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A 47-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to pick out ear waxes?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Ear Wax: Ear wax is the ears natural way of protecting the skin of the ear canal from infection and other types of damage. The wax actually has a natural pH (acidity) that prevents bacteria and fungus from growing in the ear canal. If you scrape the wax away and leave the skin uncovered, then you are at a higher likelihood of getting and external ear infection which can be quite painful. Hope this helps!
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
No: An ENT doc will tell you to not put anything bigger than the tip of your finger into your ear.
Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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