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What is a more effective way to remove wax from your ear?

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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.

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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