Having clogged ears isn’t always a cause for alarm. But, it still needs fixing. Here are 5 ways to remedy clogged ears for different situations.
1. Use Oil
If your earwax is hard and packed into your ear. And, you can’t get it out. Try 2-3 drops of baby oil, mineral oil, or glycerin. Putting a few drops in your ears can help soften the wax.
2. Passive Techniques
Next, if you feel your ears are clogged and need to relieve the pressure there are a few passive movements you can do like: swallowing frequently, drinking water, chewing gum, or yawning.
Alternatively, you can try the Valsalva maneuver. To do this, you should do the following things in order:
- Take a deep breath
- Pinch your nostrils shut
- Close your mouth
- Try to exhale out of the pinched nostrils
3. Take Decongestants
If your ears tend to get clogged on airplanes, you can try taking a decongestant before boarding the plane. Experts recommend that you take it an hour before your plane takes off. And then again, an hour before the plane descends if you are on an extended flight.
4. Alcohol and Vinegar for Swimmer’s Ear
Additionally, if you are prone to swimmer’s ear you know that you must keep your ear clean and dry. Next time your ear is clogged because of swimmer’s ear try using a mixture of 1:1 vinegar and alcohol or drops of rubbing alcohol to “dry” out the ear. It may also help prevent infections.
5. Commercial Preparations
Finally, if you are leery about using home remedies there are a few that are available in stores. For example, if you have impacted ear wax you can try purchasing a syringing kit for ear syringing.
Try the 5 ways to remedy clogged ears for common ear ailments, but if your ears don’t get better after a day or two you should seek medical attention. Especially if you have a fever or ear pain.