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3 reasons to leave earwax alone
Robert H. Shmerling, MD,
Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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“…If you feel that you should put some object in your ear canal, talk to a doctor about doing it first. That is a very serious action and could cause you serious and irreversible hurt.”
Its a hole in your head. Who can resist putting somethihng in a hole. But, nothing smaller than your foot. Most people can get their foot at least to their mouth. Its hard to resist especially after a shower. I will use a tissue or a little suction device made just that purpose.
I occasionally use my little fingernail to remove some wax from my right ear. I notice an improvement in hearing, but my left ear does not seem to need this.
I wish I could have read this article before. I have already damaged my right ear because I was trying to clean my earwax and now I got the infection, partial hearing loss and severe and sharp pain. I am on medication right now. hopefully I learned my lesson and will never insert anything into my ear canal no matter what. The best thing is always go to the doctor and let him/ her do the proper treatment in case you feel there is something in your ear, something build up inside or itchy feeling. Inserting any object inside your ear could damage your ear drum for which you have to pay a high price by losing hearing ability, sharp and severe pain and even worst.
I seriously love a good q-tip twirl inside my ear canal. Are there any services available out there to help me stop this behavior?
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