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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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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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Can I clean my baby's ears with a cotton swab?

Can I clean my baby's ears with a cotton swab?

Yes: Only clean the outer part of the ear and don't insert into the hole. You will wind up pushing in more wax then getting it out. ...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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Can a cloth contaminate another cloth? For example put clean Shirts in my couch(i sit with dirty clothes), or sit with my dirty pants on a clean cloth

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Can a cloth contaminate another cloth? For example put clean Shirts in my couch(i sit with dirty clothes), or sit with my dirty pants on a clean cloth

It's all dirty...: Dirt is everywhere. I bet these types of things routinely cause you great stress and anxiety. You should talk to your doctor about possible OCD. There are medicines and therapies that can help reduce stress in these situations. http://www.helpguide.org/articles/anxiety/obssessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd.htm ...Read more

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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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Will using Monistat cool wips clean your vagina? Leaving it smelling good?

Will using Monistat cool wips clean your vagina? Leaving it smelling good?

Might: Do you have a yeast infection? If so this might help. If there is discharge and odor then you probably need to see your doctor for testing to rule out bacterial vaginosis and other infections. ...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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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 lysol spray safe to use on clothes fabrics like cotton? I used to disinfect germs. Will it ruin color or fabric?

Is lysol spray safe to use on clothes fabrics like cotton? I used to disinfect germs. Will it ruin color or fabric?

Don't know: "Using Lysol Safely -Lysol Fabric Mist can be sprayed onto pillows, mattresses and other bedding materials. Allow the bedding to dry completely before contact with skin." Per: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/can-use-lysol-blankets-101504.html ...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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Does cotton ball in the ear help ear infection?

Does cotton ball in the ear help ear infection?

No: This will actually help trap moisture and provide a better growth medium for a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Can using aquaphor on a scab trap bacteria?

Can using aquaphor on a scab trap bacteria?

No.: Aquaphore, like greasy vaseline, no significant impact on bacteriae. ...Read more

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Should I use bobby pins, qtips or ear care antiseptic to clean my ears?

Should I use bobby pins, qtips or ear care antiseptic to clean my ears?

None of the above: You should be very careful with any of those items in your ear. The external canal is very fragile to trauma, and all you really need to do is wash them out with a bulb syringe if even that. Your ears are self cleaning, and you don't need to do much. ...Read more

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Can u put neosporin inside the mouth?

Can u put neosporin inside the mouth?

Not recommended: It is meant for minor cuts and scraps on the skin, not in the mouth. If you put it in the mouth, you will swallow most of it. ...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