Monday, October 7, 2013

A Simple Approach to Ear Wax Cleaning

A Simple Approach to Ear Wax Cleaning
A Simple Approach to Ear Wax Cleaning

Wax in the ear is a stick, waxy, yellowish substance that is produced by the ear as a defense mechanism against foreign substances infiltrating the body. We are all familiar with this type of wax and know what it is. In fact, a part of our personal hygiene process includes cleaning the outer ear and removing any wax or dirt there. Ear wax cleaning is more important than for just visual cleanliness. It is something we all must do on a regular basis in order to avoid a buildup of wax in our ear canal. Earwax is our body's way of protecting our ear drums from moisture, bugs, and dirt and it works quite effectively. The wax is then expelled from our ear canal onto our outer ear. This is what we typically have to clean.

Sometimes all of the wax is not expelled and builds up in the inner ear. Other times the wax is expelled but in an effort to clean it, we just push it further back into the canal. Other people suffer from an excessive production of wax in the ear and these people frequently suffer from the forming of earwax plugs in the ear. This build up of excessive wax becomes hard and thick over time and plugs of ear wax are formed in the ear. This build up of ear wax causes other problems that can make the build up of ear wax unbearable. Symptoms of wax build up are hearing loss, itching, pain and even ringing in your ear. These symptoms are a huge annoyance.

You are probably familiar with the kits that you can buy to aid in ear wax cleaning. These kits contain substances and chemicals that soften the wax and allow it to flow out of your ear so that you can gently wipe the wax away and free yourself from the symptoms that you have been suffering from.

If after using a solution or kit you still feel symptoms, you should visit your doctor immediately. You certainly don't want to take chances with your hearing.

One particular method that works well for the regular maintenance of wax free ear is the use of mineral oil to soften any wax that is in your ears and aid its flow out of the ear. This method makes ear wax cleaning a cinch although people that suffer from excessive wax may have to take further action.

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