A Man Cleaned His Ears with a Cotton Swab. Then He Got an Infection in His Skull.

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A man in England has sworn off cleaning his ears with cotton swabs after developing a potentially life-threatening infection that not only affected his hearing, but also spread to the lining of his brain and caused neurological symptoms, according to a new report of his case.

The 31-year-old man’s troubles began when the tip of a cotton swab got stuck inside his ear canal, although he told doctors that he wasn’t sure exactly how or when this happened.

A bit of cotton left in the ear may sound harmless, but in this case, it wreaked havoc. [27 Oddest Medical Case Reports]


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