12 doctors weighed in:
Are ear candles safe 2 use?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Phil Zapanta
Dr. Astrachan makes an excellent point.
Dr. Farhad Sigari
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Farhad Sigari
Dr. Farhad Sigari
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Dr. Marc Rosenthal
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Marc Rosenthal
Dr. Marc Rosenthal
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