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post #41 of 66
I have to Q-tip my ears about twice a week. They get gunky and itchy if I don't. Any more than twice a week leaves me with ear aches.

My dd cleans her ears out about once every other week. She's five, but has always been careful.

My dh's ears don't produce wax. When he was a kid, his doctor told him to apply vaseline to his ear canal daily with a Q-tip. I can't imagine that daily exposure to vaseline could be healthy, but that's what he does.
post #42 of 66
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Originally Posted by blessedwithboys View Post
this thread is making me laugh...last night my 7yo ds came running out of the bathroom after his shower and said "mom, did you know the qtip box says "not for use in the ear canal"?! he was appalled, it was as if he couldnt understand why they were made if not for ear drying. we all use them everyday to dry our ears post shower.



Well I don't get water in my ears when I shower. My ears do not drain properly like most people's, so I have custom made ear plugs that I have to wear to keep the water out. If I even get a tiny bit of water in my ear I could have an infection for MONTHS. No joke. MONTHS

I can't use the alcohol stuff to dry them out because of the scar tissue in my ears from multiple surgeries over the years. I tried that once and the neighbors could hear me screaming

So I don't ever have that "wet" eat canal feeling Which is maybe why it isn't a big deal to skip the Q Tip for the most part I do ear candle though on a regular basis.
post #43 of 66
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Originally Posted by sapphire_chan View Post
Once again, Japan takes things to a new level...

Interestingly, I read once that the Japanese, at least, tend to get ear wax that doesn't respond to cotton swabs and they have to use things more like bobby pins. So the folks in this thread who have the same sort of extra dry wax might look into products from Japan to replace your bobby pins. (I know at least one company sells a mirror system to let you see in your ear. )
This is true, there are two types of earwax, one is wet and sticky and the other is dry and flaky. Wet and sticky is dominant over dry and flaky. Certain ethnic groups are more likely to have one type or the other- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earwax#...ition.2C_types
post #44 of 66
I have wet/sticky earwax and I looooove cleaning my ears with Q-tips. I do it every day! I go really deep, too, to the point that I gag a little. DH says I'm a freak. My son has the dry/flaky ear wax and every once in awhile I pin him down and clean it out with an ocucet loop (or whatever they're called). I seriously don't understand how he can hear with all the wax in his ears!
post #45 of 66
I do, after every shower.
post #46 of 66
We all use qtips in our ears, but dp doesn't use them as often as I do. I try to limit it to once a week for ds.

And oddly enough, dp says he fondly remembers his mom specifically cleaning out his ears with qtips when he was very young. I guess where most mothers might *hug* their kids, she made him feel loved with qtips!
post #47 of 66
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Originally Posted by InMediasRes View Post
I use the back end of a bobby pin . I've never had a problem. My mom used to do it for me when I was little, now I do it.
My family doctor recommended this when I was little. I use the rounded U to get the wax out. I've always had such over-production of ear wax that my ears would actually get clogged and I'd have a hard time hearing when I was in grammar school. The first time the doctor flushed my ears out - ugh! My mom (who worked for the doctor as a receptionist) used to joke I could have my own wax museum!

I use the bobby pin on my ears after each shower. What's nasty is when I'm at work or around the house and suddenly a big blob of wax falls out of my ear sometimes!
post #48 of 66
Wow. I have never used q-tips in my ears. Aren't you worried that this practice will leave behind cotton fibers in your ear canals which can then merge with the wax and cause a problem? My ears dry quickly after I shower, and if I ever get an itchy chunk of wax in there, my pinkie fingernail works great for getting it out.

My dh uses q-tips in his ears every day, and I just thought he was weird! Hmm, maybe he's been holding out on me....
post #49 of 66
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Originally Posted by sapphire_chan View Post
Once again, Japan takes things to a new level...

Interestingly, I read once that the Japanese, at least, tend to get ear wax that doesn't respond to cotton swabs and they have to use things more like bobby pins. So the folks in this thread who have the same sort of extra dry wax might look into products from Japan to replace your bobby pins. (I know at least one company sells a mirror system to let you see in your ear. )
The question is why would anyone want to replace an extremely cheap, efficient bobby pin with something unnecessary Down with marketing that persuades us to buy the unneeded!
post #50 of 66
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Originally Posted by outlier View Post
Wow. I have never used q-tips in my ears. Aren't you worried that this practice will leave behind cotton fibers in your ear canals which can then merge with the wax and cause a problem?
No. Have you ever tried pulling the cotton off a q-tip? That stuff's on TIGHT. I'd be much more worried about it with a piece of tissue paper even though that couldn't go in as far.
post #51 of 66
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Originally Posted by choli View Post
The question is why would anyone want to replace an extremely cheap, efficient bobby pin with something unnecessary Down with marketing that persuades us to buy the unneeded!
Does your bobby pin have a cute cartoon character and a handle that doesn't cramp your hand?
Seriously, if you use a bobby pin regularly, I'd look into taping it to a dowel or something for a better grip.
post #52 of 66
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Originally Posted by Smokering View Post
Me too! Not around the baby any more, though, since she came up to me unexpectedly and tried to "help" stuff one into my ear. That was, um, fun.
Sorry, but that really made me laugh.
post #53 of 66
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Originally Posted by sapphire_chan View Post
Does your bobby pin have a cute cartoon character and a handle that doesn't cramp your hand?
Seriously, if you use a bobby pin regularly, I'd look into taping it to a dowel or something for a better grip.
I've used bobby pins for 40 years with no grip problems, so I'll probably stick with them
post #54 of 66
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Originally Posted by sapphire_chan View Post
Does your bobby pin have a cute cartoon character and a handle that doesn't cramp your hand?
Seriously, if you use a bobby pin regularly, I'd look into taping it to a dowel or something for a better grip.
Nope, just buy the normal, plain jane ones in the hair stuff section. No problems with grip here, either!
post #55 of 66
Yep! And I'm totally going to do it right now!
post #56 of 66
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Originally Posted by sapphire_chan View Post
Once again, Japan takes things to a new level...

Interestingly, I read once that the Japanese, at least, tend to get ear wax that doesn't respond to cotton swabs and they have to use things more like bobby pins. So the folks in this thread who have the same sort of extra dry wax might look into products from Japan to replace your bobby pins. (I know at least one company sells a mirror system to let you see in your ear. )
We absolutely love the ear picks here! They are awesome!
post #57 of 66
Love q-tips!!...but I have to lick mine to get them damp before I stick them in my ears.

I have a weird thing about touching cotton balls and q-tips when they are dry - actually I can't touch them when they are dry. The sound of a dry q-tip in my ear makes me feel ill. Just typing this out gave me goosebumps and set my teeth on edge.

~L.
post #58 of 66
This thread was funny

I use them on a regular basis...more for that wet feeling than for excessive wax. I've never had much, but I do feel my ears drain on occasion, and it urks me beyond compare.

LONG LIVE Q-TIPS!!!
post #59 of 66
Count me in! After every shower or swim. I hate the wet feeling in my ears.
post #60 of 66
Everytime I see this thread title I think it's about Quick Trip.

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