How to clean the ears without damaging the auditory channel

What is the proper form of cleaning our ears is a question that has been making humanity since, at least, the first century. And is that at that time Romano A

How to clean the ears without damaging the auditory channel

What is the proper form of cleaning our ears is a question that has been making humanity since, at least, the first century. And is that at that time Romano Aulo Cornelio Celso already embodied in writing, in his medical book, a series of remedies to eliminate the accumulated cerumen.

Fortunately, medical science has evolved a lot since then, but the question remains usual in nursing consultations. I will not talk about the remedies of ancient Rome, but if you allow me today, I will explain how to keep your ears clean without putting auditory health at risk.

Many and all very important. The cerumen is a substance that produce glands that we have in the ear, and its main functions are those of protecting it from the dirt from abroad, repelling water to prevent moisture infections from being formed and preventing stretching From the walls of the auditory canal dry and crack. It has a lubricating and protective function, in addition to bactericida against usual pathogens such as E. coli or H. influenzae.

No. on average, a person generates 2.8 milligrams of cerumen a week. But the reality is that the amount that our glands produce is something that depends on each person, there are them manufacturing little and others that make a lot. Even the consistency of it also varies. Posts to choose, it is better to have an ear that produces more than less, although that causes the uncomfortable plugs.

No. With these popular basters it is even the paradox that in the container itself warns that we do not introduce them into the auditory conduit, but it is still done.

By introducing them into the auditory channel we run the risk of drilling the eardrum or pushing the wax inside, compacting it and making its expulsion very difficult.

There have been no cases in which the cotton of the end of the baston has been released by being housed next to the eardrum, and have had to go to the emergency room for it to withmake it and it does not cause an infection and loss of hearing.

Sprinkles a priori saline are not harmful if we have a healthy ear, although they do not have a clear benefit either. But eye, because the use of these spraso will increase moisture within the ear and that can favor the appearance of infections.

No. I must recognize you that you have always surprised me that a person in your right mind agrees to undergo this practice without any scientific evidence, and that it consists of placing a hollow candle on the ear hole. Supposedly the heat that originates inside the sail causes the cerumen of the auditory channel, but in reality what we see is the wax of the melted candle. Its use can cause burns in the ear or face, in addition to the remains of wax inside the ear.

The only thing that should worry us, as a general rule, is to clean the ears. That is, wash only the external part (the visible) leaving calm the auditory channel. As much, and with the help of the tip of a wetted thin towel, we can gently rub the area surrounding the ear hole to keep a hygienic aspect, but without getting it into the channel.

As a general norm, because the ear has its own self-cleaning system. The movements of our jaw when speaking or eating, attached to the migratory movement of the auditory canal skin, make us explode outwards that cerumen slowly and naturally. Once it is out I remove it with the routine cleaning of the ears.

Only in cases where the person generates much cerumen, or has a narrower or angled auditory duct of normal, there is a risk that wax plugs are formed. In that case you should always go to the consultation of your nurse to rate the situation and proceed to withdraw them, never try it on your own since it is dangerous. I could drill the eardrum or cause wounds and infections in the auditory channel

Updated Date: 07 November 2021, 17:29

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