By: Joe Graedon January 17, 2022 22 Comments
    Laxative Helps Remove Earwax

    Over 15 years ago a listener to our syndicated public radio show sent us a question about ear wax (cerumen). This person wanted to know why putting a laxative in the ear helps remove earwax: Q. I was …

    By: Terry Graedon January 22, 2018 7 Comments
    Are Cotton Swabs Really Risky?

    There are few things in the bathroom medicine chest that look less scary that cotton swabs. They have no sharp blades like nail scissors. They don't contain potentially dangerous drugs, like cough med…

    By: Terry Graedon January 4, 2018 12 Comments
    Beware the Dangers of Cotton-Tipped Swabs

    Ear, nose and throat specialists like to caution us never to stick anything smaller than our elbows in our ears. It seems too many of us don't pay close enough attention, however, especially when it c…

    By: Terry Graedon May 11, 2017 2 Comments
    Hide the Cotton Swabs! They Can Hurt Children…

    Parents need to beware cotton swabs. Although many use them to clean their children's ears as well as their own, a new study shows that they can cause significant injuries. Cotton Swabs Lead to ER Tri…

    By: Terry Graedon March 17, 2011 19 Comments
    Cleaning Ears at Home

    Ear wax can be annoying or even make it hard to hear. Otolaryngologists tell people not to put objects in their ears to remove wax. That includes cotton swabs which may actually push wax further into …