Cleaning inner ears can be dangerous

August 9, 2012 2:08:14 PM PDT
If you clean the insides of your ears, medical experts say it's time to stop.

Doctors say putting a cotton swab or anything else into your ears is not only unhealthy, it also can be dangerous.

Sticking anything into our ears can push ear wax in even further and compact it.

Experts say ear wax shields the ear by trapping dust, bacteria and other foreign particles from entering and also protects the delicate skin of the ear canal from becoming irritated when water gets in.

Typically, ear wax is soft and doctors say it should fall out on its own.