If your ears are blocked with wax, olive oil ear drops are a natural way to get them back to normal. …read moreSee less
Olive oil works by softening hard earwax, helping it to run out of your ears naturally without causing any damage. We have a range of olive oil ear drops from trusted earcare brands like Otex and Cl-ear.
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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.
Why shouldn’t you use a cotton swab to remove ear wax?
Cotton swabs are fine to clean the outer ear, but they should never be used to clean the inside of your ear, no matter how tempting it may seem.
A cotton swab behaves like a plunger, pushing the ear wax further down the ear canal.
Not only does this have to be removed by a professional because of the depth of the ear wax, but it can also lead to complications like a punctured eardrum and hearing loss.
How do you keep your ears healthy?
Caring for your ears, with precautions like regular cleaning and earplug use, is important to ensure they’re always working as they should.
You can clean your ears by wiping the outer ear with a damp cloth and placing drops into the ear to loosen the wax - don’t use cotton swabs, as they can push the wax further down your ear and cause damage.
If you ever think there’s a problem with your ears, don’t ignore it - make sure you make an appointment with your GP if you need to.
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.
How do olive oil ear drops work?
Why are my ears blocked?
If your ears are feeling clogged up, there are a number of reasons that might be causing it, including:
Fluid in the ear
Other less common causes include anxiety, outer ear infection (swimmer’s ear), balance disorders or concussion.