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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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How to remove cotton swab stuck in the ear?

Hello I have a cotton swab in my ear from a q-tip, I'm alone at the moment so I can't get anyone to look inside my ear and don't want to use anything like tweezer to get it out. Do you know of any alternate methods I could do at home without going to the ER?
Wed, 18 Nov 2015
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Dentist 's  Response

I have gone through your query and can understand your concerns.

As per your complain in case if you have cotton stuck inside the ear any attempt done by you can lead to pushing the cotton further inside the ear as well as can traumatize the ear drum..
You should immediately consult an Otolaryngologist or Emergency Room and get evaluated and they can very well remove it using fine twizeers without damaging the ear drum or causing you any discomfort..
Do not even try and put your finger inside the ear to remove it ad it can cause pushing it deeper inside.

Hope this information helps..

Thanks and regards.
Dr.Honey Nandwani Arora
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