Here's are the things you can practice to get rid of the earwax at home:
Drop some warm oil: Tilt your head to the side and put in a few drops of any warm oil (olive, almond, or any mineral oil) carefully. Keep the head tilted for 5 minutes. Repeat it once or twice per day. It will slowly soften the wax and drain it out with ease.
Pour in few drops of baking soda solution: Dissolve ½ teaspoon of baking soda in 2 ounces (4 tablespoon) of warm water, and pour 5 to 10 drops of this solution into the ear. Leave it to rest in the ear for an hour, and then flush with water. Try this for at least 2 to 3 days to get relief from the clogged earwax.
Here's the list of things that you should avoid, if troubled with earwax:
Do not use cotton buds or even your fingers to remove the earwax because they may push it deep in the ear and can worsen the condition.
Do not dig out excessive or hardened ear wax with a paper clip, cotton swap, and hairpin to prevent damage to the eardrum.
Though the home remedies can help unclog the earwax, it is no substitute for doctor’s visit. Make sure to meet your healthcare specialist, if the problem persists more than a day or two.
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