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What to do for earwax

The ear’s self-cleaning system usually prevents wax from accumulating. But wax impaction requires medical attention. If you are like 90% of Americans, you assume that wax is something to be cleaned from your ears regularly, and you may have tried using cotton swabs, toothpicks, bobby pins, or any number of other small implements to do the job. However, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, you are not…

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