When ear wax builds up in the ear or becomes too hard to wash away naturally, a painful blockage may develop.
Before visiting your doctor, there are a number of home remedies you can safely try to encourage your blocked ear wax to dislodge. First, you can soften the wax by inserting a few drops of baby oil or hydrogen peroxide in the ear canal. Wait a day or two, and then use a rubber-bulb syringe to flush the area with warm water. This process can be repeated a few times until it is successful.
You can also click here to learn more about earwax build-up treatment options. If your wax is deeply lodged and the symptoms don’t improve with at-home irrigation, you will need to have the problem addressed by a board-certified ear, nose and throat physician. The ear canal and eardrum are very easily damaged, so we don’t recommend attempting to dig out blocked ear wax on your own.
Your SFENTA™ physician can remove blocked wax in the office using a small, curved instrument or a suction. Alternatively, it can be flushed out with a water pick or syringe. If you experience recurrent blockages, your doctor may recommend the regular use of wax removal ear drops.