A member asked:

Is cleaning out your ears important? why is it important if it is? and is it apart of personal hygiene? what happens if you don't clean your ears?

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Dr. Julian Henley answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Ear cleaning: There is an adage that you only should use your elbows to clean your ears. In normal circumstances ear wax exits the ear spontaneously and is a form of natures ear cleaning. Q tips more often push the wax in (which normally comes out) and exacerbates circumstances of ear wax impaction. Home remedies of peroxide and baby oil may be helpful to those individuals who are prone to dry hard wax

Answered 12/23/2016



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