Oto-Tip also helps form good habits in kids, who are normally reluctant when it comes to ear cleaning. With this device, they can practically do it on their own, so the problem of fear and discomfort is gone. This product is available in many pharmacies and can be purchased online.
Fans of alternative medicine swear by the method of ear candling, but traditional medicine does not recommend it at all. During this treatment, a cone-shaped, hollow candle is inserted into the ear canal. The other end of the candle gets lit up and the heat warms up and loosens up the accumulated wax. Then , the pressure of the candle vacuums the earwax out. Sounds like a very effective method, but the risks are too high. If the treatment isn’t done by a good specialist, various accidents may happen. The eardrum can be damaged and the skin in the ear canal can be burnt with the heat if the temperature is not controlled properly.
Higher temperature creates pressure inside the ear, which can eventually cause a rupture in the eardrum. Also, the wax from the burning candle might drip inside your ear, not only adding to the already accumulated cerumen, but also hurting the skin. On top of that, in some unfortunate cases, people undergoing the ear-candling treatment ended up with burnt hair. So basically, choosing this method is playing with fire.
When Should I Contact The Doctor?
If you have tried various treatments over a few weeks and haven’t noticed any improvement, then it’s time to contact the specialist. The wax in your ear can be so hard that no home remedies will let you remove it. Or else, your ears are already perfectly fine and the feeling of fullness in the ear canals or the loss of hearing is caused by something different. Check it with your doctor, because these symptoms, when prolonged, might be a sign of an ear infection or – if accompanied by pain in the ears – temporary or permanent loss of hearing.