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Are Q-Tips Safe?

Are Q-Tips SafeNaturally, cleaning your ears is important, not just for proper hearing, but also for preventing infection.  Because the ear canal is susceptible to all manner of dirt, bacteria, and viruses that can wreak havoc with your health, it’s vital to keep the areas inside the ear clean and free of debris. But it’s not enough just to clean your ears. It’s also important to keep them free from moisture. If you’re a swimmer, you likely know about a medical condition known as swim ear or swimmer’s ear, which is an infection caused by excessive moisture within the outer ear canal. Unfortunately, though, swimmers aren’t the only ones who can get swim ear. In fact, anyone can contract it, and of swim ear causes there are many, including showering, ear buds, and even the use of Q-Tips. Swim ear drops are effective at helping to clear up swimmer’s ear infections, but isn’t it better not to get an infection in the first place? That’s why it’s important to know the right way to clean your ears and the wrong way. Though Q-tips and other cotton swab products are effective and useful for other endeavors, healthcare professionals strongly recommend against their use for the cleaning of the ear canal.

The Types of Surgeries Available At an Ambulatory Center

Ophthalmology Procedures
Ophthalmology Procedures

Unlike hospitals that usually offer a variety of surgical procedures and treatments, places like an ambulatory surgery center, might only offer certain options. In fact, a lot of these centers offer specialized procedures, so it’s always a good idea to check out a few different centers to find the right one you need or talk to your primary care doctor to see if they can refer or recommend you to a center that offers what you are in need of. While, I can’t really pinpoint which centers offer which options, here is a list of the most common procedures that are available at most frontier healthcare ambulatory centers