I know that a lot of folk remedies (and something even mainstream doctors recommend) suggest putting warm olive oil in the ear to dissolve impacted earwax. I've read earwax is oil based, so using olive oil or mineral oil will soften or even dissolve the earwax so that the body can eliminate it as it normally would.
Would anyone know if maybe coconut oil might do similar? I don't have the olive oil on hand, but do have coconut oil. And coconut oil is even better with being anti-pathogenic, in case there's infection. I'd really much rather use coconut oil.
I've been feeling tightness in one ear and some loss of hearing (too young for it to be age related, and I don't expose myself willingly to excessive decibels—the unwillingness is our youngest child's "regular" voice which is a yell, and all the kids wanting their music loud, but I try to stay away from that). That ear all my life used to wax up more, but I've noticed very little wax from it the last several months, which makes me think there's impaction. No real pain, except for when there's extreme changes in barometric pressure (like the recent derechos we've gone through here in the Ozarks).
I do not want to do ear candling. I have tried hydrogen peroxide, but I wanted to add something that I can leave in the ear while I'm up and about, which would be the oil solution. I also tried Colloidal Silver , in case it was infection, but I don't think there's infection so it didn't do anything. IF there is infection, it's back in where it can't be gotten at (my guess) because of impacted wax.
Please, give me your thoughts on using coconut oil for this! I want to fix the problem now, before I have to go on a schedule June flight. Even if I don't hear from anyone on this right away, I probably will give it a try tonight after work ... won't do any harm.
hi there :) you've probably already given it a try, but... you're definitely onto the right idea that coconut oil could dissolve ear wax, and... i've used it (and i suffer from eternal middle ear infections and chronic ear canal itching and an endless cycle of using any combination of peroxide, vinegar, or rubbing alcohol to help with the itching and moisture) and, it feels wonderfully gentle - any other oil or prescription drop, has felt painfully heavy on my eardrum! - and i think it does melt the wax, and it also leaves a soothing effect, so different from putting harsh alcohol in my ear. i hope you've tried it or try it and, love it .............i loooove coconut oil, i wish i had a neverending magic jar! :) missy
I'm interested in what the results were, if you did this. I have a son that has to wear ear plugs for his work, and was complaining about the built up wax. I also have a daughter that had to have her ears irrigated out by the Nurse Practitioner, and he was glad that she had been putting some ear oil drops in prior to his doing that. He said it makes it easier to irrigate them if you use the oil prior.
hey jessesmom :) ...are you familiar with SSKI ? it's super saturated potassium Iodide (a form of iodine) and it is very efficient at dissolving fats so, i take my usual 1 capful of peroxide and add 3 drops of the SSKI (that's what i started with but over time i tolerated more), use a dropper to lightly mix it up then put the drops in my ears and, of course it's up to you whether you want to try this and, not everything works for everyone, but for me it really gets the wax buildup and gets out excess water, and when i get a painful infection it helps with draining fluid
...or there's just good ol' peroxide by itself, nicely cleans the inner ear and isn't drying or harsh
...vinegar with alcohol (half and half) works too, a little stronger, cleans and gets excess water out, and helps with bacteria which can easily overgrow when someone has to wear earplugs a lot...
and the coconut oil is really so gentle, i don't think anyone would regret trying it .....and if u empty out the excess, what's left behind will help ear plugs insert more easily and not irritate the ear! :)
My husband and I have used the peroxide. I remember the first time I used it, I must have had a bit of infection because it really bubbled and crackled and popped. I have some SSKI , we'll have to try that too.
The other thing he does that helps when he feels an ear infection coming on, is crushes garlic in olive oil, and saturates a cotton ball, and sleeps with the cotton ball in his ear.
Thanks for the info, we'll give the coconut oil a try too. My daughter that had the ear irrigation done at the Nurse Practitioner's office, complains about her ears itching alot too. She spent a year in Afghanistan, and noticed the ear wax/itchy problems just before she got back to the US.
hi jessesmom :) when you mentioned that the peroxide bubbled a lot (i don't think that meant necessarily that you had an infection but just a lot of wax...?) i was reminded to tell you ...the SSKI mixture bubbles up even more then the regular peroxide, just so you expect it... also when you drain it out of your ear, because SSKI has that orangey color just be careful to not get it on your clothes (and don't be scared if when you drain it, it happens to be ~bluish~ - that happened to me and the wise ~trapper~ told me there just must be Sugar in my ear secretions). good luck! :)