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The ear wax cleaning madness must stop March 31, 2006

Posted by tkcollier in Lifestyle, Science & Technology.
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Dr. Paul J. Camp, Spelman College, Department of Physics is in the don't-pick-your ears camp: Plug o' earwax Oh for god's sake, this has gone on long enough.Ear wax is there for a reason. It has antibacterial properties as well as preventing dirt and bugs from going further into your hearing system. Excess earwax is pushed naturally to the opening of the ear canal, where it is washed away, pushed out as the cerumen glands secrete more wax and also by epithelial migration as your skin goes through its replacement cycle.

From the Mayo Clinic: "Never attempt to dig out excessive or hardened earwax with items such as a paper clip, a cotton swab or a hairpin. You may push the wax farther into your ear and cause serious damage to the lining of your ear canal and even to your eardrum." Wanna go deaf? Stick a bobby pin in your ear. See herefor what it looks like when you've been packing that stuff in for a while.

Even if you don't do that, simply scratching or abrading the skin in the ear canal provides a protected growth site for fungus — the dreaded swimmer's ear. I had this once when psoriasis broke up the skin in my ear. You don't want it. Also, removal of impacted ear wax, from pushing it further down in the ear, is inevitably very painful.

Now there are a VERY FEW people who have excessive wax secretions and need to have it cleaned out every now and again. The solution to that is a few drops of mineral oil to soften up the wax and, a day or two later, a bit of warm water or hydrogen peroxide squirted up the ear canal.

And for god's sake, don't stick a candle in your ding dang ear. Ear wax cannot be sucked out by a candle. There are easier ways to set your head on fire.

Comments»

1. Jim - May 26, 2006

You are a non-believer! Not only are candles good for ears, but they also help with other stubborn places! http://buttcandle.com

2. waxinglyrical - February 27, 2007

but what about people who really, really ENJOY removing earwax, especially the dry variety?

Sidney - May 6, 2012

That’s me! I think it feels good!! And I kind of have an addiction to it.. O.o

3. tamgo - May 16, 2007

I agree with the author completely. This is an induced necessity, that like so many other things, the corporations have imposed unto us. Like the sheep that we are, we have accepted into our lives with arms wide open.

I hardly use the cotton swab thingies. Because of it I have been the target of several sermons on hygiene.

4. whit - January 3, 2008

haha i just got my ears done 😀 it worked fabulous! since i get really bad ear aches like my grandma this is a simplier cheaper way then going to the doctor

5. desiree - February 29, 2012

My mom always cleaned my ears with Bobby pins now its kind of a habbit

6. Christina - October 18, 2012

Thank you for sharing your info. I truly appreciate your efforts
and I will be waiting for your next post thank you once again.


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