It probably gives you a lot of relief, but it isn’t doing any good to your ears. Yes! The cotton buds that you’re using to clean the inside of your ears are actually causing much harm to your ears for the long run.
Did you know that your ear is a self-cleaning organ and that it doesn’t need an external element for cleaning? The ear wax is actually a line of defense against infections and water damage to the internal ear.
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Ear wax is nothing but an excretion from the skin that settles on the walls of your ear canal. The ear wax is produced by the special glands called cerement that the skin has. The wax is sticky and is often used to protect the ears from infections or the entry of water. Over time, the wax dries up and falls out of the ear carrying along with it dust particles and sloughed off the skin.
Now the doubt is why do you then need to clean your ears? Being a self-cleansing organ, it shouldn’t require any cleaning. However, the wax sometimes becomes very sticky and tends to cause irritation, which can further lead to some form of infection within the ear or inflammation of the inner lining (which is also known as a condition called otitis).
When you use a Q-tip or a cotton bud to clean your ears, it pushes the wax towards your eardrum through the ear canal and imparts it. If this wax touches the skin of the eardrum, it can restrict vibrations thus making you feel deaf temporarily. If the wax settles on your eardrum, it can cause hearing problems. Furthermore, it can disrupt the ears’ natural cleaning system.
In some remote areas of our country, there are people who take up the job of cleaning ears for a living. Not only is it harmful, but also highly unhygienic. Therefore, no matter how severe the problem, if you notice any unusual pain in your ears, we suggest it’s best to visit a doctor.