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Ears and Vaginas are Self-Cleaning

Updated on November 16, 2010

Simple Hygiene

My mother always said, "Don't put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear." It turns out that this is good advice.

Qtips can harm in two ways. They can push wax farther into the ear canal, causing a compact, hard-to-remove ball which interferes with hearing. They remove the beneficial wax. Wax protects the sensitive skin of the ear canal from excessive moisture and infection.

Other objects like bobby pins can do even more damage, scratching the delicate skin of the ear canal or worse, puncturing the ear drum.

If you are prone to wax build-up, your doctor may prescribe wax-softening drops like Debrox and a luke-warm water flush. (Hot or cold water in the ear can make you dizzy and nauseated.) Otherwise, rely on what the ENT doc told me about ear cleanliness: "If you were to mark your eardrum with a pen, the dot would eventually make it's way to the outer ear, where you could wipe it off with a washcloth." Ears are indeed self-cleaning!

Vaginas remain healthy by maintaining their own acid or low pH. Harmful germs don't take to the acidity. Anything that interferes with this, like douching or feminine products, sets you up for itchy yeast and smelly bacterial infections. One exception is the acidy vinegar and water douche used for refreshing after the monthly period.

Other vaginal hygiene tips are always wiping from front to back and using a mild soap like Dove on the outside or external genitalia. If you are prone to vaginal infections, wearing cotton under wear, limiting the number of sexual partners, and condom use may help prevent them.


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    • cathylynn99 profile image

      cathylynn99 2 years ago from northeastern US

      hi, oscar,

      if your ears are still plugged, you should see a doctor to get the wax removed. thanks for commenting.

      hi, janaye,

      glad you found the info useful. take care.

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      Oscar 2 years ago

      I appreciate your kind and geenrous advice a lot!. I have been trying it hardly and did not get those amazing results!. It is nice to see that you got my comment in a good way!God bless you!VA:F [1.9.10_1130]please wait VA:F [1.9.10_1130](from 0 votes)

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      Janaye 2 years ago

      No qutesion this is the place to get this info, thanks y'all.

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      cathylynn99 5 years ago from northeastern US

      bk, helen and granny,

      thanks for the reads and encouragement.

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      cathylynn99 5 years ago from northeastern US

      james - so sorry that happenned to you. the nurse or doc should have known better. thank you for reading and commenting.

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      james 5 years ago

      went to the walk in clinic doctor he flushed my sore ear with cold water pain was not good never use cold water

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      I use the vinegar. I have to use something. I need to feel clean there too. I have only had a yeast infection twice and both times I was pregnant.

      Great hub

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      Helen Bolam 7 years ago from South Shields

      Interesting Hub.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Yes, yes, yes. We have been sold so much unnecessary garbage and for no good reason than for some company to make a fortune. I'm so glad we have forums like this to inform each other. So many women have vaginal infections not realizing that they are causing it themselves.

      Nice to meet you by the way. I am a follower now! Rated up! Yay!

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      cathylynn99 7 years ago from northeastern US

      you've forced air through your eustachian tube (connects throat and middle ear) and you've changed the pressure in your middle ear which conducts sound from the ear drum through three small bones and into your inner ear nerve mechanism. the click is actually your eardrum moving or "popping". I'm not sure why this improves your hearing. do you suffer from ear or sinus congestion?

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      diogenes 7 years ago from UK and Mexico

      I'm on yur hubs now. Why does my hearing improve when I hold my nose, swallow, hear a click and ...better hearing for a few minutes which soon ends, unfortunately...Bob