mineral oil. Because of its emollient action, it reduces excess wax. Just apply a few drops in the ear and stay still for a few minutes. Rinse the ear with lukewarm water. This operation can be repeated three days in a row.
- Saline solution
Salt water is a very good solution for reducing ear wax. This water softens the wax of the ear and evacuate it. Take half a cup of water and dissolve a teaspoon of salt. Dip a cotton ball and tilt the head to the side to allow the solution to penetrate the ear. Keep the head tilted in the opposite direction so that the remaining liquid flows.
- Mix of white vinegar and alcohol
The mixture of vinegar and alcohol is effective to unclog the ear. White vinegar contains acetic acid which is a digresser and an antibacterial and helps to fight against infections. Thus, it will clean the ear of bacteria, causing many hearing aches. 70 ° alcohol is also an antibacterial and antiseptic that will clean the ear of all infections. Take a bowl and pour in equal parts of alcohol and white vinegar. Soak a cotton and apply a few drops of the solution in each ear.
Glycerin has a soothing and moisturizing effect due to its dignifying and lubricating agents that facilitate the evacuation of excess wax. Apply 4 drops of glycerin in each ear. You should repeat the procedure, 3 times a day.
These preparations remain effective alternative methods for eliminating earwax and provide convincing results for a large number of patients. However, these practices are not recommended for patients with perforated eardrums or ear surgery.
If despite this, the phenomenon of wax plug persists, it would be advisable to consult your doctor in order to avoid any auditory complication.