WHAT IS EARWAX?
Earwax is medically referred to as cerumen and is a wax like oil produced in the ear canal. Cerumen provides protection by keeping dust, particles and other microorganisms from entering the ear. Additionally, it protects the ear canal skin from water irritations. Most of the time, excess earwax will travel out of the ear canal to fall away naturally or be washed away. In some cases, the ear produces too much and it may harden and block the ears. This may be because of a health condition or objects placed in the ear. Older adults are more likely to have issues with earwax buildup because earwax tends to become harder and less fluid with age.
WHAT CAN CAUSE EARWAX BUILDUP?
The excess production of earwax is not the cause of buildup. Earwax begins to build up when it is pushed further into the ear. Most often this is done when Q-tips are used to clean the ears, but fingers, bobby pins, headphones, hearing aids and even rolled up tissue corners can cause impactions as well.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF EARWAX BUILDUP?
Some common symptoms that can be a sign you have earwax buildup include:
Severe damage that can result if earwax buildup is left untreated:
HOW TO TREAT EARWAX BUILDUP?
If you are suffering from any buildup symptoms, there are home remedies that can be attempted to safely remove earwax.
Ear candling is used to cause suction in the ear, but this treatment is dangerous and can cause more damage. Evidence doesn’t support the effectiveness of this method and it should not be considered when trying to remove earwax from the ear.
It’s time to seek medical care when,
The inner ear is highly sensitive and professional care should be sought quickly if any of the above conditions exist. Urgent Clinics Medical Care is staffed with experienced and friendly healthcare professionals who can provide professional irrigation or dry instrument removal procedures. Just walk into any of our convenient locations in the Houston area including Pearland, Champions, The Woodlands and 3 locations in League City: Creekside, Marina Bay and Tuscan Lakes. We will provide you with exceptional medical care to address your earwax buildup issues.