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Have you ever heard that you shouldn’t stick q-tips in your ears? Maybe you’ve even read the back of a box of q-tips. If so, you know that q-tips are not designed to clean your ears.
Cleaning your ears with a q-tip may cause damage to the eardrum, and could force earwax further down your ear canal, causing a blockage. Doctors are very serious about proper ear care, and they stress that you should never use a q-tip to clean the earwax from your ears.
If q-tips aren’t doctor recommended, what is the best way to clean my ears?
The safest and most effective method for removing earwax is by applying a few drops of baby oil, mineral oil, over-the-counter ear drops, or hydrogen peroxide into the ear canal. These fluids will help to break down the wax, and allow it to naturally work its way out. While this method may work for those with average earwax production, it may not be enough for those that naturally produce an excess of earwax.
To further loosen earwax, it is recommended that you lightly irrigate the ear canal. This can be done by running water from your hand to your ear, or by tilting your head in the shower. Make sure the incoming water pressure is very low and let the water rest in your ear canal for a few minutes before tilting your head back to its normal resting position. Warm water will help to loosen the ear wax, but make sure it’s not too hot.
If you continue to experience excess earwax production it is recommended that you receive professional ear cleaning services several times a year.
If you’re concerned with your earwax production and are experiencing discomfort, hearing difficulties, or itching or drainage from the ear canal, you should consult with our office immediately.
We can provide additional ear cleaning procedures ranging from irrigation to the use of suction devices and surgical instruments.