Waxsol is an over-the-counter ear drop that is often recommended by health professionals to soften ear wax, thereby making it easier to remove. In our experience however, we find that Waxsol causes the earwax to become thin and sludgy, which can smear it over the walls of the ear more, including onto the eardrum itself. As Ear Nurses, we find that in patients who come to our Crystal Clear Ears clinics for a microsuction ear wax removal have used Waxsol. These thin smears of wax take longer to remove.
Waxsol is a water-based substance. Sometimes this may create unfavourable conditions in the ear canal, especially for individuals who suffer from ear infections. As a general rule, ears should be kept dry from water, to help decrease the risk of ear infections and other problems. Some of our patients have also reported becoming very blocked with the use of Waxsol.
To prepare your ears for microsuction ear wax removal safely and effectively, our Ear Nurses at Crystal Clear Ears recommend softening with olive oil to lubricate the ear canal and soften ear wax. Look for any brand olive (no infusions such as garlic or chilli!) and shouldn’t be used in conjunction with any other drops or treatments or in the case of eardrum perforation.
Olive oil will soften the ear wax naturally and is readily available in your pantry!