A few years ago, my mother complained that her ears hurt so badly.
The pain is unbearable and it will not disappear.
For a week, there was a weak bell ringing in her head.
Finally, the other day she recalled to me that the discomfort had caused her to find a doctor who carefully pushed the ear mirror into her ear.
Within seconds he pulled it out and looked at her face.
\"You put Q-
Tips in the ears?
He asked in a tone of disapproval.
Familiar in England.
Tips \"is the name of the exclusive brand of cotton --
A cotton swab or Bud swab from the United States.
Like many others, my mother has been using them to clean her ears.
But in doing so, she is also interfering with a natural process.
Her ear was injured because of an infection in her ear, and there is a good chance that her frequent use of cotton buds could cause an ear injury.
\"Promise me one thing,\" the doctor told her . \".
\"Promise me, you will never ask again.
The tip in the ear
\"Cotton buds are one of the most confusing commodities in the West.
In addition to its core functions, many consumer goods are widely used-books for leveling tables, newspapers for putting out fires, soda water for removing stains, coffee tables with rest legs-but these cotton swabs
They are one of the only (if not the only) major consumer goods, and the main purpose of which is precisely what the manufacturer has explicitly warned.
For a long time, small cotton stick has been sold as a staple food for home, for a variety of beauty, crafts, household products
Cleaning and baby care.
Over the years, they had a Q-on each box-
The prompt comes with the warning: \"Do not insert the ear canal.
\"But everyone-especially those who live by observing people\'s ears-knows that many, if not most, ignore warnings.
People came in with cotton. swab-
\"Related issues have always existed,\" said Dennis feizgerrard, an ear and nose expert in Washington . \".
\"Any ENT doctor in the world will tell you that they will see this all the time.
People say they just use them to make
But we know what else they do with them.
They put them in their ears. \"While Q-
Tips were never sold for use in the depths of the ear, and it took the manufacturer about half a century to explicitly warn it.
Initially, this versatile little family staple was the idea of a man named Leo Gerstenzang, who, after watching his wife prepare for their children, thought of wrapping cotton tightly
She is using a toothpick, and there is a cotton ball at the end of the toothpick, carefully applying everything to the baby, a clever but easy-to-improve trick.
On 1923, Gerstenzang disinfected the cotton swab for the first time.
In addition to some key differences, they are similar to those sold today.
They are made of wood, not plastic or paper.
They are single. not double-ended;
They should be used for baby care, not for everything in the sun;
Most importantly, they did not discourage putting them in their ears.
\"Every mother will be happy to know Q-Gay baby (
Q represents \"quality \")
In 1927, a print ad wrote: \"hygienic boron tip cotton swab for eyes, nostrils, ears, gums and many other uses . \".
Many things have changed over the next few years, including names, shortened to only Q-tips;
Material transferred to the paper;
The scope of marketing has expanded to include a variety of other household uses.
But one thing is not: no warning.
It was not until some time in the 1970 s that the box began to warn against sticking things to its ears.
Soon after the new label practice, the front of a vintage box says \"adult ear care \".
But there is also movement direction on the back of the box, it is recommended not to use them in the ear canal.
The warning is more clear today.
They said fairly clearly, \"Do not insert a cotton swab into the ear canal.
\"It is not clear what prompted the change.
At that time, there was no public case record of the cotton bud being accused of damaging someone\'s ear.
Now there\'s no Unilever with Q -.
Hint, attribute this shift to anything special.
\"The brand has a history of nearly 100, so there are several iterations on the package,\" said Caroline Stanton, a spokesman for the company . \".
\"The Early boxes were prepared for baby care, so it was not relevant at the time.
\"But at least part of the motivation for this shift comes from the understanding that many people abuse cotton swabs.
This makes it more mysterious-despite the addition of warning labels on the package-Q-
As in decades, tips continues to be available as an ear cleaning tool.
In an advertisement for the brand in 1980, comedian Betty White encouraged people to use them on eyebrows, lips and ears. (\"This is a Q-
\"Tip the cotton swab,\" she said . \".
They call it a safety cotton swab. \")
A stand-alone TV show Live with uplifting music and lovely animations showing a child using a cotton swab on the dog\'s ear and then a mother using a cotton swab on the baby\'s ear
No wonder in 1990, an article published by The Washington Post joked, telling people to use cotton swabs on \"The outer surface of the ear does not enter the ear canal\" is similar to asking smokers to hang cigarettes from their lips and never illuminate them.
The analogy of cigarettes is appropriate.
Due to a simple fact, we continue to twist the cotton bud in our ears: it feels great.
Our ears are filled with sensitive nerve ends that signal the rest of our body.
All sorts of stimuli are emitted from their internal organs.
Using them can lead to what dermatologists call itching.
Cycle from scratch, a self
The more you use, the more itchy your ears are;
The more itchy your ears are, the more you use them.
Fitzgerald, an ENT expert, said he appreciated the analogy of cigarettes, but insisted that the temptation to stick cotton swabs to his ears was nothing funny.
At the heart of the problem is a fundamental misconception that he believes manufacturers help spread this misconception by talking about their use in ear cleaning in advertising, even if it is unintentional.
\"People are led to think it\'s normal to wash their ears-they think the ear wax is dirty, disgusting or unnecessary,\" he said . \".
\"But this is not true at all.
\"Fitzgerald compares ear wax to tears, which helps to lubricate and protect our eyeballs.
Earwax also has a similar effect on the ear canal, where the skin is thin and fragile and vulnerable to infection, he said.
\"Your body produces it [ear wax]
To protect the ears, \"said Fitzgerald.
\"The things you brought out should be inside.
There is a natural migration that takes the wax away when one leaves.
He said: \"Even if our ears are to be cleaned, the fact is that the bud is still a terrible thing.
The shape, size and texture make it possible to insert them into the ear to push the wax inward and push it to the eardrum rather than attract it.
\"Pushing wax inside can lead to hearing loss,\" said Fitzgerald . \"
\"They can also be inserted too deep, the drum membrane is broken, or the small middle ear bone is damaged, both of which are more than you think.
\"For this reason, American Ent science lists cotton swabs as\" inappropriate or harmful interventions \"in its 2008 guidelines, even if earwax needs to be removed strongly from the ear.
Surprisingly, it\'s hard to figure out how people put Q-
Every year in their ears.
The National Bureau of Statistics is not helpful in the UK.
In the United States, the Consumer Product Safety board tracks injuries related to a variety of household products, including cotton balls, but does not track injuries related to cotton swabs because they are considered medical devices, therefore, it is supervised by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
\"It\'s very tedious to figure out how much of the damage associated with cotton swab every year,\" FDA spokesman Deborah Scott said . \".
But she does recommend searching for reports in the agency\'s database, which shows how some people were injured after using cotton swabs in their ears and bothered to submit reports.
In one case, a patient filed a complaint after cleaning the ear \"for the first time as suggested by a friend.
Another consumer complained that Cotton had been separated from the stem.
But doctors don\'t need a government database to know that cotton swabs are a problem.
A 2011 study by Henry Ford Hospital found that the use of cotton swab inside the ear was directly related to the rupture of the eardrum.
It also states that \"more than half of patients in the ENT department (
Ear, nose, throat)
Regardless of their main complaint, the clinic admitted to using a cotton swab to clean the ears.
\"Fitzgerald said he could immediately tell when someone used Q-
Hint, lamenting warnings don\'t work: \"I can\'t tell you the number of times I tell someone never to put them in their ears and then be told they don\'t know.
\"There is no ear on the official Q today.
Tips website in the United States.
A woman made it with a cotton swab-
Among other things, there is a use on her lips for nail polish, a dog, a baby, and a sparkling clean living room.
Variety reflection Q-
Tip\'s business strategy is increasingly driven by the desire to expand product appeal.
Svetlana Uduslivaia, head of organization and health at Euromonitor, a market research firm, said: \"This marketing expanded to \'all purpose \'in the 1990 s and 2000 s \'. \".
The company estimates $208. 4m (£146m)in Q-
Tips sales in the US grew from $189 in 2014. 3m in 2005.
\"People may use it to clean their ears, but we are against it,\" says Unilever\'s Stanton . \".
The problem, of course, is that people do.
Barbara Kahn, professor of marketing at Wharton Business School, said that changing people\'s awareness of Q-
Because they are a brand with a long history.
\"They are trying to change people\'s perception of the product and build a brand that is separate from the original and inappropriate use, but when everyone knows a product and thinks about it in some way, it\'s really hard. \"She said.
\"If people tell people to use Q-
If the information is spread through video or other media, or just transferred from the customer to the customer, this is a very powerful thing that they can\'t control.
She added: \"There is really no way to stop the product except to roll it out of the market, and they obviously won\'t do that.
\"If it were up to me, they wouldn\'t be in the market,\" he said . \".
\"When I treat people with recurring problems with their ears, I ask them to promise that they will throw away their Q-
Tip, no more.
Those who continue to get infected are people who don\'t listen.
\"©The Washington Post will have a hint of Bud: Q-
Tip: light the short wick with a candle. have your fingers ever bubbled? No more!
Just tap the end of the bud with alcohol, light it with a match or lighter, and put it on the candle.
The flame will melt the wax and reveal the wick. Hey presto!
In the evening, in a small clutch, it can be very troublesome to drink perfume around a bulky bottle of Chanel No. 5.
Avoid arm pain by flushing the end of Q
Tips in perfume and put it in re-sealable bag.
Eye shadow can also be used.
I know it\'s a big problem to clean up the lint from the hair dryer.
But lint will block the air flow of the machine, so it is recommended to clean up the dryer regularly to make sure it runs at full capacity.
Apply olive oil or shampoo to teeth with nasty zippers, use (what else? )a trusty bud.
It is reported that there are more bacteria cleaning the computer keyboard than the ordinary toilet seat. Dip a Q-Alcohol tip (
Cleaning class, not drinking class)
And run it up and down the gap in the keyboard to make it clean.
Equal exclusion and satisfaction.
FiresCotton bud with Vaseline or lip flap is a great DIY fire starter.
Perfect for camping but please use it responsibly.
Brush your cat\'s teeth and clean their eyes. Either way, Q-
Tips are handy for general pet facial maintenance.