Health Tip: When Earwax Builds Up
-- Earwax isn't a sign that your ears aren't clean or healthy. It actually helps to protect your ears.
But if there's a significant buildup of earwax, it can impair your hearing. Fairview Health Services offers these suggestions:
- Soften earwax with a few drops of baby oil, mineral oil, or special ear drops, then wipe the outer ear gently with a cloth.
- Don't try to soften earwax if your ear hurts, if you have cold symptoms, or if your eardrum has ever been punctured.
- Never insert objects such as a pencil or cotton swab into your ear.
- If you have trouble hearing or have pain in one or both ears, see your doctor at once.
Posted: October 2008