First of all, there are a lot of nerve endings in the ear, so if you push a cotton swab too deep, you risk causing yourself pain and discomfort. Secondly, the skin of the ear canal is covered with earwax and a protective layer of fat, so when you clean it too thoroughly, you risk leaving your ears defenseless against infections. Thirdly, if you reach too deep, you can create a wax plug and push it even deeper, which is fraught with complications. Sometimes the outcome can be completely unpredictable!
Beware of cotton swabs!
A 31-year-old man from the UK was taken to hospital after he collapsed. He was diagnosed with an ear infection caused by a cotton bud stuck in his ear canal! The symptoms of the infection included seizures and vomiting. Later he started forgetting peoples’ names. The patient developed necrotizing external otitis. Most often it occurs in older people, especially those who suffer from diabetes or have a weak immune system. This is not just a pesky infection, it can be fatal!