Everyone has a certain amount of wax in their ears – it is a natural substance secreted by tiny glands in the skin of the ear similar to sweat glands. It helps protect the sensitive lining in the outer channel of the ear from infection and keeps it free of dust and flakes of skin. And just as some people sweat more than others, some people naturally produce more ear wax.
Usually the wax steadily crumbles away and is expelled from the ear as tiny flakes, to be replaced by a fresh supply of wax from within the ear. It only becomes troublesome when there is a build-up of too much wax which, if left for a long time, may harden or slip against the drum and cause hearing problems.
When you first become aware of the familiar slight ‘muzziness’ caused by a build-up of wax, try softening the wax with a little olive oil at body temperature dropped into the ear(s) two or three times a day. Alternatively, there are special ear-wax softening drops, sometimes medicated, which your pharmacist can recommend. The wax may then gradually slide out on its own.
However, I must urge you to take great care with your ears – never delve inside too deeply or you could damage the drum. Do not attempt to clean or unblock your ears with cotton wool buds, nor use force or instruments in the ear. And never use ear drops to soften wax if your ears are inflamed or infected.
If you do use drops and after two or three days your ears still don’t feel clear, consult your doctor – your ears may need syringing with warm water.
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