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Why you should never use buds to clean your Ears

By Sharon O. Isaalah, Abuja

We all like the feeling that comes with cleaning our ears with cotton buds or swabs; it tickles but still gives a relaxing sensation.

Unfortunately, that sensation we like to experience has its consequences; it may seem harmless enough, but it can be dangerous when used.

Although some people think it to be the fastest method to remove excess wax and debris from their ear canals, medical experts warn against it.

Many catastrophes resulting from using cotton swabs have been recorded. From punctured eardrums to super impacted wax, there are many negative consequences associated with “do-it-yourself” ear cleaning.

However, it is good to note some of the reasons why using these buds are harmful:

Earwax is useful

Earwax has a couple of useful functions besides being gross. It has antibacterial qualities to prevent infections, it operates as an insect repellent to keep bugs out of your ears, and it helps to lubricate the ear canal, which prevents dried out, itchy skin.

Cotton buds drive earwax up against the eardrum

Using cotton swabs is actually dangerous. When you force any foreign object into the ear canal, you’re moving most of the earwax up against the eardrum. This can rupture the eardrum or can cause an imp action that will lead to hearing loss.

Many catastrophes resulting from using cotton swabs have been recorded. From punctured eardrums to super impacted wax, there are many negative consequences associated with “do-it-yourself” ear cleaning.

However, it is good to note some of the reasons why using these buds are harmful:

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