Removing earwax with cotton buds dangerous
Ms Charlotte Agyakwa, the Deputy Director of Nursing Services, (DDNS) at the Ear, Nose, and Throat (E.N.T), Unit at the Shai Osu Doku Hospital, Dodowa, in the Greater Accra Region, has warned that it was dangerous to use twirling cotton-tipped swabs to remove earwax.
She has advised that people should not introduce any foreign material into the ears whenever they itched, or felt discomfort.
Speaking in an interview with The Spectator recently at Dodowa, she said the wax in the ear had a natural mechanism which got rid of itself at the appropriate time, hence there was no need to use any foreign material to remove it.
The DDNS explained that earwax was a natural moisturiser which prevented the skin inside the ear from becoming too dry, prevented dust, bacteria and other infectious organisms from reaching the eardrum.
Ms Agyakwa, however, explained that there were some people who produced more earwax than others, a situation which caused the ear to block early, and required that the patient should be examined at the hospital and the necessary assistance provided.
She explained that those who had the penchant to remove the wax from the ear, rather made it dry to compound their problem as they pushed the wax further into the ear.
The DDNS, further said those who used twirling cotton-tipped swabs to remove wax in the ear, could accidentally damage the eardrum and further worsened their problem.
She has, therefore, advised people to report at the hospital whenever they were confronted with any problem with the ear.