Ear Wax Blockage Associated Problems
EAR WAX BLOCKAGE ASSOCIATED PROBLEMS
The ear wax or cerumen is a brown or yellowish waxy oily substance produced by ceruminous glands which are modified apocrine glands in the exterior auditory canal. Ear wax does the function of protecting the ear from dust, foreign bodies, microorganisms etc.Ear wax contains keratin, long chain fatty acids and cholesterol. It is slightly acidic with antibacterial properties. In normal physiological conditions, ear wax secretion in ear is under normal limits without any hardening or ear clogging. Excess accumulation of ear wax leading to ear infection may cause numerous ear disorders of varying severity.IAFA is one among the major Ayurvedic destination in treating all kind of pediatric ailments including ear wax blockage as well associated symptoms successfully.
SYMPTOMS OF EARWAX BLOCKAGE
- Decreased hearing
- Dizziness /vertigo
- Balance issues
- Tinnitus/ringing in ear
- Plugged feeling/sensation of fullness
Serious symptoms usually following infection include-
- Discharge from ear
- Severe pain
- Itching/foul odour from pain
- Peri-auricular lymph node enlargement
- Inability to walk
- Mild to moderate hearing loss or difficulty in hearing.
Ear wax blockage is usually caused by impaction i.e. pushing ear wax deep within ear canal by using cotton swabs or other articles in attempts to remove ear wax, hearing aids and ear plug users are also at greater risk of disorders due to ear wax blockage
Diagnosis is usually clinical by history of complaints and examination of ear canal by otoscope.
Ear wax blockage is usually managed by removing the ear wax by scooping it out by small instrument called curette. Appropriate antimicrobial drugs are administrated in case of infection. Ear is irrigated with warm water, sodium bicarbonate, or other ear drops before scooping out the hardened ear wax. Gentle section is provided if necessary. Removal of ear wax without taking medical help may worsen condition like infection or canal perforation leading to much serious ailments such as permanent hearing loss , middle ear infection etc.
Improper or failure to remove ear wax build up may cause perforated ear drum, permanent hearing loss, middle ear Infection etc.
Ear wax build up can be prevented by maintain proper hygiene and taking extra care not use cotton swabs and other objects deep, into the ear canal. If ear wax build up occur frequently use ear wax softeners and get yours cleaned regularly from a ENT specialist doctor.
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Diet in EAR WAX BLOCKAGE ASSOCIATED PROBLEMS
PATHYA (DO's) in EAR WAX BLOCKAGE ASSOCIATED PROBLEMS
- Using cotton ear plug during bath and travel.
- Regular ENT checkup and cleaning of ears.
- Vestibular or labrynthine exercise if vertigo or sensation of fullness persists.
APATHYA (DO's) inEAR WAX BLOCKAGE ASSOCIATED PROBLEMS
- Do not use ear buds or ear picks inside ears.
- Wipe ears well to drain excess water after bath.
- Avoid Kapha increasing, cold foods ,cold weather etc.
- Avoid yougurt,green gram ,oily , spicy ,non vegetarian ,deep fried food.
- Karnapidasana(ear pressure pose)
- Makarasana (crocodile pose)
- Haakara karma (sound therapy)
- Bramari pranayama (honey bee breathing)
- Sanmukhi mudra(6 headed God mudra)
Ear wax blockage can be associated with mala vriddhi(increased waste products of metabolism) and kaphaincrease in vatadosha site.The external ear canal can be considered as vatadosha site. As the excessive production or defective drainage of cerumen from ceruminous gland can be correlated as increasre in unctuousness, stickiness, and stable quality of kapha, symptom are produced as per function of vitiated kapha. The vital diagnostic points include blockage, fullness of ear, ear ache etc.
As the vitiated dosha is kapha , kaphadosha reducing and channel cleansingtreatment have to be followed by usingushna (hot potent), tikshnadravyaprayoga ( penetrating as well as rapid acting medications) with predominance of bitter, acid and astringent taste usage. Our department also uses special techniques to clear the ear wax blockage.
In case of infection and pain
If associated with vertigo
If associated with tinnitus
- Karnapurana (filling ear with medicine) – vachalasunaditaila , ksharataila
- Karnadhupana (fomentation of ear) – haridra, gugguluetc
- Shiroabyanga (massaging of scalp) – nirgundyaditaila
SINGLE DRUGS USED
- Ardraka (Zingiberofficinale)
- Elavaluka (Prunusavium)
- Elam (Elettariacardamomum)
SINGLE HERBS USED IN PITYRIASIS ALBA
- Aragwada (Cassia fistula)
- Katuki (Picrorrhizakurroa)
Ear wax clogging is a common medical condition faces but if not treated at the initial stages, it may lead to serious complications like chronic ear infection, middle ear infection, canal perforation or even permanent hearing loss. Ayurvedic medication helps in treating the disease as well as preventing recurrence. Following Ayurveda will help in better healing and recovery through safe and complete nature friendly treatment modalities.
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist