Why You Shouldn't Clean Your Ears
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Do you clean inside of your ear with a cotton swab? Some experts say that people shouldn't clean the wax out of their ear. A natural process in human ears cleans out the wax without needing a cotton swab. Using a swab on the inside of your ear can cause wax to get backed up and accumulate inside rather than cleaning it out. Also, if the swab gets pushed in too far it can damage the eardrum.

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Check out why you shouldn't clean your ears. Do you clean inside of your ear with a cotton swab? Some experts say that people shouldn't clean the wax out of their ear. A natural process in human ears cleans out the wax without needing a cotton swab. Using a swab on the inside of your ear can cause wax to get backed up and accumulate inside rather than cleaning it out. Also, if the swab gets pushed in too far it can damage the eardrum. Simon Baer, a consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon at the Conquest Hospital in Hastings said: “wax is actually beneficial to the ear. It causes foreign bodies to adhere to it, preventing them from going further into the ear, and it has anti-bacterial properties. Removing it is like taking the wax off the surface of polished wooden furniture.” Thousands of people a year seek medical attention for cotton swab related problems. Some people’s ears do produce excess wax that needs to be removed, but for most people, the ear canal does not need to be cleaned out.