Cleaning Ears With Cotton Swabs Really Dangerous?

Cleaning Ears With Cotton Swabs Really Dangerous?
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A real-life horror tale that's gotten renewed media attention this week is sure to make you think twice about digging earwax out of your ears. An Australian woman says she developed a life-threatening infection that ate away parts of her skull after years of swabbing her ears with cotton. But how likely is that scenario—and how dangerous are cotton swabs to our ears really?

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