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Can use of cotton swabs to clean our ears lead to problems?

Can use of cotton swabs to clean our ears lead to problems?

Cleaning ears: Using cotton swabs to ear canals can lead to perforated ear drum or inflammation of the ear canal (otitis externa). Better to use an otc ear wax removal product (follow instructions) or see your pcp if you have wax build-up problems. ...Read more

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Can you use rubbing alcohol in your ear for ear infection?

Can you use rubbing alcohol in your ear for ear infection?

No: If it is a middle ear infection, rubbing alcohol will not do anything for the infection that is going on behind your ear drum. ...Read more

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I've seen opposing views on the usefulness of cotton swabs. Should adult not use cotton swabs to clean their ears?

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

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Is it safe to use dry q-tips to clean my nostrils? Can they cause bleeding and irritation?

Is it safe to use dry q-tips to clean my nostrils? Can they cause bleeding and irritation?

In moderation: As the saying goes, "everything in moderation." Gently using Q-tips is ok, but if bleeding or irritation happens in the nose, that may mean one has surpassed the "everything in moderation" guideline. ...Read more

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Can I use spirit to clean the ear?

Can I use spirit to clean the ear?

Sorry, but I don't: Know what you mean by "spirit." you can try rephrasing your question. Your doc can easily clean the wax out of your ears if necessary. Be careful not to harm your ear-drum w/self-care methods. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can using cotton swabs or other objects cause damage to inner hair cells and affect hearing? Just curious . Thanks..

Can using cotton swabs or other objects cause damage to inner hair cells and affect hearing? Just curious . Thanks..

Not inner hair cells: Using cotton swabs will not damage the hair cells in the inner ear, unless a severe infection results from their use. If using cotton swabs packs in wax, hearing loss can be affected until it is removed. An infection of the external ear canal can cause decreased hearing, that usually resolves when the infection is treated. Infections are common from their use. Don't use them! ...Read more

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How to disinfect touchscreen cellphones and remotes to eliminate bacterias like staph etc? What to use and how to use? Can I wipe them with dettol?

How to disinfect touchscreen cellphones and remotes to eliminate bacterias like staph etc? What to use and how to use? Can I wipe them with dettol?

Any anti-bacterial: wipes will work. If dettol is anti-bacterial I'm sure it will take care of normal staph bacteria. Make sure the phone is powered off and left to dry before turning on again. Do not soak the phone! ...Read more

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Can you use methylated spirit to clean your itching ears?

Can you use methylated spirit to clean your itching ears?

Maybe safe, but: There is no question in my mind about white vinegar being the better choice. I'd dilute it 1:1 with water. It's very successful at stopping itch - even better than hydro-cortisone creams. It will sting less too and stinging skin that is already irritated doesn't sound good. Best! ...Read more

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Can you use hydrogen peroxide to limit the smell of your vagina?

Can you use hydrogen peroxide to limit the smell of your vagina?

Vaginitis: If your vagina has a bad smell, you may have a vaginal infection. You should get checked out and have it treated, rather than trying to hide the smell with peroxide. ...Read more

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Can I use vinegar and water in my ear to treat a fungal ear infection?

Can I use vinegar and water in my ear to treat a fungal ear infection?

No: There is no role for vinegar and water if there is a true infection in the ear, this should be evaluated by your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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Can I insert my own catheter? Using the appropriate sterile processes e.g gloves, alcohol swabs e.t.c.

Can I insert my own catheter? Using the appropriate sterile processes e.g gloves, alcohol swabs e.t.c.

Yes you Can: Yes you can if you have been shown how to do it and use sterility as you have mentioned But if you find resistance do not force as it can cause trauma and beeding.If not successful go to ER ...Read more

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How often should I clean my ears using drops of olive oil at bedtime or hydrogenperoxide? I'm trying to keep them clean without using cotton buds.

How often should I clean my ears using drops of olive oil at bedtime or hydrogenperoxide? I'm trying to keep them clean without using cotton buds.

Elbow only: For those folks suffer from a continual problem wax buildup, there are some over the counter products that do a terrific job of gently cleaning ear wax from the ear canal. These products are usually referred to "ear wax removal" kits and usually contain some sort of liquid drop and an irrigating bulb syringe. This kits are not recommended for people suffering from an ear infection or have chronic. ...Read more

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Is it really bad to use cotton swabs to clean your nose and ears?

Is it really bad to use cotton swabs to clean your nose and ears?

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 more

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Is it completely safe to clean my ears every 6 month with salt and water mixture, using a cotton ball to drop the blend into my ear to clean the wax?

Is it completely safe to clean my ears every 6 month with salt and water mixture, using a cotton ball to drop the blend into my ear to clean the wax?

Why wait for 6 month: First get all wax need to removed professional ( ENT surgeon or you MD ) then maintain a good hygiene and clean your self regularly with a Q tip after shower .simple water is sufficient ...Read more

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Ok to use hydrogen peroxide to help soften and remove heavily impacted wax from ears in somewhat remote location?

Ok to use hydrogen peroxide to help soften and remove heavily impacted wax from ears in somewhat remote location?

Yes with a syringe: Hydrogen peroxide with an ear syringe is fine. If the. Wax is really impacted, you will need to see and ENT specialist who has the tools to remove it. If it doesn't come out with the irrigate by syringe DO NOT TRY TO REMOVE IT YOURSELF WITH ANY TOOL. That would be inviting a perforation of an eardrum ...Read more

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How often should I clean my ears using drops of olive oil at bedtime? I'm trying to keep them clean without using cotton buds.

Let me advise: One way you could drop few drops of h2o2 (hydrogen peroxide) in your before shower that clean the air and make wax loosen, so it come out with shower. ...Read more

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Is there anything i can use to help lubricate my morbid metals to help slide in my ears?

Is there anything i can use to help lubricate my morbid metals to help slide in my ears?

En Ingles, por favor: I "think" you are referring to your piercings in your ear (?) if so, aim for clean lube--so would suggest a topical antibiotic ointment (oil-based, if can still manipulate the adornments) or cream (water-based, dissipates faster and less "slimy" feeling). Hope am on-target and this helps. ...Read more

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I tend to have a lot of ear wax build up and I try to avoid Q-Tips but use them occasionally which causes some bleeding. How can I reduce ear wax??

I tend to have a lot of ear wax build up and I try to avoid Q-Tips but use them occasionally which causes some bleeding. How can I reduce ear wax??

No Q-Tips!!: Q-tips not good. Can injure ear and cause infection. Follow these tips. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/ear-wax Sometimes you may need ENT doc to remove. ...Read more