Do your ears feel blocked up, making it difficult to hear? It might be time to clean your ears!
While ears are self-cleaning (to some extent), there are times when a little extra care is needed to ensure they remain healthy and functional. It is essential to approach ear cleaning with caution to avoid causing damage to the delicate structures inside the ear.
You’ve probably read that using cotton swabs isn’t the safest way to remove ear wax. Here are some tips on how to safely clean your ears, what not to do, and when you should contact a doctor.
How to clean your ears safely
Use a soft cloth: Gently wipe the outer ear with a soft, damp cloth to remove excess wax and debris.
Warm water: If you feel the need to clean the ear canal, use warm water. Tilt your head and allow a few drops of warm water to enter the ear, then tilt your head in the opposite direction to let the water drain out.
Ear drops: Over-the-counter ear drops can help soften earwax, making it easier to remove. Follow the instructions on the product carefully.
Avoid cotton swabs: It’s a common misconception that cotton swabs are suitable for cleaning ears. In reality, they often push wax deeper into the ear canal, leading to blockages and potential damage to the eardrum.
Steer clear of sharp objects: Never insert sharp objects, such as hairpins or keys, into your ear. This can cause injuries, damage the ear canal, and even perforate the eardrum.
Ear candles: Despite their popularity, ear candles are not a safe method for ear cleaning. They can cause burns, and the efficacy of removing earwax is questionable.
If you experience symptoms like persistent ear pain, hearing loss, or dizziness, it’s time to call the doctor! They can assess your ears and, if necessary, perform safe and effective ear-cleaning procedures – This is sometimes so satisfying to watch.
Your ears deserve the best care, listen to them and treat them well.
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