Earwax

Earwax

You might think your earwax is icky and gross, but it is actually very helpful in your overall health. So before you buy yourself a pack of cotton buds, put your money down first. You need earwax, and here’s why (plus more interesting facts):

  • Earwax protects your ears
    • Its main function is to provide a natural barrier to any bacteria or foreign objects that can potentially damage your ears. Earwax blocks off the ear canal, keeping it clean and away from harmful bacteria and fungi.
  • Earwax is a natural lubricant
    • Producing earwax prevents your ears from getting dry and itchy. It acts as a lubricant to keep your ears moist, just like how tears work to moisten your eyes.
  • Cotton buds are not required to remove earwax
    • Removing earwax alone is not necessary. You are not supposed to put anything in your ear canal as they may push the earwax deeper into the canal, causing a potential damage to your ears.
      Earwax naturally dries up or flakes off on its own, so you may leave it alone.
  • Your earwax says things about you
    • Soft, orange, or yellow earwax is normal for children. In fact, it indicates a healthy earwax production. Adults tend to have harder and darker earwax. It means that there are more bacteria or dirt being trapped.
      If your earwax is dark brown and a bit reddish, it may indicate a bleeding injury. If it’s cloudy or runny, that can indicate an infection in the ear canal. If it’s black, it may be a sign of a serious problem. Consult your doctor for further diagnosis.
  • Too much earwax can become a problem
    • If your ears are producing too much earwax and are not self-cleaning fast enough to keep your ear canal clear, it may be a sign of a serious health problem. Too much earwax can create a blockage and cause discomfort or hearing loss.

If you want to check your ear condition, please visit our Head and Neck Center on the 3rd Floor of the OPD Building, or contact us at (043) 778 4811 loc 345.

Source: Debrox , Cook Hearing