Whether caused by earwax or water, a stopped up ear can range from annoying to very painful. The discomfort is due to the pressure on the ear drum. Some people have ears that naturally create excessive amounts of earwax and stopped up ears are reoccurring. Swimming and baths can also cause this problem if the ears are submerged under water. The best way to helpÂ the ear release the pressure without doing any damage.
Cure A Stopped Up Ear With Sweet Oil
Ask a local pharmacist if the drug store carries sweet oil. This is a small bottle of oil that is heavy and will not easily drip from the ears after it has been placed in the ear canal. Place the bottle in warm (never hot) water. One the oil is warm it will increase the viscosity of the oil and it will slip into the ear and on top of the wax or water clogged in the ear. The warmth will help soothe the ears and reduce swelling. If it is wax that is causing the issues, the sweet oil will take time to work. Fill the ear with several drops and place a cotton ball on the outer part of the ear to prevent the oil from leaking out. It is best to do this at bed time or when the person is ready to lay down for awhile.
Irrigate A Stopped Up Ear with Water
In the morning, look for any signs of movement in the ear. Do not place anything in the ear. This can impact the ear and even burst the ear drum. If wax and/or water has visibly moved from the ear canal and can be seen on the outer part of the ear or pillow, the ear can be flushed with warm water using a blub syringe. This is an effective way to remove the debris from an ear, but young children are not very fond of it. It is not painful, but the syringe quickly irrigates the ear canal and it is loud. It may require two parents to help the child understand what happening. This is the most recommend method for stopped up ears by pediatricians.
Ear Wax Removal Drops Do the Trick for a Stopped Up Ear
If the wax is not moving, ear wax removal drops are available. These can loosen the wax as well and often results in large bits of wax falling from the ears. Washing these away with a blub syringes is recommended.
Water is problematic when it stops up wars because it travels so deep. Using drops of peroxide an help the ear dry out. Also, massaging behind the wars gently and using warm wash cloths and help the ear relax and allow the water to escape. If this is a regular occurrence after baths or swimming, it is wise to use wax molds during these times to prevent water from enter the ear at all.
Knowing the causes of a stopped up ear can help prevent them. Using the above techniques can help when the ear has already been affected, but these tips can also be use to prevent the problem in the future.
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