Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat consultant Dr Chike Ofoegbu has advised against the use of sharp objects in cleaning the ears, to avoid disruption of its normal function.
Concise News understands that Ofoegbu is an ENT surgeon with the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu.
He explained that the ear was divided into outer ear, inner ear, and middle ear; adding that people should visit ear doctors at regular intervals to avoid related health challenges.
Ofoegbu said that the use of sharp objects as biro covers, pencils, match box, cotton buds among others, must not be encouraged to clean the ears.
“The use of objects such as cotton bud to clean the ears leaves particles, which may disrupt the movement of wax in the ear, leading to foreign bodies in the ear, which may cause infection,” he told News Agency of Nigeria.
Ofoegbu described the use of sharp objects as an `abuse of the ear’ and advised that the ear needed to be cared for, to avoid perforation which might lead to severe health problem.
He said that all other parts of the ear required care, stressing that the outer ear infection could be caused by bacteria or fungi as well as staph if not attended to.
According to him, the pains in the ear shows that the ear is struggling to function, and medical attention is needed to avoid damage.
He said a sign of perforation by water or pus coming out or a change in colour of the eardrum could indicate infection caused by migration of organisms from the nose to the ear.
“Perforation of the eardrum, if unattended to, may lead to deafness or meningitis,” he said.