Excess Ear Wax Causes

Ear wax is designed to perform several important functions inside the ear.

It is also known as cerumen. It helps to keep the ear clean and lubricated. Without it, dirt, small insects and various other contaminants would quickly become an issue. The ear would also be dry and uncomfortable.

Many people are affected by having excess ear wax at some point in their lives. This condition may affect children as well as adults. It can be very uncomfortable because it leads to a feeling of fullness in the ear. When the ear canal is blocked by the extra secretions, it may be difficult for sound waves to be carried along inside the ear. The blockage also causes more pressure to be exerted in different parts of the ear.

Ear (Photo credit: Menage a Moi)

Excess Ear Wax Causes: Natural Production

The problem arises when we produce too much of this valuable substance. For some people, the excess is not triggered by any external factor, they just naturally produce a bit more than they need. This can be a probelm in humans, as well as dogs and other animals.

Ears (Photo credit: TimothyJ)

Excess Ear Wax Causes: External Factors

In some cases, there is a medical condition that is causing the excess production. When some people have damage to their ear drum, they may produce an extra volume of wax.

Wax may sometimes build up when there is an infection in the middle ear. When there is an infection in the middle ear, the wax cannot remove the bacteria. If pus drains into the middle ear, this can also stimulate the production of more wax.

Millions of people every year have to get professional assistance when the ear wax becomes impacted. Person who have problems with cerumen build up should go to their doctor every 6 to 12 months to get the excess wax removed before it becomes a problem.

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  1. This a very good and informative article Sharifa. It’s a topic that we take for granted until it becomes a health problem.

  2. This can be tough for those dealing with it. Very informative. Thanks

  3. A very helpful information. I too learned a lot from this.

  4. It can. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Dreamy.

  5. Hi Papaleng
    Good to know that.

  6. Cheers for the ups on that Sharifa

  7. Great share good info.

  8. Well researched!

  9. Thanks Gaby

  10. Cheers Matt ;-)

  11. Thanks Laura

  12. Useful info

  13. Good post with useful information Sharifa, as usual!

  14. I’ve had family members go in to have the wax removed. An ear stuffed with wax can cause some very strange sensations.

  15. Hi Eunike

  16. Thanks Raj ;-)

  17. It does, Marqjonz.

  18. very useful information. you have a knack for figuring out these Little things in life that are taken for granted by the majority of the population and writing about them to create awareness among us.

  19. This is very interesting.

  20. You do not know how much I appreciate this article. She has a broken eardrum and is getting more and more wax daily.

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