To get rid of earwax buildup, soften the earwax using over-the-counter products such as mineral oil, hydrogen peroxide, baby oil or glycerin. Earwax removal kits are also available that can get rid of excessive earwax.
Never put a hard object (cotton swab) into the ear to remove the wax. Doing so can push the wax further into the canal and cause a larger wax buildup.
If you experience the following symptoms, you may have developed an ear infection and should see a doctor:
- Pain in your ear that does not subside
- Drainage from your ear
- Odor coming from the ear
- Persistent hearing loss
If symptoms don’t improve after repeated removal treatments, schedule a doctor’s appointment. A physician can remove the wax using a suction method, flushing out the wax with warm water or removing it with a small, curved instrument called a curet.