Wax Away Earwax Removal Aid
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1. An ear candle is a hollow cone made of paraffin and beeswax with cloth on the tapered end. The tapered end is placed inside the ear, and an assistant lights the other end, while making sure your hair does not catch on fire. In theory, as the flame burns, a vacuum is created, which draws the wax out of the ear. Clinical trials, however, showed that no vacuum was created, and no wax was removed. Furthermore, physicians find that the burning wax can enter the ear and cause ear burns and a hole in your eardrum.
2. Using cotton-tipped swabs is ineffective and can be dangerous. Using cotton-tipped swabs to remove earwax can cause small scratches or tears in the ear canal, increasing the risk of infection. Furthermore, placing objects in the ear often makes matters worse by pushing wax further back into the canal creating a hard clot of impacted earwax. Impacted earwax can cause you to experience impaired hearing, a feeling of fullness in the ear, itching in the ear, or ringing in the ear. By using these swabs you also run the risk of puncturing your eardrum.
3. You should never use oral irrigators to remove earwax from your ear canal as they can cause a puncture to your eardrum.
In either case, the following procedures should be taken:
Eye Contact: Immediately flush eyes with plenty of water. Get medical attention if irritation persists.
Skin Irritation: Immediately and thoroughly wash off with soap and water.
Ingestion: If swallowed, seek medical attention.