Earwax can feel a lot like the stuff inside pimples: It’s gross, and cleaning it out feels satisfying. Even watching other people’s earwax get cleaned out feels satisfying. But now science spoilsports say you shouldn’t clean it out at all. So you might be surprised to learn that earwax serves an important purpose. [Also Read: Most Women Suffer from asthma than men]
This is the official decree of the American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO), which released official earwax guidelines earlier this year. AAO said, ‘Earwax that does not cause symptoms or block the ear canal should be left alone. – and doctors say that most of us should not be trying to remove it at all.
Earwax which is also known as cerumen is a naturally occurring substance that protects the skin of the ear canal and helps in keeping it clean while giving protection against bacteria. It also cleans itself: Chewing, jaw motion, and the growth of new skin continuously push old wax out of the ear canal. The entrance to the ears can be cleaned with a damp flannel.
The AAO says ear syringing should be avoided – and even cleaning out your ears with a cotton buds. Apparently, your earwax actually helps stop dirt travelling into your ear – and it is constantly pushed out by chewing and the growth of new skin.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said wax pushed further down the ear could damage the eardrum and ear canal, the Daily Mail reported. The Nice committee warns that buds could cause infections.
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