ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA — You know that eargasm you get when you stick a cotton swab in your ear and pull out a piece of wax like candy floss?
Well, according to the medical experts, you really should stop doing that.
For a long time now doctors have advised against cleaning our ears with cotton swabs. But on Tuesday, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery updated its guidelines to tell us exactly why we should never clean our ears ourselves.
Cerumen, also known as earwax, is a natural substance made up of oil, hair and dead skin cells. Doctors say using cotton swabs to clean ears can damage the eardrums and push earwax too deep inside the ear, where it can become clogged.
In fact, earwax keeps our ears clean by preventing dirt, dust and bacteria from entering the body.
Earwax is removed from the body by the movement of the jaw when people talk and eat, and is washed away when we bathe.
So you hear that? It’s time to put those Q-tips down … and if you do have a problem with your ears, go see a doctor.