When was the last time you tried to poke a cotton bud in your ear to get rid of that gooey mess you probably can’t stand? Don’t worry, we all want to get rid of earwax. But is it that bad? Can it cause ear infections and blockage? And if it’s that bad, why do our ears keep producing it all the time?
Here’s everything you should know about earwax, including if it’s good or bad and what you can do about it.
What Is Earwax?
It’s waxy, shiny, and looks altogether gross. Yes, we’re talking about earwax. Known as cerumen in the medical world, earwax occurs naturally in your ear. But what is earwax, and where does it come from?
Your ear consists of four major components:
- Inner ear;
- Middle ear;
- Eardrum, and;
- Outer ear.
The skin around your outer ear has special glands that produce earwax. Normally, your ears produce earwax all the time. This is so your external ear canal always has enough wax in it. Over time, the excess amount of earwax makes its way from your outer ear towards the opening of your ear, where it falls out on its own or is removed every time you wash your ear.