Journal of Biosciences and Medicines

Volume 7, Issue 4 (April 2019)

ISSN Print: 2327-5081   ISSN Online: 2327-509X

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Self Ear Cleaning: Prevalence and Profile among School Children in Ekiti, Nigeria

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DOI: 10.4236/jbm.2019.74003    441 Downloads   613 Views  


Background: Self-cleaning of ears with different objects is a common practice among school children with scanty report in literature. Aim: The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and profile of self-ear cleaning among school children. Methods: It was a cross-sectional institutional-based study which was carried out among school children in Ekiti, south western Nigeria from January 2017, to March 2017. Results: A total of 174 students participated in this study. Their age ranged between 13 and 17 years. The highest number of participant was found at the age of 15 years. One hundred and eighteen (67.8%) of them had carried out self ear cleaning. Personal hygiene was the commonest reason for self ear cleaning in 28.8% of the students. Cotton buds were mostly used by the respondents in 51.7% of them. Injury to the external auditory canal (EAC) was the most recorded complications. Conclusion: The outcome of this study shows that self-ear cleaning practices were common among school children with a prevalence of 67.8%. Cotton buds were the commonest objects used. Avoidable complications were reported among respondents. There is a need to intensify efforts on public enlightenment programme and the establishment of school health programme in our various schools.

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Olajide, T. , Olajuyin, O. , Eletta, A. , Agboola, S. , Busari, A. and Adebara, I. (2019) Self Ear Cleaning: Prevalence and Profile among School Children in Ekiti, Nigeria. Journal of Biosciences and Medicines, 7, 25-32. doi: 10.4236/jbm.2019.74003.

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