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Can putting cotton swabs in my ear infect my brain?

Can putting cotton swabs in my ear infect my brain?

But....: ...It can puncture your eardrum which may cause serious hearing complications. In children, " never put anything smaller than your elbow in any opening of the body". ...Read more

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Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more


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My barber cut my ear with a razor and used a burnt cotton to stop the bleeding. Now my ear is black and infected ever hear if this method?

My barber cut my ear with a razor and used a burnt cotton to stop the bleeding. Now my ear is black and infected  ever hear if this method?

Cautery: Cautery, or applying extreme heat briefly to a wound has a long history in the medical world as a method to control bleeding. Haven't heard about the cotton method before but doesn't sound like it went too well. Hopefully you have consulted your doctor regarding the 'infection' and are being treated. ...Read more

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I damaged my ear drum with a cotton swab, what to do?

How badly?: Consider evaluation by your physician or an EAR/NOSE/THROAT (otolaryngologist) to determine extent of damage & possible treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if i damaged my ear drum with a cotton swab. Help?

What to do if i damaged my ear drum with a cotton swab. Help?

Evaluation.: Eval by an otolaryngologist (Ear/Nose/Throat) specialist can determine extent of injury. May heal spontaneously without problems but sometimes medical intervention is needed. Take care. ...Read more

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Excessive usage of cotton swabs has lead to discharge of white creamy smelly fluid out of my ear.How can I get rid of this discharge?

Excessive usage of cotton swabs has lead to discharge of white creamy smelly fluid out of my ear.How can I get rid of this discharge?

Ear discharge: You have probably caused a canal ear infection by removing the protective wax layer of the ear canal. You will need an antibiotic-cortisone combination ear drops for your ear. Call your doctor. ...Read more

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Used a cotton swab in my ear after shower I didn't even go in deep but when I pulled out there were red dots on it and same on the other ear?

Used a cotton swab in my ear after shower I didn't even go in deep but when I pulled out there were red dots on it and same on the other ear?

No qtips in ear!: You could have bruised or scratched your ear canal with the qtip. Qtips are for applying medicine and makeup. "Only thing you should place in your ear is your elbow." ...Read more

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My ear really hurts after getting wax removed with cotton swab?

My ear really hurts after getting wax removed with cotton swab?

Impaction possible: You may be impacting wax against your eardrum by using the swab too deeply. This is why cotton swab use is Not Advised for ear wax removal. Have your PCM or an Urgent Care center check your ears to make sure there is no wax impaction, ear drum injury, or ear canal injury from your swab use. Debrox drops or the Murine Ear System are good for wax. Avoid getting soapy water in ears - stims wax! ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a cotton swab to gently clean the gunk out of my ear? I have otitis externa and am using the ear drops

Is it safe to use a cotton swab to gently clean the gunk out of my ear? I have otitis externa and am using the ear drops

"No!" (well, maybe): The usual advice for cleaning ears is "nothing smaller than your elbow" goes in your ears. Eg; NO Q-tips, Bic pen tops, chop sticks, etc. However, you probably have some drainage so gently cleaning the OUTSIDE of your ear would be fine, but I would avoid putting anything in the ear canal. Doing so, while tempting, usually just makes things worse by jamming the canal full of wax. ...Read more

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Sir i went to swim few days back and water went into my ears..my left is perfectly fine...but i couldnt get water out from my left ear..den i inserted cotton swabs for cleaning my ear eventually i found that it was paining and so i consulted a doctor he g

Sir i went to swim few days back and water went into my ears..my left is perfectly fine...but i couldnt get water out from my left ear..den i inserted cotton swabs for cleaning my ear eventually i found that it was paining and so i consulted a doctor he g

What's the question?: Did the doctor find an infection in the external ear canal? If so, I trust it has been treated with either an antifungal or antibacterial. In the future, try a drop of rubbing alcohol into the ear canal to get the water out. ...Read more

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I just got out of the shower and watrr got in my ear and now i can't hear i used a cotten swab it made it worse how do I get my ear back to normal?

I just got out of the shower and watrr got in my ear and now i can't hear i used a cotten swab it made it worse how do I get my ear back to normal?

Water in ear: First off, i recommend never putting anything smaller than your elbow in your ear. You need to verify that the cotton swab is intact and you didn't leave any behind in the ear. If it is lay down on that side and let it drain on its own. You may have even pushed wax up against the ear drum. If it still bothering you in am, have someone look at it. Cerumenex as well. ...Read more

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