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Cotton Swabs

 –  Your personal care routine helps you feel clean and fresh and look your best. Despite their small size, cotton swabs can make a big difference in how easy it is for you to complete a number of personal care tasks and can help you meet your child's personal care needs as well. drugstore.com has an array of cotton swab options available to complete your personal care routine.
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Cotton Swabs for Cleaning the Exterior of the Ears

Cotton swabs are a common part of ear care and are used to manage earwax. This sticky substance is produced by glands inside of your ear and is used to lubricate the ear canal, making it slippery, so that debris cannot easily get into the inner ear. Earwax gradually dries and can flake out of the ear. When this occurs, you may be able to see signs of it along the outside of the opening of your ear in the form of a yellow, orange or brown wax. The small, soft tips of cotton swabs are ideal for removing wax from the opening of the ear and to remove soap and debris from the folds of the exterior of the ear. Be sure to use a gentle touch, so as not to damage or irritate the skin.

Cotton Swabs for Inner Ear Care

Many people are concerned with earwax accumulating inside of the ear canal, but doctors caution against using a cotton swab to clean out the insides of the ears. Doing so has the potential to push earwax further in, and if you insert the cotton swab too far, you could damage the structures inside of your ear. If you are experiencing a reduction in hearing due to earwax, there are kits that you can purchase in the Ear Care department to remove it. You should talk to your doctor first to ensure that your symptom is being caused by earwax and not another underlying problem.

Other Uses for Swabs

Cotton swabs aren't just for ear care. They can be used for a variety of tasks in your personal care routine. You can use the soft tip of a swab to help clean around the eyes and nose, and pediatricians often recommend using a combination of cotton swabs and cotton balls to clean young infants' faces. For women, cotton swabs can be handy tools for applying makeup and completing manicures and pedicures. For first aid, a cotton swab can be used to dab ointments or disinfectants onto small wounds or to apply topical products to insect bites, pimples, rashes, warts and other eruptions on the skin.

Types of Swabs

Manufacturers often make cotton swabs in a variety of types to meet the needs of men, women and kids. Safety swabs have points that make them easier to control during use, while organic swabs are made from cotton that has been grown without the use of pesticides and other synthetic chemicals. You can find traditional cotton swabs made entirely from cotton or cotton and plastic and sturdier swabs that have wood sticks and cotton tips.

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