Man Develops Infection in His Skull and Brain Lining After Cleaning His Ear with a Cotton Swab

Colton Price
Colton Price

A simple step in many people’s hygiene left an English man developing a near-fatal infection that spread to the lining of his brain.

Over the past five years, the man had been experiencing pain and hearing loss in his ear — something he had been treated for multiple times. It wasn’t until he had a seizure that led him to look more carefully into the problem and discover that a piece of a cotton swab stuck in his ear was causing his severe medical issues, according to Live Science.

“They can only cause problems,” Ears, Nose, and Throat (ENT) specialist Dr. Alexander Charlton, who treated the man, told the outlet of using cotton swabs to clean the inside of an ear after the ordeal.

Prior to the seizure, the 31-year-old man said he had been experiencing pain and discharge from his left ear, along with severe headaches that caused him to vomit. He also had difficulty in remembering people’s names, according to the case report the BMJ medical journal.

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Approximately 10 days later, when the man had the seizure and collapsed, he was rushed to the emergency room and underwent a CT scan, according to Live Science.

The scan revealed two abscesses in the bones of the base of his skull, which were located next to his left ear canal, Live Science reported. His doctors at University Hospital Coventry diagnosed the man with “necrotizing otitis externa” — an infection in the external auditory canal’s soft issue.

Dr. Charlton, who served as the lead author on the case, explained to the outlet that the man had likely contracted a severe bacterial infection that began in the ear canal, moved into the base of his skull, and eventually into the lining of his brain.

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Because the infection extended into the outer edges of the brain, Dr. Charlton told Live Science that the seizure and neurological problems were likely caused by those bacterial infection’s toxins or pressure on the brain.

Shortly after his diagnosis, he underwent a minor ear canal surgery, where a piece of the cotton swab was found lodged inside in his ear, impacted and surrounded by wax and debris.

Dr. Charlton told Live Science that he believed the piece of cotton had been stuck inside for a while because of how and where it was located and it was to blame for the man’s years-long constant ear pain and infections.

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Though the man required two months of intravenous and oral antibiotics to fight the infection, he surprisingly did not suffer any long-term problems to his hearing or neurological functioning, Live Science reported.

Meanwhile, Dr. Charlton, among other medical professions, are now advising people around the world to avoid using cotton swabs to clean the inside of your ears.

According to Cedars-Sinai Blog, cotton swabs can be detrimental as they push earwax deeper inside the canal and can cause ear infections, punctured eardrums, and hearing loss. In more severe cases, like the man from England, people may experience total deafness, prolonged vertigo, loss of taste, and facial paralysis.

To manually clean the ear, which isn’t always necessary because of the body’s natural ability to do so, professionals suggest using an ear lavage or syringe.

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Charles Miller
Charles Miller

I like to sound

I insert tubes in my urethra

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Aiden King
Aiden King

i hate faggots so goddamn much

Jonathan Gonzalez
Jonathan Gonzalez

It's a straight thing.
Wendy does it for me.

Benjamin Martin
Benjamin Martin

A simple step in many people’s hygiene
correction :
A stupid step in stupid people's hygiene

Everybody knows that they have strongly recommended NEVER TO INSERT A Q-TIP INTO YOUR EAR for decades.

Anybody who still sticks q-tips into their ears is not practicing hygiene, but is instead demonstrating ignorance and a complete lack of knowledge regarding proper hygiene.

This guy deserved everything he got.
Fuck him.

Daniel Hernandez
Daniel Hernandez

I've got a suggestion for you:

Why don't you create an interesting thread?

Robert Williams
Robert Williams

They only recommend this because cleaning ears is easy money for doctors. They have the assistants do it and write it down as doctor time.

Oliver Hughes
Oliver Hughes

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Zachary Jones
Zachary Jones

I do this

It feels so good

I make swab slightly smaller and dip swab in 99% isopropyl alcohol and gently tickle the ear canal

Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas

Do your kids know their father is a filthy fucking degenerate?

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Jacob Russell
Jacob Russell

Did you like this scene where he was ass raped in prison?

Liam Wright
Liam Wright

Not as much as the scenes where he learns to love and tolerate negroes

Hunter Jenkins
Hunter Jenkins

A good ass raping will do that

Ask Andy

Adam Morris
Adam Morris

do your kids realize they'll never be born because they always end up going down another guy's throat or up his butt hole instead of into a woman's cervix?

Anthony Parker
Anthony Parker

Fake news.
That's not the orifice you gently tickle

Ian Miller
Ian Miller

the main difference between you and me:

I actually have children
(because I'm sexually attracted to females)

Alexander Price
Alexander Price

Your lucky you don't have female children

Some men can't keep hands off

Thomas Nguyen
Thomas Nguyen

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Connor Allen
Connor Allen

'some man'

ahhh, now I understand why she moved out

Kevin Jackson
Kevin Jackson

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Samuel Thomas
Samuel Thomas

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Justin Rivera
Justin Rivera

it's nice of you to be so devoted to teaching younger men what you know best

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Jaxon Perez
Jaxon Perez

Call Me….

You can even block your number if you want

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Thomas Scott
Thomas Scott

Lend me your ears. I say modern medicine is the work of Demons and there's no reason to worry about illness when Jesus is your doctor.

He can handle it

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Jack Powell
Jack Powell

reported

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Kevin White
Kevin White

Just use a nail.

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Owen Ward
Owen Ward

K.

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Julian Carter
Julian Carter

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Brayden Jenkins
Brayden Jenkins

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Levi Torres
Levi Torres

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Adam Rivera
Adam Rivera

I'm part of a movement of angry intimidating men

I'm challenging ALL 8CHANNERS to a fist fight

lots of fist fights…. I'm going to pulverize all of you

Elijah Perry
Elijah Perry

I went to the doctor once for hearing problems and they pulled out a was of black earwax and shit. Never had any infection though. I think that's what earwax is for to prevent bad stuff from getting into the ear.

Colton Gonzalez
Colton Gonzalez

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Landon Rivera
Landon Rivera

just use your finger and only clean surface level wax
wash hands and penus afterwards

Thomas Sanchez
Thomas Sanchez

andy loves bodily fluids

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Luis Fisher
Luis Fisher

Were any crabs harmed?

Cameron Nguyen
Cameron Nguyen

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Mason Russell
Mason Russell

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