Hygiene is one of the most important habits that we all need to take care of to maintain excellent health, bathe daily, moisturize the skin, apply some type of lotion or perfume, among other things, however, sometimes we neglect to clean the the ears, until a moment when they begin to hurt.
The problem of the accumulation of earwax has serious consequences on health, according to experts, it is a very common but little known situation that must be treated in time to avoid affecting the correct functioning of the brain, including the mood.
An unpleasant appearance
The cerumen or ear wax is a secretion that occurs in glands located in the ear canal, and other secretions from the body have functions vital to health, for example, helps retain the skin flakes, lubricates, moisturizes and protects against foreign bodies such as bacteria.
If people do not take proper care of the hygiene of their ears, over the years, the accumulation of earwax can worsen health, according to Dr. Jordan Josephson of Healthline, said that older adults are the most affected, due to that tend to reduce personal hygiene, even the earwax is drier so it will become a difficult plug to remove.
- Hearing loss in the affected ear
- Pressure build-up
- Imbalance causing falls (broken bones or traumatic brain injuries)
- Brain malfunction (cognitive impairment and dementia)
- Depression or social isolation
How to properly clean the ears?
Like some people, I consider myself obsessive about cleaning my ears, I usually clean them two or more times a day, however, excessive cleaning, frequent use of devices such as headphones or earphones and the aging process itself , increase the secretion of wax, forming a hard plug.
The experts recommend cleaning ears with only normal bath with running water and using gauze or a towel, without using swabs, since the ear canals are cleaned by themselves and eject cerumen to the outside, even to the move the jaws when we speak or chew, it comes out on its own.
In addition, you must be careful with the use of cotton swabs or cotton buds (Qtips), since instead of cleaning the wax it can enter it deeply, causing trauma, otitis, or a ruptured eardrum.
There are some natural techniques that you can do to feel better and calm the discomfort, such as: massage the back of the ear to loosen the match, apply hydrogen peroxide or olive oil with a dropper (leave three or five minutes) then let the liquid drain, as well as use a hot water bottle and leave it on your ear for a while. However, you should always go to a specialist to remove the wax plug and thus avoid hurting your ear.
Hygiene is important for health, but if you take care of your ears you should do it with the recommendations of the experts!