Earwax is produced inside your ears to keepthem clean and free of germs. It usually passes out of the ears harmlessly, but sometimes too much can build up and block the ears.
A build-up of earwax is a common problem that can often be treated using eardrops bought from a pharmacy.
If pharmacy treatment doesn't work, contact your GP surgery. They may suggest having your ears washed out.
If these treatments don't help, your GP may refer you to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) department for specialised treatment.
This page covers:
Symptoms of an earwax build-up
What to do if your ear is blocked
When to see your GP
Treatments to remove earwax
How to prevent an earwax build-up
Read about what problems a build-up of earwax can cause, why it happens, and what can be done about it.
Some people regularly get blocked ears because they naturally produce a lot of earwax. Other factors that can increase the risk of too much earwax include: producing naturally hard or dry earwax h
A build-up of earwax in your ear can cause: earache hearing loss tinnitus (hearing sounds from inside your body) itchiness in or around the ear vertigo (a spinning sensation) ear inf
Don't try to remove a build-up of earwax yourself with your fingers, a cotton bud or any other object. This can damage your ear and push the wax further down. If the earwax is only causing minor prob
Contact your GP surgery if you have particularly troublesome symptoms or eardrops haven't helped after three to five days. Your GP or practice nurse will look inside your ears to check if they're blo
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
Some people are naturally prone to earwax building up in their ears and may need frequent treatment to remove it when it becomes a problem. It's not clear if there's anything you can do tostop earwax