Why You Should Never Clean Your Ears with Cotton Swabs
If you’re in the habit of swabbing your ear canals with a Q-Tip, you may be creating a problem rather than solving one.
That’s because ear wax is actually a good thing. “It’s there to keep the ear canal clean and keep dirt and bacteria away from the ear drum. A thin lining [of ear wax] should be there. When you chew, your jaw joint, which is next to the ear canal, creates a pumping mechanism that slowly works the ear wax out; it then dries and flakes off,” explains Jacob R. Brodsky, MD, an ENT specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital. Here are a few of the top reasons you should be keeping those cotton swabs away from your ear canals:
You could be making things worse.
Because habitual cotton swab users can’t see what they’re doing, according to Dr. Brodsky, they end up pushing wax farther into the ear canal over time. “We can tell immediately, without asking, if the patient has been using cotton swabs because they’ll have a bunch of wax plastered around the ear drum,” says Dr. Brodsky. Because of the ear drum’s delicate nature, attempting to clean around it at home is highly discouraged—an in-office procedure by your doctor is the safest solution.
Source: womansday com