Earwax is a protective substance produced
in the ear canal. It usually flows out of the ear by itself without problems.
In general, the best way to prevent infection or impacted earwax is to leave earwax
You can keep earwax soft by inserting a few drops
of mineral oil or hydrogen peroxide mixed with warm water into your
Do not use cotton swabs, bobby pins, or other substances to
Try not to get water, soap, or shampoo in your ear
canal when you shower. Keep soap, bubble bath, and shampoo out of the ear
canal. These products can cause itching and irritation.
When you rinse your hair, keep your head down
with your chin toward your chest or pull the outside of your ear down over the
After swimming or showering, shake your head to remove
water from the ear canal.
Gently dry your ears with the corner of a
tissue or towel, or use a blow-dryer on its lowest setting. Hold the dryer
several inches (centimeters) from your
Put a few drops of rubbing alcohol or rubbing alcohol mixed
with an equal amount of white vinegar into the ear after swimming or showering.
Wiggle the outside of the ear to let the liquid enter the ear canal, then tilt
your head and let it drain out. You can also use nonprescription drops, such as
Star-Otic or Swim-Ear, to keep the inside of your ear dry.