Don’t Use Q-Tips To Clean Your Ears
You might think that Q-tips are the easiest and most effective way to clean the wax from your ears, but in reality they are doing more harm than good. NYU Otologist Erich Voigt explains in this video what really happens when you use Q-tips inside your ears.
He first warns that you should not put Q-tips in your ears, and shows that there is actually a warning on the box on Q-tips that instructs people to not put them inside their ears. What really happens is when you use the Q-tips, it actually pushes the wax further into the ear canal.
The ear canal keeps producing wax, and the Q-tip disrupts the normal wax flow, and it begins building up on itself. This makes the wax more dense and more difficult to get out. He explains that he has had to remove crayon sized pieces of wax from people’s ears before.
Q-tips can damage your eardrum too because many people are pushing it way too far, and he says he has seen people who have perforated their ear drums before.
He says that the best way to clean your ears is to just use soap and water when you are in the shower. Then with a towel just pat the area dry by wrapping a towel around your finger, but don’t put anything inside your ear. If you ear is clogged, or there is wax stuck inside your ear, you need a medical professional to help get it out.