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Old 12-26-2013, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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I might use a Q-tip to clean the edge of my ear, but I won't stick them in. If I have a wax buildup problem, I just let very warm water run in to my ear in the shower and the problem usually resolves itself from there.
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Is ear wax removal even necessary? I mean doesn't the body have a way of removing it itself?
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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If it gets impacted, or if you are prone to ear infections, it sometimes does not clear like it should. I had a childhood full of ear infections, and prior to surgery to insert tympanostomy tubes when I was in elementary school, had to have my ears flushed often prior to that. It was so painful.
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:47 AM
 
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I did for years. I don't like them anymore and I don't think they work either. I think they just push wax further into my ears.
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Old 12-26-2013, 10:20 AM
 
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My doctor told me to pour a capful of hydrogen peroxide into my ear. It fizzes. Once it's done fizzing, wipe it out with some toilet paper.
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Old 12-26-2013, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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In Asia they have this thing called 'candling', where they heat up the wax so it melts and it drips down this cone.
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Old 12-26-2013, 12:00 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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Ha ha!
Yeah, I do use Q-tips on my ears, but try not to "shove" it in there! Are you refering to that Ear Wax sucking machine and the guy who yells "Ow" when he shoves the Q-tip in his ear? I had a moment watching that!
Haha!! Just saw that commercial for the first time before I posted.
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Old 12-26-2013, 12:11 PM
 
Location: East Coast
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In Asia they have this thing called 'candling', where they heat up the wax so it melts and it drips down this cone.
This is NOT a safe way to remove ear wax!

Ear candling: Is it safe? - MayoClinic.com
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Old 12-26-2013, 07:59 PM
 
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Q-tips are the BEST! I use them to clean in between the keyboard keys, take the tiniest bits of nail polish off, clean out the littlest areas of dirt or dust from things.... oh yeah -- and my ears.
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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I saw the commercial with the 'ouch' and then showing the wax sucking machine. I think it's a total scam. You couldn't suck wax out of your ear if you placed a commercial shop vac hose on your ear.
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