Earwax is a natural substance that is produced in the glands present within the ear and has many functions. This is a natural barrier present in the ear that prevents dust and bacteria etc. from entering the inner parts of the ear. Earwax is very sticky, so it tends to collect microscopic waste that goes inside the ear. Without this protective barrier, your ear increases a variety of risks.
Earwax helps to keep our ears clean and healthy. It prevents drying or cracking of the layer on top of the ear canals. Earwax protects the ear from dust, soil, and water, due to which infection does not occur.
Generally, earwax is not a problem but if it starts to build up in excess then it can be a problem. Excessive production of earwax can lead to hearing loss and ear pain and in some children delayed speech. Earwax mainly obstructs the passage of the eardrum and obstructs the external sound waves from reaching the ear.
What are the symptoms of earwax?
The following types of symptoms develop due to the accumulation of scum in the ear.
- The ringing sound in the ear (tinnitus)
- Itchy ears
- Ear infection
- Ear discharge
- Deafness after cleaning earwax
Earwax build-up cannot be prevented and it is a common condition. If you feel stuffy in your ears due to earwax, do not try to remove the earwax yourself, because doing so can cause scratches, etc. to the inner skin of the ear and can also lead to infection. Earwax is usually treated quickly and does not cause any kind of pain. With the help of treatment, the ear wax can b removed, and the patient starts hearing properly.
When should I see a doctor?
If you have earwax stuffed in your ear and you are not able to remove the earwax then you should seek the help of a doctor. If ear wax is hard, it is softened with wax dissolving medicine and it is removed. If the wax is made in large quantities then at least once a year, the wax must be cleaned. if you start feeling some symptoms due to the accumulation of scum in your ear.