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Why You Should NOT Use Q-Tips

Hygiene is very important for your health and wellbeing. It can prevent many potential issues. Unfortunately, some of the most common hygiene products on the market today can actually be harmful. Talcum powder has been linked to cancer in women. Certain skin cleaners can cause irritation and dryness. There are even toothbrushes that can potentially wear away your enamel when used on a daily basis. Cotton swabs are one of the products on store shelves that you should not be using when attempting to practice good hygiene.

People often think that a cotton swab is intended to be put into your ear to remove earwax. This is actually very dangerous for a few reasons. The first is that the swab could puncture your eardrum or damage your ear. A second reason is that the cotton could become caught in your ear. A final reason is that earwax is very important in the correct amount. Earwax actually helps to stop infections and keep debris outside your ear canal. A lack of earwax can lead to balance issues, itching and other issues. It should not be removed constantly every day. Your body could start overproducing earwax if you do this.

If you do have excessive earwax, then you need to put drops into your ear to dissolve it safely. You create a liquid solution, put two or three drops in each ear for a few seconds and then tilt your head to drain it all out onto a cotton ball. One solution involves equal parts of water, vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Another option is pure mineral oil. A final idea is a sterile saline solution. These will all remove excess earwax.

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