Human ear naturally produces cerumen which is a mixture of oil produced by specialized glands mixed with desquamated outer layer of the skin of the ear canal and eardrum. The skin of the eardrum and ear canal have a natural migration pathway that guides the cerumen to the outside. Use of Q-tips and other foreign objects can actually further impact the cerumen into the ear canal and over the eardrum. For this reason the best treatment of cerumen is the use of an inert substance such as warm baby oil or mineral oil. Unlike water, mineral oil usually does not cause infection and is not harmful to the middle ear components in case of presence of a hole in the eardrum.
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