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A 54-year-old female asked:

Is it safe to use peroxide to clean out ear wax?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Hydrogen Peroxide: Debrox is a commonly used over the counter ear wax solution and contains hydrogen peroxide. It helps liquefy the wax over time. You can dilute it with warm water as needed to put in your ear as indicated by your dr. Best wishes. (do not use cold water or cold hydrogen peroxide as it may cause you to get dizzy or faint).
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Peroxide: There are several otc preparations specifically designed and sold to remove ear wax. Although probably not going to harm you significantly peroxide may irritate the tissues of the ear canal. Try asking your friendly pharmacist and they can guide you appropriately.
Dr. Ted Saha
Dr. Ted Sahaanswered
Palliative Care 43 years experience
Ear wax: Ear wax is a helpful and natural part of your body's defenses. Hydrogen-peroxide in concentrated form is not safe. If you must do 'ear cleaning', use normal saline, instead of hydrogen-peroxide.

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Are waterpiks safe for ear wax?

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Dr. David Martin
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Ear flushing: Waterpiks use high pressure water, and i would be concerned about damage to the ear drum with this. I wouldn't use anything stronger than the bulb syringe that comes with the wax removal kits you can get at the drug store.
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Ear wax cleaning?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Question vague but: Someone should look inside. Unless a person is very good at cleaning wax from her ears (we doctors do not recommend such activities), she won't be able to tell how much wax is inside. That means somebody else has to look into the ear.

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