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How can I remove ear wax effectively?

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Earwax removal is a delicate process. You have to be careful. Try over-the-counter ear drops. Or just drip a few drops of water or hydrogen peroxide down your ear canal. Let it drain into the wax for a few minutes, then turn on your side to let the liquid and wax slide out.

Don't stick objects in your ear to get rid of wax buildup. This can push the gunk deeper into your ear, which makes the problem worse.

From: What Is Ear Candling? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Rafferty, J. , December 2007. Canadian Family Physician

Health Canada: “Ear Candling.”

Seely, D.R. , October 1996. Laryngoscope

Drugstore.com.

FDA: “Don’t Get Burned: Stay Away from Ear Candles.”

American Academy of Audiology: “Ear Candles and Candling: Ineffective and Dangerous.”

Harvard Health Review: “Got an Ear Full? Here’s some advice.”

Ernst, E. , published online, March 2006. Journal of Laryngology and Otology

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Rafferty, J. , December 2007. Canadian Family Physician

Health Canada: “Ear Candling.”

Seely, D.R. , October 1996. Laryngoscope

Drugstore.com.

FDA: “Don’t Get Burned: Stay Away from Ear Candles.”

American Academy of Audiology: “Ear Candles and Candling: Ineffective and Dangerous.”

Harvard Health Review: “Got an Ear Full? Here’s some advice.”

Ernst, E. , published online, March 2006. Journal of Laryngology and Otology

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 14, 2018

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