Ear Care Service – Ear Syringing

Ear syringing is no longer considered to be the first line treatment for the clearing of ear wax and it is not a funded service within the NHS for General Practice.
man having ear syringed

Current guidelines are that ear drops should be used to soften the wax which will then enable the natural movement of the wax from the ear.

Olive oil ear drops are recommended and these can be purchased from your local pharmacist who can also give you additional advice.  Ear drops should be administered 2-3 times a day instilling 4-5 drops in the affected ear for 7 to 10 days, but can be continued for up to 3 weeks.

Further information and treatment advice can be found by downloading the Community Health Services leaflet ‘Instillation of ear drops

When to see your GP

If you are experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Discharge or bleeding from the ear
  • Sudden deafness
  • Dizziness

Further information can be found at NHS webpage: www.nhs.uk/conditions/earwax-build-up/

If you have any emergency concerns, please dial 111 or visit https://111.nhs.uk/

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