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Your Ears and Your Health.

Causes of Buildup and Blockage in Ears.

Posted by Mark Hagood, M.D. on

Some of the symptoms of earwax blockage include pain, reduced hearing, a ringing in the ear, a feeling of the ears being plugged and, in some cases, discharge. A main cause of earwax blockage is attempting to clean the ear with a cotton-tipped swab or other object.  This ill-advised cleaning method simply pushes the wax deeper into the ear, obstructing the ear canal. Hearing aid users are particularly susceptible to the buildup of excess earwax.  When hearing aids are inserted, they can push was deeper into the ear canal.  They can also hinder the normal draining process.  The over use...

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Ear Itching

Posted by Mark Hagood, M.D. on

Ear itching is a tickling, irritating sensation accompanied by the persistent need to scratch your ear.  Redness, swelling, soreness, flaking and scarring may occur in the area of itchiness.  The medical term for itchiness is pruritus.  Although scratching may temporarily relieve your symptoms, it can cause more irritation or lead to an infection.  With most cases or itching, it is best to refrain from scratching and leave the area alone to heal. Inner ear itching can be caused by dirt, infection, water and even earwax.  The itching can usually be treated at home, but when it is accompanied by pain...

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What Cause Ear Wax?

Posted by Mark Hagood, M.D. on

Earwax is naturally produced by the body to help protect, clean and lubricate the ear.  Earwax is secreted by the glands in the skin lining the ear canal in order to prevent foreign particles from penetrating deep into the canal and damaging the eardrum. With the assistance of chewing and regular motions of the jaw, small amounts of earwax are continuously transported from the ear canal to the opening of the ear.  It then dries and is either washed away or falls out as new wax is secreted. While earwax is usually extremely beneficial due to its lubricating and antibacterial...

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