Wattestäbchen zur Reinigung von Ohren

You produce earwax incessantly, although you are not even aware of it. However, some find this vital secretion particularly unpleasant. Very often, many therefore resort to drastic means to get rid of the earwax and get rid of it.

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Are you aware of how harmful excessive ear hygiene can be for you? It's much better if you know how to clean your ears in a healthy way. That's why we recommend you this guide.

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Your ear wax

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Your earwax is mainly for your protection. Moreover, it is actually responsible for cleaning your ears yourself. Therefore, earwax is a very useful and important body secretion. The consistency of earwax is so sticky because it makes it easier to remove dead hairs and dead skin scales from the ear. The earwax automatically transports the dirt to the outside. In addition, the ear secretion has additional caring properties that you may not even know about. This keeps your ears supple on the inside. This is an important prerequisite for this natural function of cleaning. On the one hand, your earwax thus serves you for cleaning, on the other hand, it protects against fungal infections and has an antibacterial effect.

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What you can do against too much earwax

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Do you feel like your ears are producing too much earwax? Is there a possibility that the natural drainage by your earwax has been disrupted by manual manipulation? In this case, it is possible that a plug has formed in your ear canal. It is a natural impulse that you want to remove this plug from your ear. However, you should be very careful. Neither a crochet hook nor a staple is suitable for this purpose. These objects have absolutely nothing to look for in the ear canal.

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So for cleaning your ears, such a thing is not suitable at all, otherwise you irritate or hurt your drum skin. Your ear canal is a very sensitive structure, so such radical cleaning methods should not be used. Otherwise, you can permanently damage your ears.

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Watt swabs and their disadvantages

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Have you ever used a cotton swab to clean your ears? If so, you probably weren't aware that you can only remove earwax with it to a limited extent. Although cotton swabs are relatively well padded, they should never be inserted directly into the ear canal, because they can also irritate the sensitive skin of your ear canals and possibly push the earwax even deeper into the ear canal. With this approach, you therefore promote the formation of plugs. In addition, this can cause painful ear infections.

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Are ear candles recommended for ear cleaning?

Many people consider ear candles a good alternative to such cotton swabs. Ear candles are funnel-shaped, thin and long. They promise to clean the ears well due to the negative pressure they create. The goal is supposedly to suck out earwax. This method sounds advantageous and plausible, nevertheless ear candles are only conditionally suitable for the cleaning of your ears. You may get burns on your ears and face. Very often it happens that the hot wax penetrates into the ear canal. There, the drum skin is then immensely damaged. Perhaps you ask yourself but now the question of how you can now actually clean your ears correctly.

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Clean only to the ear canal

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It is sufficient for the regular cleaning of your ears, if you remove the earwax only at the outer part of the auricle with a damp cloth. For this purpose, lukewarm water and a cotton swab are sufficient. As already mentioned, you should only clean up to the ear canal. With the warm water you soften the secretion.

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To make it easier for the earwax to flow off and out of the ear canal, you can also use, for example, almond and olive oil, which you carefully warm. Alternatively, you can buy special ear drops or ear sprays in the pharmacy.

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If your ear has already produced an above-average amount of earwax, you should visit the ENT doctor. As soon as your earwax comes into contact with water, it automatically swells. If the plug has already formed, at this moment, at the latest, it really settles in your ear canal. You will notice such plugs when your ears start to itch. You may also feel pain in your ears. Often, such a plug in your ear is also associated with a slight hearing loss.

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The cleaning of your ears is only done professionally and gently by an ENT doctor. If your ears produce a lot of secretions and you have a lot of earwax, you should see your ENT doctor regularly. Clean your ears not only inside the auricle in the outer area, but also behind the ears. Lukewarm water is sufficient for this purpose. Afterwards you should make sure that you dry everything well. So you risk no ear infection.

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So consider your earwax as a useful body secretion. This is essential for keeping your ears healthy and your hygiene. Therefore, take proper care of your ears and do not underestimate the self-cleaning function.

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Interesting information about your earwax

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Europeans have an increased fat content of 50% in their earwax. The earwax of Europeans is therefore relatively moist. The situation is somewhat different for Asians, who have a fat content of only 20% in their earwax. The consistency is therefore rather crumbly.

Do you know why earwax is bitter? Researchers believe that the bitter taste is an added protection against insects, so they don't settle in the ear canal.

A child produces significantly more earwax than an adult. This is also softer. In addition, the colors of earwax vary greatly. The colors of the wet form can be yellowish light brown to dark brown, the crumbly form rather dusty gray.

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On average, older people and especially men produce more earwax. Often this is also the cause of hearing loss, because then the ear canal is clogged. A noticeable improvement offers a professional cleaning at the ENT doctor.

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