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Ear candling: Is it safe?

Ear candling: Is it safe?

Ear candling — A Mayo Clinic specialist explains the dangers of this earwax removal technique.

QIs ear candling a safe way to remove earwax?

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AAnswer Section

Ear candling — a technique that involves placing a lit, hollow, cone-shaped candle into the ear canal — can cause serious injury.

Research shows that ear candling is ineffective at removing earwax and is also not an effective treatment for any other conditions. In fact, the technique can actually push earwax deeper into the ear canal. Ear candling can also lead to:

  • Deposits of candle wax in the ear canal
  • Burns to the face, hair, scalp, ear canal, eardrum and middle ear
  • Puncture of the eardrum

If you develop an earwax blockage, avoid ear candling. Instead, consult your doctor about simple steps you can take to safely and effectively remove the wax.

2015-06-05

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