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Hi About two weeks ago cleaned ears with cotton buds one ear

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Hi About two weeks ago cleaned ears with cotton buds one ear i can hear hardly anything if i block the other ear thought they were feeling better a few days ago but now just have a aching in my ears i hear myself talking in my head if that makes sense and is giving me a headache would minor injuries sort problem is say syringing was the answer as i have know doctor locally as mine is 45 miles away kind regards Stephen
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 3 years ago.
As part of using the spray, did you use any liquid intended to softened any retained ear wax?
If so, what liquid was used?
If it was part of a kit, what did it list as the active ingredient?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

No used no other substance to soften ear wax

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 3 years ago.
OK.

Then the next step to try at home to remove the impacted ear wax would be to use a fluid to soften the ear wax. There are several options, but I have had the greatest success using plain hydrogen peroxide. This can be done in two different ways. Most people can get adequate softening of the ear wax with a single treatment.

To perform the single treatment, each ear will need to be done separately, as you have to lie on your side with the ear to be treated upwards. The ear should be filled with hydrogen peroxide and remain in this position for 10-15 minutes. Then you can sit up and use the ear irrigation to try to rinse out the ear wax. You can use a kit from the store, if desired, but using any syringe to rinse warm water into the ear will be fine. It is important to use warm water, as water that is too hot or cold will induce profound dizziness. Once one ear is completed, then the opposite ear will be done similarly.

If a single treatment is not adequate, then the next step would be to apply hydrogen peroxide several times per day for 1-2 days, and then try to irrigate the ear. When doing multiple treatments, it is not as necessary to completely fill the ear and rest for 10-15 minutes. It is OK to place several drops in the ear at each application, and then when planning to irrigate, perform a longer soak with the hydrogen peroxide.

If unable to remove the ear wax with home irrigation, then it will be necessary for you to be seen.

Of course, it is also recommended that you should never stick anything into your ear, as you are as likely to push ear wax in as get it out.

If you need any clarification, please let me know.

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