A 25-year-old female asked:
my one year old has an ear infection. i've been using peroxide and thats been doing the job. can i still use it? is it safe?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Kamlesh Desai answered
22 years experience Family Medicine
Peroxide: If it is an outer ear infection, and peroxide is helping , continue daily use for a week if not resolved see your pediatrician, as it may be wax not coming out on it's own.
Answered on Mar 26, 2014
Dr. Glenn Kaye answered
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
No to peroxide: Peroxide is never a good thing to use in the ear. While it is widely recommended by those who don't know better, it is a bit of an "old wives' tale". It does not cure any infection, nor does it dissolve or remove cerumen. Regarding your child's "ear infection"; it must first be distinguished whether the infection is otitis media (middle ear infection), or otitis externa (external ear infecion).
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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