Treatment for wax removal is usually quite easy. Your doctor or nurse can remove earwax with a small spoon called a curette or by rinsing with a warm water solution. We strongly recommend that you do not remove wax yourself, as this should only be done by a trained professional that is equipped with modern cerumen extraction devices, especially if you have had ear surgery, perforated eardrum, or ear pain. Flushing the ears is not recommended in the following cases:
- If you have previously experienced irrigation problems such as dizziness or pain
- You have had a perforated eardrum in the last 12 months
- You have had otitis media in the last six weeks
- You have had ear surgery in the last 18 months
- Put the seal on (now or in the past)
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After irrigation is complete, or if irrigation is not fitting for your situation, your doctor may suggest treatment with ear drops or the use of a spray. The drops should only be used at room temperature and follow the instructions that came with the drops or spray.
If you are using ear drops instead of a spray, lie on your side for a few minutes after placing the drops on the sore ear and allow the drops to soak into the earwax. You may experience a slight wheezing, underwater sensation or tingling sensation, this is normal.
If you experience any pain or discomfort we advise you to stop as this could be a sign of a perforated eardrum which can lead to additional complications. The frequency with which eardrums or sprays are used varies, so ask your doctor for advice if you are unsure about the amount