If wax gets impacted in the ear canal, it needs to be softened before returning to the doctor's office for irrigation. The following are some popular over-the-counter preparations:
Generic: CARBAMIDE PEROXIDE
Brand Names: Auro® Ear Drops, Debrox®, E.R.O.® Drops, Murine® Ear Drops are used to soften and help remove ear wax.
INSTIL 6 DROPS IN THE AFFECTED EAR TWICE DAILY FOR 7 to 10 DAYS
How should I use this medicine?
Carbamide peroxide ear solution is only for use in the outer ear canal. Follow the directions carefully. Wash hands before and after use. The solution may be warmed by holding the bottle in the hand for 1—2 minutes. Lie with the affected ear facing upward. Place 5 to 10 drops into the ear canal. After the drops are instilled, remain lying with the affected ear upward for 5 minutes to help the drops stay in the ear canal. A cotton pledget may be gently inserted at the ear opening for no longer than 5—10 minutes to ensure retention. Repeat, if necessary, for the opposite ear. Do not touch the tip of the dropper to the ear, fingertips, or other surface. Do not rinse the dropper after use; keep container tightly closed. Do not refrigerate.
Q-tips push the earwax and pack it inside the ear canal, making it very difficult to remove.
Normally, earwax comes out spontaneously from the ear, a little clump at a time.
Clean your ears with your little finger covered with a towel.
This also applies to drying your ears after a bath or after swimming. Just tilt your head sideways and allow the water to to flow out by gravity on a towel.
DO NOT USE Q-TIPS OR ANY OTHER COTTON SWABS
Bechara Y. Ghorayeb, MD
Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Memorial Hermann Professional Building
1140 Business Center Drive, Suite 560
Houston, Texas 77043
For appointments, call: 713 464 2614