To gently clear ear obstructions such as fungus or wax, some people heat olive oil or mustard oil to make ear drops. This method requires extreme care to avoid injury, and the oil should never be warmer than skin temperature. Place two to three drops of oil in the affected ear. This softens the wax enough to remove it easily with a cotton swab. Again, it is vital to only run the swab around the outermost parts of the ear to avoid puncturing the eardrum. Although scientific proof is lacking, the American Academy of Pediatrics says doing this is unlikely to be harmful. However, avoid it if there are tubes in the ears or a punctured eardrum.
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