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Putting Cotton Swabs
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Skin in outer ear canal dry, sore and slightly bloody from overuse of Q-tip cotton swab. How can I soothe the skin inside?
Otitis externa: see an ear doctor to evaluate the full extent of the ear canal problem. ...Read more
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
Can I insert my own catheter? Using the appropriate sterile processes e.g gloves, alcohol swabs e.t.c.
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
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
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
Ears pierced w/piercing gun & sterile studs in sealed box. parts of gun that touches skin wiped w/ alcohol, h2o, Benzethonium chloride solution. HIV?
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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