If you want to avoid a visit to the doctor for a clogged up ear, you might want to take advice from scientists on Q-tips: stop using them to clean your ears.

The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation published Tuesday new guidelines in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, in which scientists say you should put down the q-tip and leave ear wax where it belongs–in your ear.

Inserting q-tips in your ear can lead to earwax impaction, which means you could end up getting it manually removed by a doctor.

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