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Ear Wax

Ear wax is produced by glands in the outer ear canal to protect the eardrum, preventing the skin from drying and dust and other objects entering. Wax is naturally disposed of from the ear.

Causes
Excessive wax can obstruct the ear canal and cause a blockage, generating a sensation of fullness in the ear and sometimes affecting hearing. Also, as ear wax absorbs water, the blockage can be made worse following swimming or bathing. Cleaning the ear constantly can lead to a build up of wax. If the blockage is not cleared, inflammation of the ear canal may occur and cause irritation or partial deafness.

When to seek further professional advice
If you have any of the above problems with ear wax you should consult your doctor.

Alternative Treatment

Homeopathy: Remedies may be of help include: Hepar sulph. for earache accompanied by a sharp pain. Belladonna for throbbing earache with redness.
Aromatherapy: A drop of warm German camomile oil in five drops of olive oil, into the ear, will help to dissolve the wax.
Other therapies include: Acupressure, shiatsu, and Western Herbalism.

Traditional Treatment

For minor ear wax problems, softening the wax with warmed olive oil or almond oil may help. Excess or hardened ear wax can be syringed out by the doctor. Other ways of removing wax are by instruments, or by suction. A warm oil may be syringed into the ear to soften the wax, which then may disperse naturally.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment.

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-21