Earache (Ear Pain) Symptoms
Pain in the ear can occur because of conditions within the ear, the ear canal, or affecting the visible portion of the ear.
of impacted ear wax that may cause ear pain include:
- Hearing problems
- Ringing in the ears
- Itching in the ear canal and round the ear
- Discharge from the ear
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What is ear wax?
The skin on the outer part of the ear canal has special
glands that produce ear wax, also known as cerumen. The purpose of this natural
wax is to protect the ear from damage and infections. Normally, a small amount of
wax accumulates and then dries up and falls out of the ear canal, carrying with
it unwanted dust or sand particles.
Ear wax is helpful to coat the skin of the ear canal where it acts as a temporary water
repellent. The absence of ear wax may result in dry, itchy ears, and even
infection. Ear wax is formed in the outer third of the ear canal.
What does ear wax look like?
in form and appearance from person to person. It may be almost liquid, firm and solid, or dry and
flaky. The color of
ear wax varies depending upon its composition. Glandular secretions,
sloughed skin cells, normal bacteria present on the surface of the canal, and
water may all be present in ear wax.
The ear canals are considered to be self-cleaning. This means that ear wax and sloughed skin cells typically pass on their own from the inside of the ear canal to the outer opening. Old earwax moves from the deeper areas of the ear canal out to the opening. At the opening of the ear canal the ear wax usually dries up and falls out of the ear canal.
related to excessive ear wax
Excessive ear wax can cause different symptoms, including:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/2/2015