Cotton bud on the ear drum

Cotton ball of a cotton bud often get dislodged in the ear.One has to consult an ENT Surgeon for removal of cotton.

Use of cotton buds in the ear to clean wax is totally unnecessary as ear canal has a self cleaning mechanism.Few people who are born without this mechanism need frequent ear cleaning by an experienced doctor.

Patients frequently visit the clinic with pieces of cotton bud stuck in their ears. Children are brought to hospital with ear damage due to cotton bud injury. Even fungal infections can occur through the use of cotton buds. Cotton buds on the market are not sterilised. When the packet is opened, fungal growth can occur.

My personal view is that the use of cotton buds should be prohibited in this country.