Recently I have run into quite a lot of trouble with my ear, that has resulted in trips to the doctors. Basically one day I was cleaning my ears with cotton wool buds (I think they are known as Q-tips elsewhere?) when suddenly my left ear started bleeding! I didn't think much of it... until I realised it was still bleeding almost 6 HOURS later.
I got an appointment at the doctors fairly soon after, but as the bleeding was coming from so deep, it made it hard to describe what was actually going on. What's worse is that because I refrained from touching it afterwards, the blood had dried in the canal making it pitch black in my ear, so you couldn't see into it
As a result, I was prescribed some drops to prevent infection. Luckily it seems to be going away, but the problem I have now is that I need to clean my ears out another way, without buds. How do you guys clean your ears?