Thursday, July 19, 2012

We all have earwax. Do you know why, how to get rid of it or when its time to call the doctor? Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about earwax in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Earwax, or cerumen, is a wax made in your ear. It protects the skin inside your ear canal.

Earwax will not cause problems in most people. But wax can build up and block your ear canal. This can cause pain, hearing problems, ringing in the ear or dizziness.

Anyone can get earwax buildup. It is more likely in older people, the mentally disabled, people who use cotton swabs in their ears and people who wear hearing aids or earplugs.

Your doctor can look into your ear canal to see if there is too much wax or if it is blocking your ear canal. Your doctor can remove wax buildup with an ear spoon, use ear drops to soften the wax, or wash out the ear with water.

There are many over-the-counter products that can remove wax. If you use one of these, be sure to follow the directions on the package. Never put cotton swabs or other items into your ear canal.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.