Earwax helps prevent debris, dirt and other things from entering the ear canal. Ear wax also helps prevent infections that enter the body. The ears are self-cleaning, and the old ear wax, along with dead skin cells, moves from the inside of the ear to the opening of the ear, where it eventually falls. When earwax builds up, it is naturally ejected from the ear. Sometimes, a person can produce excess earwax, especially if he is stressed or scared. When there is an overproduction of earwax it can cause a blockage. What are the best methods to keep your ears healthy and avoid infections?
Dr. Andrew Thornber, medical director of Now Patient spoke with express.co.uk and said: “In terms of ear cleaning, it usually depends on how often wax accumulates.
"Some people suffer with more than others, but using regular eardrums may help. Wax is an important and natural discharge found in the ear.
"It keeps the ear canal lubricated and protects the ear against dust, dirt and bacteria, which helps prevent infections.
"Sometimes, ear wax builds up if someone has a narrow or hairy ear canal. If you feel that ear wax is causing ear problems or tinnitus, then it may be worth seeking medical advice to see if there is an underlying problem. or maybe an ear infection. "
Tinnitus is the perception of noises in the head or ear that do not have an external source. The sensation may be constant or intermittent and may vary in volume.
Some cases of tinnitus are caused by infections or blockages in the ear, and tinnitus may disappear once the underlying cause is treated.
A variety of conditions and diseases can cause tinnitus, which include:
Ear blockages due to an accumulation of wax, an ear infection or a benign tumor
The natural aging process.
Other medical conditions such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease or diabetes.
Neck or jaw problems
Head and neck injuries.
Dr. Thornber said: “Ear wax usually clears naturally.
"The NHS does not recommend using cotton swabs, as they usually push the wax deeper into the ear and can cause accumulation.
"Cotton buds can also irritate the ear canal, stripping it of its natural oils and causing itching."
"Ear wax should usually fall out on its own on a regular basis.
"If you feel you have a blocked drop such as drops or almond or olive oil, you can help loosen it. If you feel you have a problem with your ear, talk to your pharmacist first to see if they can recommend anything to help.
"If they think you have more problems, they can advise you to seek more medical advice from your nurse or GP"