We talk a lot in our office about the use of cotton swabs in ears. You may have even heard us say, "You could puncture your eardrum!!!" But that could NEVER happen, right? Well, it does!
Here are some images from an actual patient. She slipped while she had a cotton swab in her ear. The swab punctured the eardrum. The last photo is of a healthy eardrum from one of our staff.
Proceed with caution! The images could "yuck you out" but it's important to learn from this unfortunate mishap.