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My right ear is a bit uncomfortable due to ear wax blockage and therefore i went to boots and buy a "Boots Pharmaceuticals Dual Action Ear Wax Remover" today, after I use the remover according to the instruction about an hour ago, I feel that it is even more blocked and uncomfortable than before, the hearing of my right year is decreased comparing to my left ear. Should I visit my GP tomorrow?
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My right ear is a bit uncomfortable due to ear wax blockage and therefore i went to boots and buy a "Boots Pharmaceuticals Dual Action Ear Wax Remover" today, after I use the remover according to the instruction about an hour ago, I feel that it is even more blocked and uncomfortable than before, the hearing of my right year is decreased comparing to my left ear. Should I visit my GP tomorrow?
Wait for the Ear Wax remover to set in leave in for a day, wash it out. I think you might need to get that ear syringed. Try putting your ear close to the shower head the water pressure should get the wax out.
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My right ear is a bit uncomfortable due to ear wax blockage and therefore i went to boots and buy a "Boots Pharmaceuticals Dual Action Ear Wax Remover" today, after I use the remover according to the instruction about an hour ago, I feel that it is even more blocked and uncomfortable than before, the hearing of my right year is decreased comparing to my left ear. Should I visit my GP tomorrow?
I recommend heating up some oil (warm not hot) and putting a few drops into your ear, it softens the wax and should come outback easier, plus in order to be syringed you have to do that anyway
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(Original post by Anonymous)
My right ear is a bit uncomfortable due to ear wax blockage and therefore i went to boots and buy a "Boots Pharmaceuticals Dual Action Ear Wax Remover" today, after I use the remover according to the instruction about an hour ago, I feel that it is even more blocked and uncomfortable than before, the hearing of my right year is decreased comparing to my left ear. Should I visit my GP tomorrow?
Ears are designed to produce small amounts of ear wax all the time; they clean wax out by themselves.

When this goes wrong, it's usually because a lump has dried out and got stuck in there.

There is no magical ingredient in any of these ear wax products - they all work by getting you to put an oily liquid in your ear to soften up the dried lump. The Boots one has some sort of peroxide added, to make it look special and cost more, but its main active ingredient is just an oil.
Ordinary olive oil would do just as well. Obviously, dropping oil into your ear causes you to go a bit more deaf than before for an hour or two, until the oil drains away again.

The point is to keep dropping it into your ear for several days, long enough to really soften up the dried wax. People have different ideas for how long to keep going, ranging from 3 days to a fortnight. If you think there is something concerning about your blocked ear - for example, it is painful, or you think it might be infected, by all means go to the GP. Otherwise, just keep dripping that oil in.

If nothing has happened after a week or so, you could ask the pharmacist for their advice. Don't squirt a shower jet directly into your ear - water will not dissolve wax, and you risk causing damage.
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Ears are designed to produce small amounts of ear wax all the time; they clean wax out by themselves.

When this goes wrong, it's usually because a lump has dried out and got stuck in there.

There is no magical ingredient in any of these ear wax products - they all work by getting you to put an oily liquid in your ear to soften up the dried lump. The Boots one has some sort of peroxide added, to make it look special and cost more, but its main active ingredient is just an oil.
Ordinary olive oil would do just as well. Obviously, dropping oil into your ear causes you to go a bit more deaf than before for an hour or two, until the oil drains away again.

The point is to keep dropping it into your ear for several days, long enough to really soften up the dried wax. People have different ideas for how long to keep going, ranging from 3 days to a fortnight. If you think there is something concerning about your blocked ear - for example, it is painful, or you think it might be infected, by all means go to the GP. Otherwise, just keep dripping that oil in.

If nothing has happened after a week or so, you could ask the pharmacist for their advice. Don't squirt a shower jet directly into your ear - water will not dissolve wax, and you risk causing damage.
Will the ear wax automatically fall out of the ear after a few days of dropping the Boots Ear Wax Remover?
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Will the ear wax automatically fall out of the ear after a few days of dropping the Boots Ear Wax Remover?
It depends. Sometimes the wax gets gradually softer and works its way out without you noticing - you just find one day that your hearing is back to normal. More usually, it'll come out in a few blobs over a day or two. I've had to have my ear syringed a couple of times when after a fortnight, I was still half deaf with wax. But putting oil in is still what you should do, as ear syringing only works well if the wax has been softened up already.
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