Earwax is a natural thick substance created by special cells in the ear. It’s made of skin cells, fats, alcohol and cholesterol. It plays an important part in keeping the ear canal clean and healthy; it traps dust and small objects (including insects), helps to sterilize the ear, lubricates the skin and even clears itself out of the ear. Sometimes this self-clearing mechanism fails, perhaps due to too much hair, too much dust or dirt, use of cotton buds or bony growths in the ear (like swimmer’s ear).
Ears blocked with wax can affect your hearing, trap water in your ears (increasing the risk of infection), and cause pain and imbalance. Blocked ears can also hide conditions that need medical attention.
If earwax does not fall out on its own and blocks your ear, we suggest that you put 2 to 3 drops of olive or almond oil in your ear for 10 minutes, twice a day, for a few days. Do not use cotton wool in the ear canal. There is no need to use chemical drops, such as Otex or Sodium Bicarbonate drops to dissolve the earwax. There’s no evidence that ear candles or ear vacuums get rid of earwax. The earwax should fall out on its own or dissolve after about a week.
Do not use drops if you have a hole in your eardrum (a perforated eardrum).
If after oiling your ears; your ears still feel blocked, an examination will determine how much wax is present in the ear canal. If required, the removal of wax is undertaken by syringing (flushing the wax out with water) and is perfectly safe when it’s being performed by a trained clinician and is usually painless.