Ear Candling - Why you shouldn't do it

Ear Candling: Why you shouldn't do it

Ear candling is the practice of inserting a hollow candle in a person's ear and then lighting the candle to let the wax substance drip into the ear canal. When the wax substance is removed, it’s believed to remove mixture of ear wax and debris out of the ear canal.

Research shows that ear candling is ineffective at removing ear wax. Ear candling could potentially push the ear wax deeper into the ear canal and the dangers are candle wax getting stuck in the ear canal, burns to the face, ear canal, eardrum or the middle ear.

If you develop ear wax blockage, please consult with your hearing professional or consult your doctor on safer and effective methods to remove the wax. They may refer you to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist depending on the condition.


Please keep in mind producing ear wax is healthy and natural, it helps protect your ears from any debris or foreign objects.

References:

  1. Is ear candling a safe way to remove earwax? Mayoclinic.org https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/expert-answers/ear-candling/faq-20058212

  2. Ear candling: Should general practitioners recommend it? Canadian Family Physician https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/expert-answers/ear-candling/faq-20058212

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