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For the love of God, please stop sticking things into your ear

Every now and then, doctors update their "best practice" guidelines based on new research and new problems that come up...

For the most part, the rules for ear doctors haven't changed much since the last ones came out in 2008. But the new guidelines explain how doctors should treat certain ear issues, and how to respond to stickier earwax problems. It also includes some helpful guidelines on how you, the patient, should take care of your ears.

One notable change, says Seth Schwartz, chair of the guideline update group, is that the "ear candling" is now called out specifically as something patients definitely should not do.

The alternative medicine practice of ear candling,…

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