Are cotton buds a cleaning tool or a health hazard?

Why you should never use cotton buds to clean your ears ever again.

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If you have been using cotton buds to clean your ears, it is time to stop. Experts now say that the best way to deal with excess earwax is to leave it alone.

Trying to remove earwax can cause problems, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology.

The person who invented cotton buds was inspired after watching his wife try to clean the wax out of a baby’s ear with a piece of cotton on the end of a toothpick in the 1920s.

Doctors have recently found that using cotton buds in this manner could cause more harm than good.

    that the ear canal doesn't need to be cleaned but that the outer ear benefits from a gentle wash.

    "In most cases, the ear canal does not need to be cleaned,” she said.

    "During hair washing or showers, enough water enters the ear canal to loosen the wax that has accumulated... the skin in your ear canal naturally grows in an outward, spiral pattern.

    "Most of the time the wax will loosen and fall out on its own while you are asleep. The need for a cotton bud isn't necessary."


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    21st Aug 2017
    Always used a bobby pin.
    21st Aug 2017
    I found hearing aids caused wax to block
    Joy Anne
    22nd Aug 2017
    Don't agree, Do this all the time. I get water in my ears and cannot stand that and have to dry it up after washing my hair. Cannot wear hearing aids got them can't wear them they irritate my ears after 5 mins. Waste of $2000 and can never wear. My Dr has also found this out.

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