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To Q-Tip, or not to Q-Tip: that is the question!
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Annie_WebMD_Staff posted:
To Q-Tip, or not to Q-Tip: that is the question!

Dr Moser hates the use of Q Tips to clean out ear wax. But why? In this oldie but goodie blog from 2006,
Q-Tips -- Weapons of Ear Destruction? Dr Moser says why they aren't such a good idea to clean out your ears.

So are you guilty of using a Q-Tip or other implement to clean out your ear wax? When I was a kid my mom used to clean out my dried out ear wax with the rounded end of a bobby pin. I would get impacted ear wax that would build up and she would regularly clean my ears out. My sisters didn't have this problem, only me. In college I remember getting my ears cleaned out at the Student Health Center when I couldn't hear very well.

So do you clean out your ear wax and what do you use?

- Annie
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rohvannyn responded:
I used to use q-tips when I was younger, but I was always very careful and never dug too hard, and never hurt myself. When I tried to stop using q-tips, I had a heck of a time getting rid of all that itchy wax! Hot showers helped a little.


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