Earwax, medically known as cerumen, is a natural substance produced by glands in the ear canal that has protective, lubricating and antibacterial properties. Function of the wax is to protect the ears from bacteria and other external agents.
Some times excessive earwax may buildup due to a narrowing of the ear canal resulting from some kind of infection or disease of the skin, bones or connective tissue.It can also happen due to production of a less fluid form of cerumen or overproduction of cerumen due to some trauma or blockage within the ear canal. Deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and magnesium can also produce more earwax.
How to remove earwax at home
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○ Use an eyedropper to apply a few drops of baby oil, mineral oil, glycerin or hydrogen peroxide in your ear canal.
○ After a day or two, when the wax is softened, use a rubber-bulb syringe to gently squirt warm water into your ear canal. Tilt your head and pull your outer ear up and back to straighten your ear canal. When finished irrigating, tip your head to the side to let the water drain out.
○ Once finished, gently dry your outer ear with a towel or hand-held dryer.
○ You may need to repeat this wax-softening and irrigation procedure a few times before the excess earwax falls out.
○ Never attempt to dig out excessive or hardened earwax with available items, such as a paper clip, a cotton swab or a hairpin. You may push the wax farther into your ear and cause serious damage to the lining of your ear canal or eardrum.