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The health benefits and dangers of earwax

Now hear this: Leave your earwax alone!

The gooey, golden stuff that builds up inside your ears should stay there. There’s a reason for the good-for-you goo. Earwax is a self-cleaning agent, with protective, lubricating and antibacterial properties.

Doctors strongly discourage using cotton swabs or ear candling to remove earwax and say that unless it’s causing bothersome symptoms, earwax should be left alone.

Do not go mining for it. Frequent cleaning can also strip the protective wax from the ear canal lining, leaving it exposed to moisture and vulnerable to the infection. Instead, doctors recommend softening impacted earwax with a few drops of mineral oil, baby oil, commercial ear drops or hydrogen peroxide. Then allow the loosened wax to work its way out naturally. If it still needs help, try gentle irrigation with a bulb syringe or tilt your head in the shower.

When to Remove Ear Wax? 

You should remove ear wax when you have the following conditions:

  • If you experience earache or a feeling of fullness in the ear as if your ear is plugged.
  • If you experience partial hearing loss which grows with time.
  • If you could feel noises in ear- a ringing type of tone called tinnitus.
  • If there is itching, odor in ear or there is some kind of discharge from ear.

Ear wax should only be removed when the above mentioned conditions are experienced.

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