Healthy Living

How To Properly Clean Your Ears

It is true that cotton swabs are the most commonly used item for cleaning one's ears. However, you’ll be surprised to know that it isn’t the safest way to do so.

Earwax is also known as cerumen, which is a self-cleaning agent that your body produces for the purpose of cleaning out any bacteria and dirt. Keep in mind that earwax naturally comes out of your ears through activities including jaw motions and chewing.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that we should no longer clean our ears. There are times when earwax can build up to the point that it can affect your hearing.  At this point, there’s already what most medical experts call as impaction.

With impaction, there is excessive coughing, dizziness, bad odor coming out of your ear, impaired hearing, loud ringing in the ear and aching in the affected ear.

Here are some of the best practices to safely remove earwax from your ears.

1. Earwax softener

Most would advise using eardrops that has the ability to soften wax, making it easier to be removed without the use of too much force. You can easily find these at pharmacies. You can use saline, hydrogen peroxide, peroxide, glycerin and baby oil.

2. Syringe

You can opt to irrigate your ears using a syringe. Here, you need to rinse out the ear canal using a saline solution. This is effective if you use a wax softener at least 30 minutes before irrigating.

3. Damp cloth

With cotton swabs, you are only pushing the wax deeper into your ear canal. With a damp cloth, you are able to wipe the area safely; however, the downside of this practice is that you can only clean the outer portion of your ears.

There are also things you should be wary of when cleaning your ears. For one, you should avoid using ear candles. It utilizes fire to clean out the wax in your ears. It’s dangerous because the fire can injure you. Moreover, you can get wax from the candle into your ears.

There are complications once you’ve developed a blockage in your ear. You need to treat it as soon as possible as the symptoms can get even worse.

This Guy Removing A Huge Chunk Of Earwax Is Incredibly Gross Yet Satisfying It was only a matter of time before the YouTube video of a guy getting a huge amount of impacted earwax yanked out of his ear with tweezers went viral. The video, posted in December 2014, has recently become popular and garnered over 5 million views.Kyle Davis is the name associated with the video, but we’re not certain if he’s the guy who took the video or who is getting his ear assaulted. Either way, watching the tweezers pick at the sticky ball of wax until it’s finally jostled out is slightly sickening, but fulfilling at the same time. Imagine how clear his ears must feel now! Before hard of hearing, now he can now hear again!Earwax buildup is common in almost anyone, and while it’s annoying, it’s not dangerous. Your body produces earwax (also known as cerumen) to protect your ears; it contains both lubricating and antibacterial properties, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Typically, your ears are able to clear your canals free of wax on their own, through chewing and the skin growing from your ear canals out. Interestingly, people who shove Q-tips or cotton swabs in their ears are more likely to experience impacted earwax, by pushing the wax farther into the ear than they should.Despite the fact that this video’s ultimate conclusion results in pure satisfaction – an enormous slab of earwax is pulled out – removing impacted earwax with tweezers isn’t the safest or best way to do it, as it might damage your inner ear. Instead, going to the doctor’s or picking up cerumenolytic solutions from the store are better ways to treat impacted earwax. Cerumenolytic solutions – such as mineral oil, baby oil, glycerin, or other ear drops – are used to dissolve wax when they’re poured into the ear canal, according to the Cleveland Clinic.Watch the video if you’re not faint at heart – although it’s still not as gross as the one where the guy pops a gigantic pimple on his neck. Youtube

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