What is Earwax and How to Remove it At Home?
Let’s say earwax is a yellowish nasty substance created by dead skin cells inside of an ear.
In other poetical words, I could say that this substance is like inception- something inside of something inside of another something. And this something is called earwax and it is not easy to get it clean. Usually, the best thing to do is to leave it alone. But what if it’s written in your DNA that your reproduction of an earwax won’t stop. Just like little offsprings won’t stop coming out of the neighbors’ mother.
Here is where your story of an impacted earwax starts…
What is an impacted earwax?
There it is in your ear canal waiting to get infected simply because it is loading and loading and not stopping to load. The ear canal is a pretty looking tube that runs from your outer ear to your eardrum. It is also an erotic body part in which people like to whisper, but I am guessing it erotic to the point where the ear canal is nicely cleaned.
This erotic body part- ear canal is protected with wax from infections, water, foreign objects and also injury. But the good ear wax protection only happens when there is the right amount of it.
If it’s too much of wax we can talk about impacted earwax. That kind of ear wax blockage means problems.
Not just problems to not hear the newest song on the radio, but also problems such as infection.Fun fact!
Did you know that earwax is moving when the human jaw is opening and closing?
With getting older and wiser earwax becomes more harder- meaning it’s not so mobile anymore. That is why older people should get regular ear check-ups at the ENT doctor.
What is Causing Impacted Earwax?
There are many different reasons why excessive earwax can happen.
- infectious disease; such as Swimmer’s ear (external otitis)
- bony blockage (exostoses or osteoma)
- skin disease (eczema)
- narrowed ear canal which is narrowed from birth or is chronically inflamed or injured.
- injury; excessive earwax
- repeatedly placed objects inside of an ear hole- very typical with children or youth- sometimes earplugs and earmolds have this effect.
- unknown reason
If you think your DNA is brilliantly healthy, but still there are some signs you could have impacted earwax then check for those symptoms:
- hearing loss (short term-temporary)
- itching in the ear
- ringing in the ears
- sense of ear fullness
- retention of the water in the ear canal
- Swimmer’s ear (otitis externa)
- bleeding from the ear
- eardrum hole (perforation)
It’s enough that you have one or two symptoms to be diagnosed with impacted earwax. It is also very possible the symptoms are increasing very slowly.
Diagnosed With Impacted Earwax? Here is How to Remove Ear Wax Blockage Fast
Yes, I know that it is not on your bucket list to go and see a doctor about it, but that is the only way you can know what you have. The doctor will look inside of your ear canal with an otoscope and he or she will see exactly “who is living” inside of your ear hole.
You’ll be surprised how many animals can make a nest in the “warmy, liquidy” conditions.
If you have a cool doctor then he will probably suggest to you to do the hearing test.
After this, you will be diagnosed and happy to know how to treat it or leave it.
It’s still unknown why some people get it and that’s why is so hard to talk about the prevention of an earwax build up.
Some good ear sprays work as a topical agent. It’s good to use them once a week.
But for sure you shouldn’t clean your ears with cotton swabs or anything similar to it. This will only push the earwax much deeper. Maybe even to the eardrum which can be easily ruptured.
Best Way to Remove Ear Wax
There are 3 ways for treating build-up wax in your ears.
Which method of treatment is the best for you depends on your age and general health you are in. Speaking of health let me just mention that is not advisable to chug beers before and after the treatments because this will strongly mess up with your coordination and balance. You know, balance is in your ears.
Ear drops are the first thing you can try. They will soften the wax and slowly break it down. For example, Debrox ear drops are really good for this.
The second thing you can try with your doctor is ear irrigation. This is cleaning the ear with water.
The last thing if nothing of mentioned above is not working is removing the earwax with special tools.
Don’t do the removal on your own. Don’t buy any of the online latest tricks such as ear vacuum kits and ear candling. Those things can harm you.
How to Remove Ear Wax Blockage Fast and How to Avoide Possible Complications?
Some risks can happen with removing an earwax. Also, you should not remove earwax if you have ruptured eardrum or you are sick.
Some people have higher risks for complications to evolve. For example, people with diabetes can develop Swimmer’s ear pretty easy.
When to Call the Doctor
Immediately call the doctor if the blood comes out of your ears after the cleaning. It’s not because of the blocked artery in your heart and you will not die! Don’t worry! But still go to the doctor, because blood coming out of an ear is never a good sign. It usually means ruptured eardrum.
Follow these tips to get the most out of your health care provider
- Know the exact reason for your visit.
- Come with a list of questions which you have prepared before.
- Bring a buddy with you, because after the cleaning you may be a little bit dizzy.
- Ask the doctor to write down for you the diagnosis, medicines, tests.
- Write down why you should use those medicines.
- Ask if there is another way to deal with your problem.
- Ask what happens if you don’t use the medicine correctly.
- The date and hour of your doctor’s visit would be also good to be written down.
- Write down the contact of your doctor.
Stefan Grasic (Dipl.-Jur) A great guy, researcher with considerable experience in finance and health related niches. While he was studying in Netherlands he used to be a part time writer for Health~Holland on-line magazine.