“ Brand: Boots / Type: Ear wax remover „
I suffer from wax blockages regularly. I picked this up in boots recently for around £4 - simply because it was cheaper than the leading brand! The product is dual action, in that it softens hardened wax, and also helps disperse wax in the canal, thanks to the Hydrogen Peroxide.
The small 10ml bottle is easy to open and easy to squeeze. The manufacturers recommend 5 drops to be inserted into the canal up to twice a day. I can't really tell how much I am putting into my ear as I cannot see or feel the drops! But I squeeze the bottle a couple of times until me ear canal seems full of fluid. Within 30 seconds a very odd fizzing sensation occurs - due to Hydrogen Peroxide. This seems to last a couple of minutes maximum. Excess solution does run out of the ear and is easily wiped up with a tissue, leaving only a slight oily reside on the skin.
After application, depending on the amount of wax in the ear, you may feel completely blocked up in the earl. My hearing also reduced in the suspect ear. I continued to apply to solution to my ear twice a day for 4 days - as recommended. Unfortunately, after this time my ear was still fully occluded with wax and my hearing was down. I then had to make an appointment with my Practice Nurse to have my ears irrigated. Thankfully due to use of the drops, the wax was very soft and easy to remove.
These drops are good to use to prevent wax build up and to soften hardened wax. The ear naturally clears itself, sometimes it needs a bit of lubrication to do this. The drops are not effective in ears which are already heavily blocked up with wax - like mine were. In these circumstances the only option to have them cleared professionally.
It goes without saying to read the label and follow instructions - do not use these drops if you have a history of ear conditions or infections.
Overall, a good preventative measure - but so is olive oil.......
It was thanks to this product and another dooyoo member who reviewed it that I managed to avoid (for now) a trip to have my ears syringued. Boots dual action ear wax remover is a 10ml ear drop solution which contains the active ingredient of urea hydrogen peroxide 5% (like the branded version Otex) and which is available over the counter for £4.69 at the time of writing. It's for use for a maximum of 4 days and in my experience it's very effective.
I first noticed some discomfort in my ears following a flight. My ears were uncomfortable and I was having trouble hearing. A trip to the GP's ruled out infection but the nurse who looked at my ears said they were "totally blocked" and I was advised to use olive oil drops which I did. These reduced the symptoms I had been having temporarily, but when I realised that actually I was having quite a lot of trouble working out what people were saying and experiencing pain and dizziness it was time to try something stronger whilst awaiting another appointment with the professionals. Luckily this did the job.
The little box contains full instructions as to the use of the product with the normal precautions and storage advice. The product is administered by squeezing the bottle and you are advised to put 5 drops into your ear and to keep your head titled whilst the drops work, twice a day. This wasn't particularly easy to do, more to the fact that you are putting drops into your ear rather than any problem with the bottle design. I found it manageable by using a mirror, the drops work by releasing oxygen when it comes into contact with the ear which softens and breaks down the wax apparently (yuck). A little of the drops goes a long way - after use they can be wiped from the outside of the ear - you should never put anything into the ear as you could damage your ear drum. The drops are quite oily and have a bit of a strange smell.
When using the product the leaflet warns of a "mild bubbling sensation" after use- this was quite loud and vigorous in my case and really quite disconcerting. I didn't notice an immediate improvement at all but within the four day period for treatment that the leaflet advises not exceeding I did experience a lessening in pressure and my ears started to clean themselves out and felt a lot better, I will spare you the grisly details but let's just say it was obvious that this product worked well at breaking down and dislodging rather a lot of build up. As my ears unblocked my hearing returned to normal, which let me tell you was a relief. Having blocked ears might sound humourous but it was really debilitating and uncomfortable, it felt like my ears needed to "pop" the whole time, my balance was affected and watching TV or any other normal activity had become problematic. I was grateful that this product actually worked and that I didn't have to return to have my ears syringued, something I have yet to experience but which I am told is not particularly pleasant or without risk.
I think care should be taken in using these drops especially if you are not sure whether your symptoms are due to an infection or not, and had my symptoms continued or worsened I would have returned to the doctor as first port of call. That said, used sensibly, this worked where olive oil my GP recommended just wasn't up to it and on that basis I recommend it.
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~~~~~~~~ Boots Dual Action Ear Wax Remover ~~~~~~~~
I bought this some time ago after a nasty ear infection. I usually clean my ears carefully with cotton buds (I know, I know! But it works) but before the infection cleared up I was unable to do this as my ear was really sore. As a result of this, and the infection itself of course, I got a real build up of wax in there. So I went off to Boots and left with this little innocuous looking bottle.
I should say at this point that the packaging has been updated since I bought it, but I would hope the same information is still displayed and that the bottle design for application won't have changed!
It comes in a cardboard box containing the 10ml bottle of liquid. As with any medicinal product you should read the box and leaflet carefully before using it to ensure there is no reason for you not to use it. My bottle is made of white plastic and the colours on it (and the box) are a slightly unappealing yellowy-brown. Think that was intentional?! It does however look like a product that has been designed to work (and I think this is true of the new packaging too), and not be carried by it's pretty airy fairy packaging! It has a screw cap which covers an elongated application nozzle. The bottle itself is quite soft and you simply squeeze it to dispense the drops.
~~~~Important bits ~~~~
You are directed to administer 5 drops into the affected ear while tilting your head. The drops should soak into the wax after a few minutes and you can then wipe any excess liquid away; I found I always had some running back out of my ear to wipe away, despite waiting plenty of time to let them soak in. I think my patience would be tested if I had to use it in both ears as it would take ages if you wanted to avoid lots of it just running back out! It should be used once or twice daily for up to 4 days maximum.
The active ingredient is urea hydrogen peroxide (5% w/w) which is an oxidiser; this is how this ear wax remover works - it releases oxygen which in turn apparently helps breaks up the wax. It does have a use by date but the bottle should be discarded 8 weeks after opening anyway. The dual action this product boasts is to soften and remove ear wax, as well as reduce the need for syringing.
The liquid itself is completely clear and odourless. Despite it being liable to run out your ear it is quite viscous. It feels 'squidgy' when you put it in your ear and you can actually feel it working a bit. I like this, I like to feel/see things doing what they are supposed to do as it reassures me it's working. I find liquid in my ear very uncomfortable though, but this is a personal quirk and needs must!
~~~~ The most important bit ~~~~
So did this work for me? Well, yes it did. Very well. It keeps its promise of softening and removing wax as this is exactly what it done for me, meaning I did not need to get my ear syringed; this is its second promise - to reduce the need for syringing. After a few days I was pretty much clear of wax. I have never had my ears syringed though so I can't honestly say I know how bad it has to be that this is required. But my wax build up was interfering with my hearing ever so slightly; there was a noticeable difference when I tested it by putting an earplug in my 'good' ear. I continued carefully cleaning my ears as usual when using it and I got it all out, restoring my ears to their normal state.
~~~~ Recommend? ~~~~
I paid £4.69 for this which I feel is not bad at all. These sorts of products are never cheap and at the end of the day it worked. It's not something that you should need to buy regularly so my only benchmark for value is whether it is effective and it was for me. I would prefer it to stay in the ear better on application though, but this is obviously a comfort/impatience thing as despite some of it running out it still worked within the stated time frame of 4 days tops. Overall I would definitely recommend giving this a try if ear wax is a problem for you. It could well save you the bother of having to go to the nurse for syringing.