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Best way to clean your ear wax out?

Discussion in 'Health Forum' started by rave jedi, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. rave jedi

    rave jedi TRIBE Member

    Recently I had a bit of an injury cleaning my ears out with your typical Q-tips. LOL Actually, if you've ever read the instructions on the box it will recommend not to stick anything into your ear canal such as Q-tips.

    I know there are other alternatives, but seriously what do you people use if you are not using Q-tips? So what is the best damn way to clean out your ear wax??? :p
     
  2. Dirty Girl

    Dirty Girl TRIBE Member

    dont people pour wax down their ears in order to get wax out? that whole thing doesnt really make sense to me.
    Im no help, i use Q-tip and dont have overly waxy ears (as far as I know).
     
  3. nikki.classics

    nikki.classics TRIBE Member

    My roomie works at a doctor's office and stole me this ear-cleaning stuff...it comes in an aerosol can, and you stick it in your ear and spay it. Not sure if it really works, but it's kinda fun and makes me feel squeaky clean. I feel like if I used that THEN the q-tip it would be like the ultimate ear clean.
     
  4. diablo

    diablo TRIBE Member

    Fire hose.
     
  5. Dirty Girl

    Dirty Girl TRIBE Member

    Ear wax, sticky stuff that it is, traps anything foreign that flies, crawls, or is blown into the ear canals. Dirt, tiny bits of plant material, small insects, bacteria, and so forth are immobilized by wax. Think of wax as the sticky stuff on a No Pest Strip. The primary purpose of ear wax is to protect your ear canal and ear drum from such foreign materials.
    Wax migrates out of the canal all by itself and does not need your help. Remember, wax protects the ear canal skin and ear drum.



    Over the counter wax removal systems use irrigation with a solution containing hydrogen peroxide or a similar chemical, carbamyl peroxide. This can be effective, although hard wax and complete blockages often require more aggressive treatment (by a doctor!) Also, bear in mind that you run the risk of converting a partial blockage into a complete blockage by using peroxide, because the liquid can get trapped between the wax and the ear drum. This is true for any home remedy (see next dot).

    Some home remedies are safe and effective. A vinegar-water-peroxide solution (1:1:2) can be warmed to body temperature and applied to the ear canal to soften wax. A drop of baby oil can be placed in each ear canal on a regular basis (typically, once or twice per week) to soften hard, painful wax. People who have a history of middle ear infections, swimmer's ear, or a hole in the ear drum should NOT try these remedies, nor should they allow a physician to irrigate their ears, as such methods can lead to a painful and/or dangerous ear infection. As a rule, people with a history of any ear disease should go to an ENT for wax problems and not try treating the problem themselves.

    CANDLING has gained popularity in recent years. In this technique, a candle is placed in the ear canal. The wick is lighted and the candle is allowed to burn for a short period of time. Supposedly, the burning flame creates a vacuum at the other end of the candle, which can suck wax and other evil humors from the canal. When the candle is removed, the base of candle typically will appear dark brown, leading the person to believe that their ear wax has been removed by candling.
     
  6. Liability

    Liability TRIBE Member

    Supposedly a drop of oil in the ear before night will help to loosen the wax and make sure what is supposed to come out does.

    As my ear/nose/throat specialist will say - 'nothing smaller than your elbow should go in your ear canal'
     
  7. Kinger

    Kinger TRIBE Member

    I find the collar stays from Harry Rosen work the best. Bic pen caps also work well due to the concaved shape which helps in scooping.
     
  8. praktik

    praktik TRIBE Member

    Murine dude!

    kind of like the stuff Dirty Girl was talking about. You sit with this oily shit in your ear for a few mins, then use this squeeze ball thing you fill up with warm water continually to flush it out.

    You just have to be persistent. You'll see when you get shit out for sure so keep at it.

    I have these in ear monitors that go pretty deep into my ear canal. They're great. Except one time a few years back I woke up and couldn't hear shit. Basically I was packing my ear wax into these caps, that eventually built up to block almost all sound.

    The doctor uses this really giant syringe type thing. He got one ear ok, and he was working on the other ear for a while. Really, you could pump through a LOT of water with that thing. After trying with no luck he was like ok, "this is my last try"

    and it finally popped out..;)

    But ya, stay away from q-tips - dangerous shit.

    I remember the Murine bottle my mom had when I was a kid, it was yellow text on blue background, so I used a green marker on the yellow "M" and then the bottle just said "urine"

    I thought that was pretty funny
     
  9. Kinger

    Kinger TRIBE Member

    Anyone else notice how ear wax tastes like pennies?
     
  10. erika

    erika TRIBE Member

    NEVER Q-tips
    If you have blockage you can use castor oil (soak some cotton, put in edge of ear overnight - trick learned from surfers - avoids ear infections), or hydrogen peroxide (pour in capful, lean on side, wait 'til you hear the pop/gurgle).

    Or you can do it Indian-style and use something that's more hookish (skinny curved metal).
     
  11. rawd

    rawd TRIBE Member

    I ask the Chinese guy in Accounting to lend me his pinky nail for a few mins
     
  12. diablo

    diablo TRIBE Member

    Haha

    I use a scalpel.
     
  13. rubytuesday

    rubytuesday TRIBE Member

    Asians don't understand why whiteys use q-tips.

    Science!

    How to remove Ear Wax the Asian Style | eHow.com

    I would like an ear spoon.
     
  14. Aerius Zension

    Aerius Zension TRIBE Member

    I had an injury as well, damaging my ear drum and equilibrium. I literally could not walk.

    The ENT clinic said wax eventually comes out on its own and you push more into your ear with a q-tip than clean out. That said, I don't have the patience of wax filled ears. I still use a q-tip the way I shouldn't, but I don't insert it too far deep.

    If you feel like your preferred method isn't working, you could always try some guys schlong.
     
  15. xtcfreak

    xtcfreak TRIBE Member

    Olive oil will soften/loosen it up and make it easy for cleaning.

    Jay
     
  16. solacevip

    solacevip TRIBE Promoter

    Warm up some olive oil....drip it in ear....and wait.

    Then get one of these....an aspirator.. fill with warm water...flush several times.

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    I've used q-tips for a long time until I thought my hearing was going. Went to the doctor he told me never to use Q-tips. He told me I was totally blocked with wax. It was so bad that it was making me dizzy. Too boot, it was my DJ monitoring ear.

    I did the olive oil....then the aspirator.....and then 4 of the biggest raisins you've ever seen came drooping out in the sink.
     
  17. Snuffy

    Snuffy TRIBE Member

    Had the same problem after working in a call centre years ago. The headphones caused my ears to produce more wax. One day I get up and everything is really muffled in one ear. I thought I had listened to music for too loud for too many years and lost some hearing, lol.

    The doctor used warm water in what looked like a caulking tool for ears. Flushed it out.

    He suggested maintaining the problem with a drop of oil. The wax will typically fall out while you sleep. Health food stores will carry garlic-infused oil in convenient eye-dropper bottles.
     

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