Believe it or not, we’re talking about that simple tool that millions use in the ears every day – the cotton swab.
Doctors have been telling patients for years to avoid using cotton swabs to clean the gunk out of their ears but, so to speak, the advice has fallen on deaf ears.
CNN reports that a new study that each year more than 12,500 children under the age of 18 are treated in ER rooms for ear injuries related to cotton swabs.
This is not like brushing your teeth every day. Children and adults do not need to clean out the ear canal of wax as part of a routine hygiene practice.
Apparently, cotton swabs can cause cuts in the ear canal or perforate the eardrum.
The advice of doctors is let nature do its own self-cleaning of the ears and avoid the use of cotton swabs.