From time to time, wax build-up can block the ear canal to cause dulled hearing or discomfort. To clear the blockage Broadgate GP offer an Ear syringing service, which uses warm water to painlessly clear wax build-up in the ear.
The only thing you should be aware of is that if the wax in your ear has become compacted, you may need to apply ear drops (warm olive oil works best) for 2/3 days to soften-up the wax prior to syringing. This is a simple procedure, visit our walk in gp clinic or call 020 7638 4330 for an appointment today.
Earwax is a natural substance that your body produces in order to lubricate and protect the lining of the ear. Its job is to catch any dirt and dust particles, and to repel water. Different people have different body systems, and the amount of wax their ears produce varies from person to person.
Some people may go through life without ever having to have their ears syringed, whereas others may have to have their ears irrigated, several times through their lives. For those whose ears do manufacture more wax than others, they should be careful when using cotton buds and ear plugs, as this can compact any excess wax in the ear canal, making removal slightly more difficult, and necessitating the use of ear drops or oil to loosen the compacted wax before syringing.
Instead of the old fashioned ear syringes, most private clinics now use specialised systems to remove excess ear was – systems like the water assisted ProPulse system. These systems deliver water at the right pressure therefore reducing the risk of perforating the ear drum or causing other ear damage. They remove wax gently and effectively. The water is gently warmed to a lukewarm temperature before being squirted into the ear, to loosen and remove any wax.
Prior to syringing or Irrigation, a doctor or nurse will carry out an ear examination. If excess wax is found inside the ear, the patient may then be offered ear drops to apply over two or three days. The use of warm olive oil prior to attending a clinic is recommended. Once the drops or oil have been applied and the wax softened, your local GP, or a private clinic like Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall, can perform the ear irrigation procedure.
The whole procedure takes only a few short minutes.
Some people with sensitive ears may find the sensation of the procedure slightly uncomfortable, but most people find it somewhat pleasant. The effect of syringing or irrigation can be felt immediately or may take few seconds.
For maximum convenience, those who live and/or work in London can call in at a time of your own choosing to the walk-in clinic at Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall. Our opening hours are:
8:00AM – 6.30PM – Monday to Thursday
8.00AM – 5.30PM – Friday