Health & Wellness

Why You Shouldn’t Use A Cotton Swab To Clean Your Ears?

Every morning when we wake up, the first thing we do is go to the loo, was the face, brush up the teeth and then there is a whole cleansing regime. Especially when we leave for work, we want to look spic and span.

Whoever felt confident being shabby!

Now, cleaning doesn’t just end externally. We make sure we clean every crevice of our body, including the ears. No one likes that gunk oozing out of the ear sockets, right?

However, did you know that you do more harm than good by using a cotton swab to clean your ears?

Yes, that’s right… The doctors can’t emphasize enough against the use of an earbud or a cotton swab to clean ears.

What happens when you use an earbud/a cotton swab to clean your ears?

When you use a cotton swab to clear out the filthy gunk, you actually push the earwax further down the ear canal & against the ear drum. This might block ear drum and impair the hearing. At times the pressure exerted on the delicate eardrum can even cause a minor rupture and lead to a permanent hearing loss.

Secondly, the wax is there for a reason. The ear glands secrete the ear wax as a defense mechanism. It helps to lubricate your ear, prevents the drying out of the ear canal, and avoids itching from drying out of the ear.

It also prevents you from any infections or insects entering into your ear.

When you do the ‘noble deed’ of removing the earwax you are actually risking yourself to get infections.

Also, you should know that your body is smarter than you think. The ear is self-cleaning. The skin in the ear acts as a converter belt that gets the wax out on regular intervals. The jaw movements created due to talking, chewing, yawning helps to get the debris out of the ear.

All you need to do to keep it clean is to bathe religiously and clean the external ear with a cloth.

In rare cases, if there’s a severe issue such as ear pain or inability to hear due to blocked ears, you may want to consult the doctor. At least, then you can be sure that you are in safe hands.

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Dr. Nida Kazi

Dr Nida Kazi is a health coach & nutritionist specialising in sports nutrition and Doctor of alternative medicine (M.D, A.M). She is a fitness enthusiast and firmly believe in the priniciple of eating right and exercising regularly. She likes exploring different cuisines and finding the interesting facts behind all foods and researching their origin. And what is life without a little sliver of nature, her interests involve hiking in the woods, going on adventurous expeditions and water sports.

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