Ear Care Education

Safe Ways to Remove Earwax

When it comes to the inner workings of your ears, it’s quite similar to your nose. You don’t really think about it until it’s not working properly. But when you begin to experience ear discomfort or problems with your hearing, you want to find a solution quickly.

The main problem with easing earwax build-up is that your gut instincts about how to remedy it may be wrong. It’s tempting to put something in your ear to get the excess wax out, but that’s not the safe way to remove it. In fact, putting something in your ear canal can make your situation much worse.

Why earwax buildup happens

Excess earwax production is yet another thing that happens to us as we age. Sometimes it happens because you clean your ears the wrong way too often, like using a cotton swab in your ear canal. That lack of earwax makes your body produce more, because it gets the signal that it’s not making enough to keep your ears lubricated and protected.

Other conditions that can cause too much earwax include having a lot of hair in your ear canal, an abnormally shaped ear canal, a tendency to get chronic ear infections, or osteomata, a benign bone growth that impacts your ear canal.

Symptoms of too much earwax

When your body starts producing too much earwax, you can experience a variety of symptoms that can make you feel unwell. You may notice your hearing decreases or sounds are muffled. You may get the sensation that your ears feel stuffy, plugged up or full. Other signs can be dizziness, ear pain or ringing in the ear.

More serious symptoms that require immediate medical attention include loss of balance, high fever, vomiting or sudden loss of hearing.

Safe & easy earwax removal with Debrox®

For safe removal of excess earwax, doctors and pharmacists recommend Debrox®. In fact, it’s the #1 doctor recommended brand in the United States.

Debrox® removes excessive earwax through the power of microfoam cleansing action. This means when drops are placed in your ear, oxygen is released. This process allows Debrox® to foam on contact, so it can gently soften and loosen earwax. This breaks down your excess earwax so it can easily drain from your ear.  

Debrox® earwax removal drops are available over the counter in a 1/2 oz. bottle or as a kit that includes a soft rubber bulb ear syringe. It is gentle enough for children ages 12 and up, yet strong enough for adults.

To use Debrox®, place 5-10 drops in the affected ear(s). You may hear a temporary crackling or fizzing sound, which is normal. It’s just the sound of the drops working their magic. After the earwax drains, you can use warm water to gently flush out any remaining earwax.

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