What makes ear wax?

What makes ear wax? And why do we have it? Our kids’ panel has some ideas, and pediatrician Russell Horton, DO, weighs in with the facts.

Ear wax protects our ears from infection, but it’s also a little yucky prompting us to want to clean it out. Doctors say we shouldn’t remove ear wax with objects such as cotton swabs, paper clips or hairpins. So, how do we get rid of it, or should we?

Most of the time, ear wax will move out of the ear naturally. When wax builds up or becomes too hard to exit the ear canal naturally, called impaction, you should consult your physician about removal.

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