Ear wax is normal and is produced to form a protective coating over the skin in the ear canal. It helps to keep your ears healthy; it is anti-fungal and antibacterial.
Ears are normally self-cleaning, the movement of your jaw whilst eating and talking helps to move the wax along the canal where it will usually fall out naturally without you noticing. You do not need to wash, scrape or poke wax out of your ears. Your external ear canal keeps itself clean using a natural process.
What causes a build-up of ear wax?
Some people regularly get blocked ears because they naturally produce a lot of earwax. Other factors which can increase the risk of too much earwax include:
Earwax can also block your ear if you frequently insert objects into your ear canal, such as cotton buds, ear plugs or hearing aids.
If wax is not causing any problems, it is best left alone.
In the first instance we recommend you manage the blockage as follows:
Do this 2-3 times a day for 14 days. In most cases, after 14 days, the wax will have softened sufficiently to encourage the wax to come out without further intervention.
If you feel your hearing is still impaired, please make an appointment with the GP for further advice and management.
Speak to your pharmacist – if you’re not sure and would like to speak with someone speak with your pharmacy, they will be able to advice & support you.
If you experience any of the following, then seek advice from your GP:
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