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How should ears be properly cleaned?

Published On: Nov 20 2012 11:05:32 AM CST
Updated On: Aug 22 2013 03:15:34 PM CDT
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By Pure Matters

Normally, ears canals are self-cleaning and should not need cleaning with any devices or cotton-tipped applicators. Cleaning the ear can cause problems by pushing the ear wax deeper into the ear canal and against the eardrum. However, sometimes wax can accumulate excessively, resulting in a blocked ear canal. In the case of a blocked ear canal, consult your physician. He/she may recommend one or more of the following:

  • an irrigation of the ear canal to wash out the wax
  • a vacuuming of the ear canal to remove the wax
  • the use of a special instrument(s) to remove the wax
  • prescription eardrops or mineral oil to soften the wax

Always consult your physician for a diagnosis and for additional information.

Source: Pure Matters

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