like being clean? Washing off after a long day is always nice. But what’s the
best way to safely clean your ears?
The best thing
to do is just wash the outer part of your ear. That’s all. Just use a washcloth
to clean it and scrub off any dirt that might have built up on the outside of
your ear. What you don’t want to do is stick your finger in your ear or try to wash
out your earwax.
Earwax – or cerumen
– serves an important role in protecting the inner and outer ear as well as
moisturizing the inner ear. We’ve talked about this before, but it’s important
enough to mention it again: don’t stick a Q-tip or other object in your ear to remove
the earwax. You could end up causing cerumen impaction or ear trauma. Cerumen
impaction can cause hearing loss, pain, itching, and other symptoms.
If you do have
excessive earwax, consult your doctor before making any moves. They will
suggest safe, healthy ways of cleaning out your ears.
your ears, or maybe rinsing your face or hair, and water gets inside. Maybe even
a little soap got mixed in. If so, don’t panic. You can safely dry your ear by
patting it with a towel, or lying down on a towel and letting gravity help. You
can also turn a hair dryer on at its lowest setting and gently dry your ear
that way. If necessary, over-the-counter medicines can help get rid of it.
Again, don’t stick
anything in your ear, whether it’s a Q-tip or a towel. If water gets stuck in
your ear, it could cause an ear infection.
keep your ears nice and clean but still need an exam, or you impacted your earwax
or have an infection from water you couldn’t drain, you should come to CEENTA.
Our ENT physicians would be happy to help make your ears as healthy as possible
and would love to see how clean you made them.
This blog is for informational
purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. New
patients can make appointments online with our ENT doctors in North
and South Carolina. Current patients can also make appointments through myCEENTAchart with
physicians they have already seen.
Ear deformities in newborns and infants are not a rare condition. Recently, physicians at CEENTA have begun to offer a nonsurgical method of treating pediatric ear deformities: the EarWell™.