As it turns out, we are not really suppose to clean our ears at all. They have their own hygienic process. By sticking cotton swabs and such in your ears, you are actually making it harder for your ears to clean themselves.
This can even cause a severe injury inside your ear.
The American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO-HNSF) Has warned people that the use of cotton swabs have a bad habit of probing the ear, this can end up causing hearing loss.
Cerumen, more commonly known as earwax is a healthy thing to have in your ears to an extent. Naturally this earwax is supposed to clean itself by migrating from the ear drum to the opening of the ear, in doing do it cleans the ear canal and dries up. In the end, it eventually falls out. Cleaning your ears too much can leave them dry irritated and itchy.
What exactly is happening when you clean your ears with cotton swabs?
Well, when using cotton swabs instead of getting all that gunk out; you’re pushing it further back into your ear. Into areas that it should not be in. It is most likely getting stuck back there and is going to be eventually blocking the ear drum causing all different sorts of health problems back there.
Not only re you pushing the ear wax further back than it’s supposed to be, but you are also pushing any fungus or bacteria that may be in the mix back as well.
Should you clean your ears at all?
A doctor known as Douglas Backous, has made us aware that when you rub the skin inside your ears you are causing a whole lot of histamines to be released causing the skin to be even more inflamed than it would be from just the rubbing itself, this is how lots of people get ear infections.
You should never clean your ears unless a doctor has told you that it needed to be done, and in such case; the doctor should be the one to clean them.
Dr. Backous has recommended for those people who just for some reason are addicted to cleaning their ears to instead of using cotton swabs, try irrigation.
Using one part white vinegar, one part rubbing alcohol, and one apart tap water placing a few drops in each ear will clean them efficiently.
But, overall you should not clean your ears. Your body knows what it is doing. Let your body clean them how it’s supposed to. You should never even feel the need to clean your ears unless they have become impacted. And as stated above, if you feel like something is wrong and your ears aren’t cleaning themselves for some reason. See a doctor, they will be able to see what’s happening and fix the problem without making it worse.
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