There are a million and one home remedies nowadays, which is great. After all, if you can treat more benign health conditions at home, safely, then it saves you a trip to the doctors and relieves some pressure on our health services. This could be anything form magnesium bath salts to relieve eczema, honey application to dry skin, or easing muscle soreness with an ice bag. The list almost seems endless. And last but not least, for your ears, there is ear wax irrigation at home.
Of course, you always need to know when to toe the line. If your medical condition continues to persist, or it becomes more serious, you should always consult a doctor.
Common causes for problematic earwax
Perhaps you aren’t aware (or maybe you are) that earwax buildup in most cases is a perfectly natural and healthy bodily function. Earwax, commonly known as cerumen, actually has many antimicrobial and antifungal properties, as it helps to keep dirt out of our ears. It’s also a natural moisturizer, preventing the ears from becoming too dry. So just in case you didn’t know (because I didn’t), the ear is self-cleaning, in a natural way. But what is it that causes our earwax problems, and is it all human-induced or partly genetics?
Common issues for ear wax irrigation at home
I think it goes without saying, that one of the most common earwax compaction issues results from cotton buds. Now they can have many effective uses, but sticking them into your ears and giving them a good swirl is not one of them. Naturally, in most cases, the earwax is pushed out of your ear from the ear canal, so by inserting a cotton swab, you are pushing the wax back into the ear and compacting it. This makes it problematic to remove and could even be pushed deeper into the ear to cause a nasty infection. Further issues include:
- People with hearing aids
- Water clogged in the ears (not to be confused with swimmers ear, which is an infection – seek a doctor)
- Inserting cotton buds into the ear
- Using ear plugs, typically as a necessity for a noisy industrial job
- Narrow ear canal’s
- Hairy ear canal’s
- Dry earwax, which is normally more difficult to remove naturally. It typically occurs in Native American’s and Asian’s
- Overproduction of earwax: some people produce more than others
Introducing ear irrigation
Using an earwax irrigation procedure or prescription medication from a doctor that actually melts the earwax, are the only two know and proven ways to remove earwax safely. You should never use ear candling or insert cotton swabs into the ear as both methods can result in serious harm.
So when is the best time to perform ear irrigation? Well, this will typically be when your ears are clogged and are experiencing hearing loss because of it.
Now for the irrigation procedure: it involves gently conveying a stream of water into the ear to flush away the compacted wax. The water solution that you have sprayed into the ear will drain away and collect in a little catcher basin that is placed on top of the shoulder, below the ear you are treating.
Ear wax irrigation at home
You see, a physician will cure earwax problems in pretty much the exact same way as our earwax irrigation product. They will use a very similar irrigation tool, and that’s the beauty of this product, you can acquire a doctor’s instrument to use in the comforts of your own home, safely and easily. The epitome of DIY.
You might also be thinking, is earwax irrigation for everyone? The answer to that is no. You will use irrigation when you have healthy ears, and your only problem is the buildup of wax. To keep your ears safe, we strongly recommend, based on strong medical evidence, that you do not perform irrigation if you have:
- Perforation of the eardrum
- Previous ear surgeries
- Current ear infections, or reoccurring ear infections
- Reoccurring acute vertigo (dizziness)
- Children under the age of 12
- A foreign object stuck in the ear (anything other than earwax)
This list isn’t intended to be exhaustive but covers the main conditions where earwax irrigation isn’t appropriate. You should consult a doctor if you have problematic earwax buildup in combination with any of the aforementioned conditions.
But we do believe our product is the answer to most peoples earwax problems. We have made it completely user-friendly, with a nice instruction leaflet included with every product. And a free eBook download with every purchase, which you will receive via email. Not only will it come with an instructional comic, but there are also many other tips and tricks to optimize your ear health (the rest is a secret), meaning you can’t go wrong!
Let’s touch on eardrops for a second. We believe they are the perfect companions for our product because they effectively soften the wax. Think of the eardrops as the prep work before bringing out the big guns. But seriously, it will make the irrigation process easier because softened wax will be more susceptible to travel out the ear when flushing the solution. We recommend using eardrops 2-3 times daily, for up to 7 days, before beginning irrigation. It may seem like a bit of added work, but you won’t be disappointed with the results. And if you don’t have eardrops to hand, ordinary olive oil will do just fine. But of course, you will need a dropper for ease of application to the ears.
Let’s begin with the fact that it’s a comfortable procedure, with many finding it quite pleasant. This will primarily be due to the temperature of the solution. You want to make sure that you warm the water to body temperature (37 degrees Celsius) before starting. If the water is too hot, you run the risk of burning yourself, and if it is too cold, you increase the chance of becoming dizzy and disorientated. Just the right Goldilocks temperature will make this procedure easy and pleasant, and you could be done in minutes.
It’s safe and comfortable because of the controlled pressure of the water solution. We aren’t trying to remove chewing gum from the pavement here. Thanks to the eardrops softening the wax, the gentle flow of the water will break up the wax and wash it out the ear.
It’s more effective and safer than ear syringing, which actually involves sucking the wax out of your ear. In fact, it’s pretty much a discredited procedure nowadays, and most GP surgeries won’t even give you the option to do it. And a lot of the time, it wasn’t even that effective at removing the wax buildup.
Now, of course, irrigation may feel a little strange at first, but the low pressure of the water, coupled with the correct temperature of the solution, means the process will be safe and effective. A good tip is to stop and inspect the ear every so often to see if the wax buildup has been removed. If it has, you don’t need to use the entire bottle.
And it’s a pretty quick procedure; especially if you have completed the course of eardrops. It normally won’t take any longer than 20 minutes per ear, but of course, it can be a lot quicker. Just make sure that before you begin, you don’t fall into the above categories that aren’t suitable for ear irrigation. You could even consult your physician if you have any doubts. If none of those categories apply to you, then irrigation will be a pain-free, quick, and effective process. And finally, you will have squeaky-clean ears!
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