Saturday, March 10, 2012

Body Q&A: Earwax - What Why and How?

  What is Earwax and Why Do I Need It?


  Earwax is made up of moisturizing oils, infection-fighting enzymes, and dead skin.
 Though the substance may be a bit unsavory, we should in general terms, leave it alone to do the job for which it is intended.

 Removing it with a Q-tip or finger usually produces a result similar to packing a musket; You simply push a portion of the earwax deeper into the ear canals, where it becomes stuck and hardens.
 This causes far more problems than simply allowing it to run it's natural course, in other words: Those ear pains are not caused by the earwax itself, but more by your attempts to remove it.

 Instead, clean your ears while showering by gently tugging the lobes, which straightens the ear canal and allows the warm water to wash away excess wax.


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