Scientists advised to abandon the ear sticks.
Specialists otolaryngologists gave basic recommendations for ear hygiene. The American Academy of Otolaryngology has released updated clinical guidelines for ear hygiene. In it, experts recommend to abandon the ear sticks (cotton swab), and any other subjects penetrating into the external auditory meatus. Earwax, is a normal secretion of the human body designed to protect, clean and grease the ear canal. It collects the dirt, dust, and dead cells, and inhibits the growth of pathogens. Updating the stratum corneum ear canal and movement of the mandible provide gradual removal of sulfur outside, where it peeled or washed off. About one in 10 children and one in 20 adult cases of excessive accumulation of earwax, leading to affect your hearing and the possible development of other symptoms. To prevent this, people often regularly used cotton buds or other objects to clean the external auditory canal. The authors of the updated guidance are based on three clinical guidelines, systematic reviews, and five of six randomized controlled trials concluded that this practice is unacceptable.
“Patients often think that prevents the accumulation of earwax, cleaning ears with cotton sticks, paper clips, ear candles and myriad other unimaginable things. The problem is that such attempts only worsen the situation because the sulfur is pushed deeper into the ear canal. All that is able to penetrate the ear can damage the skin passage and the eardrum, “- said the head of the working group Schwartz Seth.
Based on the collected data, otolaryngologists experts made the following key recommendations for ear hygiene. Recentmagazine.com introduces them to your attention:
- Do not get too carried away by washing the ears. Excessive washing can irritate the ear canal, lead to infection and increase the risk of accumulation of earwax.
- Do not enter anything into the ear canal. Cotton sticks and other objects can injure the skin and eardrum and cause the displacement of the auditory bones, leading to hearing loss, ringing in the ears, dizziness, and other manifestations of ear injury.
- Do not use ear candles. There is no evidence that they are able to remove the excess earwax, but it can cause serious damage to the ear canal and eardrum.
- If your hearing has deteriorated appeared a feeling of ear fullness or pain in it, seek medical help.
- Ask your doctor how you can manually prevent excessive accumulation of earwax, if you are predisposed to it. Some preventive methods have contraindications, and they should choose a specialist.
- Definitely, seek medical help if the pain appeared, bleeding or unusual discharge from the ear. These symptoms are not associated with the accumulation of sulfur and require a professional check.
“The updated guidance … is a strict reminder to patients that health begins with the ears themselves, and that many things are not worth doing, so as not to hurt yourself. People tend to clean the ears, because they believe, earwax manifestation of uncleanliness. This incorrect information leads to unsafe hygiene practices “, – concluded Schwartz.
Cotton swab, which is often positioned as “ear stick,” is not really designed to clean the ears – they are used to taking smears and treatment of wounds. That’s why while cleaning ear tries, to abandon the ear sticks.
Previously, a large-scale population-based study conducted in New Zealand found another unwanted side overuse hygiene. It was found that children who bite their nails and suck her fingers in later life are much less likely to develop allergies than their peers who do not have such habits. This confirms the hygiene hypothesis, first expressed by the British epidemiologist David Strechenom (David Strachan) in 1989. According to this hypothesis contact with dirt and microbes in early childhood reduces the risk of a variety of conditions associated with excessive activity of the immune system.