If you're constantly poking at your ears, creating penetrable cuts and damaging the wax secretion process, or you simply remove all of that protective wax layer, it's going to make you much more prone to getting bacterial and fungal outer ear infections, Voigt says.
He explains that a very common situation is when people are exposed to contaminated water that contains bacteria and fungus (in swimming pools, lakes, oceans). That water gets stuck in their inflamed/irritated ears and tips the balance of bad bacteria vs. good bacteria, resulting in an outer ear infection known as swimmer's ear.
"If it's a fungal or bacterial infection, you'll need the antifungal and antibacterial ear drops, which we can easily prescribe for you," he says. "Although it's not common, sometimes it could be a more serious situation if it's someone who has immune system problems or is diabetic. It's better to be safe than sorry, so just make sure you're always getting checked out so we get you the proper treatment."