Quit Cleaning Your Ears With Cotton Swabs

January 5, 2017

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Q-tips are for what?  If you think it’s to clean your ears, you're wrong!  Although most of us use the cotton at the end of a stick to keep our ears clean and free from wax.  But the American Academy of Otolaryngology says all that ick we call is very important to a healthy ear. The updated guidelines for dealing with earwax stress that the wax is as beneficial as nose mucus or eyelashes and should be left alone as much as possible. The wax traps dirt, dust, and other stuff that might get into our ears.  As with much of our bodies, it can take care of itself and slowly pushes out old wax with new skin growth and jaw movement and can be disposed of with normal bathing. So there's no reason to get rid of earwax with cotton swabs, your finger, or any other tool. Doing so is actually a really bad idea as you can scratch your ear which could lead to an infection. Doctors say you should seek medical help if your ear feels full, painful, itchy, or if you're experiencing hearing loss, drainage, ringing in the ears, or bleeding, rather than using a cotton swab to poke around.

SOURCE: Reuters

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