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3 reasons to leave earwax alone

By: Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publications Can you think of something you do thatís nearly irresistible, widely popular, but a bad idea thatís based on a health myth? Thatís right, Iím talking about inserting cotton-tipped swabs into your ears. According to recently released guidelines from the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, experts strongly discourage twirling cotton-tipped swabs in the ears. Hereís why. 1. Itís unnecessary…

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