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Earwax build-up

Sometimes earwax can build up in your ears and block them. This can be uncomfortable and annoying, but can usually be treated.

Symptoms of earwax include hearing loss, ear ache and ringing or buzzing in your ears.

You can try to remove earwax using medicines from a pharmacy, such as medical grade olive or almond oil (if you're not allergic).

Earwax is produced by your body in order to protect and clean your ear canals.

You cannot prevent earwax build up. But you can keep using eardrops for a few days to soften the wax. This will help it fall out on its own.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of earwax include hearing loss, ear ache and ringing or buzzing in your ears.

Symptoms of earwax build-up

Symptoms of earwax build-up include:

Read more on the NHS website.

You can try to remove earwax using medicines from a pharmacy, such as medical grade olive or almond oil (if you're not allergic).

Self-care

Important

Do not use your fingers or any objects like cotton buds to remove earwax. This will push it in and make it worse.

Earwax usually falls out on its own. If it does not and blocks your ear, put 2 to 3 drops of medical grade olive or almond oil in your ear 3 to 4 times a day. Do this for 3 to 5 days.

It is recommended you use a dropper while lying your head on one side for a few minutes to let the oil work its way through your ear canal(s).

You may find it easier to do this first thing in the morning and then just before you go to sleep.

Over about 2 weeks, lumps of earwax should fall out of your ear, especially at night when you're lying down.

There's no evidence that ear candles or ear vacuums get rid of earwax.

Medical treatments

Speak to a pharmacist about earwax build-up. They can give advice and suggest treatments.

They might recommend medicines to dissolve the earwax. The earwax should fall out on its own or dissolve after about a week.

Do not use drops if you have a hole in your eardrum (a perforated eardrum).

Read more on the NHS website.

You cannot prevent earwax build up. But you can keep using eardrops for a few days to soften the wax. This will help it fall out on its own.

Read more on the NHS website.

Earwax is produced by your body in order to protect and clean your ear canals.

Read more on the NHS website.