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Ear wax :/

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RavioliOnToast Tue 08-Nov-16 20:22:14

My ears are absolutely full of the stuff. What the hell can I do to get rid of it? Would bicarbonate of soda in my ears work? I'm desperate, me ears feel really sticky and muffled.

My gp is reluctant to do anything as I had them irrigated not too long ago. I'd actually pay for this to be flushed/suctioned out! I'm based in Sunderland if anyone knows of anywhere privately nearby that does it!

RavioliOnToast Wed 09-Nov-16 16:36:53


ScrubbedPine Wed 09-Nov-16 16:39:50

Sporners will only help if you promise photos or video footage!

Should you listen to your GP's concerns? Though what does he or she say when you point out it's affecting your hearing?

Maudlinmaud Wed 09-Nov-16 16:42:35

Otex will soften it and then you usually get big lumps of the stuff to pull out. It's great op.

pklme Wed 09-Nov-16 17:07:58

Ear drops. Read the packaging carefully, some want you to syringe the wax out after (hard work) others break it up if you apply every day for a week. If you are patient, olive oil softens it and it oozes out on its own. You have to oils daily to get rid of wax, and weekly to stop it building back up.

bubblybee Wed 09-Nov-16 17:13:03

Olive oil worked for me after weeks of not being able to hear properly out of one of my ears.

PikachuSayBoo Wed 09-Nov-16 17:15:57

I bought an ear syringe from Amazon and do my own now!

RavioliOnToast Wed 09-Nov-16 17:31:12

Do you have a link for this pikachu??

RavioliOnToast Wed 09-Nov-16 17:31:36

I have photos, they're not all that brilliant though as they were taken on my phone. blush

PikachuSayBoo Wed 09-Nov-16 17:34:44

Ive got a link but I need to see the photos first!



Doing otex first helps.

Warl Wed 09-Nov-16 17:41:10

God I love ear wax!! Always had a bizarre fascination with it, unfortunately for me I've never had much wax but DH has so I like to watch him cotton bud clean. Hopi ear candling worked well for him. He says it was a bit weird while it's happening as you hear the crackling etc but interesting to see all the gunk on the candle afterwards, he took a photo to show me blush

RavioliOnToast Wed 09-Nov-16 17:42:46

Yuck! I wish it was hard and dark though sad

RavioliOnToast Wed 09-Nov-16 17:45:20

Are otex available otc?

RavioliOnToast Wed 09-Nov-16 17:45:58

I'm sure I read somewhere that hydrogen peroxide fizzes and gets rid of all the build up, I'm not brace enough to try though

MerylPeril Wed 09-Nov-16 17:46:54

Optrex and having a bath helps me - putting your head in the water for a while helps loosen it.

IAmAPaleontologist Wed 09-Nov-16 17:47:13

That's nothing, just oil it and it will be fine. Ds1 has the thickest, stickiest wax in the world and olive oil sorts that out.

user1475253854 Wed 09-Nov-16 17:52:50

I second olive oil. How long ago did you have them irrigated?

PotteringAlong Wed 09-Nov-16 17:55:06

There's one in Darlington and one in North Shields if that helps?

RavioliOnToast Wed 09-Nov-16 18:23:35

They were irrigated probably about a year ago. And they only did one ear! I was off balance for days grin

user1475253854 Wed 09-Nov-16 18:25:40

That's ages ago, I think it's not supposed to be more than every 6 months. NHS walk-in centres will syringe them for you if you've been putting oil in.

PikachuSayBoo Wed 09-Nov-16 18:26:16

I used to get mine done annually atbthe drs. Nurse said I have little ears and lots of wax, bad combination.

Yes, otex is over the counter.

HughLauriesStubble Wed 09-Nov-16 22:43:15

I'm a huge fan of the hydrogen peroxide method. Mainly because you can feel it fizzing away all the wax and it often loosens big wedged chunks from deep in the ear canal which can then be removed with a q tip and sporned over grin

My method is:

Dip a q tip in hydrogen peroxide. Tip head sideways and let the q tip drip a few drops into ear. I hold a piece of tissue over the ear and swish the peroxide around while marvelling at the strange fizzing sensation. After around 30 seconds, bring head upright with tissue still held to ear to catch the liquid. Repeat on the other side, then use a fresh q tip to entry remove any awesome loosened chunks of waxy treasure.

RavioliOnToast Fri 11-Nov-16 17:30:26

Which peroxide do you use hugh? As in where do you buy it?

HughLauriesStubble Fri 11-Nov-16 19:22:15

You can buy bottles of pure hydrogen peroxide at the chemist. It's 3% strength I think.

Whatthefreakinwhatnow Fri 11-Nov-16 19:25:04

oh my God, pleeeeeease do the peroxide thing and film it! I bloody love an ear wax removal video! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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