If you have any willpower, wean yourself off cotton swabs.
A Cotton swab is made up of a small piece of cotton wrapped around one or both ends of a short rod made of wood, rolled paper or plastic.They are commonly used in applications such as first aid, cosmetics. They are also known as ‘Q-tips’ in the USA and Canada.
Earwax holds Protective, Anti-fungal and Antibacterial properties
Its most common use despite medical advice on the contrary, has been in cleaning of the ears to remove earwax. Though it may feel satisfying when you caress and pull out the cotton bud with a bit of yellow, chances are you’re actually pushing most of the wax deeper into your ear canal. Besides, excessive ear cleaning does more harm than good because your earwax holds some anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Most of the time the ear canals are self-cleaning.
The absence of earwax may result in dry, itchy ears. .Earwax is not formed in the deep part of the ear canal near the eardrum, but in the outer one-third of the ear canal. A patient has wax blockage against the eardrum, because he has been probing the ear with such things as ‘cotton-tipped applicators, bobby pins, or twisted napkin corners’, which tend to only push the wax in deeper.
The ear canals should never have to be cleaned
The American Academy of Otolaryngology, reveals that ‘under ideal circumstances, the ear canals should never have to be cleaned’. However, that isnt always the case. The ears should be cleaned when enough earwax accumulates to cause symptoms such as earache, itching, odor, partial hearing loss, etc.
Recommendations for cleaning your ear properly
It is known to be safe and effective when you apply a few drops of oil (Olive oil, baby oil or mineral oil) into the ear, leave it there for sometime like overnight, then while in the shower next day, apply hydrogen peroxide while tilting your head to the side for a few minutes. This will help the softened wax to come out. This is a very easy home remedy for anyone to try. However there are other recommendations which may require the attention of a medical expert. You can find them here and also here.
There are no known ways of preventing excessive buildup of earwax, also known as cerumen impaction but it is strongly adviced not to use cotton swabs whenever this occurs. If you are prone to cerumen impaction, it is adviced make a regular periodic visit to your doctor for checkup and routine preventive cleaning.
[I.D – Easycleantips]