A 36-year-old member asked:
are ear candles safe 2 use?
4 doctor answers
Dr. David Astrachan answered
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Safe? Who cares?: Ear candles are silly. As a wax expert i can tell you that ear candles are no more effective than any other over the counter measure. They can cause damage if used improperly and they are relatively ineffective. As far as wax goes just leave your ears alone. Wax is there for a purpose, it protects the ear canal skin. You can clean the external ear but don't mess with the canal! see ENT if problem.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Farhad Sigari answered
20 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
NO.: I have seen patients with burns from them and they dont work. Dr astrachan is right. There are much safer ways of removing wax from your ears. Also remember just bc you see wax on the outside of your ear it doesnt mean your ear is full of wax. It means the ear is cleaning itself by pushing the wax out.
Answered on Nov 19, 2012
Dr. Mark Diamond answered
46 years experience Pediatrics
Ridiculous: A. It does not really work. Does not get the wax out and ceratinly does not treat ear infections b. Very dangerous leading to severe burns. C. Totally unproven tremendous downside-no upside.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Marc Rosenthal answered
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Agreed!!!!: They cause way more harm than good. It has been proven that what looks like ear wax coming out is actually residue from the ear candle. If anything, using them makes it harder for us physicians to remove the ear wax when the candles fail.
Answered on Aug 19, 2013
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