People all around the world use cotton buds, or “Q-tips”, to clean their ears. Some do so to get rid of the wax, and many may even enjoy the sensation. You might believe that these soft, gentle products are perfect for this purpose; but what if I told you that they aren’t?
As a matter of fact, cotton buds can be very bad for the ears. Most packages of the items even specify that they’re not to be used for that purpose; still, many people go ahead and do so! Perhaps it’s because the warnings don’t seem that serious, or because they can’t imagine items so delicate being harmful.
Unfortunately, cotton swabs are fairly bad for your ears for many reasons. In some rare cases, it can even cause a severe reaction – such as a brain infection that, if left untreated, could turn life-threatening and result in fatalities. Yikes!
But why, exactly do cotton buds pose such a threat to your ears? Can you really get such serious health problems from them? How are you supposed to clean your ears instead? Don’t worry, we’ve got the answers!
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