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12-12-2015

Why You Should Avoid Cleaning Your Ears With A Cotton Swab.

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Next time you come out of the shower and are tempted to use a cotton swab to clean your ears, think of all those people who have caused themselves injury by poking their ears with these buds. In fact, more than 30 per cent of adults use cotton swabs to clean their ears, and most of them are unaware of the potential damage. Regular use of these buds can lead to skin irritation, infection, and even hearing loss. Ear wax has antifungal and antibacterial properties as it keeps the inner skin protected from becoming too dry. Ear wax naturally travels to the outer edge of the ear, without any help from an external source. If you block your ears with headphones, you will prevent the wax from coming out and as a result, wax build-up will occur.
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The dangers of inserting cotton buds in the ear

The ear canal has special cells that are commonly known as wax. Some people tend to experience more wax accumulation than others. Over time, your ability to hear becomes increasingly difficult, and in some instances, you may even experience pain. Whilst you may resort to using swabs to remove your excess wax, you could cause more damage to your ears. A better and safer alternative would be to see a medical professional.
A swab can easily reach the eardrum and rupture it just by using the gentlest pressure. The pain you will experience would be so severe that the punctured eardrum will also leak out a clear fluid. It will take quite some time for the damaged eardrum to heal, but if the puncture was serious, it can lead to conductive hearing loss.
The skin around the ear canal is highly delicate and can be scratched by the cotton bud. If after you’ve inserted the swab inside your ear, you see the cotton swab change colour from white to yellow, you may feel that it’s doing a good job of cleaning the ear canal.
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