A member asked:

Does peroxide helps ear infection?

5 doctors weighed in across 4 answers
Dr. Janak Acharya answered

Specializes in

No: Don't put peroxide in your ear. If you have a perforation you may cause more harm than good. If you have an ear infection see your doctor and get some antibiotics.

Answered 8/17/2017


Dr. Brian Fishman answered

Specializes in Emergency Medicine

See your doctor: You should see your doctor so he or she can take a look in your ear and make sure nothing else is going on. You may need antibiotics or further testing. Until you can see your doctor, you can try taking ibuprofen, naproxen, or Acetaminophen for pain relief (unless you have been told not to take these medications by your doctor in the past).

Answered 6/24/2014


Dr. Phil Zapanta answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Decongestants: Assuming you have seen a doctor for abx, you can also use a decongestant nasal spray to help "drain" or relieve the pressure in your ears via the eustachian tube. An oral decongestant may also help. For mild pain control, over-the-counter meds will work. If you have intense fevers, severe headaches, ear drainage, a stiff neck, dizziness, or facial weakness you should see your doctor immediately.

Answered 9/16/2018


Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

No: Peroxide will turn to water after it bubbles off its oxygen. It then creates a moist setting that allows germs to thrive & cause a canal infection.

Answered 1/5/2019



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