The ears are one of the most sensitive organs in the human body. Good ear health prevents hearing loss and reduces the risk of infections that can affect hearing. Therefore, it is necessary to take care to preserve and clean them from wax, but avoid the mistake that everyone makes: using cotton buds. why? Because the ear sticks only push the wax deeper, compressing it and causing it to completely block the canal in the ear.
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The wax in the ear, called in the medical language cerumen, is a yellow-brown substance, which is produced in the outer third of the ear canal. It helps protect the ear canal by trapping dust, water and microorganisms that could harm the ears.
Over time, the wax gradually moves from the deeper parts of the ear canal to the outer ear, where it can be removed naturally.
The medical website “onlymyhealth” published a number of tips given to it by nose consultant, otolaryngologist Sushir Mitra.
“Earwax is a useful and natural part of the body’s defenses. It helps clean, lubricate and protect the ear canal by trapping dirt and preventing bacterial growth. However, earwax build-up can lead to discomfort and temporary hearing problems,” Mitra said.
A study published in the British medical journal “Clinical Evidence” found that earwax only becomes a problem if it causes hearing loss or other ear-related symptoms. That’s why it’s important to recognize the signs of earwax blockage and learn how to remove it safely.
Ear blockage due to wax includes some common symptoms:
– A feeling of fullness in the affected ear
– Ringing or sounds in the ear (tinnitus)
– Decreased hearing in the affected ear
However, Mitra explained that symptoms such as earaches or poor hearing do not always indicate the accumulation of wax, and added that “there is a possibility that another medical condition is the cause, which requires special medical treatment.”
So I should remove earwax?
Using ear cleaning drops or a spray that can be purchased in pharmacies without a doctor’s prescription. Hydrogen peroxide and oils such as baby oil, coconut oil or olive oil will also help get rid of the sticky wax. Before the treatment it is recommended to consult a doctor.