When your ears are clogged with waxy buildup, ear drops can help to break down and remove the excess wax without damaging your ears. …read moreSee less
The inside of your ear is very delicate, so removing your ear wax with a cotton bud can cause more trouble than it's worth and can even push the wax further back into your ear canal.
Ear drops get to work breaking down your ear wax and unsticking it from the sides of your ear canal so your ear can remove it naturally, clearing the blockage and restoring your hearing.
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Do olive oil ear drops have side effects?
Using olive oil to irrigate your ears is a relatively safe, drug-free practice. It can, however, cause side effects like itching, irritation, dizziness, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), an unpleasant taste in the mouth, temporary loss of hearing or general discomfort. Rest assured, these side effects won’t effect everyone.
What is the best way to remove wax from the ears?
The best way to clean your ears is with a damp washcloth - but you can also apply a few drops of olive oil or sodium bicarbonate drops into your ear to soften the wax and allow it to fall out on its own.
Cotton swabs are fine to clean your outer ear, but you shouldn’t use them to clean the inside of your ear as they can cause injury and force the wax further down the ear canal.
What treatment can be used for an ear infection?
Mild ear infections will typically clear up on their own, but you may wish to take something to relieve the pain.
Try taking an over-the-counter painkiller like ibuprofen, but be aware that this isn’t suitable for young children so always speak to your healthcare provider first.
Ear drops are another useful option, like hydrogen peroxide or sodium bicarbonate.
Antibiotics might be prescribed as a last resort if the infection doesn’t get better after three days; if fluid is spilling from the ear, or if you have an illness with complications like cystic fibrosis.
What are the remedies for earache?
You don’t always need antibiotics to relieve earache - sometimes, home remedies can be just as effective.
Over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen can help to ease pain and bring down a fever - but they’re not suitable for everyone, especially young children, so always speak to a healthcare professional first.
A warm or cold compress held up against the ear might help, or drops like hydrogen peroxide - place several drops into the ear and wait for a while, then rinse your ear with clean water.
Dabbing ginger juice or garlic oil onto a cloth and wiping it around the outer ear canal can work as a natural antibiotic due to them both having natural, anti-inflammatory properties.