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I heard it is dangerous to pick out ear waxes with q-tips. Is this true?

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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Ear Wax / Q-tips

Ear wax is the ears natural way of protecting the skin of the ear canal from infection and other types of damage.
The wax actually has a natural pH (acidity) that prevents bacteria and fungus from growing in the ear canal. If you scrape the wax away and leave the skin uncovered, then you are at a higher likelihood of getting and external ear infection which can be quite painful. Hope this helps!

In brief: Ear Wax / Q-tips

Ear wax is the ears natural way of protecting the skin of the ear canal from infection and other types of damage.
The wax actually has a natural pH (acidity) that prevents bacteria and fungus from growing in the ear canal. If you scrape the wax away and leave the skin uncovered, then you are at a higher likelihood of getting and external ear infection which can be quite painful. Hope this helps!
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Yes

The ears will generally clean themselves.
.. Do not put q-tips in your ears. If you feel like you need to clean your ears you can use some hydrogen peroxide or even mineral oil.

In brief: Yes

The ears will generally clean themselves.
.. Do not put q-tips in your ears. If you feel like you need to clean your ears you can use some hydrogen peroxide or even mineral oil.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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