Consultant, Otolaryngology (ENT), Head and Neck Surgery Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT Specialist) for Children and Adults, MBBS (Hons) (London), BSc (Hons), DOHNS FRCS (ORL-HNS) (England)
Many people suffer severe ear infections, perforated eardrums and deeply impacted wax, as a result of digging their ears repeatedly. Cotton buds (and metal ear diggers) merely worsen the problem and should be banned from ear use.
Q: My ears tend to feel itchy and I like to dig my ears with cotton buds. Is this good for my ears?
A: No, you should not dig your ears at all! Many of my patients turn up with severe ear infections, perforated eardrums and deeply impacted wax, as a...