Why You Shouldn't Use Cotton Buds To Clean Your Ears



You must have probably heard and doubted it before, but it is very true: You should not use cotton swabs to clean your ears.


Updated clinical guidelines published in the journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery say that cotton buds are not appropriate for ear wax removal. It was also stressed that ear wax, just like nose mucus or eyelashes, is very important and should be left alone as much as possible. While it might seem yucky, earwax plays an important role in maintaining good health. It stops dirt, dust and other stuff that might get into your ears. That means 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.

''Cotton swabs, hair pins, house keys and toothpicks can cause cuts in your ear canals, perforate your eardrums and dislocate hearing bones. And any of these things could lead to hearing loss, dizziness, ringing or other symptoms of ear injury'' says Dr. Seth Schwartz, who helped draft the new guidelines.

What you need to do is allow nature do its job. Usual jaw motions from talking and chewing, along with skin growth within the canal, helps move old earwax from inside your ear to the outside, where it is washed off during bathing. Simple!!
From the article, you do not have to poke your ears with anything. The ear will clean itself naturally. The old wax are ejected and washed off as you bathe.
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