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Self Help

coldWe are keen to help patients improve on self help and hope that the following information will offer some insight into that.

Take a look and see if you can improve your own understanding of your health and well-being! Please encourage others to look here too.

Earwax build-up Self-Care

How you can treat earwax build-up yourself?

Important - Don't use your fingers or any objects like cotton buds to remove earwax.  This will push it in and make it worse.  Earwax usually falls out on its own.  If it doesn't and blocks your ear, put 2 to 3 drops of olive or almond oil in your ear twice a day for a few days and then you can use once a week to maintain.  Over 2 weeks lumps of earwax should fall out of your ear, especially at night when you're lying down.  There's no evidence that ear candles or ear vacuums get rid of earwax.

See a nurse at your GP practice if:

  • Your ear hasn't cleared after 2 weeks
  • Your ear is badly blocked and you can't hear anything (you can get an infection if it isn't cleared)
  • You may also wish to consult with some high street providers such as Specsavers who offer ear irrigation services.

Preventing earwax build-up

You can't prevent earwax.  It's there to protect your ears from dirt and germs.  But you can keep using ear drops to soften the wax.  This will help it fall out on its own and should prevent blocked ears.

Below is a list of other ailments that can be safely self managed. You will see that you can take a look via the hyperlink at the other websites which can offer you further information about managing your condition.

Common ailments that can be self managed :

Back pain

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Cold sores

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Common Cold

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Conjunctivitis

NHS Choices

pdfInformation Leaflet

Constipation

NHS Choices

Cough

NHS Choices

pdf Information Leaflet

Diarrhoea

NHS Choices

Dysmenorrhoea (painful periods)

NHS Choices

Earache

NHS Choices

Haemorrhoids

NHS Choices  

Hayfever

NHS Choices

Head lice

NHS Choices

Headache

NHS Choices

Heartburn & Indigestion

NHS Choices

Influenza

NHS Choices

pdf Information Leaflet

Insect bites

NHS Choices

Migraine

NHS Choices

Nasal congestion

NHS Choices

Nappy rash

NHS Choices

Sore throat

NHS Choices

pdf Information Leaflet

Sinusitis

NHS Choices

Sprains and strains

NHS Choices

Thrush

NHS Choices

Warts and Verrucas

NHS Choices

 

In addition to the above the doctors here at Claremont Medical Centre have found that the information and exercise sheets below from Arthritis Reasearch UK can be very helpful to patients;

 

 



 
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