The swabs are an element of hygiene that creates controversy. In fact, a study conducted in the United States says that they cause more problems than they intend to solve and stated that they are not effective in removing wax. This 31-year-old can say with certainty that, at least in his case, this is true.
Ten days before being taken to ambulance, he again felt pain in the same area and the migraines were added so serious that they caused vomiting. In addition, he began to have difficulty remembering people's names. Finally, he suffered convulsions and fainted, so he was transferred to the clinic.
In this procedure they found the source of the problem: a piece of cotton remained in the ear. This is what caused the bacterial infection and the mentioned disadvantages. According to a report published in the BMJ Case Reports, a part of the wash was covered with wax and residues, so they do not know when it got stuck.
Doctors believe that the infection started in the ear canal, spread to the bone at the base of the skull and reached the membranes that surround the central nervous system (meninge). In this sense, they suspect that bacteria toxins or the pressure of the brain product of the infection could cause convulsions.
A man's cotton was removed during surgery. He spent a week at the hospital and received antibiotics for two months to treat the infection. At the moment there are no sequels and lives under oath, which his doctors recommended: he will never use isop.