Government of Nunavut warns residents against ear candling
Risks include serious burns
The Department of Health is warning Nunavummiut about the dangers of ear candling.
That is a practice that involves placing a hollow candle, the far end of which is lit, into the ear canal, with the aim of dealing with problems such as a buildup of ear wax, earache and sinus infections.
“Ear candling can be dangerous and provides no proven medical benefits,” the department said in a news release issued on Friday, Aug. 28.
Risks associated with ear candling include the following:
- serious burns
- punctured ear drums
- temporary loss of hearing
- candle wax blocking the ear canal
- nearby objects catching fire
The warning was prompted by the sale of ear candles on social media in the Kivalliq region, according to the news release.
The sale of ear candles for medical reasons is illegal in Canada, and Health Canada has banned the import of ear candles into the country.
The Department of Health encourages anyone who is concerned about ear wax or other conditions to visit your local health centre to discuss safe and effective treatments.