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Is ear candling safe?

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At its best, ear candling is a poor way to remove wax. At its worst, it can cause serious harm to your ear. It's also risky to hold a lit candle close to your face. The flame or the melted wax could burn you.

Candle wax may even drip into your ear canal, clog the passage, and make you lose your hearing for a while. There are also reports of punctured eardrums after the candling process.

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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