How to Safely Remove Wax Buildup From Your Ears

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Excessive wax buildup in your ears is not only uncomfortable; it can interfere with your hearing. Ear wax is normal and healthy -- everyone has a certain amount -- and the body usually maintains a balance so that wax doesn't build up and cause a problem. For whatever reason, some people tend to have a lot of buildup of earwax and eventually need to take steps to remove it. In general, you can treat this condition safely at home, but if your earwax buildup is severe or persistent, consult your doctor.

Things You'll Need

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Warm water
  • Soft bulb syringe
  • Towels
  • Tilt your head to the left, so that your right ear is facing the ceiling.

  • Put three to five drops of hydrogen peroxide in your right ear.

  • Keep your head tilted for a few minutes to hold the peroxide in.

  • Move your head upright again, catching any peroxide with a clean towel.

  • Move close to a sink. Use the bulb syringe to gently "flush" your right ear with warm water. Some wax may or may not come out the first time you try this. That's okay.

  • Catch the water or wax that comes out with the towel.

  • Repeat the procedure, this time for the left ear.

  • Repeat all the steps daily for both ears, for three or four days, or until your ears feel clear. If after several days the wax hasn't budged, see your doctor.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never use a cotton swab inside your ear canal. Cotton swabs can damage the tissue lining of your ear canal. Cotton swabs inside the ear canal may plunge the ear wax deeper into the canal.
  • Never use a bobby pin, fingernail or other sharp object inside your ear canal. These may easily cause injury.

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