Does it Really Remove Earwax?
Research shows that using an earwax candle is not actually effective in removing earwax buildup. It can actually do the opposite and cause serious injury to your ear. Earwax can be pushed even further into the ear canal, resulting in candle wax deposits in the ear canal, as well possible burns on the face, hair, scalp, ear canal, eardrum, and middle ear. It may also even puncture the eardrum.
That is why using an earwax candle is not recommended for infants and children of any age. Ear candling puts young kids at risk for injury and complications.
What Can I Do to Safely Remove Earwax?
There are several methods to remove earwax including:
- Cleaning the outer ear with a cloth
- Using ear wax-dissolving (cerumenolytic) solutions such as mineral or baby oil, glycerin, peroxide-based ear drops, hydrogen peroxide, and saline solution
- Irrigation (with solution) and syringing of the ear
- Removal of earwax by a healthcare professional with special instruments.
Keep in mind that it is important not to over-clean as this can cause ear infections. When cleaning, be sure not to insert pointed objects into the ear which can cause injury or damage.