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Can Use Of Cotton Swabs To Clean Our Ears Lead To Problems
I've seen opposing views on the usefulness of cotton swabs. Should adult not use cotton swabs to clean their ears?
Swabs vs ears: Funny, I have not seen any opposing views (although i hadn't looked until just now). I'm not aware of anyone recommending use of cotton (or other material) swabs to clean ear canal (although they fit perfectly!). In fact, don't stick anything inside ear. Use swabs only to clean outside of ear. Check out http://goaskalice.Columbia.Edu/why-exactly-shouldnt-i-stick-cotton-swabs-my-ears. ...Read more
Are the companies that sell and advertise them responsible that so many people use cotton swabs to clean their ears?
No: I would not blame the companies that make cotton swabs. They are useful to clean dirt in the crevices of the outer ear and behind the outer ear. If you are attempting to clean wax out by inserting a q-tip into the ear canal, then it is your responsibility to abstain from using them in the ear canal. Also, teach your children not to use them to clean out wax. Ent docs will give you advice. ...Read more
Nope-be careful: Not at all as long as you use care. Why are you using these anyway. Get you an ear and a nose wash from the drug store. Let them drain and drip dry. Use a hairdryer to dry the ears. Cleaning the ears daily can dry them and cause itchy ears. Poking things in your nose can cause bleeding and that can be a headache. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is Hydrogen peroxide bad or harmful to use while cleaning ears with cotton swabs? I do it a lot I need a way to get ear wax out
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
Itchy tender ear canal. Hydrogen peroxide burns it. Have this problem often, but worse this time. Never use cotton swabs or swim. How do I fix this?
My brother 30years is having fungus in his ears he cleans it using cotton swab but it develops again please suggest what to do?
Ear fungus: First, he should make sure it's really fungus. Could just be a lot of wax? Or maybe a bacterial infection? His doctor can do a "culture" and see for sure what it is. If he's getting fungal infections regularly, he should also be tested for diabetes. Wish your brother best of luck! ...Read more
I cleaned my husbands ear with peroxide and a cotton swab. Then his ear started bleeding. It has stopped but there is a cut and is clogged?
Never use Q-tips: As you probably know, Q-tips are not supposed to be used in the ear canal for the very reason you noted. You can accidentally cause a canal abrasion which bleeds. Now, you should go to an otolaryngologist to carefully examine and clean the ear. There are many OTC remedies to dissolve ear wax safely rather than using Q-tips. Please look into that area in the future. ...Read more
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?
Cleaning ear and clogged by cotton swab,cant hear and little bleed.doctor clean ear still cant hear?
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
Hi a bump came up in my daughter left ear, when my wife used a Cotten swab to clean puss came out of it .
Furuncle: It sounds like a small boil infection of folliculitis of the skin in the external ear canal. Cleanse with H2O2 or rubbing alcohol on a Q-tip and treat with triple antibiotic ointment. It should heal quickly. Please do not routinely use Q-tips to clean ears b/c can cause trauma. Wax is antibacterial. Just a washcloth on a little finger on the outside is needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No : Despite the fact that millions of people use cotton buds to clean their ears it is not safe if you go anywhere beyond the very outer ear. If you stick the bud in the outer portion of the ear or in the canal you run the risk of pushing wax in, causing damage to the skin and leading to all sorts of problems. I advise my patients to leave their ears alone. ...Read more
Ear cleaning: as long as there are no other symptoms than wax in the ears they can be cleaned at home. I would see a physician if you had pain , found discharge or any other symptoms. Having said that there are multiple over-the-counter ear wax removal kits available Most of them employ some sort of peroxide drop and a saline flush. Check with your local drugstore for an ear wax removal kit such as Clear Canal ...Read more
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