Earwax? What’s That All About?

What Is Earwax?

I’ve often wondered what is earwax all about but never specifically investigated it. Well today I just happened across this article on the BBC News website in the Health section and now I am the wiser.

It’s entitled: ‘Secretion secrets: things you didn’t know about earwax’. It discusses the following five issues:

  • How it gets out of an ear.
  • It’s anti-microbial properties.
  • It matters where your family is from.
  • A vacuum rather than a syringe might help clear it out.
  • It can be a pollution monitor.

I expect people with earwax problems may find section 4 of interest since it says ears can be cleaned with a specialised vacuum cleaner. See example below:


It goes on to describe how this is a more pleasant and more efficient procedure than syringing. If you haven’t seen it here is the featured image of the cross section through a human ear.

WARNING: Do not try using a domestic vacuum cleaner for cleaning ears.