What Causes Excessive Earwax Production?

Earwax – otherwise known as cerumen – is a natural substance that is found in the ear canals and is usually not something to worry about. On the other hand, an excessive amount of earwax can lead to a blockage in the ear canal which can result in a number of negative symptoms that can affect day-to-day life. There are a few factors, both environmental and genetic, that can cause excessive earwax production, these are as follows:

Old Age: As we age, the consistency and amount of earwax can increase. People of old age may experience an increase in production, however, some witness a decrease.

Your Genes: Like many aspects of our bodies, the amount and consistency of earwax production can be affected by a genetic predisposition. Some families may have more earwax production than others.

Skin Conditions: If skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis affect the ear canal, this can lead to excessive earwax production.

Shape of Ear Canals: Narrow or curved ear canals can play a factor in the amount of earwax that is produced. People with ear canals that are shaped like this are more prone to earwax blockages.

Excessive Cleaning: Cleaning the ears too often or in an abrasive manner can result in the ears overcompensating, causing them to produce more earwax.

Block Ear Canal: Any form of blockage in the ear canal can result in earwax becoming impacted.

If you believe you have impacted earwax and are suffering from symptoms such as earache, hearing loss or tinnitus, contact Ear Wax Care today and get one step closer to clear, healthy ears.

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