Earwax is a naturally produced secretion that protects the ear
canal. It is a mixture of skin, sweat, hair, and debris (such as shampoo and
dirt) held together with a fluid secreted by glands inside the ear canal
The ear canals are self-cleaning. Earwax helps filter dust and
keep the ears clean and is usually eliminated from the ear naturally. Normally,
earwax is a self-draining liquid that does not cause problems.
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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