By Pure Matters
Normally, ears canals are self-cleaning and should not need cleaning with any devices or cotton-tipped applicators. Cleaning the ear can cause problems by pushing the ear wax deeper into the ear canal and against the eardrum. However, sometimes wax can accumulate excessively, resulting in a blocked ear canal. In the case of a blocked ear canal, consult your physician. He/she may recommend one or more of the following:
- an irrigation of the ear canal to wash out the wax
- a vacuuming of the ear canal to remove the wax
- the use of a special instrument(s) to remove the wax
- prescription eardrops or mineral oil to soften the wax
Always consult your physician for a diagnosis and for additional information.