How To Deal With Cotton From Cotton Buds That Are Left In The Ear?

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Good afternoon, r n r nI Dyah, when cleaning the cotton ears left my ears. I already went to the puskesmas, but I couldn’t. Then I was referred to the nearest hospital to the clinic, but when I checked, the doctor said that without cleaning, I only saw it using a telescope, he said, he was probably already dry. Is it okay if that happens without further treatment? thank you

1 Answer:

Hi Dyah,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

You should not over-dig your ears using a cotton bud. This is because the mechanical trauma when the ear canal is subjected to excessive friction with a cotton bud can trigger inflammation. Furthermore, the push of cotton buds can actually deepen the earwax, making it prone to accumulate and inhibit sound conduction. So, this action is not appropriate to do to clean the ears, but on the contrary, can make earwax build up and trigger inflammation (otitis externa).


Apart and left behind in the ear canal can be a mild condition but it can also be dangerous. Cotton swabs because they are considered a foreign object can trigger excessive earwax production. This condition can cause the ear canal to become inflamed. This inflammation can be characterized by the appearance of excessive ear secretions, pain, itching, swelling in the ear canal, and various other complaints. Furthermore, this condition can also block the conduction of sound so that you can experience decreased hearing function.


If you have checked your complaint with doctors and ENT specialists and are told that no special treatment needs to be done, then this condition is likely not dangerous. Cotton swabs and dried earwax may come out on their own without causing significant complaints. You can do the following:

Stop the habit of scratching your ears with any tools
Do not put water or other substances into the ears carelessly
Sleep on your side on the side of the ear where the cotton enters, so that the cotton that comes in is easier to get out
Keep the ears dry

If you experience complaints, such as decreased hearing function or signs of ear inflammation as mentioned above, then do not hesitate to go back to an ENT specialist for further treatment, ok?


I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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