Q. I was astonished to hear on the radio that a laxative can be used to remove earwax. Do you have any details?
A. Consumer Reports On Health (March, 2005) reports that a few drops of liquid docusate sodium (Colace, Diocto, Docu) in the ear can help loosen earwax as well or better than standard products. Leave the laxative in the ear for five or ten minutes and then rinse gently with tepid water from a soft-bulb ear syringe. People who have perforated an eardrum shouldn’t try this remedy.