Earwax, also known as cerumen, is a yellowish waxy substance secreted in the ear canal of humans and other mammals. It protects the skin of the human ear canal, assists in cleaning and lubrication, and also provides some protection from bacteria, fungi, insects and water.
Ear wax helps protect your ears against ear infections and other discomforts, but sometimes there can be a lot of wax buildup.
Most people don’t use Q-tips properly and wind up putting them inside their ears to feel “clean.” Big mistake! Not only is ear wax good for you, but putting a Q-Tip anywhere except for the outermost parts of your ear can be a big detriment to your health.
Home remedies for earwax removal:
The simplest remedy is probably mineral oil or baby oil, which can loosen up the wax and make it easier for it to flow out. You can also make a mixture with white vinegar, which is really acidic acid, and alcohol. Put a few drops in there and then shake them back out to help loosen up the wax and carry it out as well.
You don’t want to flush fluid forcefully into the ear because you don’t know if your eardrum has a hole in it, as some people do. And, if there is a hole in your ear drum and you are introducing fluid into the middle ear, you may cause really serious infection. So, if any flushing is going to be done, it needs to be done by a doctor who has looked into the ear before that.
Finally, remember earwax is generally good. You can instill mineral oil, baby oil, or a mixture of acidic acid vinegar and alcohol in the ear to help get your wax out, but if it is causing a real problem, you better want a doctor’s help.
Remember, ear wax is generally good!