Earwax: benefits and how to remove them

Written by: Dr. Luis Betancor Martínez
Edited by: Roser Bernés Ubasos

Earwax plays an important role as protector of the skin of the ear canal. Its natural consistency repels water and its chemical composition protects against bacterial infection.

That is why so continuous cleaning and removal of the external auditory canal, under the pretext of hygiene is not recommended.

Both the eardrum as the skin of the ear canal are very sensitive and delicate organs requiring maximum dexterity for handling so please avoid cleaning swab without visual control.

Cerumen is produced by glands in the skin housed the outer third of the duct and the cleaning action achieved by swab scroll remains inside the same each time the stick is used.


Wax blockage is one of the most common causes of deafness.



Why consult the Otorrino?

The ear wash to remove earwax leads to complications therefore the use of defective technique (trauma and injury) as infection to the existence of pathology skin level line (dermatosis) or membrane perforation tympanic. Exclude the presence of these conditions is mandatory prior to washing.

The use of the microscope and the "hook" is the most efficient and safe to seek external auditory canal cleaning method.

It is the otolaryngologist medical specialist who has at its disposal sufficient technical capacity and appropriate elements to safely perform this procedure. 

Edited by Roser Berner Ubasos.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Luis Betancor Martínez

Eminent specialist in Otolaryngology, Dr. Betancor Martínez is Doctor in Medicine and Surgery from the University of La Laguna in Tenerife, where, alongside his clinical work has developed tasks related to teaching and being an associate professor of otolaryngology at the Faculty of Medicine. He has also been Chief of Otolaryngology at the San Juan de Dios Hospital and Children's Hospital, both in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. actively involved in the dissemination of knowledge as an author having made 14 scientific publications in international journals and 13 national. It has also developed 68 scientific papers presented at numerous courses and congresses of the medical field. Member of the Canary Islands and Spanish Society of Otolaryngology.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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