What is ear syringing?
Ear syringing is a method of ear wax removal using a syringe of water to dispel any wax from the ear. Irrigation is similar as it also requires water, however, it is performed under a controlled pressure. Ear syringing is available in GP surgeries and is usually performed by the nurse.
[caption id="attachment_6202" align="alignleft" width="325"] Impacted ear wax requiring professional removal. This amount of wax would be difficult to remove with ear syringing and would require microsuction instead. Image taken using video otoscopy ear examination.[/caption]
Are there any risks with ear syringing?
Ear syringing involves using water so there is an increased risk of infections particularly if you are prone to ear infections. For this reason it is also unsuitable for anyone with a perforated ear drum. There is more of a risk of perforating the ear drum as it
Ear Wax Removal-Is it necessary?
First, let's start with understanding that ear wax is normal, it is simply a collection of natural oil, dust from our environment, and dead skin, which eventually works its way outwards. So there really isn't a need for those cotton buds. By using a cotton bud you are really just pushing the ear wax further down the ear canal and increasing the chances of it becoming impacted. The last thing you want is a perforated ear drum-yes, it does and can happen. "So how do I relieve that itch?", I hear you say.
If there are no pre-existing medical conditions then you can purchase some olive oil ear drops from your local pharmacy. The olive oil will help to relieve any itching and also help draw any wax outwards. If any ear wax is impacted, the olive oil will soften