The Dangers of Using Cotton Swabs

The Dangers of Using Cotton Swabs

Here's why you should pretty much never clean inside your ears using cotton swabs.

Simplified Chinese

当我们的耳朵痒了,我们就会塞入棉签清理我们的耳朵。取出棉签后,我们在棉签上能看到淡黄色的污垢。它是耳屎。

掏耳朵会给人带来快感。但是大家要知道,用棉签掏耳朵危害大。为什么我们不能用棉签掏耳朵呢?

第一,因为棉签很大,容易将耳屎推向耳朵深处。

第二,因为耳屎推得更深,耳朵会阻塞。这会对耳道的皮肤甚至是耳膜造成损伤。

第三,在掏耳朵时,可能会发生棉球从棉签掉落,或者是棉签杆部折断在耳道里的情况。

那我们应该如何做呢?

不能经常掏耳朵,两周清理一次耳屎,或者使用挖耳勺和盐水进行清理。

Traditional Chinese

當我們的耳朵癢了,我們就會塞入棉籤清理我們的耳朵。取出棉籤後,我們在棉籤上能看到淡黃色的污垢。它是耳屎。

掏耳朵會給人帶來快感。但是大家要知道,用棉籤掏耳朵危害大。為什麼我們不能用棉籤掏耳朵呢?

第一,因為棉籤很大,容易將耳屎推向耳朵深處。

第二,因為耳屎推得更深,耳朵會阻塞。這會對耳道的皮膚甚至是耳膜造成損傷。

第三,在掏耳朵時,可能會發生棉球從棉籤掉落,或者是棉籤桿部折斷在耳道裡的情況。

那我們應該如何做呢?

不能經常掏耳朵,兩周清理一次耳屎,或者使用挖耳勺和鹽水進行清理。

 

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English Translation

When our ears are itchy, we will clean out our ears by inserting a cotton bud. After taking the cotton swab out, we can see the yellowish dirt on the cotton swab. It’s called earwax.

Digging your ears will bring you pleasure. However, everyone needs to know that it is harmful to use a cotton swab to rub your ears. Why can't we use a cotton swab to dig our ears?

First, because cotton swab is very big, it is easy to push the earwax further down the ear.

Second, because the earwax is pushed deeper, the ears will get blocked. This can cause damage to the skin of the ear canal and even the eardrum.

Third, when you dig your ears, it is possible that the cotton ball falls from the cotton swab or the cotton swab is broken in the ear canal.

Then what should we do?

Do not dig your ears often, clean your ears every two weeks, or use ear picks and salt water for cleaning.

Indonesia Translation

Ketika telinga kita terasa gatal, kita akan membersihkan telinga kita dengan memasukkan cotton bud. Setelah mengeluarkan cotton bud, kita bisa melihat kotoran kekuningan pada cotton bud. Itu disebut kotoran telinga.

Mengkorek telinga akan memberikan rasa nikmat. Namun, semua orang perlu tahu bahwa menggunakan cotton bud untuk menggosok telinga berbahaya. Mengapa kita tidak bisa menggunakan cotton bud untuk mengkorek telinga kita?

Pertama, karena cotton bud sangat besar, sehingga mudah untuk mendorong kotoran telinga lebih jauh ke dalam telinga.

Kedua, karena kotoran telinga didorong lebih dalam, telinga akan tersumbat. Ini dapat menyebabkan kerusakan pada kulit saluran telinga dan bahkan gendang telinga.

Ketiga, saat Anda mengkorek telinga, ada kemungkinan bola kapas jatuh dari cotton bud atau cotton bud patah di saluran telinga.

Lalu apa yang harus kita lakukan?

Jangan terlalu sering mengkorek telinga anda, bersihkan telinga Anda sekali setiap dua minggu, atau gunakan korek telinga (ear pick) dan air garam untuk membersihkan.

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