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How Do I Remove Ear Wax Safely?

Ear wax is something that many of us want to get rid off as much as possible. What some of you may not know is that ear wax does serve a purpose and must not be removed all the time. Cleaning your ears is one thing, but being obsessive about ear wax is another story. If you are experiencing hearing problems or there is an excessive build up of ear wax, then you will have to remove that build up very carefully.

Contrary to what most people think, you ought not to use stick cotton swabs or cotton buds. Instead, you have to start the slow process of loosening the impacted ear wax. The first thing you must do is to soften the built up ear wax. You can do this by using mineral oil. Baby oil and olive oil will also do the trick. Get a small eyedropper and place a few drops into your ear. You will have to do this for a week, once in the morning and once at night.

After a week, the wax should be loose enough to flush out. This time, you have to use plain tap water. The important thing is that the water has to be close to your body temperature. If it’s too cold or too warm, you may feel pain or get dizzy. Once you have the water close to your body temperature, squirt some of it into your ear. A rubber bulb can be used for this - one can be bought at any drug store or pharmacy.

After you squirt the water into your ear, tilt your head a little bit so that the water will drain out of your ear. Together with the water, bits of ear wax should come out. Do this several times till no more ear wax comes out.
Once you have gotten rid of the ear wax, make sure that you dry out your ears to avoid infection.

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