Do you clean your Ear wax using cotton swab ? Be Careful !

A number of people use cotton swabs to clean their ears or to get rid of itching in ears. They take it as a clean and easily available instrument that can enter their ear hole and solve the purpose. But the truth is that it is not helpful at all. We will tell you about cotton swabs and cleaning of ears in detail in this article. An interesting fact about cotton buds is that they are responsible for nearly 50% ear infections. In such case most people will ask about an alternative to clean their ears. You will get an answer to this question at the end of this article.

How do cotton swabs harm harm your ear ?
People usually use cotton swabs to clean their ear with the intention to drag out the wax out of the ear. But in reality the purpose is not solved. Instead of bringing the wax out of ear, most of the wax is dragged inside the ear. Only some part of wax that stick to cotton swab comes out while most of the remaining wax is pushed inside.

Is it necessary to clean you ear wax after certain time ?
Most of the people fall prey to this misconception the periodic cleaning of ear wax is necessary. But the truth is that it is not necessary at all. Only in some rare cases the wax blocks the ear hole and decreases the hearing capacity. In such cases it is better the visit a specialist to get your ear cleaned. Today there are instruments using which a doctor can monitor you ear canal from inside and suck out the wax using some sort of micro vacuum cleaner.

How should you clean your earwax at home ?
Usually it is not recommended to clean your ear yourself, but if you are really in need to do so the you should use some ear drops. Olive oil or almond oil can also solve the purpose if ear drop is not handy. 4-5 drops of lukewarm oil can be put inside ear using a dropper and lay in that position for 5 minutes. Repeating this process for 2-3 times in a day will make the wax swell and come out of the ear. Some people find oil as a better alternative than ear drops as some ear drops cause irritation is people with sensitive skin.

Why do our ear develop wax ?
It is a preventive mechanism of our body. By developing wax in the ear canal, our internal ear is prevented from external dirt and micro organisms that can cause infection. Usually excess wax automatically comes out of ear while taking a bath. When some water enters our ear and comes out after some time, some excess wax also comes out with it.

We hope that this information will help you in getting rid of the excess ear wax and not getting the infection through cotton swab.
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