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Background: Self ear cleaning with cotton buds and other objects is a common practice. Objective: To determine the sociodemographic characteristics and the prevalence of self ear cleaninghabit among patients attending a family medicine clinic in a teaching hospital in Sokoto metropolis. Materials and Methods: This was a 4weeks prospective study carried out between May and June, 2013 at UsmanuDanfodiyo University Teaching Hospital and Specialist Hospital Sokoto. Astructured self response questionnaire containing items on sociodemographiccharacteristics, frequency of administering objects into the ear andcomplications of self ear cleaning was administered to the respondents after institutional research ethicalclearance. The data were analysed using SPSS for windows version 16.0. P-value was consideredsignificantly if less than0.05. Results: A total of 200subjects were included in this study, comprising of 93 46.5% males and 107 53.5% females. Their ages ranged from 18-57years with the mean age being 30.29 years ±8.70. Eighty percent 160 of therespondents practise self ear cleaning. Types of objects included writing objectsand cotton buds. For many of the subjects, the frequency of insertion was once dailyand both ears were frequently cleaned. Complications that have arisen due tothe practice included otitis externa. Conclusion: Self ear cleaning was prevalent in the subjects. Considering the complicationsthat may arise, ear cleaning is better done by trained health personnel.


Ear; Cleaning; Self; Wax; Cotton Bud; Sokoto

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S. Amutta, M. Yunusa, K. Iseh, A. Obembe, E. Egili, D. Aliyu and M. Abdullahi -Sociodemographic Characteristics and Prevalence of Self Ear Cleaning in Sokoto Metropolis,- International Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery, Vol. 2 No. 6, 2013, pp. 276-279. doi: 10.4236-ijohns.2013.26057.

Autor: Stanley B. Amutta, Mufutau A. Yunusa, Kufre R. Iseh, Ayodele Obembe, Enokela Egili, Daniel Aliyu, Mohammed Abdullahi



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