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How do you use ear candles?

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Natural Health Magazine explains that ear candles work by using the pressure created by lighting a flame at one end of a tube to pull the earwax out of the ear canal. Do not attempt this alone; a professional should do this.

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Ear candles are rolled-up pieces of thin waxy paper. The specialist inserts the thin end of the tube into the ear canal and lights the other end. The small flame creates negative pressure in the tube that acts as a vacuum to suck out the excess soft earwax.

Ear candles do not remove hardened ear wax; this must be done in a doctor's office with specialized tools. Ear candling is helpful for people whose ear canals are too small or too curvy for excess ear wax to exit on its own. Ninety percent of people do not have this problem, says Natural Health Magazine.

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