Are cotton buds a cleaning tool or a health hazard?

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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.

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Written by Ben


Total Comments: 3
  1. 0

    Always used a bobby pin.

  2. 0

    I found hearing aids caused wax to block

  3. 0

    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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