Doctors Recommend to Stop Using Q-Tips and Toothpicks in Your Ears

January 9, 2017

Using Q-tips after a bath or during the day is a daily habit for most people and it usually seems harmless. The doctors on the other hand strongly recommend to not stick up these things in our ears in fact they label it as a “guilt-ridden pleasure” that can bring you some bad side effects.

Not a lot of people are aware of the dangers that come from using Q-tips and he medical society has decided to spread the word and inform the public furthermore.

New guidelines have been published in the Otolaryngology that says that using cotton swabs, toothpicks, hair pins or car keys in order to remove earwax can cause cuts in your ear and many other problems like dizziness, hearing loss, ringing in the ears and it can even push the earwax further down the ear canal and cause health and ear complications.

The ear was also goes by the name cerumen and it is there to protect the inner ear from bacteria and infections. Of course an earwax build up is not that good and we have to remove it. The trick is not to use the conventional method in order to not make the issues even bigger. The body has its own method in dealing with excess earwax but sometimes that process can get interrupted.

When that happens earwax builds-up and all sorts of problems occur.

Here is how to prevent things like this happening:

  • Contrary to popular belief you don’t have to clean your ears too much and too often.
  • Do not use Q-tips and other sharp things in your ear because they will push the earwax further down the ear canal.
  • If you experience any ear problems like hearing loss, infections, itching, pain or stuffy headedness consult your doctor immediately.
  • Consult your doctor to find out a proper way to remove the excess earwax.

Source: menshealth

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