Ears 101 : How to Clean Ears of Wax

hi I’m dr. David Hill and today we’re going to be talking about how to clean ears of wax now earwax occurs in everybody it’s a very protective substance if you start to understand your wax it’s really amazing it has an acid nature to it that protects you against invasion from bacteria and viruses and parasites it will actually sort of trap things that are trying to get into your ear and infect you and it has some antibacterial properties to it.

So what I say is earwax is good it’s supposed to be there but sometimes you get a little bit of a buildup of earwax now earwax normally cleans itself out of the ear the ear has a self-cleaning mechanism there are a couple of things that happen the skin on the inside of the ear canal actually grows outwards so it works like a little conveyor belt carrying the wax out from the inside of the yura canal to the outside of the ear canal there are also little ciliated hairs that help push the wax out so that’s why in most cases wax does not become trapped in the ear people have to wear ear plugs frequently for work or people who use cotton swabs q-tips to clean their ears out interfere with that process by shoving wax back into the ear where it can become impacted now you can try to loosen it up yourself there over-the-counter medications such as Deb rocks that you can use you can make sort of a warmish solution of water and peroxide hydrogen peroxide to dribble into the air to try and loosen the wax up and get it to wash out of there once it’s a little bit softer and more liquidy.

I would not recommend putting anything in your ear to try and get the wax out we do that in the doctor’s office under very careful observation ear nose and throat doctors actually have little suckers they can use to get the wax but when you start digging around in there you rent a really serious risk of injuring that your drum or the soft delicate tissue on the inside of the ear that tissue inside the ear canal was never meant to deal with the outside world and it’s incredibly easy to introduce an infection or caused bleeding in there so I don’t recommend putting any thing in there your best bet first of all is to leave that you’re alone so I going to wash it out gently with a washcloth in the bathtub or the shower and third of all.

If you think you’ve got a really serious wax impaction seek care from a doctor and see if he or she can help you get it out of there talking about how to remove wax from the year I’m dr. David Hill