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Is it better to use a q-tip or a finger to clean your ears?

Is it better to use a q-tip or a finger to clean your ears?

Washcloth: Or as my mother use to say, 'nothing smaller than your elbow'. If you feel you have wax or some inner irritation, try a few drops of warm olive oil. ...Read more

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I cleaned out my ear this morning by putting a tissue over my index finger, and there is a bit of blood. not much. I went to a concert yesterday. bad?

I cleaned out my ear this morning by putting a tissue over my index finger, and there is a bit of blood. not much. I went to a concert yesterday. bad?

No: There is no immediate risk, though prolonged exposure to loud sounds will damage hearing. Do not use tissue paper, nor Q tips, to clean your ears. You may use small pieces of paper towel rolled into a wick. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What is the sense of having oiled cotton pads in ears when taking shower? I should not clean my ears with a finger and sticks.

What is the sense of having oiled cotton pads in  ears when taking shower? I should not clean my ears with a finger and sticks.

Ear Protection: It sounds like you are attempting to protect your eardrum from water from showering. Do you have a hole in one or both of your eardrums? ...Read more

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What do I do with an earache from sticking my finger up my ear?

What do I do with an earache from sticking my finger up my ear?

You might have: External ear infection, so see a doctor for treatment. You should not stick anything in your ear any more. ...Read more