Monday, October 18

What is earwax for and what is the best way to clean our ears?

  • Serie “Trust me, I’m a doctor”
  • BBC

Woman lying her finger in her ear

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Many do not like it, they find it repulsive. But the truth is that ear wax is a natural secretion with a very important function, and cleaning them is not something that should be taken lightly.

British otolaryngologist Gabriel Weston investigated the best and worst ways to clean the ears.

But before giving us his verdict, he clarifies that cerumen is a substance produced by the glands inside the ear and that it has several functions:

  • Helps keep our ears healthy and clean.
  • It prevents the lines lining the ear canals from drying out and cracking.
  • Protects the ear from dirt and repels water, which helps stop infections.

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