Production and deposition of ear wax is very common among people. It is important to clean your ears from time to time in order to avoid pain, irritation and itching. However, some individuals don't clean it properly and end up getting their ears damaged too. Shockingly, the blockage can also lead to losing your hearing for life, if not cleaned on time. Many people prefer going for home remedies for good ear health instead of medical supervision. But, we all know that using our own mind to touch this delicate part of our body will get us nowhere. Therefore, to help you out, here are the symptoms, causes and solutions of ear wax removal.
What is Ear Wax?
The skin on the outer part of the ear canal has some glands that develop ear wax, which is also called cerumen. This natural wax is present to prevent your ears from damage and other infections. Moreover, generally, a little wax gets deposited from time to time and then dries up and falls out of the ear canal. Ear wax includes the unwanted waste particles in it. In fact, the wax is also useful to cover the skin of the ear canal to protect it from water. The presence of ear wax is also important as not having it may lead to dry and itchy ears. (Read: Ayurvedic tips to treat itchy ears)
Symptoms of wax depositions
If your ears have a lot of wax buildup inside, then there will definitely be symptoms of the same. Listed down are some signs to know if there is a desperate need to clean your ears.
- Fullness in the ear
- Loss of hearing
- Reflex cough
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Causes of earwax blockage and is it okay to remove it?
Ear wax is formed in the outer third of the ear canal. It is produced on its own and we should not do any unnecessary tricks to remove it. Here are some causes that might can contribute in having major earwax build up:
- Hearing aids
- Underproduction of cerumen (common in the elderly)
- Overproduction of cerumen
- Unadvised items in the ear (like keys, hair pins, etc)
Ideally, a person should never clean/ remove ear wax on his or her own. However, sometimes the removal of wax is important and demands professional medical attention. In that case, you should consult an ENT and then take any further steps.
Expert tips on Dos and Don'ts of earwax
According to ENT surgeon Dr. Aparna Mahajan, Fortis Hospital, Faridabad, "What is more important is do not use your finger or objects like cotton buds to remove your ear wax. Because you might push the wax even more farther in the ear. In fact, it can injure your ear too, which can be troublesome." People go for the easy method and use ear buds to take out the wax, but it is actually not the ideal way. While talking to Onlymyhealth.com exclusively, Dr. Aparna added saying, "Ear wax usually falls down in its own. If it does not, and blocks your ear, then put 2-3 drops of olive oil, almond oil or coconut oil in your ear, twice a day, for a few days. Over two weeks, lumps of wax should fall off, especially while you are lying down." If that doesn't happen, then you should definitely visit your ENT specialist and get it cleaned professionally, rather than experimenting with this delicate part at home.
These were some good ear health tips from our expert Dr. Aparna Mahajan. You have to take care of your ears and take the wax out using these ways, if it does not fall on its own. Use these tips for ear wax removal and learn to identify the signs and symptoms of the need to remove it.
(Written by Navya Kharbanda)
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