There is evidence that oiling and also self-irrigation can work well for a significant number of patients. Simply visit the your local pharmacy for some olive oil to self treat the ear wax.
The practice now encourages Self-treatment of ear wax however please do not attempt to self–treat if any of the following apply to you:
- Pain in the ear
- A history of ear drum perforation in the affected ear
- A recent history of an ear infection in the affected ear
- Symptoms of infection in the ear – usually pain or a smelly discharge
- If you have an offensive discharge or bleeding from the ear (this may mean you have an ear infection)
- If you only have one hearing ear which is the affected ear
- Previous ear surgery on the affected ear
- Sudden deafness or buzzing
- Foreign bodies in the ear
If you experience any of the above, you should seek advice from your GP or Practice Nurse.