Earwax forms a protective coating of the skin in the ear canal and minute amounts are made continually. The quantity of earwax varies from person to person and may cause a feeling of fullness and dullness in hearing. A plug of wax is not serious, but can be a nuisance. Do not try to clean the ear canal with cotton wool buds. This only pushes the wax in further – let the ear clean itself.
What can I do if there is a build-up of wax causing problems?
Eardrops alone will often clear a plug of wax, and you can buy drops from the
pharmacist, e.g. sodium bicarbonate, almond oil, or olive oil.
Warm the drops to room temperature before using.
Put a few drops in the affected ear.
Lie with the affected ear uppermost when putting in drops.
Remain in this position for a few minutes to allow the drops to penetrate.
Drops should be repeated at least twice daily for 4 weeks.
It is preferable to use eardrops regularly as syringing can stimulate the production
If the eardrops have been used regularly for 4 weeks and the problem persists,
then ear syringing can be carried out.
Ear syringing allows the ear canal to be irrigated with lukewarm water, which will
dislodge the softened wax.
You may experience some dizziness after this procedure, but this quickly settles.
You can also speak to your local pharmacy for more information.