How to Clean Your Ears
Like other parts and zones of body, hygienic cleaning is a must for our ears. Following are some tips on how you should clean your ears.
Why ear cleaning is a must
In most of the cases ear infections are usually because of the release of earwax, sometimes leading to the blockage of ear canal. Resultantly, there is a loss of hearing in addition to other related problems. The predominant cause of the pain in ears is the wax depositing.
- Wash cloth
- Bulb syringe
- Cotton swabs
- Ear wax removal kit
Procedure for adults
- Get ready your ear wax removal kit around. Different brands of the kit are available in the market. Collect proper information before purchasing one. The best option is to consult your physician about the description of one that would suit you from ENT specialist you use to visit.
- Purchased your kit! Now it’s time to thoroughly read the instructions accompanying the apparatus. Normally the instructions read: “infuse the bulb syringe with the solution to be diluted in prescribed quantities of water . . . .”
- Turn your head to a side and pour a couple of drops of the prepared solution in the target ear.
- Hold the posture for some length of time allowing the solution to complete reaction with the wax deposits in the interior of the ear.
- Now carry out the same procedure for the other ear and let the reacted solution and debris drool out of the other ear.
- Again revise the same procedure with the ear just poured with the solution.
- Finally, clean the outer lobes of your ears with the help of a cotton swab.
Being more sensitive than those of adults, an infant’s ears require extra care, such as avoid use of cotton swabs:
- Take a soft cloth soaked in warm water and clean your infant’s ears.
- Move from exterior progressively into the interior of the baby ear including the folds and back lobes also with the twisted corner of the soaked cloth.
- Use a fresh towel for drying ears.
- If the solution poured doesn’t work at domestic setting, do visit and ENT specialist.
- Don’t try to clean your ears yourself by inserting sharp objects, such as hairpins.
- Avoid perforated eardrums by exercising due care while cleaning ears. If you lack skill, you may consult the practitioners.
- If the patient is feeling pain in the ear, don’t try to clean the ears and take the patient to the doctor without delay to avoid an untoward complication.
- Assume extra care when dealing with cotton swabs in case of baby ears lest the ear wax shouldn’t further push into the ear.
- Don’t employ wax removing solution in your baby’s ears at your own without the express ruling of the physician. A washcloth soaked in water may suffice to remove the soft deposits of the baby wax.
Remember not to tamper with your ear interior unless there is substantial wax deposit. This however, does not imply that you don’t clean your ears at all over longer periods. Follow a regular schedule for cleaning your ears taking due care in case of perforated eardrum.
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