The formation of ear wax is a natural phenomenon. Research has shown that the ear wax contains at least 10 types of proteins which help to prevent the bacteria and fungus in our ears to cause infections. At any time, if the level of these proteins decrease, we may be prone to develop ear infections, hence it is a local defense system for the body. The ear wax also keeps the ear clear by entrapping the dirt particles present in the air thereby preventing the entry of dirt particles deep in the ears. Last but not the least, the ear wax helps keeping the ear moist; if not produced at all, the ear may feel extremely dry and you may experience itching in the ear.
Cleaning the ear wax by cotton buds- Is it useful and safe?:
Current scientific literature has proven that using cotton bud to clean the ears is not beneficial, rather is associated with many risks.
People have often caused injuries to their ears by using cotton buds to remove ear wax. This may be related to wrong technique or excessive force applied, similarly at times, there is risk of part of cotton breaking inside the ear which can cause problems in hearing. Sometimes, people can push the cotton bud too deep.
Factors that can increase ear wax production:
There are some factors which can increase the production of ear wax and as a result cause discomfort. Some of these factors include:
Use of headphones/earphones.
Dirt and pollution.
Eating foods high in fats.
So if you want to remove ear wax, what’s the best way?
Home remedies for ear wax removal:
Hydrogen peroxide for ear wax removal:
To use Hydrogen peroxide, add few drops of Hydrogen peroxide in your ears. You may hear fizzing or cold sensation which will be because of Hydrogen peroxide melting the ear wax, nothing to worry about. Now lay down on your side so the ear which contains Hydrogen peroxide drops is not touching your bed. Let the Hydrogen peroxide drops to enter more deeper. After 30 seconds, tilt your head towards your neck to allow Hydrogen peroxide drops to come out of the ear. Flush your ear with water to remove the remaining debris.
Olive oil or Glycerin for ear wax removal:
Slightly warm Olive oil/Glycerin. Now add the warm oil or Glycerin in your ear. Tilt your head away from your neck so the oil or Glycerin can flow inside your ear. Let it remain there in the ear for almost a minute, then tilt the head towards your neck to facilitate the removal of oil or Glycerin from the ear. Flush your ear with water to remove the remaining debris and likewise, allow the water to come out of the ear by tilting your head.
If still symptoms persist, please visit a doctor as there might be a medical cause which would need a specialist treatment.
Written by Muhammad Wasif Haq (2011)
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