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Is ear candling FDA approved?

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The FDA hasn't approved ear candles for any medical use. It has sent warnings to manufacturers and stopped the import of such candles.

SOURCES:

Rafferty, J. Canadian Family Physician, December 2007.

Health Canada: “Ear Candling.”

Seely, D.R. Laryngoscope, October 1996.

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

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 24, 2020

SOURCES:

Rafferty, J. Canadian Family Physician, December 2007.

Health Canada: “Ear Candling.”

Seely, D.R. Laryngoscope, October 1996.

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

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 24, 2020

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