HEALTH

To Clean Or Not To Clean Your Ears

Generally, clean people clean their ears even to the point of hurting themselves. There are two types of cerumen (ear wax), the dry and the wet type. Asians and Native Americans genetically have the dry type while the African and European people have the wet type. They both protect against certain bacteria. It was made for a purpose. Excess of it does not look good, though.

Excessive cleaning does more harm than good. If you have an otoscope, though, then you can have a clear view of what is inside. Maybe you do not have to clean it at all, or you can see what to take off. Only what is necessary. Ear spoon is better used for dry cerumen and cotton swabs for the wet type.

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