From 7th January 2019, we are no longer able to offer routine ear syringing here at the surgery.
If Earwax blocks your ear, we suggest you put 2 to 3 drops of olive oil in your ear 2-3 times a day. (NB. Don't use drops if you have a hole/perforation in your eardrum)
Alternatively, speak to a local pharmacist who can recommend chemical drops to dissolve the earwax. The earwax should fall out on its own or dissolve after about a week.
If you have pain in the ear or blood stained/smelly discharge from your ear then please arrange to see a GP.
If applying drops does not resolve the situation, you can contact a centre that provides ear suctioning which is a safer means of clearing wax from the canal. We are unable to recommend anyone specific privately and can refer you to ENT on the NHS for this service if you require it.
Do not insert anything other than drops into the ear. Cotton buds, matchsticks, and hair pins can:
- · Damage the wall of the canal and increase the likelihood of otitis externa
- · Cause the wax to become impacted by pushing it further into the canal
- · Perforate the tympanic membrane.
Do not use ear candles as they have no benefit in the management of earwax removal and may result in serious injury.
Please see https://patient.info/health/hearing-problems/earwax for more information