Friday, September 14, 2007

Cotton Buds Danger!

Just a piece of information to share with you guys....beware when usingcotton buds....
Just a piece of information for everyone..... A truth too many people do not realize. Please read on...
My husband had ear pain for a very long time, sometimes he would justvisita private doctor and get some antibiotics and ear drops and afterapplyingit over a few days, the pain would be gone. He got a habit of using cottonbuds to clean his ear canals everyday after his bath. Just normal cottonbuds that we can purchase at any shop at 3 for $1.
Lately, the problem became quite serious to the fact that he couldn't sleepat night and one day, unable to control the pain even after taking hismedicine... he went to see a doctor in the middle of the night and wasreferred to the Alexandra Hospital where they prescribed stronger antibiotics and an appointment to see a specialist. Upon visiting thespecialist, he advised my husband to never use a cotton bud to clean hisears again, after using a special equipment to remove whatever dirt was remaining very deep in the ear as a result of using the cotton bud.
The doctor said that cotton bud was never invented to clean ear canalsbutto clean superficial items or just surface wounds and to apply medicine. Small pieces or particles on the cotton bud tend to remain in the earcanaland that gives opportunity for bacteria to breed and by using a cottonbud,the dirt in the ear is actually being thrust further into the ear canal, hindering its self-clearing process. Some people tend to thrust thecottonbud very deep into the ear and this may result in the damage of the eardrum and an operation may be needed to correct the problem.
The doctor's advised was to use olive oil, just one or two drops intotheear once a month and the ear will actually cleanse itself, thereafter touse a tissue paper to clean just the outermost part of the ear.
My husband has since stopped using cotton buds and has fully recovered.Theabove piece of information is given by the specialist at Hospital. Youmaycheck with any doctor to verify the information.

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