The ear is a sensitive, self-cleaning organ that aids in hearing and sound analysis. Unless there is a build-ups or obstructions caused by an excess of wax, manual cleaning of the ears is typically not necessary. In this situation, caution should be used when cleaning the ears to prevent aggravating the issue or harming the eardrum.
What is earwax?
Cerumen, often known as earwax, is an oily wax secreted in the ear canal. Although some people find this sticky, gooey substance disgusting, it serves to protect the ear and avoid health issues. Typically, wax builds up, dries, and exits the ear on its own. However, wax can occasionally back up and produce ear irritation. This might encourage you to reach for a cotton swab or other foreign object to itch or unclog your ear. Inadvertently pushing wax deeper into the ear when cleaning can result in a blockage, which can result in a variety of medical issues. In addition, there is also a chance of damaging the inner ear’s lining or eardrum.
Health problems caused by earwax build-up
• Ear infections
• Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
• Vertigo (a spinning sensation)
• Hearing loss
When to see a doctor
Earwax should only be removed securely and effectively by an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) professional in order to safeguard the ear. Any procedure, including cotton swabs, used at home poses health dangers that can only be avoided by a licenced medical professional. Chronic infections of the ear canal and eardrum can result from improper and unnecessary cleaning attempts. This is crucial when treating youngsters with excessive ear wax or plugged ears. If symptoms don’t go away or get worse, or if you have pain, bleeding, or hearing loss, you should consult a doctor.
Wax production in the ear is typical. Most of the time, removing the wax can cause more harm than good. If cleaning your ear occasionally becomes required, you should see a doctor to make sure it is done safely to prevent harming your ear or causing hearing loss.