How to remove ear plugs
How to remove ear plugs ear plugs are the most common reason for patients to contact an otolaryngologist. At the same time, traffic jams are equally common in children and adults. Ear plugs are formed when the auditory passage is blocked by products of the secretion of sulfur glands.
Ear plugs consist of earwax, as well as secretions from glands, cholesterol compounds, and a small amount of epithelial layer in the ear canal. It should be noted that a healthy body is able to remove excess sulfur itself in time, for example, while speaking or chewing.
Sometimes it happens that self-removal of plugs is not possible due to the features of the anatomy of the auditory canal in the case of its tortuosity or narrowness, or due to the characteristics of the sulfur composition. In this case, it is possible to remove the plug only by a qualified ENT doctor.
Among otolaryngologists, it is noted that most often patients come to them to remove traffic jams in the summer. Summer is a period when people spend a lot of time swimming in reservoirs. And swimming in lakes and rivers often exacerbates the situation with the formation of sulfur plugs in the ears. The water of reservoirs, having penetrated into the auditory passage, continues to linger in it, forming a very favorable environment for inflammation and the formation of a cork.
Experts say that at first the traffic jams do not make themselves known. Suspicions about the formation of a cork may appear in the presence of congestion of the auditory passage, as well as in hearing disorders. The appearance of painful sensations in the ears, up to the inability to touch them, also serve as signs of cork formation.
The color of the ear plugs ranges from light yellow to brown. The consistency of the cork can also vary from soft to stone-hard (depending on the stage of the disease). When moisture enters the ear canal, the plug swells, exerting pressure on the eardrum in the middle ear. Often it is after this that patients realize the need to seek medical help. Patients with ear pain when pressing on the membrane, they also complain of headaches, hearing disorders, nausea, and fever.
The removal of the tubes requires special conditions and equipment. Removal can be performed in two ways. The first is to soften the cork with special drops. In this case, the drops should be slightly warmed up before instilling. Drops should be buried for several days. Often this method of removal makes it possible to soften the plug to such a state that removal is no longer necessary. If the plug is not removed, the otolaryngologist removes it by washing the auditory tube with water.
Removing the sulfur plug can not be carried out independently, especially with the help of various pointed objects, cotton swabs, etc.This can cause damage to the ear canal and even in some cases, the eardrum. Also, an attempt to self-remove the plug may eventually lead to it being pushed inside.