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Nov 2021
Earwax
What is earwax?
It is made from a substance called cerumen which is secreted by glands into the outer ear canal. After wax is secreted, it naturally moves out of the ear. It then falls out or gets washed away. Wax is produced constantly to ensure there is always a coating of wax within the ear canal.

What is earwax for?
Earwax has 3 main functions:
  • protects and moisturises the ear canal preventing dry and itchy ears
  • it contains chemicals which kill bacteria and prevent ear infections
  • it acts as a barrier between the outside world and the ear drum, catching dust and dirt
What are the symptoms of an earwax build up?
  • loss of hearing 
  • pain
  • tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in your ears)
  • vertigo (feeling sick or dizzy)
What causes excess earwax build up? 
  • Narrow ear canals
  • Lots of hair in your ear canal
  • Skin conditions around the ears and scalp
  • Working in dusty environments
  • Wearing hearing aids
How can I safely remove earwax?
Using olive or almond oil can help remove problem earwax. 2-3 drops up to four times daily should help unblock your ears within 5 days. Ensure to lie your head to one side for several minutes after applying the drops with a dropper. Never use any object such as a cotton bud in your ear - this will only push the wax in further. There is also no evidence that ear candles remove earwax, and they can be dangerous.

What is earwax microsuction?
Earwax microsuction is the gold standard for earwax removal. It is the safest form of earwax removal as it doesn’t involve irrigating the ear with water. It involves using a small suction pump to suck the earwax out of your ear. It is quick and painless. Book ear wax removal at Ogg’s Pharmacy at www.oggspharmacy.co.uk/ear-wax-removal or call 01292 262366.
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