The purpose of the earwax inside ears is to protect the ear canal. It helps in cleaning and lubrication, offering protection from bacteria, fungi, water and insects. It is also known as cerumen, which is the medical term. The cerumen helps form a protective barrier to protect the very delicate, sensitive skin inside the external auditory canal from damage.
There are times when people have a lot of wax buildup. Most people don’t know how to use Q-tips and end putting them inside their ears in order to clean them. It may sound odd, but ear wax is good for you. Also, putting a Q-tip anywhere except for the outermost parts of the ear can be a big harm to your health.
So, most of the time when there is an earwax, you just want to leave it alone. The wonderful, magical thing about the ear is that the skin grows outward slowly and it almost forms a little conveyor belt, carrying the earwax out.
Doctors recommend in times when there is a troublesome wax in your ears, don’t reach for a cotton swab because it will just shove the wax right down the ear canal and it becomes stuck in there.
So, if you have Q-tips, use them to apply make-up, but don’t stick them up in the ear. If you see wax at the outer ear, you can wash it off with a wash cloth during the bath or during a shower.
In addition, if there is a bigger problem where there is a bigger wax buildup, there are some home remedies you can use.
Home remedies for earwax removal:
The simplest remedy is probably mineral oil or baby oil, which can loosen up the wax and make it easier for it to flow out. You can also make a mixture with white vinegar, which is really acidic acid, and alcohol. Put a few drops in there and then shake them back out to help loosen up the wax and carry it out as well.
You don’t want to flush fluid forcefully into the ear because you don’t know if your eardrum has a hole in it, as some people do. And, if there is a hole in your ear drum and you are introducing fluid into the middle ear, you may cause really serious infection. So, if any flushing is going to be done, it needs to be done by a doctor who has looked into the ear before that.
Finally, remember earwax is generally good. You can instill mineral oil, baby oil, or a mixture of acidic acid vinegar and alcohol in the ear to help get your wax out, but if it is causing a real problem, you better want a doctor’s help.