Our ears produce waxy oil called earwax, or cerumen, which serves as its natural lubricant.
However, if deposited in larger quantities, it can become irritating and annoying, and can lead to other symptoms like irritation, itching, dizziness, hearing loss or a feeling that there’s something stuck in the ear.
This happens as a result of the obstruction of the ear canal. Even though this substance is cleaned naturally, we feel the need to clean them periodically and eliminate the excess amounts.
Namely, the use of cotton swabs for cleaning the ear canal in fact has the reverse effect. This practice pushes the earwax deeper into the ear canal, where it starts to accumulate, and eventually leads to an obstruction.
Furthermore, note that the regular use of earplugs or earbud headphones can increase the risk of excessive earwax deposits in the ear canal.
In the case of earwax buildup, one can experience several symptoms, including:
- Diminished hearing
- Feeling of fullness in the ears, as they are plugged up
- Ringing in the ears
- Itching in the ear canal
- Drainage coming from the ear canal
Hence, you need to remember that in order to prevent the symptoms of excessive earwax buildup, you need to clean the ears regularly, and thus avoid its blockage. Yet, you should never use Q-tips or other swabs.
Instead, we suggest these effective natural remedies to remove excess earwax:
Combine 3% hydrogen peroxide and water in equal amounts and drop a bit of the soltuion in the ear. To let it enter the ear canal, shake your head a bit. After a few minutes, tilt your head to the opposite side in order to force the liquid to drain out.