If you’re among those whose ear wax factories are working overtime, cotton buds seem like the best option. But sometimes, trying to clean them can cause more problems than it’s worth.
Earwax are quite common and aren’t usually a sign of a serious condition. But sometimes the things you do, or forget to do, can cause them to itch — or make the problem worse.
“It’s part of the human condition, but it’s not generally something to be concerned about,” says Ear surgeon Erika Woodson, MD.
- One Surprising Sign of Extremely High Cholesterol You Shouldn’t Ignore, According to Expert
- SARS-CoV-2’s New Twist: The Hidden Genetic Ripple Effects of Molnupiravir – Here’s What You Need to Know
- Do You Know? How Microbes Rise Again After Wildfires
- The Stomach-churning Reason You Should Never Drink Fast Food Soda
- Doctor Warns: Popular Healthy Drink You May Be Drinking Right Now ‘Can Be Bad For You’
“Many of us use cotton buds in our inner ear when we feel earwax build up,” says Dr Emeka, Brand Ambassador of Freeletics.
According to the doctor, cotton buds can push wax deeper and potentially cause injury to the eardrum or break off and even cause infection.
You can typically treat earwax buildup at home.
Use ear drops to break up the wax, but don’t try to clean out the ear canal with anything else, Dr. Woodson advises.
Image Credit: iStock