I've been trying to order liquids to dissolve ear wax (technical term "cerumenolytic solutions") while in Japan. I've tried two stores, and while they have devices to physically remove ear wax, they didn't have anything to dissolve it.

How, if possible, do I find liquids to dissolve ear wax while I'm in Japan? If it matters, I'm in the Kansai region.

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    Why don't you get your ears cleaned in one of the ear cleaning shops ? Have heard it is a good thing to try.
    – DumbCoder
    Sep 6 '16 at 7:45
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    Could you perhaps tell us what liquid (brand etc.) you are after? Because I have never heard of anything like that. That doesn't mean it doesn't exist, merely I have never tried to dissolve earwax with liquids before. Sep 6 '16 at 8:34
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    Is this on-topic?
    – fkraiem
    Sep 6 '16 at 13:05
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    @fkraiem "how can I do thing X I normally can do in my home country in foreign country Y?" Is travel related, because it's caused by travel, and it's a real practical problem. See, for example, questions on how to use toilets that occur in foreign countries. Sep 6 '16 at 13:14
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    @AndrewGrimm no. I'm on several different kinds of prescription medication, all of which are medically necessary for me, all of which were initiated by her. She's had me off for CT scans, MRIs, and a PET scan in the past when it's been necessary. I would have no truck with a GP who showed a preference for alternative therapies, which is why I listened when she strongly advocated the olive oil. Makes a mess of the pillow when I leave it in overnight, but otherwise it works for me.
    – MadHatter
    Sep 7 '16 at 5:02

Maruetsu. They have hundreds of stores. Look for あぶら abura. Mineral oil, baby oil, glycerin, hydrogen peroxide saline solution and water are other options.

  • For future readers, note that Maruetsu is a supermarket and 油 means cooking oil.
    – Nathaniel
    May 25 '19 at 12:28

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