Wax Re­moval

Health & Nutrition - - HEALTH FLASH -

l Watch­ful wait­ing: Your body may nat­u­rally clear the im­paction on its own. This is an op­tion if you’re not both­ered by symp­toms. l Ir­ri­ga­tion or ear sy­ring­ing: This in­volves your doc­tor flush­ing your ear with a stream of warm wa­ter. They may also rec­om­mend an at-home ir­ri­ga­tion kit. l Phys­i­cal re­moval: Your doc­tor may use a suc­tion de­vice or a small, curved in­stru­ment to re­move ear­wax.

l Ear drops: These soften ear­wax so it will dis­perse on its own. Your doc­tor may com­bine ear-drops with ir­ri­ga­tion or phys­i­cal re­moval. Fi­nally, never use the fol­low­ing meth­ods.

l Cot­ton swabs (Q- tips), bobby pins, pa­per clips, and tooth­picks: Some wax may come out on these items, but all they do is push wax deeper into your ears, which could cause in­fec­tion, ir­ri­ta­tion or in­jury, such as an eardrum punc­ture.

l Ear can­dling and ear con­ing: This in­volves plac­ing a hol­low can­dle or cone of waxed pa­per in the ear and light­ing the out­side end of the ob­ject. This prac­tice can re­sult in burns or per­fo­ra­tion of the ear-drum.

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