ENGLAND – This is a warning you've probably heard before: Avoid using cotton swabs.
And for that reason: Doctors in the UK say that part of a cotton swab stuck in a man's ear for years caused all sorts of health problems.
They reported on the medical mystery in the BMJ case reports.
The 31-year-old man was taken to a hospital in England after he had seizures today and collapsed reports.
Before that, he reportedly had headaches and vomiting, and was given antibiotics by a doctor to treat what was then considered a bad ear infection.
After being hospitalized and submerged The doctors learned that the infection went all the way to the bone at the skull base and into the brain layer. The report states that the disease usually occurs in "elderly patients with diabetes or immunodeficiency" and not in such a young person.
The doctors reportedly found the tip of a cotton swab in the man's ear and removed it.
He was treated with antibiotics. After ten weeks, he was much better without further symptoms.
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