Wax Rx pH Conditioned Ear Wash System
Designed by the late general physician Teddy Garcia of Orange Park, Florida, and made by Doctor Easy, the company that has 20 years of experience in ear wash products, the WaxRx is a professional-level, pH conditioned ear cleaning product, created based on the tools used daily in medical offices. It is an effective and simple-to-use system to help you remove any earwax build-ups and maintain your ear hygiene.
Doctor Easy explains the use of the RX in 3 short and simple steps:
- you start off with the Ear Wax Aid Drops to soften the earwax
- proceed to wash the ear canal with the help of the spray bottle, designed especially for this task, and
- finish with a rinse.
The bottle is reusable and you just simply refill it. 3 disposable nozzle tips are provided with the kit and additional tips can be purchased when you have run out.
With the product being suitable for ages 12 and over, it seems you will no longer need to visit your doctor because of earwax problems, but take care of it quickly and comfortably at home, for yourself at least, if you have younger children running around in your household.
If you question whether you should clean your earwax at all, let us address this with some basic information about ear hygiene.
The RX Ear Irrigation Kit
Doctor Easy company website as well as Amazon lists the price of the kit at $39.95. For this price you get the following items:
- Rx Ear Washer Spray Bottle with nozzle
- splash guard
- Doctor Easy ear basin
- 3 disposable tips
- Wax Removal Aid Drops (5 oz)
- 3 packets of pH Conditioning Powder
Their other ear irrigation kits cost upwards of $50, so this one is quite a bargain while offering the same functionality.
When you have run out of tips or the powder packets you can purchase a Refill Kit for $14.95, which contains additional disposable tips, pH conditioning wash and eardrops sufficient for 6 more uses.
Wax RX Review – How Does It Work?
As mentioned before, the manufacturer breaks down the process of using the ear irrigation into 3 simple steps:
- Preparation – start by tilting your head, so that your ear is pointing upwards, and inserting the instructed number of Removal Aid Dropsinto your ear. Wait 10 minutes and repeat the process with the other ear. The drops will soften the earwax and help you remove it. Manufacturer’s note – this step is not strictly necessary, but will aid the process, otherwise you will need to wash the ear extensively.
- Washing – fill the sprayer bottle with warm (at least body temperature) water and attach the disposable tip onto the sprayer nozzle. Insert the tip into your ear and gently start to pump the liquid and wash your ear canal. Use the provided basin to catch the discharged fluid. Repeat the process as many times as needed to completely remove the wax.
You can adjust the water pressure by how hard you squeeze the bottle handle. Water temperature should be close to body temperature as cold water can cause dizziness and hot water could burn your ear.
- Rinsing – mix a packet of the pH Conditioning Powder into the sprayer bottle and use the solution to rinse your ears. The powder will help you maintain the slightly acidic pH environment inside your ear canals that prevents bacterial infections.
After the rinse, remove and discard the used tip and empty the sprayer bottle. The bottle is reusable, so rinse it thoroughly to prepare it for next time.
Ingredients and Side Effects
The company states that the main active ingredient in the kit is the 6.5% carbamide peroxide solution in the Aid Drops. Extracts of aloe and chamomile are added to the drops for soothing effect.
Carbamide peroxide is a compound commonly used in earwax removers and tooth whitening products. It is composed of urea and hydrogen peroxide, which, as mentioned earlier, is a cerumenolytic – an earwax solvent in common language. It helps softening the wax which makes it easier to remove. The added advantage of carbamide peroxide is that it releases oxygen when introduced into the ear canal –the release of oxygen in contact with the wax creates air bubbles, which soften and loosen the earwax even further.
The other, inactive ingredients – aloe and chamomile extracts, glycerin and ascorbic acid, mainly act as prevention from any kind of skin irritation. They keep the skin inside your ear nicely moisturized and smooth.
Using carbamide peroxide drops generally has no negative side effects, but it can lead to complications in cases of an ear infection, previous ear injury or an eardrum perforation. That is the reason it is important to follow instructions provided with the product, consulting with a medical professional beforehand and seeking medical help without delay if complications do occur.
The instructions contain the following warnings – Rx ear irrigation system is only suitable for adults and children older than 12 years, should not be used for more than 4 consecutive day and under no circumstance should be used if the person in question has tympanic tubes inserted in their eardrum.
The ear irrigation process itself will cause some pressure to your ear while washing, but it should not come to the point of pain. If you experience pain, stop the process and consult your doctor.
Washing your ear with the sprayer bottle might affect your inner ear, which also serves as the center for balance control and it can result in experiencing dizziness. It is recommended to use warm, body temperature water for the ear irrigation and sitting down during the wash to avoid such situations. If it happens, stop the wash and rest your head until the feeling passes, then try continuing once you feel comfortable again.
Competing Products and Methods
Ear hygiene and earwax removal is a competitive market with dozens of different products, ranging from curettes and otoscopes to syringes and spray bottles, available online or at your local pharmacy.
It is probably best to start with the simplest method – saline solution or distilled water wash, before turning to advanced tools in case it proves ineffective. This will cost you nothing and you can do it with ordinary household items. Just add a teaspoon of salt to lukewarm water and drip a couple of drops into your ear. After a few minutes simply turn your head and drain the liquid.
Ear drops that loosen earwax are another way to approach the problem. Many kits include ear drops, but you can buy them separately just as easy. A wide selection of brands with different ingredients is available online, with the prices roughly in the $5 to $20 range.
Persistent build-ups will require more attention. Adding water pressure will help soften the wax and make it easier to remove. You can try doing a simple ear irrigation using a syringe, that you can easily purchase at any pharmacy for roughly $5. An inexpensive method that often achieves the desired results – getting rid of the stubborn earwax. Spray bottle and multi-item ear irrigation kit prices range from $10 to over $50. Doctor Easy company itself offers several different kits, that frankly seem quite similar. Make sure to do some research before shelling out your money for an overpriced product.
Finally, there are curettes and otoscopes with shaped tips to manually remove the earwax. Otoscopes are a handy tool because they enable you to have a look inside your ear canal, but handle with care to prevent potential eardrum punctures.
Which method or product you choose in the end is ultimately your decision. Something that was helpful to other people might not work for you and vice versa. We can only recommend that you research the different possibilities and if you are unsure about anything, consult your local physician.
The W-Rx kit has an average rating of 3,6 stars (out of 5) on Amazon, with over 50% of the customers awarding it the full 5 stars. The satisfied customers mostly focus on the effectiveness of the product: “Finally, a product that got my ear wax out!”, “Works great!”, many of them expressing relief after successfully solving their wax build-up and hearing problems. The specialized design of the spray bottle is well received and quite a few of the buyers mention the convenience and the cutting costs of not having to visit their doctor’s office, handling the problem at home instead.
Roughly a third of the buyers find the product lacking. The negative feedback mainly consists of complaints about the price of the product, saying that it is overpriced for the items included in the package. Some customers are stating the kit does not work as advertised and they had no results. There are also some complaints that this tool not returnable. You can read more about our conclusion in our wax rx review.
Our Wax RX Review Conclusion and Final verdict
Sure, there are cheaper and simpler ways to clean your ears and remove the earwax, but Wax Rx seems to offer a very solid price/performance ratio. It was developed by a well-established medical doctor and the quality is near to professional-grade instruments, while still simple to use and affordable. The price tag of $39.95 falls into the middle range of comparable products.
There are no guarantees or clinical evidence that the provided eardrops and pH conditioning powder offer significantly better results, but the buyer feedback is mostly positive and there seem to be numerous customers satisfied with the WRx pH Conditioned Ear Wash System.
Some Additional Info About Earwax
Earwax, or cerumen in medical terminology, is a waxy substance formed in the outer part of the human ear canal. Its main functions are protecting and lubricating the ear canal skin, providing some measure of protection against bacterial infection, fungi and insects as well as repelling water.
Earwax is described as a self-cleaning agent, which means that usage of ear cleaning tools like the WRX is a natural process that regulates itself and under normal circumstances we do not need to manually clean our ears. By chewing or talking – basically any kind of jaw movement, alongside with the cell migration inside our ear canal, our body is pushing the earwax out of the ear, where it dries up exposed to the air.
So, ideally, our intervention is unnecessary and our ears should never have to be cleaned. Medical professionals even discourage ear cleaning in normal circumstances. Some people, however, produce more earwax than others and the excess wax can build up and cause a block, which can lead to several problems like hearing difficulties, ringing in the ear, earaches and infections.
When a person is experiencing an ear infection or serious symptoms like discomfort, pain, or hearing loss, visiting a doctor is highly recommended. On the other hand, if the symptoms are less severe, there are ways to remove the build-up and clean your ears by yourself or with some help from a family member at home.
You should refrain from using cotton swabs and you should not insert pointy objects like paperclips or hairpins into your ear under any circumstance, because you could push the earwax build-up further inside or even worse, damage your eardrum.
Using a saline solution wash, by simply adding a teaspoon of salt to a cup of distilled water, usually does the job. You can try ear drops, they often contain a form of hydrogen peroxide, which is an earwax solvent, to help you soften and remove the wax. If the problem is more persistent, an ear irrigation kit like the Wax Rx is considered the most thorough but simple solution.
Stefan Grasic (Dipl.-Jur) A researcher with considerable experience in health related niches. While he was studying in Netherlands he used to be a part time writer for Health~Holland on-line magazine.