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5 Mistakes You're Making Cleaning Your Ears

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  • Your ears are self-cleaning and earwax will migrate out of your ears naturally
  • Cotton swabs are not meant to insert into your ears and doing so can damage your eardrum, skin or ossicles
  • One of the primary risks of cotton swabs is they can push the earwax into the deeper part of your ear canal leading to impaction

By Dr. Mercola

Is cleaning out your ears with cotton swabs part of your regular hygiene routine? If the answer is yes, you’re certainly not alone. But, contrary to popular belief, cleaning your ears isn’t only typically unnecessary; it’s potentially dangerous.

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