Why Not to Clean Your Ears with Q-Tips
Even though they are one of the most popular items on pharmacy shelves, Q-tips could actually be harmful to a person’s health.
This is especially true when they aren’t used properly.
The makers of the “Q-Tip” brand even recommends to only use the cotton swab “around the outer ear, without entering the ear canal”.
The AAO-HNSF also strongly advises to not stick cotton swabs in your ears and to not use ear wax candles.
And according to the Washington Post and a recent video featuring audiologist and professor William H. Shapiro, there are multiple reasons why using Q-tips is a bad idea.
1.) Q-tips Push Ear Wax Further Into the Ear Canal
The main reason many people continue using Q-tips is a misguided effort to remove ear wax.
The fact is that ear wax is good. It helps to trap insects and also functions as a lubricant for the ear canal.
When a person tries to remove ear wax with a Q-tip, the most common result is pressing it down against the eardrum where it can prohibit vibration and potentially cause hearing loss.
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2.) Q-tips Can Cause an Itch-Scratch Cycle
Many people report that their ears itch after using Q-tips inside the ear canal.
This side effect is so common that dermatologists believe it can actually lead to a type of addiction known as an itch-scratch cycle.
Using Q-tips more often results in more itching, and more itching compels a person to use Q-tips frequently.
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“Why Q-Tips Are Bad” Video
Safe Treatments for Inner Ear Itch
Most people know how annoying an inner ear itch can be.
Thankfully, we’ve posted about several safe home remedies and itchy ears treatments to help you alleviate your itch without damaging your ear and keep it from ever returning.
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