Treatments to remove earwax

There are several different earwax removal treatments available.

The main treatments are:

  • eardrops dropsused several times a day for a few days to soften the earwax so that it falls out by itself
  • ear irrigation a quick and painless procedure where an electric pump is used to push water into your ear and wash the earwax out
  • microsuction a quick and painless procedure where a small device is used to suck the earwax out of your ear
  • aural toilet where a thin instrument with a smallhoop at one end is used to clean your ear and scrape out the earwax

Not all these treatments are suitable for everyone. Your pharmacist or doctor can let you know what treatments may work for you and they can tell you about any associated risks or side effects.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018