How to Clean Ears
When ear wax accumulates excessively in the ear canal it is possible for the ears to plug. Although it is an important defence weapon to prevent the entry of bacteria and other impurities into the body, too much earwax can decrease hearing capacity. These instructions will help you clean your ears properly.
1) Make sure you do not have an infection or perforated eardrum.
Cleaning your ears in these situations can be extremely dangerous, so do not use this method even if you suspect you have that problem. Rather, it is better to contact a doctor immediately. Symptoms of an ear infection include:
Vomiting or diarrhoea.
Pouring of yellow / green liquid from the ears.
Acute and persistent pain.
2) Prepare a solution to soften the wax.
You can buy a solution containing “carbamide peroxide” in the pharmacy or prepare it yourself. Combine hot water with one of the following options:
a teaspoon or two of 3-4% hydrogen peroxide solution
a teaspoon or two of mineral oil
a teaspoon or two of glycerine
3) Prepare an applicator (optional).
You can simply pour the solution into the ear directly from the bowl if you do not have one on hand. However, having one will make the process simpler and cleaner.
You can use a large syringe with a plastic tip, a rubber bulb or a dropper.
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4) Position the head correctly.
Try to keep the ear canal as vertical as possible, in this way the cleaning process will be more effective. Place one side of the head on a flat surface with the ear facing up.
You can try to lie down on one side. Be sure to put clothes under your head so that any excess solution is collected.
5) Slowly put the solution in the ear.
Pour the solution into the ear directly from the bowl or place the end of the applicator a few centimetres ( not inside ) from the ear canal and press gently.
If you have used hydrogen peroxide, you may hear a sound like crackling bubbles. Do not worry, it’s completely normal.
You may need the help of another person to complete the operation correctly.
6) Leave the solution to work for a few minutes.
Keep your head in position and give the solution to the earwax for a while. 5/10 minutes should suffice.
If you have used hydrogen peroxide, wait for the above-mentioned bubble noise to stop.
7) Let the liquid out of the ear.
Place an empty bowl under your ear, or place a cotton ball on the outer part of the ear, then turn your head to the side and let the liquid come out.
Make sure you do not press the cotton ball against your ear. It will be sufficient to hold it slightly pressed against the outer part of the ear so that it can collect the liquid coming out.
8) Make a washing of the ears.
Once softened, the earwax uses a special syringe to gently introduce warm water (at 37 ° C) into the ear canal.
Gently pull the earlobe downward to open the ear canal as much as possible and allow water to escape.
Do the operation above the sink, the bathtub or a container: it is possible that small ears of wax escape from the ear, in addition to water.
9) Irrigate your ears again.
In case of very dirty ears, it may be necessary to repeat the process twice a day, for no more than four or five days.
Do not do it too often. Doing so could damage the eardrum and sensitive skin in the ear canal.
11) Dry your ears.
done, place a towel on the ear and incline the head on the other side to let the water out. Gently, tamp the outside of the ear with a towel, then repeat the process for the other ear.Medical Remedies
12) Consult a doctor.
If you feel pain in your ears, hear muffled sounds or completely plugged ear, consult your doctor. In a few minutes, you can tell if you need a professional wash and do it directly in his study uncorking his ear. You may experience the following symptoms:
A persistent earache.
Feeling of fullness in the ear.
13) Use an over-the-counter medicine.
To treat long-term earwax problems, your doctor may recommend regular use of “carbamide peroxide” (normally at 4/8 weeks intervals).
Ask for a professional opinion from your doctor or pharmacist.
Your doctor may also prescribe specific medicines, in drops, that contain Trolamine polypeptide oleate.
14) Take it easy.
The doctor could wash the ear canal using a specific syringe or remove larger pieces of earwax thanks to the use of a medical instrument called “curette”. You will not feel pain, and in a few minutes, you will have solved the problems of hearing and cleaning.
15) Contact a specialist in case of need.
Ask for an otolaryngologist if the problem is chronic and the production of wax is really excessive.
According to specialists cotton buds are very harmful. Cleaning your ears with a cotton bud will create serious hearing problems. A proper cleaning practice could be to dry the ear well after the shower by passing a clean towel at the entrance to the ear canal.
If you have doubts about these tips, ask for clarification from your doctor.
Wash your ears immediately after the shower. Washing your ears after taking a shower is easier because the earwax is softer.
Do not use hydrogen peroxide in case of eardrum perforation or chronic hearing problems.
Consult a specialist in abnormal cases of excessive wax production or problems related to hearing.
If hydrogen peroxide dries your ears too much, insert a few drops of baby oil or mineral oil into your ear.