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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Is cleaning the wax out of your ear with one's pinky fingers ok?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (19627points) 1 month ago

Doctors say that one should not put any thing in your ear that Is smaller than ones elbow.

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Zaku's avatar

Yeah, I think it’s ok as long as you’re only going in a little bit, aren’t hurting yourself, etc.

omtatsat's avatar

If there is so much wax in your ear that its affecting your hearing then it should be removed by a doctor. Wax protects the ears but when it blocks the ears then action is necessary.

Poseidon's avatar

You are less likely to do harm to your ears by inserting your ‘pinkie’ than you would be trying to dig the wax out with something such as a cotton wool bud.

However normally ear wax forms deep inside inside the ears so your pinkie would not reach down far enough.

The general rule is NEVER insert anything in your ear.

The best thing to do is go to your chemist and purchase a liquid specially formulated for softening ear wax. Use this for about a week and then make an appointment to have your ears syringed.

Doing this will allow the wax to be flushed out without harming your ears and hearing.

Good luck

gondwanalon's avatar

My ears get completely clogged solid with wax every 2 years or so. It’s a real pain. I can’t hear correctly. Everything is muffled like I’m wearing ear plugs. I put diluted 3% hydrogen peroxide in my ears to loosen it up. After a few hours I use a rubber pipette to squirt (with some force) more diluted 3% hydrogen peroxide (warmed to body temperature) into my ears (repeat a few times) This flushes the bulk of the wax out. It’s nice to be able to hear again.

kritiper's avatar

No. You’d be better off flushing the wax out with a rubber bulb and some warm water. Or have them cleaned by a doctor.

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