Ear Candles‐Efficacy and Safety

@article{Seely1996EarCA,
  title={Ear Candles‐Efficacy and Safety},
  author={Daniel R. Seely and Suzanne M. Quigley and Alan W. Langman},
  journal={The Laryngoscope},
  year={1996},
  volume={106}
}
Ear candles are a popular and inexpensive alternative health treatment advocated for cerumen removal. A hollow candle is burned with one end in the ear canal with the intent of creating negative pressure and drawing cerumen from the ear. If effective, significant savings could result from the use of ear candles. This study evaluates the efficacy and safety of this alternative method for cerumen management. Tympanometric measurements in an ear canal model demonstrated that ear candles do not… 

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