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9 tips to clean your ears quickly and safely

Should you clean your ears? The topic of ear hygiene is of utmost importance . Ignorance of how to carry it out can cause irreversible dama...

Should you clean your ears? The topic of ear hygiene is of utmost importance . Ignorance of how to carry it out can cause irreversible damage.

 

Some defects in cleaning ears

Many people clean their ears by introducing items such as swabs, swabs, toothpicks, hooksand even pencils or keys. They believe that in this way they eliminate earwax and all the elements that cause a covered ear sensation.

However, they do the opposite. The foreign elements alter pH and fatty acid content, remove wax altogether and decrease the defense against germs.

There is a natural cleansing mechanism of the ear that is very efficient and should not be affected. Any improper action can disrupt that mechanism and cause problems that can cause deafness.

The ear has three parts: an outer part (external ear), a duct (middle ear) and the inner membrane of the eardrum (inner ear). In the duct is where the earwax appears, which is the natural protection of the ear.

What is the function of cerumen?

9 tips to clean your ears quickly and safely

  • Trap germs and small debris that pass the outer ear barrier
  • Prevents infections
  • Prevents water from entering

Continuously removing the wax eliminates that natural defense of the ear. On the other hand introducing sharp objects can damage the eardrum and cause deafness .

 How to clean your ears without damaging them?

1. Use saline solution

Ingredients

  • ½ cup warm water (125 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon of fine salt (10 g)

Utensils

  • 1 cotton or dropper

What should you do?

  • In half a cup of warm water incorporates 1 tablespoon of fine salt. Combine until the salt has dissolved completely and the mixture is homogeneous.
  • Soak a piece of cotton in this solution and squeeze a few drops into the ear. A dropper may also be used.
  • Keep your head slightly tilted, with the ear in treatment up.
  • After a few minutes, tilt your head to the opposite side, for the solution to come out.

2. Hydrogen peroxide

9 tips to clean your ears quickly and safely

  • Mix equal parts of boiled water and hydrogen peroxide .
  • Proceed in the same way as with salineand apply the mixture with cotton soaked or with a dropper.

3. Baby oil, olive oil or mineral oil

Suitable for earwax plugs.

  • Put a few drops in the ear to soften the wax  and let the oil act all night.
  • To prevent the oil from leaving before reaching the wax, place a cotton ball.
  • The next morning, remove the cotton plug and remove the excess oil.

4. Vinegar and alcohol

9 tips to clean your ears quickly and safely

  • Mix equal parts of white vinegar and alcohol .
  • With the head tilted, pour a few drops of this preparation into the ear, let it act for a few minutes.
  • After the indicated time, turn the head to the opposite side to drain the liquid.

5. Irrigation

Injecting sterile water with a syringe is another appropriate way to clean your ears.

The water should be only warm, at body temperature. After irrigation, dry the ear well.

6. Daily activities

9 tips to clean your ears quickly and safely

In cases where the person feels a plug of wax in their ear, you can perform a series of activities that will help that cap to come out naturally.

Some of the most effective for this purpose are:

  • Chew gum
  • Move the jaw

7. If swabs or swabs are used

If you usually use swabs to clean your ears, it is necessary to take into account some measures of prevention of damages.

  • They should be used only to clean the external area .
  • They must be introduced in a straight line.
  • Attention to depth. They should not be used to remove earwax, therefore, it is not certain that they reach the middle ear.

Inappropriate use of swabs can be harmful. There is a risk of pushing the wax and other contaminating elements lodged in the outer part of the ear inwards and causing obstructions and infections.

8. Do not abuse ear cleansing

9 tips to clean your ears quickly and safely

Over-cleaning is not good, since, as stated earlier, wax is a natural defense . It is suggested to do this with a frequency of once a week, whatever the procedure that is used.

9. Before symptoms of infection

In case of intense pain, redness and fever, it is advisable not to make any intervention  and consult the doctor immediately.

The periodic visit to the otolaryngologist , hearing specialist, is always convenient.

The doctor can observe the inside of the ear with special instruments and will suggest the most appropriate method to clean your ears according to your situation.

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