It is easy to view ear wax as an annoyance, but like most secretions, it has an important purpose. It’s a cleaning agent, produced by your ears to prevent them from drying out. It contains protective and anti-bacterial agents to help your ears stay healthy.
However, various factors can cause more wax than is needed to collect in the outer part of the ear canal and if this is left untreated, it can cause pain and eventually require medical intervention. But don’t worry, help is at hand in the form of these effective remedies you can try at home!
What is Ear Wax?
‘Wax’ is something of a misnomer for the body fluid that forms in your ear. It is actually a water-soluble mixture of various secretions mixed with hair and dead skin, formed in the outer part of the ear rather than the inner drum. Your ears are self-cleaning for the most part, and the secretions help move dead skin to the opening of the ear, aided by the jaw motion you use when you chew. Once out in the open, ‘wax’ will usually dry out and flake away naturally. However over time it can build up and cause other problems, sometimes aided by overproduction or a blockage within the ear canal.