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Can you remove wax from your own ears? - June 4th 2009, 05:08 AM

And if so, how?

I know you're not supposed to use a q-tip, but then what DO you do? My mom keeps telling me to go to the doctor, but I feel rather embarassed asking a doctor to spend his valuable time doing what seems like a very basic thing. Surely there must be a way I can do it myself.

Do any of you go to the doctor to get your ears cleaned?


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Re: Can you remove wax from your own ears? - June 4th 2009, 06:12 AM

Hey Kathlene!

Check out this website with a blog by an ENT. It might help you a bit.
http://www.doctorhoffman.com/wax.htm
The basic idea of it is that it IS okay to use a q-tip to remove earwax, if done properly. It also explains that earwax is a protectant, so you shouldn't remove all of it.

I found another website with helpful ideas on how to remove your own earwax, or have someone else help you:
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-saf...ve-ear-wax.htm

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Re: Can you remove wax from your own ears? - June 4th 2009, 01:02 PM

Hey there i think i may be able too help you.

I went too the doctors with bad hearing (turned out too be ALOT of wax in my ear)

He told me NOT to get the wax out with ear bud things (not sure wat they're called, they are on a stick!)
Because that pushes the wax back into the ear
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Go to your chemist and ask for; oil (not the one you put in the frying pan) tell them, my ears are very blocked up with wax and i've been reccommended to use some drops of oil to get them out.

thats what i did (the chemist oil) and it worked a treat.


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Re: Can you remove wax from your own ears? - June 4th 2009, 03:12 PM

Hey--q-tips are okay if they are used properly. There are also ear drops that work wonderfully--I use them a lot. Here is a link to the drops that I use, that my doctor had recommended. They're easy, painless, and they work!
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Re: Can you remove wax from your own ears? - June 4th 2009, 03:27 PM

The doctors used this special machine to clean up the majority of it and then I got special drops and then got told to use oil to soften up what was left of it. If thats any help?


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Re: Can you remove wax from your own ears? - June 4th 2009, 06:34 PM

put some olive oil in there and it should soften the wax, but you may need to get it professionally syringed as well, in fact you most likely will. don't go sticking q-tips in your ears, it's really not a good idea and usually just pushes the wax further in. it'll be a nurse who will syringe your ears most likely, well at least i've never heard of doctors doing this kind of thing. don't worry about wasting their time, practise nurses do this kind of thing daily.


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Re: Can you remove wax from your own ears? - June 6th 2009, 04:46 AM

Thanks everyone! Your suggestions were very helpful!


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Re: Can you remove wax from your own ears? - June 10th 2009, 02:22 PM

I never heard of not using q-tips.

So for 18 years now, I have probably been building up earwax in my ears.

I know I am not the OP, but thanks guys.
   
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