Earwax Care Plan
Earwax Care Plan
Earwax is produced by sebaceous glands in the outer third of the ear canal, the purpose of this natural wax is to protect the ear from damage and infections. Normally, a small amount of wax accumulates, then dries up and falls out of the ear canal, carrying with it unwanted dust or sand particles. It helps to coat the skin of the ear canal where it acts as a temporary water repellent, it is slightly acidic and has antibacterial properties.
The colour of earwax varies depending upon its composition. Glandular secretions, sloughed skin cells, normal bacteria present on the surface of the canal, and water may all be present in earwax. The quantity made varies greatly from person to person. Some people form blockages and plugs of earwax in their ear canal, and hearing aids or earplugs can increase the chance of this, as they stop it falling out of the ear naturally.
A hard plug of earwax can cause dulled hearing and sometimes ‘ringing in the ear’, tinnitus, or even a mild dizziness, vertigo. Eardrops alone will often clear a plug of earwax. Ear irrigation may be needed if the eardrops do not work. Irrigating the ear with water will usually clear plugs of earwax. But, it often only works if the plug of earwax has been softened.
The Earwax Care Plan sets out a clear explanation of the resident’s issue, and will guide the nurse or carer through the process of preparing a comprehensive, individual person centred Care Plan.
Earwax Care Plan Features:
Identifies the resident’s symptoms
Explanation of the correct installation of ear drops
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