The annual medical report of your child’s school clinic arrives. You noticed that one of his or her problems is a compacted ear. This means there is cerumen there that needs to be dealt with right away. Before you even panic, you can try a cerumen treatment right at your own homes. Here are several choices to help you with this problem.
Follow Self-Care Measures
The first thing you should do is soften the wax. Get an eyedropper and use it to apply a few drops of mineral oil, hydrogen peroxide, glycerin, or baby oil in the ear canal. After 24 hours, the wax will become softer. You can get a rubber-bulb syringe and use it to squirt warm water into the ear canal. Make sure you do this gently. Tilt your head and grab your outer ear so that you can pull it back as your straighten your ear canal. Once you are done irrigating the ear, you can move your head to the other side in order to allow the water to drain out. Dry your ears with a towel when you are done.
Invest in Earwax Removal Kits
There are also earwax removal kits which are available for purchase in drugstores near you. You can purchase these kits and follow the instructions that come with them. These kits can be effective depending on how you use them.
Try Baking Soda
You can also remove earwax or cerumen at home with baking soda. Simply dissolve half a teaspoon of baking soda in two ounces of warm water. Get a dropper bottle and place the solution into it. Once your solution is done, you can tilt your head then put about five to 10 drops of the solution into your ear. Make sure you only add a drop at a time. Allow the solution to stay there for up to an hour. Flush with water right after. You can repeat this daily until your ears are free from cerumen. Do not extend treatment beyond two weeks.
Try Essential Oil
Several of the essential oils you are familiar with can help you treat cerumen at home. Some use eucalyptus and rosemary oil. You can put in a few drops of eucalyptus oil on the ear first. Leave for a few minutes before putting a few drops of rosemary oil into the ear. You can also mix these oils with carrier oils like jojoba. Other essential oils you can try are olive oil, oregano oil and garlic oil.
Create an Essential Oil Blend
You can also create a simple blend of several essential oils to help you with this problem. You will need four drops each of thyme essential oil and lavender oil. You can also substitute thyme with basil or Melaleuca. You will also need olive oil, an organic cotton ball and a bottle dropper.
Fill the bottle dropper with olive oil before adding in the essential oils. Make sure that the oil mixture is warm. You do not need to heat the mixture. Just place the bottle under your arm for five minutes and you will get the warmth you want from the mixture. Dip the cotton ball into the blend then place it inside your blocked ear overnight. Do this every night until the wax has loosened.