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    Anyone have experience with "ear candles"

    Well... I have used these candles and exactly as described above you insert one through a hole in a paper plate to catch any drippings (although they rarely drip) and burn the candle... the candle itself is a hollow cone of weaved paper coated thinly in wax. The wax is usually either parafin or bee wax and I've tried them both and they seem about the same. When placing this in your ear and lighting one end you immediately can see the smoke barrelling down the cone shape into the ear... I base the following on my own common sense through testing them. 1. These dont remove any wax.. not one iota... instead they warm the ear and allow hardened wax to loosen often giving immediate relief. 2. The wax observed at the bottom of the candle when it's been burnt has not actually come from the ear but is rather a build up from the burnt wax of the candle which due to the smoke resembles ear wax. (I actually cut open the candle to smell the wax.. yeah I know its discusting but I had to know) 3. As far as I can tell there is no danger in doing this aside from the fire involved. The suction force is very weak considering this is not sealed on your ear canal and it's not neccesary for it to be. Although I've found the same amount of relief a candle offers but by placing a warm towel on my ear for about 20 minutes. 4. When seriously trying to remove my impacted ear wax. I soften the wax by pouring a few drops of 50% water and Hydrogen Peroxide into my ear and allowing it to foam and bubble for about 15 minutes in each ear.. Then I use a solution 9:1 Water / Hydrogen Peroxide. Roughly 80 degree water (warm to the touch but not nearly hot enough to burn) and place it inside of a clean/sterile spray bottle (capible of spraying a thin but steady stream) and then place the tip at the end of my ear canal and fire away over a sink. Now I can feel the pressure and remove the wax with a little more than a tickle and no pain... but by my standards this is also slow and not highly effective. It usually takes me an hour from start to finish and even at the end I can only feel the relief from the pain caused by the impacted wax which may be in the ear canal still but no longer putting pressure on the canal walls or ear drum.
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    Anyone have experience with "ear candles"

    Ratched, My ear canal is abnormally narrow, the wax does not naturally clear as it should. I never... EVER use Q-tips as they seem to only cause the wax to become impacted. Over time the wax hardens along the canal walls and as the passage narrows it becomes easier for water and debris to become trapped imparing my hearing and causing quite a bit of discomfort. For the most part I was just curious if there was another method aside from the warm water and peroxide / and the candle cure. My HCP believes in using warm water and peroxide... and quite frankly I can do a better job with that myself. Tightscrubs
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    Anyone have experience with "ear candles"

    Nurse Ratched, I'm curious if you used a peroxide / warm water flush to remove the large wax build up from the female patient? About 12 years ago a doctor flushed my ear and then used a curette to remove a hard wax build up the size of a M&M. Few times since then have I felt so much relief and clarity of sound. I can feel the build up in my ear and have been using peroxide / warm water to remove it although I cannot use a curette on myself for fear of puncturing my ear drum; Also I'm afraid of using pressurized water for the same reason. I suffer from the impacted hard wax build up and I am searching for an alternative to the peroxide / warm water flush to remove the wax. The water occasionally becomes trapped behind the wax, excessive amounts of peroxide causes ear canal dryness, and in cases of impacted hard wax build up it really is not effective beyond the first coat of wax leaving large chucks of hard wax attached to the ear canal and drum. I've tried the candles and quite frankly they are possibly 5% as effective as a peroxide / warm water flush and thats being generous. Is the use of a curette and p/ww the only option? Thanks, Tight Scrubs
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