Ear Candling: A Dangerous Pleasure?

Document Type: Case Report

Authors

1 Department of otorhinolaryngology, Malaysia University of Medical Sciences, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2 2Department of otorhinolaryngology, Malaysia University of Medical Sciences, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Abstract

Ear candling is an alternative medicine practice alleged to enhance general health by putting an end of a hollow candle in the ear canal and lighting up the other end of it. It also is advertised for cerumen and debris (bacteria and fungi) removal.
Ear candling is claimed to create negative pressure for drawing cerumen from the ear and to benefit the ears in many ways. It is however not free of complications and is now banned. Here we would like to highlight potential complications to this.

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