Wax is a natural secretion of the ceruminous and sebaceous glands found in the ear canal. It protects the eardrum from infections, trauma, and water. Though wax is not a problem, excess wax is. Professional help must always be taken for wax cleaning.
Earwax is a natural secretion and has antibacterial and lubricant properties. It also protects the eardrum from infections, trauma, and water. Some people produce soft wax, while others produce hard wax. This is genetically determined.
Normally, earwax occurs as fine flakes which fall off during jaw movements while chewing. But, it may accumulate in the ear due to various reasons.
Excessive earwax can build up in the canal either because of the person's tendency to produce hard wax or due to pushing of the wax deeper into the canal by the use of earbuds and other objects.
It can cause pain, hearing problems, itching, ringing sensations in the ear, heaviness, ear fullness and ear discharge. Treatment options include the use of wax softening agents, instrumentation and syringing. Self-cleaning of the wax buildup should always be avoided as it may cause trauma to the eardrum. Always seek help from a professional ENT (ear, nose, and throat) doctor for wax cleaning.
Wax softening agents: Several wax-softening agents like oils, hydrogen peroxide solution and wax drops containing paradichlorobenzene, benzocaine, and turpentine oil are available which soften the wax.
Instrumentation: Your healthcare professional can clean the blocked ears using special and sterilized instruments. Do not try cleaning them by yourselves. It can cause an injury to your eardrums.
Syringing: In this procedure, your health care provider will flush your ear canal with warm saline or water. This will remove the wax from your ears.
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07 Sep 2018 - 2 min read
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