We were probably guilty of using cotton swabs to clean our ears at some point and if you are one of them then you might just want to stop doing it This is because a 31-year-old British man reported an & # 39; potentially fatal brain infection after using cotton buds to clean the inside of the ears.
Based on a Live Science report, the unidentified man developed a necrotizing external otitis that started in his ear canal before he infected it. bone at the base of his skull and continued upward in the lining of the brain, the meninges. External necrotizing otitis is defined as a bacterial infection that affects the lining of the skull and this case has also been reported on British Medical Journals on March 6, although it is not clear when it happened.
However, this infection had spread to the ear and the brain for about five years before the doctors discovered it and were shocked. This was really long! The man apparently suffered from symptoms of infection for five years, but was not aware
He told doctors he had experienced pain and loss of ; heard in the left ear over the years, but when he went to the doctors, he was treated only for two serious ear infections. The situation worsened until he had a headache that was so bad, the pain made him vomit.
The infection was not discovered until he began to experience neurological symptoms such as convulsions and inability to remember people's names, before collapsing and being taken to Coventry hospital. The doctors performed some tests including a CT scan on the brain before discovered that there were two abscesses filled with pus in the bones at the base of the skull. Sounds bad!
After a further inspection, they discovered the tip of a cotton swab deposited in one of his ears after using the cotton swabs to clean them. The infected cotton was already embedded in the wax and surrounded by debris when they removed it from the ear.
Fortunately for the man, he managed to recover completely after surgery to remove the cotton and did an intense cycle of two-week antibiotics to make sure there would be no infection. Some of the symptoms that accompany this infection include persistent and foul-smelling yellow or green pus coming out of the ear, pain in the ear, hearing loss and itching that will not go away into the ear canal.
In addition, cotton buds should be used to clean the outer parts of the ears and not inside as this would push the wax in and make the situation worse. In fact, the NHS advises people to leave earwax alone, as it usually falls on its own. Alternatively, you can add two or three drops of olive or almond oil to the ear twice a day for a few days. Otherwise, you can visit the pharmacist to collect the drops to soften the wax or consult a doctor to wash or aspirate the wax if you think it is irritating.
Remember to always seek professional medical advice if you are experiencing health problems!
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