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Guilty of ear digging with a cotton bud? You should watch this!

February 1, 2020
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A Japanese man recently came to see me with a blocked right ear after ear digging with a cotton bud. He denied any pain or ear discharge following the incident.

 

On examination, the tip of the cotton bud that he used was seen stuck in his right ear canal. It didn’t help that he has benign bony growths of his ear canal (known as exostosis) resulting in a very narrow right ear canal. These growths usually occur in frequent swimmers (due to cold stimulation of the ear canal) or patients with a history of recurrent ear infections.

 

 

 

 

The cotton bud was removed with an ear forceps under endoscope guidance. Fortunately for him, no injuries of the ear canal or eardrum was seen. He was also surprised that the tip

 

of the cotton bud was in his ear! On further questioning, he mentioned that he has a history of frequent earwax buildup. I advised him to never dig his ears again and to use a wax softener on a regular basis. If this fails to clear his earwax, he should visit an ENT Specialist to have them removed using micro-suctioning (ear cleaning with a small suction tube under microscope guidance).

 

 

Best wishes,

 

Dr Gan Eng Cern

ENT Specialist Singapore

When Should You See An ENT Specialist In Singapore?

  • Any Ear, Nose or Throat symptoms that you are troubled with or concerned of
  • Persistent blocked nose with mouth breathing or snoring

Dr Gan Eng Cern

Dr Gan Eng Cern is a fellowship trained Consultant Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Surgeon. He completed his ENT training in Singapore and obtained his subspecialty training in Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery at the world renowned St Paul’s Sinus Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He was also a Senior Clinical Lecturer at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore. Dr Gan was an avid researcher with numerous publications in reputable international ENT journals. He was also an invited speaker and surgical dissection teacher in many ENT conferences and courses.

Awards

  • 2020 – Reader’s Choice Gold Award for Best ENT Specialist
    (Expat Living Singapore)
  • 2016 – Best Educator Award (Eastern Health Alliance)
  • 2016 – “Wow” Award (Patient Compliment)
  • 2014 – Eastern Health Alliance Caring Award – Silver
  • 2014 – 19th Yahya Cohen Memorial Lectureship (awarded by the College
    of Surgeons, Academy of Medicine Singapore for best scientific surgical
    paper)
  • 2012 – Human Manpower Development Award (Ministry of Health,
    Singapore)
  • 2007 – Singhealth Best Doctor Award

Qualifications

  • MBBS - Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)
  • MRCS (Edin) - Member of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • MMed (ORL) - Master of Medicine in ENT (National University of Singapore)
  • FAMS - Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore

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