Cotton tipped applicators can cause a variety of problems if used in the external ear canal, especially in young children. Pediatricians advise parents not to use cotton tip applicators in the ears of their children.

Synonym: Q-tip (with "Q" for Quality)


Reasons for use:

(1) to dry the ear after bathing

(2) to remove cerumen

(3) to relieve an itch

(4) playing



(1) perforated ear drum

(2) otitis externa

(3) trauma to the external ear canal

(4) bleeding

(5) ear pain

(6) vertigo

(7) facial nerve paralysis

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