Olive Oil VS Waxsol

What is Waxsol? You may have wondered why our Nurses ask you to avoid putting it in your ears prior to your appointment?

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 wax 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 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 safely and effectively, our Nurses recommend the use of olive oil prior to your visit. The olive oil can be any brand of plain olive oil (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 wax naturally and is readily available in your own pantry!