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Doctor insights on: Putting Cotton Swabs

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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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Could I pass a cotton swab drug test 24 hours after drug use?

Could I pass a cotton swab drug test 24 hours after drug use?

No: salivary swabs will pick up most drugs for about the same time urine tests will, perhaps with one day shaved off. I am concerned that you are MORE concerned with getting caught than you are with the fact that drugs have apparently taken over your life. Get help. LA is full of very good drug treatment programs. Talk to your doctor or find a counselor, and get a referral to one of them. ...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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I took two puffs on a cigarette two days ago will it show on a cotton swab test , I don't smoke or use tobacco much at all?

It depends: if you had two puffs,period not before or after,then it will not show on the test. if you are a chronic two puffs users,then it will show. the more we use quantity,or time,the more time it takes to be cleared from our body. good luck ...Read more

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How do i remove earwax without using cotton swabs?

How do i remove earwax without using cotton swabs?

Use cerumen drops: You should never use cotton swabs in the ear canals Use the OTC wax removal drops followed by warm water gentle lavage. If not sucessful you should see your physician. ...Read more

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What happens if I put a cotton swab in my penis's meatus?

What happens if I put a cotton swab in my penis's meatus?

Why on earth do that: You will scrape and damage the delicate urethral lining at the meatus. Some men have an ill-advised compulsion to intruce objects into there penile urethra. They then go to the hospital emergency room if object slips out of their grasp and gets stuck in the urethra. Please don't do it. This is not a sensible or pleasant form of masturbation. ...Read more

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Severe earache from too much use of a cotton swab. What should I do?

Severe earache from too much use of a cotton swab. What should I do?

See your doctor: Using too much cotton swab can sometime cause trauma to the ear drum, you should check with your doctor.Meanwhile stop using cotton swab and take some over the counter pain medicine for pain. ...Read more

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I gave my month old karo syrup for constipation and tried a cotton swab but he still hasn't went, what else could I do?

I gave my month old karo syrup for constipation and tried a cotton swab but he still hasn't went, what else could I do?

Constipation: First of all quit giving him Karo syrup as there is a risk of infant botulism with this. Secondly some babies may normally go this long without a BM. Some go everyday or multiple times a day. If he is acting well, eating and sleeping well, urinating well and his tummy is soft, then he is fine. If not go see his pediatrician for an exam and tips for dealing with this. ...Read more

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What's the safest&messiest way to remove earwax? I don't have a problem but I noticed buildup since started to use cotton swabs.

What's the safest&messiest way to remove earwax? I don't have a problem but I noticed buildup since started to use cotton swabs.

Md visit: visiting your ent (or at times FPfphysician) is safest way to remove it. messiest seems like a typo.... nothing smaller than elbow in your ears....i repeat that for a safety reason as well as common sensical one.. ...Read more

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