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Why Cleaning Ear Wax With Cotton Buds Is Bad?

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Most of us are conscious about cleanliness and there is nothing wrong about it. But when it comes to clearing your ear wax, we are doing something wrong.

Many health experts and ear specialists agree that using a matchstick or a cotton bud to clean the ear is bad. Yes, it could even cause minor injury inside the ear.

If you have the habit of pushing a bud or a matchstick into your ear whenever you are free, then read this and stop that habit as soon as possible.


Fact #1

Do you know that ear wax contains anti-bacterial properties? Yes, it is there to prevent certain types of infections.


Fact #2

Do you know that ear wax is also an insect repellent? It is there to protect your ears from bugs and insects which try to enter the ear.


Fact #3

Ear wax has another role to play. It is there to keep your ear canal lubricated. Otherwise, the area becomes dry and may also turn itchy.


Fact #4

Do you know what happens when you try to clean your ear with a cotton bud? Well, it can harm the ear drum by causing a rupture. In some cases, it can temporarily cause hearing loss. Also, the wax that is on the outer area is pushed towards the interiors of the ear which is not good.


Fact #5

What most of us don't know is the fact that your ear knows how to remove the wax by itself. Regular muscular movements in the face help the ear to move the wax out.

When you yawn or talk or move the facial muscles for any other purpose, the wax moves. That wax can be taken out with a finger when you are taking a shower.


Fact #6

If you keep cleaning your ear obsessively on a regular basis, that will do more harm than good. It can hurt the sensitive parts inside your ear and may also cause infection.

Read more about: ear, bacteria, infection, skin, injury, health
Story first published: Thursday, February 16, 2017, 12:15 [IST]
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