How to Remove Excessive Ear Wax

Your body produces earwax naturally and it plays a big role in cleaning, protecting, and lubricating your ears. In some cases, the wax starts accumulating excessively and demands manual removal. The problem is that sometimes people end up hurting their ability to hear during ear wax removal. The ear, including the eardrum and the skin of the ear, is quite delicate, so you should think twice before using cotton-tipped applicators or something similar to get rid of the ear wax.

Why Should Ear Wax Be Removed?

Ear wax, also called cerumen, is a shiny, gooey substance produced by the wax glands in your ear canal. The basic purpose of ear wax is to coat the ear canal and keep it moisturized. It also contains antimicrobial properties and helps fight off infection by keeping dirt, dust and other debris from getting deep inside your ear.

Ideally, you don't have to do anything to get rid of ear wax because the ear canals are self-cleaning and throw ear wax and dead skin cells out of your ear in slow yet consistent manner. The issue is that sometimes too much ear wax accumulates in the ear, close to the eardrum, which leads to several problems. Many people try to use bobby pins, cotton-topped applicators or twisted napkin corners to remove excessive ear wax, but they only make matters worse by pushing it further towards the eardrum.

If you don't take steps to get rid of that excessive ear wax, you may notice several issues. Some of the most common problems include partial hearing loss, earache, tinnitus, odor, itching, fullness in the ear, and coughing. Only a qualified physician should take a closer look and decide the proper way for excessive ear wax removal to relieve all these symptoms.

How to Safely Remove Ear Wax

You can try different ways to eliminate the excessive ear wax buildup. A number of home remedies are available to unblock and chuck out the hardened ear wax.

Watch the following video to learn more about removing ear wax safely and effectively with professional advice.

When to Seek Medical Help

Home remedies may prove effective, but should be used only after you're sure that ear wax is the real culprit. However, if you know you have an ear wax blockage and conventional remedies aren't working, it's time to seek medical help. In fact, you should go to the hospital immediately if you experience a severe spinning sensation and find it difficult to walk. Patients with persistent vomiting and sudden loss of hearing should seek immediate medical help.

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