Cold and flu season is right around the corner that leads to congestion, clogged nasal passages and possibly ear pain. Allergies tend to cause similar symptoms. But you might have heard to try ear candling if you have clogged ears or a cold with congestion. But read this first.
Most will agree that if you want to stick something in your ear and light it on fire sounds like a bad idea. Well, in ear candling, a fabric tube has been soaked in wax. Then you lean your head to the side and insert one end into your ear and light the other aflame. Many medial professionals do not credit this procedure. Rachel Vreeman, MD, assistant professor at Indiana University School of Medicine and co-author of “Don't Swallow Your Gum" says, “People often hear this creates vacuum-like suction that will pull bad stuff out of the ear canal, like wax, impurities, congestion from a cold, and toxins, but this is not the case.” Research has shown that the candle doesn't create suctioning, plus ear mechanics don't allow for infections or impurities to be "pulled out." Risks include burns and a punctured eardrum.
When you've got a wax buildup problem, see your doc—she has special tools that are designed to effectively and safely clear wax from the canal or prescribe medications to alleviate ear pain and infections.