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Ditch cotton swabs and get your ear wax removed professionally!

Using cotton swabs can just shove the wax further in your ear.

Written by Tania Tarafdar |Published : October 12, 2017 4:18 PM IST

Do you use cotton swabs to get rid of ear wax? Well, I like them too but only recently I got to know from ENT specialist Dr Sanjay Pandey that using a cotton swab or buds and jamming it into your ear can actually be detrimental to your ear.

So why should you not use cotton swabs in your ears?

It is always recommended not to put cotton swabs in your ears as it could be dangerous. Using cotton swabs can just shove the wax further. You can end up perforating your ear drums by accident. That is probably why they say don t put anything smaller than your arms in your ears. And if you have the habit of removing ear wax after shower remember that you are clean even without removing the ear wax. It is a self-defence mechanism. The hair sitting in your ears traps the bacteria and as long as it does not affect the ear drum it is fine. Here are 6 amazing things about ear wax we bet you did not know.

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How to get your ear wax removed professionally?

Instead, you can also get your ear waxed professionally. A professional can use any of these three techniques to remove the ear wax from your ears.

Irrigation: Irrigation is removing the ear wax with water under mild pressure. A low-pressure flow of water, using a specialised ear irrigator, is used to gently remove the wax blockage. The water is at a similar temperature to your body, so the procedure is quite comfortable. The flow of water is carefully directed towards the upper ear canal wall to gently flow out bringing the wax along with it. Ear irrigation is a completely painless procedure and is an important tool in providing ear care.

Suction: Suction is carefully controlled and monitored by the hearing professional. A gentle suction device is used to remove earwax under a microscope. The procedure is quick, safe and painless, and doesn t involve putting liquid into your ear.

Manual removal: The specialist can also remove the ear wax manually with special instruments. 10 frequently asked questions on ear wax answered here.

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