When you swab your ears after a shower, you remove cerumen, otherwise known as earwax. Cerumen is a healthy feature of the inside of your ears. It’s protective and antibacterial. It originates near your eardrum and slowly pushes its way out, becoming dry and then simply falling out. This is the normal process of ear maintenance.
What happens when you use cotton swabs?
When you swab out your ears, you push wax deeper into the ear where it doesn’t naturally go. This can cause it to get stuck and bock up the eardrum, causing potential medical complications. It also pushes fungus and bacteria from the outer ear into the inner ear which can cause infections among other complications.