Dr Oz: How To Clean Your Ears Safely & Umbilical Hernia Risk Factors

By on April 4, 2011

Dr Oz Nooks & Crannies

Dr Oz: Hidden Nooks & Crannies

Doctor Oz did a segment on Hidden Nooks & Crannies, because infections could be hiding there!  Dr Oz, along with his Assistant-Of-The-Day named Diane, spoke about everything from how to safely clean your ears to the crust in the corner of your eyes to Umbilical Hernias that can develop when you are pregnant.

Dr Oz: Crusty Eye Gunk

Dr Oz’s first Hidden Nook and Cranny is the corner of your eyes.  If you have a clear fluid there, that is good because your eye naturally should secrete fluids into your eye.  But if you have something crusty, goopy or cloudy forming in the corner of your eye throughout the day, this could be the sign of an infection.  If you only get eye crusties in the morning, Doctor Oz said not to worry too much about that.

Dr Oz: Mineral Oil To Clean Ears

Dr Oz’s second Hidden Nook and Cranny is deep inside of your ear.  If you look past the ear canal, you will see the Inner Ear.  If you get something stuck in that Dr Oz How To Clean Your Earssection of your ear, it can be very uncomfortable.  For example, if you have earwax in your ear and use a Q-Tip, then you can push the ear wax even deeper.  Sometimes a doctor will even have to use tweezers to remove the ear wax.

Doctor Oz said that he always uses Mineral Oil to clean out his kid’s ears (click here to read more about the home remedy: Dr Oz Mineral Oil Ear Cleaner).  Just lie on your side and pour mineral oil into the ear facing up for 3 minutes.  The mineral oil will help to clean the ear wax out.  And don’t forget Dr Oz’s rule – never put anything smaller than your pinky finger into your ear!

Dr Oz: Umbilical Hernia Prevention

Dr Oz’s final Nook and Cranny is your bellybutton.  Your bellybutton is formed when you are born and your doctor cuts your umbilical cord, but the connection between your bellybutton and your insides is not very strong.  If the muscles inside are not strong enough, then during certain times (like when you are pregnant) you can put a lot of pressure on the belly button and get a hernia.  Here are some of the Umbilical Hernia Risk Factors that Doctor Oz mentioned:

Dr Oz: Umbilical Hernia Risk Factors

– Pregnancy, especially multiple pregnancies

– Being overweight

– Chronic cough

Dr Oz said that you can help to prevent getting an Umbilical Hernia by doing a plank exercise.  You do this by going down on the ground on your elbows and forearms.  Place your feet straight out behind you so that your body looks like a plank.  Hold yourself like this for 5 minutes, or however long you can, and make sure that you back is perfectly straight and your butt is not sticking up in the air – I usually ask someone to watch me do this to make sure I’m doing it correctly.  As a side benefit, it really strengthens your core!

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