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Posted: 10/26/2004 10:08:26 PM EST
I had an ear infection a few weeks ago, & y'all said no Q-tips for ear cleaning. I have done so for many yrs, & I have always heard the old elbow expression.

So why shouldn't Q-tips be uesd for ear cleaning, & what the heack should?

My ears always itch after a shower until I Q-tip em. Then their fine. So what's the prob??????
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 10:10:10 PM EST
I always use them, or if its really bothering me and Im not at home, I'll improvise with something
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 10:11:30 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/26/2004 10:12:31 PM EST by Lightning_P38]
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 10:11:57 PM EST
Qtips should be fine for ear cleaning, but excessive q-tipping can lead to external otitis, or quite simply an inflammation of the outer ear.

you may have a skin condition that predisposes you to itching after showers. check with you doctor and make sure you don't have eczema or some other complication.

-45
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 10:12:16 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/26/2004 10:12:35 PM EST by svi40]
Al used a pencil eraser with the rubber taken out in Married with Children

[peg]but the erasers still in there Al[/peg]

[al]that's not the eraser peg[/al]
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 10:13:40 PM EST
I've always heard that one wong move and you're eardrum will get a cotton headed stick puncturing it.

Shooting's bad enough on my ears.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 10:19:58 PM EST
Nah there's really not a whole lot of danger of rupturing your eardrum, unless you really like to use the elbow grease.

Cotton is abrasive to this soft area of skin, though, and since earwax is helpful in congealing pathogens, by q-tipping too much you run the risk of a)creating small cuts in your ear; and b) infecting them with the bacteria in the earwax

An ear infection is best treated with antibiotic drops or hydrogen peroxide. If your ears itch, you should try one or the other and see if that clears it up. If not, then you may need a prescription medication to treat your condition. As I said before, consult your doctor if it is a chronic problem and he should be able to make a sound diagnosis.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 10:22:13 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/26/2004 10:24:14 PM EST by _Ugly_]
The docs used to tell me horror stories about slipping up and tweaking my eardrum or putting too much pressure on the eardrum.

I used to end up compacting the earwax with q-tips until it became a problem. This was before I ever heard of the home ear wax removal kits (in the olden days). I had to visit the doc to get the crap cleaned out every year or so. Have a corpsman remove earwax for you sometime! You'll stop using q-tips in the ear canal guarenteed!



(edited... I don't want to be disrespectful and misspell corpsman.)
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 10:25:58 PM EST
TMI alert
After decades of regular q-tip use, I started to get some 'clogging' in my left ear. After rooting around for treatment info, found out about hydrogen peroxide. Went ahead and dribbled a capful in each ear, and got out an amazing collection of debris / old wax. Two treatments on the 'clogged' ear cleared it right up.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 10:27:45 PM EST
it's good stuff, the best bathroom-surgery technique for ear infections, IMO
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 10:29:13 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/26/2004 10:43:30 PM EST by ZEN]

Just not that funny this time. (that's why)
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 10:52:13 PM EST
My ears itch from the water that gets in from the shower. The Q-tips just dry my ears out enough to make them not itch. I have never had a wax problem that I know of. I did usre a wax removal kit on my infected ear, & got some bubbeling action from it,but not the other. No action on the 2nd use.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 11:46:48 PM EST
Use #556 for WD-40 a .223 round - Ear wax removal.

Link Posted: 10/27/2004 4:40:08 AM EST

Originally Posted By Searcherfortruth:
I had an ear infection a few weeks ago, & y'all said no Q-tips for ear cleaning. I have done so for many yrs, & I have always heard the old elbow expression.

So why shouldn't Q-tips be uesd for ear cleaning, & what the heack should?

My ears always itch after a shower until I Q-tip em. Then their fine. So what's the prob??????



I am a Q-tip user myself...I am a medical transcriptionist and I do some typing for and ENT doctor. The other day we typed a report of a patient who was cleaning her ears w/Q-tip after a shower when the phone rang...she answered the phone with Q-tip still in her ear and shoved it in her ear..she broke her eardrum.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 4:46:05 AM EST

Originally Posted By gunneys-wife:

Originally Posted By Searcherfortruth:
I had an ear infection a few weeks ago, & y'all said no Q-tips for ear cleaning. I have done so for many yrs, & I have always heard the old elbow expression.

So why shouldn't Q-tips be uesd for ear cleaning, & what the heack should?

My ears always itch after a shower until I Q-tip em. Then their fine. So what's the prob??????



I am a Q-tip user myself...I am a medical transcriptionist and I do some typing for and ENT doctor. The other day we typed a report of a patient who was cleaning her ears w/Q-tip after a shower when the phone rang...she answered the phone with Q-tip still in her ear and shoved it in her ear..she broke her eardrum.



OUCH! That hurts just thinking about it. I guess then, she couldn't hear who was calling her?
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 4:53:50 AM EST
Q tips pack the ear wax in lol...sooner or later, you'll have a very sore ear. I won't even tell you how I keep my ears clean, as the outcry would be deafening, but it's worked for me, and I've never had an ear infection since I started doing it. (I had one ear infection, and it was one too many...vowed never to go down that road again).

Link Posted: 10/27/2004 4:55:10 AM EST
Never put anything smaller than your elbows into your ears!!!


Don't you people listen to your mother?!?!?!?




Sgtar15
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 5:30:27 AM EST
A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL WILL NEVER TELL YOU TO STICK ANYTHING RIGID IN YOUR EAR CANAL. LIABILITY.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 6:42:13 AM EST
There are several OTC preparations that can be used to rinse ears after shower/swimming, etc. One is called Domeboro. It's is basically an astringent that helps dry things out. You can make something similar by diluting vinegar 1:1 with water and using it to wash your ears out. Q-tips can cause very small scratches in the ear canal which can lead to a hellaciously painful infection. As others have said, they also act like a battering ram to pack wax deep in the canal.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 6:47:40 AM EST
You caanot be trusted with Q-Tips.

First obtain written permission from your (ignorant) physician and then apply for a Federal Q-Tip license before using them.
Local and State rules apply.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 6:50:26 AM EST
were these pre-ban or post-ban q-tips?
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 6:51:33 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/27/2004 6:52:40 AM EST by 1Walker]
Try cleaning your ears with a .45



Sincerely,



D­r. 1Walker
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 6:54:47 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/27/2004 6:55:38 AM EST by A-nus]
ONLY USE QUALITY COTTON SWABS, My wife got the cheep brand and the cotton came off in my ear, WORST experiance ever, I had to sleep with it in there, tried i vain all night to get it out just kept pushing it deeper (huhu) finaly had to go to the doc to have it flushed.
Link Posted: 10/28/2004 3:19:58 AM EST

Originally Posted By A-nus:
ONLY USE QUALITY COTTON SWABS, My wife got the cheep brand and the cotton came off in my ear, WORST experiance ever, I had to sleep with it in there, tried i vain all night to get it out just kept pushing it deeper (huhu) finaly had to go to the doc to have it flushed.



The cheap ones never work right. The cotton always unwinds, & there not soft.
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