Remove Excess Earwax With Olive Oil
Some people just naturally produce quite a bit of earwax that can collect over time and partially or totally obstruct the ear canal. It can become painful and may even reduce hearing.
Your medical provider will flush your ear with warm water. Frequently they will require that you use olive oil for a few days to soften the earwax prior to attempting the water flush.
This makes the process much less painful and increases the success rate so only a single flush is required to remove the impacted ear wax.
If you are someone who has a lot of ear wax – do the following procedure at least once a month to keep the wax soft so it will naturally move towards the outer ear continuously and not become hard or impacted. This will help you avoid needing the painful water flush by a medical professional.
This procedure is natural, effective and cheap. Also you can use any kind of olive oil you have at home. Before starting this procedure, prepare the olive oil at just above body temperature to avoid the shock or potential harm that could be caused by of hot/cold oil.
I have purchased a small bottle with a dropper lid. I sterilized it, filled it with Olive Oil and store in the fridge between uses. Before use, I put the small bottle in warm water and get the olive oil up to just above body temperature. This makes it more liquid so it encompass all of the ear wax more easily – it is also a much more pleasant experience with the warm oil.
First put your head on one side and pull your ear up and out to straighten your ear canal.
Use a dropper to apply couple of drops of olive oil in your ear. Use enough to completely fill the ear canal to over flowing – with a tissue catch any excess.
Then hold your head in the same position for 4-5 minutes and massage the muscles around your ear to loosen the muscles and the wax in your ear.
After 5 minutes you can lift your head and turn it to the other side to drain any excess oil and let any loosened wax move outward to remove anything that comes out of your ear with the oil. Do not push anything back in, just gently wipe up excess oil and wipe out the ear with a tissue. Repeat the same procedure for the other ear. Typically if you produce excess ear wax, it happens to both ears.
When you shower next, let the warm shower water gently flush the ear.
You can follow this procedure up to 4 times a day, until all the wax completely disappears. If the problem persists for more than a week, you need to go to a medical center to remove the wax. They will appreciate that you have loosened the wax with olive oil.
When there is a problem, we typically only do it once a day and within 3-4 days, a week at most, our daily shower has flushed all of the excess wax and we can see a clean ear canal. The full feeling has disappeared and hearing is normal.
My husband and one daughter have ear wax issues. Just before her first major flight, we found out that her ear was plugged and we had to have an ear flush done with no time for the olive oil prep. It was very painful and took a lot of flushing by the nurse.
That was our first exposure to the Olive Oil solution. We have used it ever since with great success and not had to resort to medical ear flushes again.
Thanks to Positive Med for the pictures and a bit of the text.