Why you don't always need to remove earwax: what it's for
Everyone follows the rules of personal hygiene and cleans their ears of wax. Most people think that it should be gotten rid of immediately, because it only contaminates the ear canals.
However, over-cleaning our ears with cotton swabs, can be detrimental to our health. IFLScience has delved into this issue in more detail.
Earwax is a natural yellow-brown colored secretion produced by the wax glands in the ear canal. Wax is necessary to protect our ears from dirt and foreign bodies, it keeps the skin of the ear canal soft and maintains its healthy condition.
Sulfur is made up of oil, sweat, skin cells, and dust particles. Although it performs important functions for our bodies, too much of it can lead to hearing loss.
People with narrow ear canals and those who frequently wear something in their ears, such as earplugs , hearing aids, and headphones, can develop a plug.
Also, frequent use of cotton swabs can cause earwax to build up rather than be removed.
Our body is capable of cleansing itself of excess dirt in the ears. The cells gradually move the wax closer to the outside of the ear and then it falls off on its own, or it can be washed out with water while bathing.
A cotton swab interferes with this natural process. This is because the wax that has already gotten close to the outside of the ear goes back into the ear canal. Over time, it builds up and health problems arise.
If you have symptoms such as itching, ear stuffiness, fluid discharge or pain, you should see a doctor immediately.
Earlier OBOZREVATEL published the explanation of experts about the importance of nasal hygiene for respiratory health.