Do ear candles remove earwax?

It’s bad enough that people don’t hesitate to push an earbud inside the ear to clean it, but it turns out that there’s another purported treatment for cleaning the ear of its wax and toxins that is much scarier: ear candling! Yes, it involves a hollow burning candle, with the other end in the ear canal.

During an ear candling session, you lie down on one side with the ear to be treated facing up. The pointed end of the ear candle is usually inserted into a hole in a paper or foil plate (meant to catch any dripping wax) and then into the external ear canal.

The candle is lit at the opposite end and held as the practitioner trims away the burnt material while the candle is burning.

After several minutes (or when the candle stub is several inches from your head), the treatment ends and the ear candle stub is removed and extinguished. The outer ear is wiped clean with a cotton ball or pad.


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