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I am prone to getting blocked ears and I absolutely hate that dull feeling you get when you can’t hear properly. I don’t think this is due to excessive wax production but more because I apparently have quite narrow and twisty ear canals which means that any wax tends to get lodged in the wrong place!
Having had a horrible experience with getting my ears syringed, I now try to do all I can to keep them clear. I’m a believer in ear candling although I know that the medical profession remains sceptical. Sometimes however I wake up with a blocked ear and I need to take immediate action. The thought of going to work with a blocked ear is too much to take – I feel off balance when an ear is blocked.
On these occasions I use Otex ear drops. I apply them after my shower and usually my ears will give a satisfying pop as I drive to work and my hearing and good humour is restored.
~~~How to use~~~
1. Remove the cap to reveal the applicator nozzle.
2. Tilt your head and gently squeeze up to 5 drops into the ear.
3. Keep your head tilted for a few minutes so that the drops stay in the ear.
4. Wipe away any surplus with a tissue.
Repeat once or twice daily until you notice an improvement. This should take no more than 3-4 days.
Once opened you should get rid of the bottle after 4 weeks.
~~~Who can use~~~
All ages can use Otex but you should not use if you have history of ear problems (damaged ear drum, tinnitus, etc) or you suffer from dizziness.
~~~How it works~~~
The drops react to release oxygen which breaks up hardened wax and helps it disperse. They also have antiseptic properties.
One of the side effect is listed as a temporary mild bubbling sensation in the ear. The chemist warned me about this when I first bought Otex – it’s actually the release of oxygen as the drops break down the ear wax. I don’t always get this sensation but I find it quite reassuring when I do – to me it’s proof that the drops are working.
~~~For those who like to know~~~
The ingredients are: 8-Hydroxyquinoline; Glycerol
I buy mine at Boots for £4.99
It’s worked consistently for me. I would definitely give Otex 5 out of 5.
I sometimes suffer from a build up of wax in my ears which makes hearing muffled at times. Usually it lasts a short while and I can carry on but sometimes it lasts several days and is really difficult for me to function properly as I cannot hear very well and it makes me feel a bit off balance. My GP recommended that I try Otex ear drops. I bought them for £4.50 and they are great.
Previously when wax built up I would use oil in my ear but it didn't help as much as I had hoped, these ear drops work much better than oil. They come in a little white bottle and you administer it by dropping the liquid into your ear. I sometimes struggle to do this with my head on one side and my hands trying to squeeze the bottle to get it into my ear, sometimes I get too much in and that makes my ear feel really tickly and uncomfortable so I tend to get my husband to squeeze it for me. I tend to put 2 drops in and then that's enough. I keep my head to one side for a minute or so so that it works it's way in. You can put cotton wool in your ear but I find this is more irritating. For a few minutes after putting this in my ear feels worse, more muffled but I know that it will be working. I prefer to use this at bed time so that the muffled feeling isn't too intrusive and I can lie on one side whilst the drops work well in the other.
This works really well, usually within 12 hours my ear feels much better and hearing is easier. Usually within 24 hours it is back to normal which is brilliant and always such a relief. I now use this when I feel like my ears are beginning to get bad again and it hasn't let me down yet. It is well worth the money I paid for it and because you only use a drop or two at a time it does last a long time. I highly recommend this if you have problems with wax build up, it's so nice to be able to hear properly!
Optrex Ear Drops
I have ears which just love to hold on to their wax, and of course you should not poke down the ear with cotton buds, pen tops, or whatever you lay your hands on.
It use to mean having to have my ears syringed regulary at the doctors, it doesn't hurt, but it is a pain making the time to go there.
=Otex to the rescue=
The last time I was having this done, my nurse asked had I considered using Otex ear drops, as they were an item that can be purchased from chemists without the need for a prescription.
When my ears are blocked, it is like a temporary deafness, I am forever saying pardon, the TV control the volume goes up, and I do get ear ache with it, so any possible relief is worth a try.
I tend to get mine from Boots (mean collector of loyalty points), and they are £4.49 for a bottle.
The drops are in a small little container, which has a built in dropper, for using the application into the ears, the product is boxed in a small brown based cardboard box and has Otex on the box as well as the bottle.
Once opened the bottle has a shelf life of 4 weeks, after this you do need to discard the product.
As I mentioned I have blocked ears, and when I use these drops, I use the drops twice a day, usually for about 4 days, which softens the wax, for me, sometimes they are not strong enough to shift the wax, but the liquid softens enough that the nurse can syrine away.
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend the drops, as they are a great product, there not a product that I keep in the store cupboard but once I notice a build up of wax, then I get a bottle.
=One Tip Don't move too soon=
When you put the drops into your ears, you feel like a fizzing feel, this is the otex reacting with your ear wax. I personally find that if I lie down either on the bed or the settee, and apply the drops, wait about 10 minutes then apply to the other ear, this gives the substance more chance to work, otherwise if you move to quick, the otex just comes pouring out of your ear..
=How do I know whether its working=
Different people have different feelings with their ears, for me to know that the Otex is working, the TV starts to be back at a more normal volume, and I find that the wax is breaking up and coming out of my ear, Not in big lumps, just small amounts. Which although sounds disguisting, it is working.
If you have really stubborn wax, you may feel that if you don't have lumps of wax coming out, it does not mean that the Otex hasn't worked, it is softening it, and if you need it to be syringed, it is soft ready for the nurse.
Otex ear drops are a bit of a necessity in my household because I have a tendency to have waxy ears which can become blocked up slightly. This not only affects my hearing but it can actually be a little bit painful and I can feel the pressure of the wax in my ears.
The drops cost me £4.49 from Boot's and I try to use them at least once every couple of weeks so that my ears remain clean and blockage free. If you have badly blocked ears then you need to use the drops twice a day for approximately 4 days but you can use them longer if you need to.
The bottle is supposed to be thrown away after 4 weeks of being opened but I had no idea this was the case and I usually have an open bottle for about 2 months and the drops still work fine after this time.
Using the drops is so weird because when you put them in your ears and tilt your head to the side you can actually feel the drops getting to work. They sort of fizz and you need to keep your head tilted because they go all foamy and this will run out of your ear if you move it too soon.
You can tell these have worked when you use them and they don't seem to be hitting a wall of wax and you can feel them going in to your ear cavity. You will also be able to tell because your hearing will suddenly be a little sharper and also the pressure will be less.
When the drops have loosened the wax enough they start to break it up and this is then discharged and although it is disgusting it is a good sign that the drops are actually working.
I was first recommended these by a doctor so they are definitely good things. They won't shift really stubborn wax but they will loosen it loads making it much easier for the nurse or doctor to actually syringe your ears.
These drops aren't the most pleasant thing to use but they do work and they work well so I would give them 5 stars out of 5.
I have suffered for most of my adult life with Ear Wax. It isn't a case I don't clean my ears or anything, as I do, but more the fact that my body creates too much ear wax. I think it runs in the family as my Dad and Uncle have had the same problems.
Most people will only become aware of the problem when they realise that they have the TV on too loud or they struggle to hear people speak. The first time it happened to me I took a visit to the Doctors and he suggested that I use Otex to liquidise the wax and then if necessary get them syringed.
So of I trotted to the Chemist and bought a small a small bottle of Otex. It cost me about £4. Otex contains urea hydrogen peroxide, which reacts with moisture in the ear wax to release oxygen.
In order to use it you squeeze 5 drops in the associated ear and tip the head so the loose wax can drip out. Pretty disgusting and best done in the bathroom and away from others.
'The bubbles of oxygen help to break up the wax, while the remaining urea and glycerol soften any hardened wax so it can be shed naturally from the ear'.When you have it in your ear you could actually hear the wax breaking down.
I did hear a lot better after using these ear drops however in my case I still needed the syringing. When I was getting them syringed the nurse said that it many cases drops by themselves are enough. But in severe cases they still need syringing. She also went on to say that without the drops, as the wax can get very hard, she insists on the wax being loosened first.
I'll give it 3*'s. It might work for some but you still may need medical assistance.
Copyright stebiz 2013 - also on Ciao.co.uk
I occasionally suffer from build up of wax in my ear. Usually I use sodium bicarbonate or olive oil, however a few years ago I tried these. When I tipped my head back up to allow it to drain out I discovered a ringing in my ear that I didn't have before. I was left with tinnitus :(.
For that reason I am steering clear of anything with peroxide in, I will have to just have to stick with the gentler methods of using olive oil and sodium bicarbonate because its just not worth the constant ringing in my ear that I now get when i lay down to go to sleep.
I think it is possible that perhaps i had it before but didn't notice it, and i think they do warn not to use it if you have tinnitus. Well, all I know is I had no ringing before I used it, and ringing after, so I would steer clear if I were you!
Silence, there is no doubt it is: peaceful, quiet, tranquil, relaxing, and luxurious. Everything around you seems at a faster pace, just by observing the Cherry Tree outside the leaves are dancing to the silence of the wind. Peoples' lips are moving yet no legible communication is apparent - they are shuffling in their leather chairs yet no noise complies with their actions. While placing the coffee mug onto a glass surface, instead of the glass meet china sharp clatter; an unrecognizable thud hits the eardrum quite a few octaves lower. When it comes to deafness I wallow in the tranquility of peace and lose myself more so in a novel. Usually with no interruptions - blissfully I absorb the text easier than if I had full hearing. I'm completely unaware of any vocal tirades, or the impatient door knockers. The vibrating 'thud, thud, thud' of helicopters overhead doesn't change in tone or frequency either. Deafness comes to us from time to time- when wax over produces and cakes the small noodle canals of the ear, blocking the eardrum. Allow yourself several nights of unbroken sleep before attempting to unblock the lugholes to a wall of noise - that is my advice. This is when you have a genuine excuse to not hear the sweet twitter of your better half asking you to 'humpty da ben'. No it didn't make much sense to me either, after much irritation she pointed at the full bin and I assume she said 'empty the bin'. Deafness has its good points but sadly aiding a loving relationship is not one of them.
Being able to lip read has its advantages, during those silent days prior to getting treatment. Admittedly, the idea of staring at a guy's lips longer than normal is not recommended if you're a heterosexual male yourself - excluding the Pharmacist and Doctor. They're occupationally programmed to relate to the social problems of being deaf. Not quite the same for local nurses though. During a particularly blocked ear period whereby both ears required extensive syringing; I sat in the GP waiting room for far longer than I should've done. I didn't see or hear the dwarfish nurse popping her head around the corner quietly calling my surname. She expected me to follow her immediately. She had to come back and physically prod me to get any sort of reaction. She knew I was deaf. I lifted my head up rather sheepishly from an article and there adjacent was three elderly people smirking and looking at me as if I was a person who'd lost their marbles. Naturally, I signed I was deaf, but they were more interested to pigeonhole me that I had lost my marbles.
Notably Otex doesn't work in my heavily congested ear canals, unless there is mild traffic. Simulating a traffic warden it can cope easily if the traffic is manageable, preferably motorbikes, bicycles and rickshaws. In the past I've tend to use the product ineffectively as a last resort rather than for precautionary measures and it works; albeit, Olive Oil Eardrops does exactly the same job, yet cheaper. For the 10ml Otex Ear Drops - I've paid 5.25 GBP for the privilege. Five drops in each ear suffices: the application is most effective while your head is down on a pillow so that the medically scented liquid can kick start its epic journey down the canal. You'll get a tickling sensation as the wax exterminator enters into the inner ear and embarks on coordinating traffic. Repeat twice daily for three days and consult your doctor if deafness remains unchanged. Depending on each individual's ear condition: syringing is the next treatment. It has the same effect that a water-cannon has while dealing with animated rioters on a crowded street. Otex manufacturers boast that their product would guarantee the block of wax will be loosening its grip to the eardrum and usually with one gurgling swoosh of tepid water; the eardrum swatter will come out in one clump. Inadvertently this'll make the nurse squeal in delight at the same time as hearing clarity is registered; mission accomplished. They never learn. You open the door and a great wall of noise greets your cleansed eardrum as if you've just scored a goal in the F A Cup Final.
Otex's simplistic pipette design has to be marveled. If a Martian came down to planet Earth, it'll know what to do with Otex; the product is so established. Otex is made in Watford England: even when deaf Watford sounds like Watford; so great logistic marketing has been achieved there. The only downside apart from regaining your hearing is the smell. Your ears seem to be engaged to the smell as if they've bathed in the stuff since birth - a medicated scented ear does nothing for your sex life. So hold off the ear nibbling for a considerable time. Do you year be? No, enjoy the silence while it lasts.
Unlike most medications, Otex's external use is fine for; pregnant ladies and most people with other unfortunate ailments. Not to be used if you've a perforated eardrum, or any ear infection.
Eye wax is not the most attractive problem to have. I do a lot of swimming and my eyes are always getting clogged up and in the past I have had to have my eyes syringed and drained. I can always feel when they are blocking up again as when I yawn I can hear a crackling in my ear like the wax is trying to separate but just can't quite seem to move. When this happens I know it is time to use a course of ear drops and the drops I use are Otex ear drops.
These ear drops have a dual action benefit to them where they help to remove hardened ear wax and then gently liberate oxygen to help disperse it. The drops come in a little bottle, much like a bottle of eye drops. They have a little cap on the end with a fairly long nozzle that makes it easy to put this in the ear canal and then administer the drops. I can usually do this on my own and you don't really need anyone to help you administer the drops but if you can get someone to help you that's even better. I would also not recommend ramming the nozzle all the way into the ear canal as this could cause damage so I just make sure I get near it and just hold it there. Then all you do is drop 5 drops into the ear and wait a minute for them to drain into the ear. The bottle is really easy to squeeze so the drops come out easily which is nice as you can't see what you are doing when the bottle is near your ear. Its a bit of a funny sensation having liquid dribble into your eye but as you are only using a few ear drops its not like getting lots of drops in them.
The instructions say to use these drops once or twice daily for approximately three to four days whilst symptoms clear. I find that generally I need to use these drops for about that amount of time. I can feel my ears getting clearer as I use them and I do like the way they clear my ears. The box says that these drops reduce the need for syringing and I haven't had to have this done for years now which is great as I believe this is not really something doctors will do now and it hurts!!
The drops contain 5.0% w/w of the active ingredient Urea Hydrogen Peroxide so I would advise keeping them in a medicine cabinet away from children. An 8ml bottle that takes care of one round of treatment for me costs £4.75 which is well worth it in my opinion.
My partner recently suffered with a awful ear infection, he was given antibiotic drops from the hospital which help to get rid of the pain in his ear but he still had the sensation that his ear was blocked up. The consultant at the hospital suggested using Otex as an alternative to antibiotics. I asked if he could have his ears syringed as they said his ears were extremely blocked. Apparently they no longer syringe ears as this can perforate the ear drum. So I went out and brought some Otex in the hope that my partner would at least be able to hear again.
The drops come in a small cardboard box which is white with orange labels. It's not very brightly coloured and I couldn't spot it on the shelf and actually had to ask a member of staff in Asda to help me find it. What I find odd about the product is that it says on the box 'Reduces need for syringing'. But we were told by the consultant that syringing is no longer an option in ear care and that bad build ups of ear wax are sucked out of the ear instead. This has to be done with specialist equipment. The box also states that Otex will rapidly remove hardened earwax as its oxygen-release formula break down ear wax.
To use the ear drops you are to gently squeeze up to drops into the ear 3-4 times a day. Pop the drops into the ear (you can do this yourself but it's easier if someone else does it for you) tilt your head for a few minutes allowing the drops to travel down into your ear canal. It says to keep repeating as necessary.
There are a few restrictions on using Otex, if your ear drum is damaged or if your ear is painful you should seek medical help rather than hoping it will go away. Ear infections can be one of the most painful illnesses that you can get and they can be reoccurring problems so best to get yourself referred to an ENT specialist if Ear infections are a regular problem for yourself.
The results of Otex were not instantaneous as I had hoped. I put the drops into my partner's ear after he had got out the shower. He went to bed and fell asleep. I was hoping that when he woke in the morning he would be feeling better but he still could not hear very well. However his ear infection has passed and now it is just a blockage of ear wax. I did notice a yellow stain on his pillow the next morning so the Otex is breaking down the ear wax. As I said my partner suffers really badly with ear wax build up and so the results from the Otex are taking a longer time to take effect.
After nearly a week of use my partner is feeling better, he can hear a lot better than he could before he started to use the drops. They have had a positive effect on his problem but it hasn't completely eradicated the problem. I would say that Otex is defiantly worth using especially if you can get the drops into your ears before the ear wax build up becomes to extensive. I don't have any negatives about the drops as they have helped my partner quite substantially.
My dog kept scratching at her ears and no matter what we did we couldn't stop her, I know how to check for an ear infection in a dog so had already smelt her ears etc and was sure there was no infection but eventually took her to the vets. The vets confirmed there was no infection and she actually had a build up of wax in her ears and he told me that although he could prescibe something for her Otex eardrops are suitable and cheaper than the vets version.
Always on to try and save money I went to the local supermarket to buy some of the ear drops, Otex Ear drops cost around £4.50 for an 8ml bottle which doesn't sound very big but considering you literally use a drop it lasts well.
The product comes in a small white plastic bottle with a screw top plastic lid which has a pointed end underneath, there is the name of the product on the bottle and it states "Dual action to help remove hardened ear wax; reduces the need to syringe; easy squeeze bottle"
The active ingredients of the ear drops are, 5.0% w/w of the active ingredient Urea Hydrogen Peroxide.
I must say my dog is not keen on using these and she does try and get as far aways as she can when she sees the bottle come out. To use you simply unscrew the lid and place the nozzle in the ear, squeeze the bottle lightly and administer 5 drops, once in the ear we were advised to rub the dogs ear to make sure she gets the full dose. We found that our dogs ears improved within a couple of days and she would finally stop scratching at them. If I had a problem with ear wax I would happily use these although not the same bottle as the dogs!!
I suffer from the odd Ear problem. Apparently my Ear Drums don't just sit straight in, they are curved and sloped down a bit so I tend to get a build up of Wax as it doesn't fall out the same - this is according to the Nurse who had to syringe my Ears again recently.
This comes in a 10ml bottle and I paid around £4.20 for this in November.
To use this you just squeeze the bottle lightly to make drops come out and it is recommended that you use 5 drops per ear. Just tilt your head to 1 side when you do this as well and although you can feel your Ear getting wet just leave your head tilted for a few minutes and then move it to how you would normally have it. If you are worried about any drops coming out then just lightly pop a bit Cotton Wool into your ear and this will stop it dribbling out but you don't want it in tight as it may draw the liquid out. There is a bit of a strange scent from this. It is quite strong and a chemical kind of scent. Not unpleasant but i'm glad the strenght of the scent goes away after a few minutes. It is recommended that you use this twice a day for up to 4 days.This product is designed to loosen Ear Wax therefore helping it to come out of your ear.
So how do I find that this works? There is a few similar products to this out and they all do much the same job and are priced much the same. I find that this works well and I do notice the difference in my Ears after only 1 go of this. It isn't perfect after 1 go, but the Wax is definitely softer and seems loose to come out.
Although this is a little bottle it does a lot of applications and doesn't seem as expensive when you think about it like that.
A good product that helps with my Wax problem.
Review of Otex Ear Drops
~~Why I Buy This~~
Ear problems are a regular occurrence in my family as my partner and my daughter both have partial hearing loss. Although their hearing loss is for different reasons, they both suffer with the discomfort of hardened, excessive ear wax. The condition is uncomfortable for them as the presence of the wax can have the effect of lessening what hearing they do have. Unfortunately, added to this, a side effect of my partner's hearing aid is that it can cause a build up of ear wax.
Ear wax is important for keeping the ears clean and healthy. It's produced naturally by tiny glands in the ear canal, and normally forms a thin film to help keep the ears clean and protect against infection. Problems can arise when the ear produces too much wax, which can build up and harden in the ear. This can make your ears feel blocked and uncomfortable and sometimes cause difficulty in hearing.
The occasional use of this type of ear drops was recommended to me by my daughter's Doctor when she was little and I have since purchased it for my partner.
Otex Ear Drops are designed to aid the loosening and removal of ear wax. The product is for external use only and is a safer alternative to using cotton buds to dislodge excessive ear wax, which can actually worsen the problem by pushing the wax deeper into the ear canal.
The product is presented in a white, orange and brown and cardboard box. The product name and brief use description are very clearly displayed on the front of the box. Instructions for use are printed on the reverse of the packaging along with advisory warnings, use by date and the manufacturer's lot number.
The ear drops themselves are contained in a glass bottle with a rubber dropper device fitted into the screw cap, this is convenient.
The bottle contains 10ml of liquid ear drops.
Five drops of Otex should be inserted into the ear canal, this is best done whilst lying down with the head inclined. The product can cause a mild fizzing sensation, this perfectly harmless and should not be uncomfortable. The product may run out of the ear when the head is moved, if this happens the excess can be wiped off with a tissue.
The product is a clear liquid and it has a strange smell, similar to pear drop sweets, not unpleasant but slightly odd in my opinion.
The ear drops should be used twice per day for up to four days. This should be adequate to soften and remove hardened ear wax, which will run out of it's own accord. If the wax is still present after the four day treatment, Doctor's advice should be sought as syringing may be required.
The ear is a very delicate organ and poking around with cotton buds may cause hardened wax to be pushed further into the ear rather than removing it. A cotton bud can be handy for cleansing the outer part of the ear after the use of Otex Ear Drops, but they should not be pushed into the actual ear canal.
My daughter's doctor once told me that 'nothing smaller than an elbow' should be inserted into the ear canal and buds only used externally.
Quote below is taken from www.netdoctor.co.uk
Ear wax can gather in the ear canal (auditory canal). Eventually it can form an ear plug, which impairs hearing and may cause pain.
Using a cotton bud doesn't help because this usually only pushes the wax further inside the ear, doing more harm than good. It also carries the risk of perforating the eardrum. ""
So our GP was right!
Otex Ear drops should not be used where the ear is inflamed or where the ear drum is known to be perforated.
Do not use if you have recently tried to remove the ear wax using fingernails, cotton buds or other implements, as this could make it painful to use the ear drops.
Medical advice should be sought in all cases of an ear disorder.
If symptoms persist consult a doctor..
The ear drops should be used within four weeks of opening.
Keep out of reach and sight of children.
Price and availability
Otex ear drops are available in chemists, stores such as Boots or Superdrug and supermarkets without a prescription.
The bottle we have contains 10ml and the cost is in the region of £5.00. I believe the product comes in other sizes.
~~My Thoughts and Conclusion~~
This is not a particularly exciting product to review, but it is something that should you need it, can bring relief to the user.
If you suffer with excessive ear wax this product is a gentle effective way to relieve the condition. Apart from a fizzing sensation, no one in my family has experienced any side effects with this treatment. Naturally, everyone is different and what works for one person may not suit another, but this is certainly worth a try!
I have to do my 'motherly' bit here and say that I cannot stress strongly enough, visit your doctor if you have a problem with your ears, your hearing is a precious thing and you don't realise just how precious until it's gone!
I would recommend Otex ear drops to others.
Thank you for reading.
©Brittle1906 March 2012
N.B. My reviews may be found on other sites under the same user name.
Generally I am not the sort of person who suffers with ear problems, however my husband on the other hand is, from a child he said he has had ear ache on and off and a few years back he ended up having a couple of operations on his ear. Anyway although the main problem is sorted with his ear, as soon as he is ill or run down it effects his ears and he gets ear ache or a blocked ear, this happened a couple of months ago just before Christmas when he complained of a noise in his ear as though there was something in it, thinking it was blocked we ended up purchasing Otex Ear Drops, unfortunately these did not work for my husband as it turns out he had a nasty ear infection which took 6 weeks to clear up, however the Otex wasn't wasted as a couple of weeks later I woke up with blocked ears.
The Otex Ear drops come in a small oblong cardboard box just slightly bigger than the bottle which is attached to a second piece of card, the piece of card has the words "Otex Ear Drops" written on it in large brown lettering with a brief description of the ear drops just beneath this. The box section of the packaging also has the name of the product written on it again in the same brown lettering, this is repeated on two sides of the box. The back of the box/ card contains quite a bit of product information including the name of the product again, a description of what it does, directions for use and warnings. All of this information is written in brown writing on a plain white background, it is easy to read and follow. The actual Oatex Ear Drops come inside a small white plastic bottle which fits inside the box, this has a label wrapped around it with the product name on it and a few warnings about using the product written down one side, there is not a massive amount of information on the actual bottle this is mainly on the packaging and also the leaflet inside the box which contains all the information you need to know about the ear drops. The bottle has a dropper on the end of it which allows you to put the drops into you ear one drop at a time, the bottle is made from quite a soft plastic so you can easily gently squeeze the bottle and release one drop, this dropper is covered with a white plastic lid which is the same shape as the dropper meaning it fits nicely over the top keeping it clean and protected, this simply screws on and off of the top of the bottle.
The Ear Drops
Otex ear Drops basically work using a dual action to help remove hard ear wax from the ear canal, the drops help to soften the wax and also liberates oxygen which helps to disperse it, the idea with otex Ear Drops is that they are supposed to help reduce the amount of times you need your ears syringing if you are someone who has this done on a regular basis, personally I am not and having a blocked ear was a one off for me. The ear drops are a clear liquid, and to be honest look just like water, again this makes applying them easy as you do not have to squeeze the bottle hard to get the drops to come out. Otex Ear Drops are hardy to have in the house as they are suitable for people of all ages even children can use these, as long as the instructions are followed and the correct doses are kept to then using these ear drops should not be a problem.
Directions for Use
Using Otex Ear Drops is quite easy you simply tilt your head and apply up to 5 drops to your ear, wait a few minutes with your head still tilted and then wipe away any surplus with a tissue and repeat on the other ear if needed. This needs to be done once or twice a day and can take three to four days for the drops to work however it does state that if the problem does persist and you do not see any improvement within a few days you should visit your doctor. The process of applying the ear drops is easy, however you may find that you need someone to help you, it isn't always easy to judge how many drops you have applied to your ear when doing it yourself, the instructions do say that if you apply too much Otex it does not matter and you can simply wipe the extra away with a tissue, however if you can avoid applying too much then you should.
There are quite a few warnings listed on the back of the Otex Ear Drop box, these are also listed on the instruction leaflet but in more detail, the warnings consist of
*Do not use if you have a history of ear problems unless being supervised by a doctor
*Do not use if you are putting anything into your ear such as other drops or a hearing aid
*Do not use if you suffer from dizziness
*Do not use if you have other symptoms such as pain, discharge, swelling or tinitus
*Do not use if you have had your ears syringed within the last 2 to 3 days or tried to use hard wax by other methods as this could irritate your ear
*Keep away from your eyes
*Discontinue use if pain or irritation occurs and consult your doctor
*If symptoms persist consult your doctor.
All of these are clearly written both on the box and the leaflet as I have mentioned and it is certainly worth reading through them before using the drops, I had to check as I wasn't sure I could use them whilst pregnant, however the leaflet states that they are ok to use, however if you are unsure of anything when it comes to using Otex Ear Drops the packaging and leaflet does state that you should consult a doctor or pharmacist to ensure that they are safe for you to use.
There are a few side effects of using this product, although not all of them will occur, these are listed on the leaflet inside the box and include
*You may experience a mild bubbling sensation inside the ear due to the release of oxygen and the wax breaking down
*Can cause irritation, pain or loss of hearing and may make the symptoms of the wax worse
*Sometimes you may experience an unpleasant taste in your mouth, although this is rare.
Should you get any of these symptoms and they persist and do not wear off you should discontinue use and consult your doctor.
Price & Availability
Otex Ear Drops are available in a variety of different shops, you can purchase them in most chemists as well as several supermarkets, I actually bought mine from my local Boots, the 8ml bottle cost me £4.75, I did think that this was a bit of the expensive side to start with for ear drops and for such a small bottle, however I didn't mind paying if it sorted my husbands ear out (which was why I purchased them in the first place) also you only use a few drops at a time so a small bottle does last a while. I did read that you should discard of any of the product which has been opened and is remaining after 4 weeks which does seems bit of a waste, although I'm sure there is a reason for this.
I have mixed feelings really when it comes to these, for my husband they did not work at all, for me I think to a certain extent they did help to clear my ear as after a couple of days use they did feel a lot better. The product is fairly priced and worth the money. Luckily neither of us had any side effects from using Otex other than a mild crackling sound in the ear, however this is normal and just the release of oxygen and breaking down the wax, this was temporary and soon passed, other than that neither of us had any problems with using this product at all. Overall I think I would recommend Otex Ear Drops as they do work if you are suffering from blocked ears and would purchase them again if needed.
Last year I had some terrible problems with my hearing.
I SAID LAST YEAR I HAD SOME TERRIBLE PROBLEMS WITH MY....oh, I see...
Anyway, last year on three separate occasions at least one of my ears went a bit duff. I woke up and my hearing had all but gone, only a little sound making its way in - the really annoying thing about bunged up ears is how disorientating it feels, not to mention resisting the urge not to stick your finger in your ear every 5 seconds.
The first time I got it I wen't to the doctors and they look in my ear and told me to take ear drops for 2 weeks and go back and have it syringed. They mentioned it might fix itself in those two weeks, but it didn't and what an un-fun 2 weeks I had. When I wen't back, the nurse was happy with how loose the wax in my ear was, took a water jet and just washed my ears out. Quite satisfying really - especially as you feel your hearing pop back into place.
I'd go through this another two times before it finally got to me, and have started to use ear drops before the wax builds up - about once a month seems to keep the wax soft enough to be able to break down enough to avoid going deaf.
I suffer from ear wax problems as I listen to lots of music via headphones - on the first trip to the doctors I was told this was reason, and that it was not uncommon. The reason they ask you to apply drops (you can also use olive oil, but this is very, very sticky and is just odd during the night) is to loosen the wax so when they flush inside your ears its soft enough to be removed.
I was using these ears drops last year - they do the job the doctor is requiring you to, but a couple of months ago I picked up a bottle of this as I could feel my ears getting a little fuggy. Right away it cleaned them up enough to avoid them going full on bunged up - and now I keep a bottle of this in the bathroom.
--------WHAT IS IT--------
A wide range of ear drop exist on the market - with Otex being the most well known brand. Roughly speaking there are two tiers of ear drops. Some can be bought right off the shelf, other more heavy duty stuff is either behind the counter or with prescription. Otex is off the shelf stuff, the prescription stuff being for more specific problems - such as being antibacterial for ear infections or damaged ear drums.
There are lots of ear drops on the shelves - quite a wide range with some being 'duel action' or 'fast action', but this bottle Otex Ear Drops is the bog standard stuff, and in my opinion the only one you really need to reach for. If you have bunged up ears due to wax build up, if you have as much luck with it as I had - it should do the trick
------HOW TO USE AND HOW EFFECTIVE IS IT?-----
Its simple to use, unscrew the little lid and put a couple of drops in you affected ear. To apply you'll need to tip your head to the side and hold it there for a few moments while the drops sit in your ear and do the work. Sometimes you feel it bubbling a little as it softens the wax and on occasion if noticed a small amount of hearing improvement right away. However, don't always expect immediate results, it can be frustrating applying the drops and them not doing much but after a few days they start to help. To put it in perspective - I've tried quite a few different ear drops in the past and so far Otex have been the fastest acting, despite then not being an instant fix.
You will have a little dribble from your ear, that can be a little odd, annoying and uncomfortable - but I guess this comes with the nature of the product.
------WHERE AND WHY TO BUY-------
When I first picked this up I picked it up from Boots - it was a known brand and not to expensive (I'd not had much luck with Boots own brand, so I figured I pluck for an established name). It retails for about £5 for an 8ml bottle which might not sound like a lot but when considering your only applying a few drops its not to bad. It lasts the two weeks the doctor will ask you to apply for, and I've only need to pick up one bottle in the past month, applying it every week or so, or when I notice a problem might be coming up.
You can pick it up in most supermarkets - at roughly the same price. Like many branded medical items like this there isn't much difference in price, so if you see it on offer its worth picking up even if you might not need it at the time.
I buy it as to rather than fix my ears when my hearing goes, I use it to keep my ear wax soft so I don't get the problems in the first place.
------A BIT OF A WARNING-----
If you have any problems with your ears other than wax build up, speak to a doctor before using ear drops. You might have an infection or damaged ear drums - and one of the active ingredients in ear drops, Urea Hydrogen Peroxide, which can make these problems worse. You need to resist sticking your finger in your ear, or use buds as this can cause irritation and these drops will make things worse.
I learnt the hard way not looking after your ears can cause really annoying problems, these are great for nipping those problems in the bud. After using these and a few other, its a decent, reliable product.
Many years ago in my late twenties I woke up one morning to find myself completely deaf in my left ear. There was no pain, or noticeable gradual loss of hearing and for the life of me I couldn't figure out what it was. So off to my GP I went, I saw the practice nurse who did some basic tests, even whacking a 'tuning fork' on a table and placing the base against my forehead and other points on my head and asked if I could hear or even sense the vibration, and I really could not. It transpired that this profound loss of hearing was entirely down to impacted ear wax!. After softening with olive oil for a few days I went back to my surgery for syringing. I was told that I had freakily narrow ear canals which made it difficult for the wax to work it's way out in the normal way and that I might need this doing again. Syringing is no longer done with an actual metal syringe but performed with a tool specially designed to introduce a gently pressurised flow of warm water into the ear canal to wash out any blockage and associated debris. This is now called irrigation.
Since then I have periodically used Otex ear drops which claim to reduce the need for syringing/irrigation, it could be coincidence but I have not been back to the surgery for this procedure since that first time. Now and then I will start to feel a little irritation in my ears, and my hearing will become just slightly muffled and I know it's time for a visit to the chemist.
These drops are not particularly cheap and I have been tempted to try simple hydrogen peroxide alone, which is one of the primary active ingredients of this product, and can also be used for wax build up. However I haven't got around to trying it yet as Otex works for me and in my job my ears need to be crystal clear so I don't want to waste time faffing about with something that might or might not work. Otex at the time of writing costs £4.79 for the 8ml bottle at Boots and at Lloyd's pharmacy, it may be available more cheaply online, but I haven't find it significantly so yet, some which seem cheaper have a huge delivery fee (compared to price of product) of about £3.50.
Using these drops is very simple, the bottle is easy to squeeze and the softly rounded nozzle fits ergonomically into the ear canal but not too deep. You can use up to 5 drops per ear and will probably find some 'overspill' that needs to be wiped away. I like to keep my head turned to the side for little while to allow the liquid to really get at the area it's targetting. During this time there is usually quite a sensation of fizzing and popping in my ear.
If this crackly sensation isn't apparent or is 'barely there' then I assume that there is not much wax that needs to be helped to dissipate and that my ears may be a bit muffled because of a cold or similar. If the muffled sensation carries on I would of course drag myself back to the surgery to see if I needed the help of 'irrigation' again because of a wax build up that Otex can't cope with, I have not found this necessary yet though. Otex may not be able to shift the most stubborn impacted plugs alone but as a greater success rate than single action softening products.
This is how Otex say their drops work "Otex contains urea hydrogen peroxide, which reacts with moisture in the ear wax to release oxygen. The bubbles of oxygen help to break up the wax, while the remaining urea and glycerol soften any hardened wax so it can be shed naturally from the ear" (www.otexear.com/how-otex-works.ashx#eardrops) This action is what causes the fizzing and popping noise and sensation once the drops have been applied, and is an indication that the drops are doing their stuff.
This dual action can be more effective than oil based ear wax softeners as it can actively break up the 'plug'. Making it easier for the natural action within your ear to move the smaller particles outwards.
During use I apply these drops morning and evening for a few days, up to a week and I notice that there is a more comfortable feeling in my ear canal early on during use. If I use a cotton bud I can see that there is a softening and 'movement' of wax towards the opening of my ear. Often there will be no visible wax but you will know that it is working simply because that irritated or itchy feeling in your ear holes has eased, and if you were suffering from hearing impairment that should reduce or go away altogether. The muffled sensation in my ears eases after just a few applications.
If you have broken skin in or around your ear I wouldn't recommend using drops as it may sting or aggravate any skin condition, and of course if you have a perforated ear you shouldn't get fluid into the ear at all if possible. If have an ear infection Otex won't help and you will need antibiotic ear drops (or whatever the Dr recommends) from a health care professional.
I would highly recommend Otex ear drops and have found them very useful in preventing a build up of wax even in my freaky narrow ear canals.
Ear wax drops that help break down wax build up and allows the wax to move to the outer ear surface without pain.