Earwax may seem like a simple condition that can cause us no harm, but a build up of too much of it can actually be very painful and frustrating for sufferers.

What is Earwax?

Earwax is a material that is made by the sebaceous glands inside your ears. It can be hard, soft, wet and dry and its job is to clean and protect the lining of your ear.

It is antibacterial and can lubricate the inner ear as well as keeping out dirt and water.

It is antibacterial and can lubricate the inner ear as well as keeping out dirt and water.

Problems Caused by Earwax

If too much earwax builds up inside your ear, then this can cause pain, hearing loss and a blocked-up ear.

Earwax usually naturally falls out of your ear on its own, but sometimes it can pile up and harden into what is known as a ‘plug’.

If this happens, it is likely that you will feel pain or an uncomfortable feeling in your ears. When it builds up too much, you may suffer hearing loss in the affected ear too. You may also suffer from tinnitus, earache or an itchy sensation in the ear.

Some patients who wear wax earplugs at work or to sleep at night find that they can more readily experience a build-up of earwax.

The Removal of Earwax

There are eardrops available that can help your earwax problem by loosening it and helping it to fall out. These are available from most pharmacies, but if they do not work, you are advised to see a GP.

If you have earwax stuck in your ears that is causing you problems and pain, then your doctor can remove it for you. If eardrops don’t work, then other methods such as irrigation can be used. This involves removing the earwax that has built up with a pressurised flow of water.

You should never try to remove the earwax yourself without talking to your doctor first to avoid causing damage to the inside of your ear.

If you are having problems with earwax, find out more about Broadgate General Practice’s earwax removal services today by calling 020 7638 4330.