Earwax And Care
Your good intentions to keep your ears clean may result as weak ability to hear by intense cleaning of your earwax.
Ear is a delicate body part and you should apply special care to it.
You can start by start losing the habit of inserting cotton swabs or other objects into the ear canals.
It is self-cleaning agent that acts as protective shield from outdoor influences. It is lubricating and have antibacterial properties which keeps bacteria at bay.
Still,the absence of earwax may result in dry, itchy ears, which is most unpleasant.
How Do They Clean Themselves
Slow movement and dead skin cells from the eardrum to the ear opening are cleaning the ear naturally.
Jaw motion helps the process of old earwax being transported from the ear canal to the ear opening, where it dries, flakes and falls out by itself.
When You Should Clean Ears
The ear canals should never have to be cleaned if circumstances are ideal, but that isn’t always the case. The ears should be cleaned when enough substance accumulates and cause symptoms of slight loss of hearing.
This condition is called cerumen impaction, and may cause some of the following symptoms:
- Partial hearing loss, which may be progressive if not treated
- Noises in the ear-tinitus
- Sensation the ear is plugged etc.
How To Get Rid Of Earwax
In most cases, ear blockage appears in home treatments used to soften wax and that is the hot point when problems may occur.
If you have tried to clean your ears with cotton swabs, you may have pulled in ear wax all the way down to your ear canal and blocked it.
How to help yourself ?
Go to a physician where irrigation will be performed which is often used for ear cleanse.
Ear flushing is most effective when water, saline or wax dissolving drops are put in the ear canal 15 to 30 minutes before treatment.
Caution: It is advised to avoid ears irrigation if you have diabetes, a hole in the eardrum (perforation), tube in the eardrum, skin problems such as eczema in the ear canal or a weakened immune system.
Why To Avoid Cotton Swabs
Because you can produce hearing loss.
By attempting to clean the ear with cotton swabs and push the wax deeper into the ear canal, causing a hearing blockage.
The ear canal is shaped in a way that ear wax can clean it by itself.
How it protects you?
It is supposed to trap dust and dirt particles to keep them from reaching the eardrum.
In time, the earwax accumulates, dries out and then comes out of the ear carrying all the dirt and dust with it. It can even appear to the outside where it can be wiped off.
What Can Earwax Color Say About Your Health
If your earwax appears in following colors and conditions you might as well rush to your physician and solve the problem.
Green or Yellow Color
Normal earwax appears from light orange to dark brown, but if it’s yellow, green, white, or black, that suggests an infection and you need to see a doctor immediately.
Wet, Sticky And Yellow
Wet and sticky yellow wax is common found in most people. The wet and sticky texture is especially good at lubricating the ear canal, preventing them from being dry and itchy.
If both your earwax and ear canal skin are flaky and dry, it could be sign of an eczema. It is not uncommon for people to have an eczema in the ear, but luckily it is easily treated.
Earwax doesn’t have any odor and if you notice any, rush to make a doctor appointment to establish the cause of it.
It Falls Out- dripping
If your ear feels wet after a workout, it is probably only a sweat, but if you wake up with earwax spots on your pillow or crusty bits on your earlobe, these are all signs of an ear infection or chronic ear disease which you have to cure immediately.
You Can Feel It
If you have the feeling of earwax in your canal, it mean that it has been blocked and needs to be cleaned out by your doctor as soon as possible. Don’t use cotton swabs, you will cause more damage in this case!
It is Itchy
We all do an itch or two, but if it is persistent need to do it, then it is a definite sign that something is not wright. It always suggests of having an ear infection.
Dark & Dry Earwax
By aging, your earwax may appear thick, dry and darker then usual. As people get older, earwax gets drier and flakier then before.
It is also a sign that it has been in your ear for a while.The longer it is in your ear canal, the more oxygen it’s exposed to, leading to a darker coloration.
Do not insert anything in your ears that might cause severe hearing problem. Ditch the cotton swabs and use wet cloth instead.
If you experience repeated earwax impaction, consider seeing your doctor every 6 to 12 months for a checkup and routine preventive cleaning.
It is always better to prevent it than to cure it !
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