Understanding Earwax Buildup
Earwax is an important natural occurring substance that the glands produce to protect ear canal skin from dust, microorganisms water irritation and other unwanted foreign particles from harming the ear. Earwax buildup occurs from the glands producing more earwax than necessary. This in turn can cause earwax to become hard and may block the ear canal. This prevents the earwax from naturally leaving through the ear opening, which would normally be washed away.
When your glands make more earwax than is necessary, it may get hard and block the ear. When you clean your ears, you can inadvertently push the wax deeper into the ear, causing a blockage. Earwax buildup can lead to pain in the ear, tinnitus (ringing in the ear), temporary hearing loss and even ear infection. If the symptoms persist then you should seek a professional, as it could be something beyond earwax buildup.
Reasons For Excess Earwax
Though some people simply may be more prone to producing more earwax than others, earwax buildup can be caused by frequent daily actions that you may not be aware of. Wearing things in your ears such as headphones, hearing aids and even ear plugs can cause excess earwax. The most common reason for earwax buildup is from frequent usage of cotton swabs and other objects that are being used to clean ears.
Even though excess earwax may not lead to earwax buildup, it’s attempting at home ear cleaning that tends to be the leading culprit for earwax blockage. Extreme caution should be taken when attempting to clean your ears. It’s when objects are being introduced into the ear canal that blockage can be created, such as using cotton swabs to clean your ears.
There are home remedies for earwax removal, though you should never try to actually dig earwax out of your own ear. Attempting to treat earwax buildup yourself at home should be done only with extreme caution or, even better yet, have a professional remove earwax blockage for you. Professional earwax buildup removal is usually quick and painless.
Amy Savvenas (Holistic Blogger)
*The above information should only be viewed as educational material. This information does not claim to treat or cure; for any concerns one should seek out a medical professional for an examination.