Should I Use Q-Tips to Clean My Ears?

I’m sure everyone has been told to be careful about sticking Q-Tips too far in their ears. However, it may be a good idea to forgo the use of Q-Tips for cleaning ears all together.

Why Shouldn’t I Use a Q-Tip to Clean My Ears?

There are many reasons you shouldn’t use Q-Tips to clean your ears, including:are q tips safe

  • Ears are self-cleaning.
  • The wax is a natural antibiotic that coats the ear canal and protects it against infection.
  • Using a Q-Tip can also puncture the ear drum, which can result in surgery.
  • If you touch the ear drum, you also put pressure on the hammer, anvil and stirrup underneath.
  • Putting too much pressure on these small bones can cause issues with hearing and balance.

What Are My Options for Cleaning Ears?

  • Over the counter ear drops
  • Cleaning with hydrogen peroxide
  • Have an ENT clean our your ears professionally

Contact ENT Doctor Marc Dean today by calling his office in Fort Worth at 817-332-4060 if ear wax is causing hearing loss or dizziness.