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What causes earwax?

Just because there's gooey wax in your ears doesn't mean they're dirty. Just the opposite! Special glands make this soft, greasy stuff to keep dirt out.You find wax in your ear canal, the short tunnel that connects your outer ear with other parts of your ear deep inside your head. Glands in the lining of your ear canal make the wax.

Sometimes dirt or even tiny insects get into your ears. That's when the sticky wax goes to work. It traps those trespassers before they get to far into your inner ear.

Extra wax some times builds up on your outer ear. The it's time to wash. But don't try to clean the wax out of your ear canal. You might push it in. Instead, let a doctor do it.