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Does earwax has a purpose?

Yes it is important! If you want healthy ears, you need some earwax in there.

Earwax, otherwise known as Cerumen, is healthy in normal amounts and serves as a self-cleaning agent with protective, lubricating, and antibacterial properties. Without earwax, the ear will become dry and itchy. Normally, ear canals are self-cleaning Old earwax is constantly being transported, assisted by chewing and jaw motion, from the ear canal to the ear opening where it usually dries, flakes, and falls out.

Earwax is not formed in the deep part of the ear canal near the eardrum, but in the outer one-third of the ear canal.

So when a patient has wax blockage against the eardrum, it is often because he has been probing the ear with such things as cotton-tipped applicators, bobby pins, or twisted napkin corners. These objects only push the wax in deeper.

Under ideal circumstances, the ear canals should never have to be cleaned. However, that isn’t always the case. The ears should be cleaned when enough earwax accumulates to cause symptoms or to prevent a needed assessment of the ear by your doctor. This condition is call cerumen impaction, and may cause one or more of the following symptoms:

 

  • Earache, fullness in the ear, or a sensation the ear is plugged
  • Partial hearing loss, which may be progressive
  • Tinnitus, ringing, or noises in the ear
  • Itching, odor, or discharge
  • Coughing

To clean the ears, wash the external ear with a cloth, but do not insert anything into the ear canal.

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