How cleaning his ear with a cotton bud infected the lining of this man’s brain

Maybe this will put patients off using them in their ears like a battering ram

Cotton buds: the fluffy-headed foes of many a GP and ENT specialist.

And this recent case report of a man’s potentially life-threatening intracranial infection is yet another reason why using these to clean your ears will always be an unequivocal no-no.