Ear Candling Not Effective, Can Cause Burns
Earwax does not make the ear dirty, and routine cleaning is not required. But in excess, it can block the ear canal.
“The safest way to clean ears yourself is to buy an over-the-counter wax softening drop, which loosens the wax. Then gently irrigate the ear with warm water, using a small bulb syringe.”
This cleaning should not be attempted if there is an earache or a known hole in the eardrum.
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