Skin that is found in a human’s ear has nerves that feature neural fibers, which are extremely sensitive to the touch. The slightest amount of excess moisture, combined with dry or dead skin cells, excess cerumen (earwax), or a little bit of irritation can make a person go a little crazy.
An ear that is considered healthy would not have any broken surfaces on the skin. Prior to getting treatment for your moist ears, it’s important to ensure that the skin on your ears is not damaged and there are no abrasions, perforations, or ulcers. Do not use any of the following suggestions if tissue in your ear had been altered due to a disease or through surgery. Instead, you should talk to a healthcare professional.
Three Approaches to Properly Care for Your Ears
1. The skin located inside of the ears should be dry, but not too dry.
2. All debris should be cleared out from your ear canals. A single hair
located inside the canal could make your ears feel itchy.
3. The tissue of your ears need to be naturally lubricated by earwax, or with creams, glycerin, or oils.
Keeping Your Ears Dry
You are all familiar with the phrase, “Don’t forget to wash your ears!” It was meant for your outer ears, rather than inside the ear canal.
Earwax, or cerumen, is composed of dead skin, oil and wax. This makes earwax insoluble when it comes in contact with water.
If hearing aid users rinse their ears with water multiple times each week, their hearing aids will trap that water inside the ears. As a result, there will be a higher chance of bacteria and fungus growth. Moist tissue normally itches. Do not wash the inside of your ears, because your ears are self-cleaning. The outer layer of your skin naturally moves its way out of your ear canal. Get a professional to clean out your ears.
A Safe Ear Washing Method
If your ears always seem to be moist, you may wash your ears with an alcohol/vinegar mixture. Here’s a home remedy for an ear washing formula:
Follow these 4 Easy Steps:
1. Blend these ingredients together in a cup or small container.
2. Use an eye dropper and place 6-8 drops of the mixture into the ear.
3. Lean your head to the side, so that the mixture flows into the ear.
4. After that, tilt your head the opposite way to allow the liquid to drain out of the ear.
For preventative measures, the patients should use drops of this ear wash twice each day for four days. If they are drying a chronically moist ear, they should use it two times per week for several months. You must monitor the ear, to make sure the ear wash results in desired effects.
Alcohol will evaporate at a low temperature level, which makes it an ideal drying solution. Vinegar is very acidic, so it alters the pH factor (acidity level) in your skin. Alcohol and vinegar that becomes mixed together can be very effective in reducing moisture and stopping bacteria and fungi growth inside the ear canal.
Please apply these alcohol and vinegar solutions with caution. Too much alcohol can lead to dry skin, which can cause cracks and bleeding.
Before using any of these recommendations, discuss which solutions you would like to use with your hearing healthcare professional. Please note that alcohol and vinegar should not come in contact with your hearing aids. These liquids may cause damage to the devices.
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