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Secretion Secrets: Things You Didn't Know About Earwax


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  • Earwax is a self-cleaning agent for your ears where it helps slow the growth of bacteria and prevent dirt from entering your ear
  • Unless you have an earwax blockage, you should leave your earwax alone; it will naturally migrate out of your ear
  • Trying to remove earwax with cotton swabs, ear candling, or other devices can cause earwax to move further into your ear canal and may damage your ear
  • Impacted earwax, which may cause hearing loss, ringing in the ears, or a feeling of fullness in your ear, can often be remedied at home by using water, oil, or ear drops to soften the wax to help it migrate out on its own

By Dr. Mercola

Earwax, known technically as cerumen, is produced by glands in your ear canal. Made up mostly of dead skin cells, earwax also contains other substances, including lysozyme, an antibacterial enzyme, fatty acids, alcohols, cholesterol, and squalene.

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