We all bother earwax but some of us are often dealing with painful experiences caused by ear infections.
Fortunately, their wish to get rid of this painful condition can come true with the use of a home remedy prepared with just two natural and completely safe ingredients, and what’s more, this remedy can also be used to remove buildups of ear wax.
These ingredients can be probably found in every home, so you won’t need to look and spend money for buying them. They are most commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms.
We present you this simple yet effective home remedy containing just two ingredients for earwax buildup elimination and ear infections prevention.
Get Rid of Earwax and Ear Infections
The following two ingredients can help you get rid of earwax and ear infections.
To prepare this recipe, just mix equal amounts of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar in a small bowl or measuring cup, beginning with smaller amounts like a teaspoon of each ingredient just to see how effect will have on you. You can as well use larger amounts of the ingredients, and store what’s left out for another time.
Once you prepare this mixture, pour about half of it into one of your ears using a clean eye dropper, and tilt your head to one side so that the mixture stays there for about one minute. After this minute, let the mixture drip out by tilting your head over the sink.
The same process goes for the other ear. Put the other half of the ear mixture in it, and once again let it stand there for one minute. After that, drain the mixture out by tilting your head.
According to Dr. Robert L. Martin, an audiologist, alcohol is causing drying of the ears, resulting in cracking and bleeding of the skin. This recipe should be used by people exposed to moisture, and not for those in a dry surrounding.
His suggestion is to do this treatment if you have had your ears exposed to moisture such as after swimming, twice a day, in the period of four days. He further explains that in case you are exposed to a high humid surroundings thus having chronically moist ears, you can use this natural remedy twice a week, in the period of seven months.
This remedy should be applied by people frequently suffering from sinus infections or swimmer’s ear problems. However, you are supposed to use this ear remedy before the appearance of an ear infection, in order to prevent it.
The conditions that can cause ear infections are:
- Higher humidity
- Higher-than-normal temperatures (outside)
- Long periods of moisture exposure
Those who live in hot and humid places, swimmers, as well as people who often have water in their ears during baths and showers, have higher chances of ear infections, since breeding grounds for bacteria and fungi presents moist environment.
Keep the water out of your ears as much as you can, by avoiding head tilting during showers to prevent the water coming into your ears, and having earplugs during swimming, scuba diving, or snorkeling. In case you notice water coming into your ear, try to dry the place using a towel, make the water drain out by tilting your head, and carefully absorb what’s left of the water with a cotton swab.
Ear Infection Symptoms
Since bacteria and fungi are perfectly capable of living in a moist ear, they can be the cause for the unpleasant pain of the infection and the earache. Since the remedy we write about in this post is meant to be used before an ear problem occurs, instead of treating it, you should visit a medical professional in case you have these symptoms:
- Hearing loss
- A feeling of an ear filled with fluid
- A feeling of a plugged ear
The ear by itself is naturally cleaning the earwax, so how come an earwax buildup occurs? The thing is, while we are constantly trying to clean our ears with cotton swabs, we can easily push the wax in the ear canal instead of removing it. The earwax signs are similar to the ear infection symptoms, and contain the following:
- Ringing in the ear
- Decreased hearing
- Feeling of a plugged ear
Tips for Healthy Ears
According to Dr. Martin, we should never wash our ear canals with water or soap, since the ears are capable of cleaning themselves. Furthermore, since the wax can’t be dissolved with water, trying to clean it water surely won’t help.
Since the symptoms of both, earwax and ear infection, are very similar, don’t set yourself a diagnosis. Moreover, if you already feel some of the mentioned signs, it’s too late to use this recipe for avoidance of ear problems.
Instead, at the very first symptom make sure you consult an audiologist or otolaryngologist.
Don’t forget to use ear plugs in case you are a swimmer, to maintain your ear canals dry, and thus to prevent possible ear problems.