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My Secret for Ear Wax Problems
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I have a recurring dream-borderline-nightmare that involves me pulling from my ears chunks of wax the size of peanuts. Gross, I know, but ear wax has been a persistent problem of mine. Ear infections, too.

Finally, I went to an ear-nose-throat doc. He cleaned out my ears and said I should wear ear plugs when I swim. I told him I don't swim. Confounded, he explained that people with constantly wet ear canals produce large amounts of ear wax.

"Could it be sweat?" I asked. "I sweat a lot."

He started writing out a prescription to me for ear drops, which I would have to use for the rest of my life.

"A prescription for the rest of my life?" I said. "I'm only 41."

He looked me over. I was wearing ratty blue jeans and boots and a T-shirt tucked in.

"Tell you what," he said. "I know that can get expensive, so here's what you do. Take one of those plastic bottles that you put mustard or ketchup in, and fill it with half rubbing alcohol and half white vinegar. Every time you shower or go swimming, rinse out your ears. This will help dry out the canals."

(I silently thanked my momma, who always had us dress poor when we went to visit a specialist in Denver so that they would feel sorry for us and bill accordingly.)

Guess what? That was five years ago. I haven't had an earwax problem since. Not once. No more infections. No more crinkly sound of dry wax in my ear. No more need for ear candles or syringes.

Incidentally, I finally discovered why my ears were always wet. Though I'd always had ear-wax problems it got worse about the time I turned 40. I scrutinized the variables that had changed in my life ... and thought and thought and thought ... and then, EUREKA! I realized the problem intensified after I started shaving my head: water was running, unimpeded, right down the scalp and into my ears.

So tell your friends who have earwax problems: rinse with a 50-50 solution of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar.

Your advice will be the finest gift you ever give them.


4 Comments:

Blogger Susan Cushman said...

Funny but true, Ad. I paid good money to have clumps of ear wax dug out of my ears at the EENT doc recently. My hubby (a physician) on the other hand, uses a solution similar to what you described in his ears every day. I'm a slow learner:-)

April 19, 2011 at 9:46 PM  
Anonymous Code HAW031 said...

Is this for real??? If yes you are brave. I would never dare put alcohol or, heaven forbid, vinegar, in my ears!! I use those to clean my toilet LOL! Well you get wet from the outside, my ears are wet from the inside out! I have middle ear infection. When I asked the Dr what to do, he gave me the glazed over look. That was many years ago and, after being put on prescription steroids, now my ears mass produce wax and wetness. What to do? I can't even imagine the alcohol, for sure it will burn my brain and hurt like crazy! *sighs* Yes, I am a chicken, LOL!

March 9, 2014 at 3:10 AM  
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October 6, 2015 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger yukiwardrobe said...

Does it really help? Scared to out anything into the ears

October 6, 2015 at 1:35 PM  

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