Say 'No' to Q-Tips

Lots of people use Q-tips to keep their ears clean, but few people know that it’s actually not a good thing to do.  For instance, the cotton tip can dislodge and get trapped in the ear canal, or puncture the eardrum, or the irritation can cause an infection in the ear canal requiring antibiotics.  If you believe there’s wax built-up in your ear, the better thing to do lie on your side at bedtime to install a drop or two of mineral oil into the ear at bedtime, and stay in that position for a few minutes.  This will help soften up the ear wax and make its way out.

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