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The next time you reach for a cotton swab to clean your ears, you might want to think twice. According to Ravi N. Samy, assistant professor of otolaryngology—head and neck surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center—ears are self-cleaning, so you shouldn’t do anything to them. “Wax is protective to the ear. It has antibiotic properties and keeps the ear moist.”

For relief from uncomfortable wax buildup, administer a few drops of hydrogen peroxide. This will loosen the wax so that it comes out easily and can be wiped away.

As the old saying goes, “Never put anything in your ear smaller than your elbow.” Southwestern News

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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, November/December 2005. Copyright © 2006 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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