The ability to take care of the ears, promptly remove compacted sulfur deposits is an excellent prevention of many ENT diseases. Usually healthy organs of hearing are cleaned on their own and do not need additional hygienic procedures; washing the auricles is enough. However, in some cases, you have to flush your ears with hydrogen peroxide, and this must be done correctly.
It is necessary
- - 3% hydrogen peroxide;
- - a tablespoon or measuring syringe;
- - pipette or plastic dropper;
- - sterile cotton wool;
- - cotton swabs.
In order not to harm your own health by inept manipulations with the organs of hearing, you must understand the structure of the ear and the role of the sulfur it produces. Closer to the auricle is the membranous-cartilaginous section, in which the sulfur glands function. They produce a protective lubricant for the ears against insects, germs, and damage. Sulfur contains antibodies that protect you, pH substances have a detrimental effect on pathogens. Sulfuric and sebaceous glands help the auditory canals to clear themselves when the jaws move, when you cough, speak and chew
Healthy ears do not need to be frequently and actively cleaned of wax from the inside - this is not only unnecessary, but also dangerous! You have already realized that this is a protective lubricant, not a dirt. Many people clean the ear canal with cotton swabs and even matches, hairpins and other foreign objects. This can lead to unpleasant consequences, including the pushing of sulfur to the deep bony part of the auditory organ; irritation of the sulfur glands and impaired lubrication. As a result of pressing sulfur, plugs are formed, and with especially active manipulations in the ear canal, perforation of the tympanic membrane is not excluded.
With the formation of surplus and compaction of earwax, you cannot do without cleaning the ear canals. Make an appointment with an ENT doctor if you notice that your hearing is impaired, one of your ears picks up the voice intensely. There may be a feeling of congestion in the ear canal, pain, noise in the head and ears, nausea. All this can be a sign of sulfuric plug.
See an experienced otolaryngologist for severe earwax removal! A dense, large plug without damage to health can be removed only by a narrow specialist with extensive experience, in the sterile conditions of the treatment room. Flushing will require special solutions, a large syringe without a needle, and other materials. Inexperienced cleansing of the ear plugs can cause a variety of problems - from inflammation due to non-sterile solutions to tissue burns and damage to the eardrum.
After getting rid of the plug for prevention, it is recommended to remove excess sulfur with hydrogen peroxide twice a month at home. To do this, buy a 3% peroxide solution from the pharmacy, which is sterile and ready to use. Be careful: the wrong choice of means can damage the ear canal!
Concentrated medical solutions are on sale, for example, 6%, 30%, 33-38%. If you have one of them at home, you can independently make the product of the desired concentration. For example, measure 10 grams of 30% perhydrol with a syringe and bring to 100 grams with distilled water - you will get a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution.
Dissolve 15 drops of a 3% solution in a tablespoon of water, lie on your side and use a pipette, or use a special plastic bottle with a dropper to drip 5 drops of the solution into the upper free ear. Lie for 15-20 minutes, turn on the other side and repeat the procedure over the opposite auricle. It will be more convenient if you ask someone to help. You should hear a hiss in the ear canal, which will indicate the softening of hardened wax.Remove the fluid flowing from the auricle with a clean cloth and a cotton swab. Gently clean your ear with sterile cotton swabs after moistening them with clean warm water.
If the sparing concentration of hydrogen peroxide did not help to cope with earwax deposits, experts advise using a more saturated solution - mix a tablespoon of peroxide and the same amount of distilled water. In addition, to soften the sulfur, it is good to bury 5 drops of petroleum jelly in your ears.
When flushing your ears with hydrogen peroxide, use only sterile medical cotton and cotton swabs. Do not use non-sterile products under any circumstances, as they can be produced with slight contamination. In addition, they may have poor absorbency properties. On sale there are products made of cotton or cellulose, which are suitable only for household needs, compresses, splints and other purposes, but not for manipulating the hearing organs.
Sometimes, in order to completely remove the sulfur accumulated in the ears, it is necessary to perform the described procedure for washing the ear canals 2-4 times. Practice shows that with regular use of hydrogen peroxide, people who are prone to frequent formation of sulfur plugs can get rid of the problem and optimize temporary hearing problems.
Washing the ears with peroxide is indicated not only for cleansing the ear canals, but also for medicinal purposes. Hydrogen peroxide is often used as part of a therapeutic course to disinfect the ears for inflammatory processes caused by various pathogens.