Nowadays, people use the most unusual objects to remove earwax, such as pen caps, hairpins, jewelry, and pencils, but they are potentially harmful. The scientists from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery underline that people should be careful what tools they use to remove earwax.
The medical name of the earwax build-up is known as cerumen impaction. The experts have released a new set of guidelines to help Americans deal with this issue without accidentally hurting themselves.
First, you shouldn’t over-clean the ear canals because you might experience an infection. Anything smaller than the elbow can irritate the ear canals, including toothpicks, car keys, hair pins, and even cotton swabs.
People sometimes cut or perforate the eardrum. Also, the ear has a few tiny bones. If these bones are dislocated, the patient might experience dizziness, hearing loss, and ringing in the ears. Try to refrain yourself from using ear candles because this traditional method hasn’t proved to be safe.
According to the specialists, people can’t get rid of impacted earwax through candling. This method can cause damage to the eardrum and the ear canals. In case you have symptoms of ear pain, ear fullness, and hearing loss, you should contact your physician.
Furthermore, people are encouraged to ask their doctors about safe and natural remedies to deal with earwax impaction. Also, they should do a routine check to make sure that they don’t suffer from an ear condition.
Other symptoms include ear bleeding and drainage. According to Dr. Seth Schwartz, lead author of the latest research, the new guidelines are designed to help every patient. The specialists stress that earwax shouldn’t be seen as something bad, or harmful to the ears.
Dr. Schwartz explains that earwax is a substance which occurs naturally, and it has the function of protecting the ear canals. This substance should be removed only when it causes symptoms, or in case the doctor cannot examine the ears.
More precisely, earwax is the body’s natural way of preventing dust, dirt, and microbes from getting into the ears. Also, it is the best moisturizer for the ear canals. The experts add that old wax will naturally slough out of the ears in time and whenever people take a bath. Besides seniors, those most at risk for cerumen impaction are developmentally delayed adults and children.