November 25, 2019
Facts about earwax
Earwax is a bodily secretion. We generally do not notice it until there is an issue, such as hearing loss or clogged ear. You may wonder if it is related to too much earwax. We do not think much of earwax. It, however, has the function of protecting the ear canal and can capture dirt from outside. Earwax usually accumulates outside the ear canal and can be subdivided into two types: dry and wet. Dry earwax is dry and flaky. Wet earwax is wet and sticks on the ear canal.
When we chew and talk, it may cause earwax to fall off and discharge from the ear canal itself, so it is not necessary to clean the earwax under normal circumstances. It is suitable to clean the outer ear only. Appropriate amount of earwax can moisturise the ear canal and kill bacteria. Frequently cleaning the earwax in the ear canal may cause the ear canal to be stimulated to produce more earwax, and even cause inflammation of the ear canal. Many people use cotton sticks to clean the ear canal. That will push the earwax further into the ear canal instead. The earwax is pressed against the eardrum and the hearing can be affected in serious cases. Air flow can make the water vapor of the ear canal evaporate without extra cleaning.
Symptoms such as hearing loss, dizziness, ear pain, clogged ear or odors caused by too much earwax is impacted cerumen in Chinese medicine. You should seek medical assistance to check the condition of the ear canal with professional equipment and management. It is not suggested to use earwax remover by yourself as it is dangerous when you remove earwax without seeing the ear canal clearly.
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