Baby oil is used as a home remedy to remove impacted ear wax.
In some cases, the removal of impacted ear wax must be done by a doctor or trained medical professional, but there are some methods that can be tried at home before seeking professional help. The most common method only requires a dropper and cotton balls. There are a few products that can be used to help loosen earwax so it can run off. These products are vegetable glycerin, which can be found at stores specializing in vitamins and home remedies, and baby oil, which can be found in almost every supermarket and drugstore. For anyone who is experiencing ear pain, it is best to go directly to a healthcare professional rather than using these techniques.
Cotton swabs should not be used to remove ear wax due to possible damage to the ear canal and eardrum.
Those who try treatment at home can do it on their own, but it’s usually much easier to get help from a friend or relative. First, tilt your head to one side so that the affected ear is raised towards the ceiling. Then place three or four drops of vegetable glycerin or baby oil in the ear canal. Some people find that using a little more of the liquid product works well, but starting with just a few drops is a good place to start.
Home remedies for treating affected ear wax usually require the help of a friend or family member to administer drops into the affected ear.
As soon as the liquid gets into the ear canal, seal the canal with a small cotton ball. Keep the cotton in place for up to 24 hours, but remove it before showering. Be careful and gentle during this process. While bathing, rinse your ear with warm water to help drain the earwax.
In some cases, it may be necessary to repeat this process to remove all of the impacted wax from the ear canal. If this process does not work, it may be necessary for a medical professional to remove the retained wax. Medical professionals have small, delicate tools that are used specifically for this purpose, some of which involve using suction to pull the wax out of the ear canal.
If you experience pain with impacted ear wax, a doctor should be consulted.
It is important to avoid using hard objects when trying to remove impacted earwax. This can damage the ear canal and eardrum. Many experts believe it is best not to use cotton swabs when trying to remove earwax, as they can simply push the wax down into the ear canal.