Fair warning: some of you might fight the content within this article – especially the video – a tad gross. I personally find watching this video oddly satisfying; but then again, I’m in the camp that likes watching giant zits getting popped by other halves on YouTube. So maybe don’t listen to me. If you need quick exit, here’s a story about how Pizza Hut and KFC are releasing a fried chicken pizza together. Bye.
An audiologist is reminding people of the dangers attached to jamming cotton wool buds down their ears, with a particularly horrifying YouTube video.
One of Mr Neel Raithatha‘s patients came to him after the tip of a cotton wool bud snapped off while he was cleaning his ear canal. The bud had become stuck deep within his ear canal and to remove it, required the expertise of Mr Raithatha.
Mr Raithatha – a world-leading endoscopic ear wax removal specialist from Leicester – runs the YouTube channel, The Wax Whisperer and filmed the procedure (which was a success, you’ll be glad to hear) for his channel, to warn others of the dangers of going balls deep with cotton wool buds.
The video was filmed using a tiny camera which shows the tip of the broken-off cotton wool bud (which is shockingly large!) being removed ever so carefully from deep within the ear canal.
Mr Raithatha explains the procedure on his YouTube channel:
“The client attended with a cotton bud q-tip stuck against his eardrum.
He suffers from Otitis Externa and was using the cotton bud q-tip in an attempt to relieve the itchiness and irritation he was experiencing.
The ear canal was heavily inflamed and it was not possible to insert the standard 2mm diameter Zoellner suction probe. I therefore attached a Fine End Gauge 18. I managed to extracted the cotton bud enough to then use crocodile forceps to extracted the cotton bud. I have recommended the client to visit his GP for prescribed treatment of his Otitis Externa but in the meanwhile to obtain some EarCalm spray.”
Absolutely grim. But I love it and can’t stop watching it.
So there you go, unless you fancy having a bunch of metal equipment shoved down your inflamed ear canal, maybe leave q-tips out of the Boots basket next time.
In all seriousness, the NHS actually warn against cotton wool bud for this very reason. If used improperly, they can cause serious medical problems; in very extreme cases, they can result in hearing loss. The NHS advise:
“Cotton buds only push the wax/debris further down the ear canal and can lead to impacted wax, which can be painful.
“Also, if the cotton part of the bud falls off into the canal, it can cause infection.
“The cotton buds can also scratch the canal and make it bleed which can lead to infection.”
So, if you are feeling like your ear canals are somewhat on the nasty side and require a good cleaning out, think twice before jamming a cotton wool bud down there.
The NHS recommends the following treatments for ear-wax build-up:
“Earwax usually falls out on its own. If it does not and blocks your ear, put 2 to 3 drops of olive or almond oil in your ear twice a day for a few days.
“Over 2 weeks lumps of earwax should fall out of your ear, especially at night when you’re lying down.”
They also suggest speaking to your pharmacist, if you have concerns:
“Speak to a pharmacist about earwax build-up. They can give advice and suggest treatments.
“They might recommend chemical drops to dissolve the earwax. The earwax should fall out on its own or dissolve after about a week.
“Do not use drops if you have a hole in your eardrum (a perforated eardrum).”
Right, I’m off on an ear-wax removal binge on YouTube. Bye.
Images via Youtube/The Wax Whisperer and Getty
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