What Is Ear Wax?
Ear wax forms a protective coating of the skin in the ear canal. Small amounts are made all the time. Flakes or crusts of wax break off and fall out of the ear from time to time. The quantity of ear wax made varies greatly from person to person.
A plug of wax is not a serious problem, more a nuisance. You only need to remove wax if it is causing symptoms such as reduced hearing, itch, or discomfort.
Can I Use Ear Buds?
No. Do not try to clean the ear canal with cotton wool buds, etc. This can make things worse as you will push some wax deeper inside. It may also cause an ear infection. Let the ear ‘clean itself’.
What If Wax Builds Up & Causes Problems?
Small plug of wax melts away with ear drops.
Ear cleaning by a professional may be needed for large collection of wax.
Most of the doctors now follow the practice of ear suctioning.