Each person has a certain amount of a viscous yellow-brown substance on the walls of the ear canals - earwax. This substance is designed to clean and lubricate the ear canals, and is also a natural barrier to pathogens. However, if an excess of earwax presses on the eardrum, a sulfur plug will appear, accompanied by a feeling of deafness, ringing in the ears, nausea, and dizziness. What to do in this case?
For what reasons can a sulfur plug occur?
Usually, earwax, along with dirt that has settled on its surface, is naturally excreted. However, in some people, the cervical glands in the ear canals may become overly active. Then the sulfur gradually accumulates, blocking the ear canal.
Sulfur plug can form when water enters the ear, for example, while bathing. Water softens the wax on the walls of the ear canal, and then the sulfur can be displaced to the eardrum.
Very often, sulfur plugs are caused by using a cotton swab to clean the ear. Indeed, a product designed to remove excess earwax will contribute to the formation of a wax plug! The fact is that regular cleaning of the ear canals with cotton swabs disrupts the natural self-cleaning mechanism, and also displaces a certain amount of sulfur to the eardrum. The result is a traffic jam.
How to get rid of sulfuric plug
It is best to go to a medical facility to see an ENT doctor. The procedure for getting rid of the wax plug is to flush the ear canal with warm liquid using a large special syringe.
If you do not have the time or opportunity to see a doctor, this procedure can be done at home. Use a 200-300 ml rubber enema instead of a syringe. Rinsing should be carried out over a large container (such as a basin) or over a sink.
Some sources recommend flushing the ear canal with hydrogen peroxide. But this should not be done! Peroxide will well dissolve the sulfur plug, but it can burn the eardrum.
Fill a rubber enema with warm water. Stand above the container, tilt your head down with the sore ear, pull the auricle up and back with one hand. Then, gently insert the enema tip into the ear canal (loosely leaving a gap) and spray water into your ear. Repeat this procedure until the sulfur plug comes out.
If the cork is very hard and does not wash out, put some warm vegetable oil in your ear, and repeat the procedure after a few hours. You can also purchase special ear drops at the pharmacy to dissolve sulfur plug or phyto-suppositories. But you need to use them after consulting a doctor, since they have contraindications.