Are Q-Tips Safe For Your Ears?

Q-Tips or cotton swabs can cause injury to your eardrum and can cause ear infections. There are safer ways to get ear wax out of your ears that are recommended by doctors.

I’m sure that your parents have told you while you were growing up never to stick things in your ears. Are Q-Tips safe to put in your ears? Cotton swabs were made for cleaning the ear wax out of your ears.  Doctors agree that you should never put Q-Tips or any kind of cotton swab in your ears even to clean them out. Have you ever noticed that there aren’t commercials promoting Q-Tips or cotton swabs?

The package of the Q-Tips states that you shouldn’t put the Q-Tips into your ear canal because it could cause injury. This warning is clearly written on the back of the package. Studies show that you can rupture a membrane if you push the Q-Tip into your ear too far. It also shows that even though there is ear wax on your Q-Tip when you pull it out, you are still pushing the wax further into your ear canal. You can pierce the eardrum by putting the cotton swab too far into your ear canal. Studies also show that you can get an ear infection by putting a Q-Tip into your ear canal or the outer area of your eardrum too far and piercing or breaking the eardrum.

What is the safe way of cleaning your ears out?

First of all, before getting into the safe details of getting ear wax out of your ears, it is important to understand how helpful wax is for your ears.  According to studies, a certain amount of ear wax is important for your ears.  Ear wax acts as a lubricant to the outer area of your ear canal which helps keep your ears from itching.   Ear wax also protects you from getting ear infections because of the antibacterial properties that wax has in it.

Doctors recommend several different ways of safely cleaning out the ear wax out of your ear.   Doctors say that you don’t need to do anything to clean your ears out. They also say that the wax will come out on its own because the hairs in your ears push the ear wax out.   Some doctors recommend to use a warm washcloth and carefully with one finger in the washcloth clean out the outer area of your ears.   Another safe way that doctors recommend is to use a bulb syringe. If you are using a bulb syringe to get the earwax our of your ears, it is recommended to get instructions on how to use a bulb syringe correctly. This is an inexpensive and safe way to get wax out of your ears if properly trained on how to use the bulb syringe. You can also safely get wax out of your ears by going to your doctor’s office and have him or her irrigate your ears to get the wax build up out of your ear canal.




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