Our ears don’t necessarily get dirty. They can clean themselves. But most of us are not too comfortable with ear wax, so we clean it up as often as we can. Doctors will never recommend anything more than just cleaning the wax from outside of our ear canals. There are those of us, though, who do more than that and get addicted to poking the inside of our ears.
The insides of our ears are sensitive so we shouldn’t let anything touch it or poke it. Below are few safe ways on how to clean your ears to avoid impaction or infection.
Do not use cotton swabs to clean the insides of your ear.
Swabs will only push wax much further into your ear canal. There is no way for you to estimate how far the swab has already gone into your ear. Wax buildup can cause impaction, which will cause earaches, cough, or odor. It is best to just use the swab outside of the ear to remove wax that has already accumulated in that area.
Use damp cloth to wipe the outside of your ears.
If you now feel that cotton swabs will only expose you to risks of infection and impaction then your best bet would be to use a damp cloth. After all, the only thing that you should be cleaning are the outside of your ears. Using a warm and damp washcloth should suffice.
Opt for an earwax softener.
An earwax softener is sold over-the-counter by pharmacies all over the country. It is a solution that contains baby oil, mineral oil, glycerin, hydrogen peroxide, peroxide, and saline. This is something that one uses if there is already too much wax buildup inside the ears.
There will a be a recommended number of drops that you should be putting into your ear. Just follow the directions and wait for a few minutes before draining or rinsing your ear.
Irrigate your ears with a syringe.
The only things that you will need are syringe and saline solution. Water will also do. This works better, however, with an earwax softener. You can add a few drops of earwax softener first at least 15 minutes before irrigating.
Have a doctor remove the earwax.
It’s better to be safe than sorry. If you are not confident doing the cleaning process of your ears by yourself then it may be time to pay your doctor a visit. A medical professional is qualified to safely remove the accumulated earwax and make you feel better again since impacted ears can really bring about discomfort.
So the big question is do you really need to clean your ears? The outsides, yes. Your ear canals, however, should not be touched. Cerumen, aka earwax, is much needed by your ears to protect them from dirt or debris. Improper cleaning can cause a cerumen impaction, which will cause you more troubles. This type of trouble can develop rapidly, so make sure that if there is any pain or discomfort in your ears, visit your doctor as soon as possible. For more information on ear cleaning safety, contact Beltone Audiology at (888) 210-5846.