Most people are affected by a build-up of ear wax at some point in their life, which requires ear wax removal, such as syringing or irrigation. This may not usually be a sign of ill health, but if left untreated it can still greatly impact on your daily activities and your general sense of fitness and wellbeing and possibly even lead to a more serious infection.
Ear wax is produced naturally by the body and is usually yellow, bright orange or dark brown. Earwax is actually a very important element of your ear health and is an efficient, natural way to protect the ear canal from external elements like bacterial infections, dirt and insects. Ear wax can also help keep the ear canal clean. Your body will normally produce a sufficient amount to maintain a healthy ear canal. However, sometimes this wax can become impacted and hard, which can lead to problems like Itchy ears, ear discomfort, earache, tinnitus and hearing loss.
Some people use cotton buds to try and clean ear wax from their ears, but this is actually more likely to push the ear wax further into the ear and cause an impacted blockage and further issues, rather than removing the ear wax. These blockages can also lead to infection.
Ear irrigation, which can also be referred to as ear syringing, is a process of removing a build-up of ear wax in the ear canal. From our clinics in Bristol and Cardiff, The Independent General Practice (IGP) provides a quick and easy solution for those that are suffering from this condition. All ear wax removal appointments are conducted by registered private doctors in healthcare registered clinics with calibrated ear irrigation equipment.
Please be aware that we advise that you treat the affected ear with a few drops of warm olive oil or medicated solution twice a day for 5 or 7 days prior to attending the appointment. This is to ensure the wax is suitably soft and that the procedure is as effective as possible.