As explained in the guidance above, we would suggest that patients try using olive oil drops for 5 to 7 days. If there is no improvement after 7 days, please speak to a community pharmacist who may be able to advise alternative drops.
Please only contact the practice if:
- a pharmacist advises a discussion with clinician
- you have used ear drops for 10 to 14 days and not improved
- you are concerned about an ear infection (because of ear pain / discharge / hearing loss)
If you need to contact the practice for any of these reasons, please complete an eConsult. The eConsult form will be sent to a clinician who will review your case and contact you.
Although ear irrigation is usually carried out by a Health Care Professional (HCA), HCAs are only able to perform this procedure on the advice of a clinician.
Watch the video on how to treat ear wax safely.