Ear Hurts When Cleaned With A Cotton Bud?

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I want to ask my right and left ears every time I clean why does it hurt?

1 Answer:

Hi julia,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

First, it is necessary to clarify, in what way do you clean your ears?

The cells in the walls of the ear canal normally will produce cerumen (earwax). In addition to keeping the ear moist, this is also intended to prevent the entry of harmful foreign substances into the deeper ear. So, cerumen is actually not a dangerous thing so it needs to be cleaned excessively, for example by picking at the ears, such as with wire, cotton buds, and so on.

Cleaning the ears is actually enough to do with a clean cloth moistened with a little water, which is to make sure the outer ear is clean and dry, there is no need to scrape it. Excessive ear cleaning habits can trigger inflammation of the outer ear (otitis externa) which will make your ears feel sore. This is probably what sparked your complaint.

In addition, pain in the ear can also arise due to other causes, for example:

Otitis media (inflammation of the middle ear) Infection of the ear canal, eg due to acne, folliculitis, herpes zoster Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) Migraine (throbbing headache that feels predominantly on one side of the head) Jaw joint disorders, eg inflammation or dislocation (shifting) Wounds or irritation of the ear skin, and so on. You should stop cleaning your ears excessively first. Also take paracetamol to relieve pain in your ear. Protect your ears from exposure to excessive noise so that the pain does not recur.

However, if the pain persists for 3 days or more, try to see a doctor directly to get the right treatment.

I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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